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The MBA Bride | October 24, 2021

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How to Set Wedding Planning Goals

Project Management for Wedding Planning

How is your wedding planning coming along? If its going well, how do you know? If its not, how do you not?

There are a tremendous amount of similarities between wedding planning and project management. One of the elements that carries over beautifully is setting and measuring against goals. Although most brides can get a gut feel for how their wedding planning is going, it is much easier to communicate progress to wedding influencers (aka stakeholders) if you set measurable goals and benchmark against them.

Doing so requires that some brides change the way they think and talk to others. The key is to make the goal measurable in two distinct ways.

1. Measure in time

When setting a goal, be sure to say exactly when you want to have the task accomplished. Be specific right down to date and time. Saying you want to have your invitations sent out sometime in June can mean June 1, June 15, or June 30, depending on who you talk to. Be specific and clear and say “I want to send out my invitations by June 22, 2012.

2. Measure in numbers

Aside from selecting dates, another successful way to measure your wedding progress is in numbers. For example, you can say, “I want to secure a photographer for less than $2,000 by July 31, 2012” or “I want to make 100 place cards by August 15, 2012” gives those people supporting you and your wedding planning a very clear picture of what should be accomplished and when. This step is also crucial if your delegating tasks to your friends/family – set the expectations up front and be clear as a bell as to what you expect to be accomplished.

Measuring in time and with numbers will help you to set and measure against clearer goals and let you know exactly how your wedding planning is progressing beyond the “gut feel.”

Tell us – what are some of your goals for your wedding?

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