It’s not always easy to communicate with your wedding party. This is especially true if you don’t live close together. The good news is it doesn’t have to be difficult to stay in contact.
Communication is crucial for your entire wedding party. From planning what to wear to pre-wedding events, people need to stay in the loop.
While you could stick to email or text and hope for the best, there are smarter ways to communicate and make sure everyone is on the same page.
Private Facebook Groups
A private Facebook group is perfect and convenient. All you have to do is post and let your wedding party respond. Of course, they can create posts and ask questions too. The best part is you can limit it to just your wedding party. Share pictures as you try on clothes. Post videos to show everyone what your plans are. You can even use Facebook Live to talk to everyone at once.
Secret Pinterest Board
Public Pinterest boards are great for general planning, but if you want to communicate with your wedding party on more sensitive things, such as picking your wedding dress, you might want to keep it private. Let your wedding party help you plan by using a secret board for everyone to post ideas. Of course, you’ll want to talk to them beforehand to set some ground rules.
If your wedding party is scattered across the country or world, you can’t exactly all meet in person. This doesn’t mean you can’t stay in contact and have regular meetings. Instead, choose a video chat app that everyone can use. The hardest part is picking a time that works, but you can do it. You’ll likely want to text each other or use your private Facebook group to set times. You can use Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts or Duo and WhatsApp. The key is to pick an app that everyone can use. For instance, FaceTime isn’t a cross-platform, so that might make it difficult to use.
Texting can get frustrating quickly. So, only use this is a way to communicate with your wedding party if it’s a small one. If you only have several people, it’s an easy and smart way to talk to each other. Otherwise, it’ll get messy quick.
When it comes to remembering schedules, set up a shared Google Calendar. It’s free to use and you can invite your entire wedding party. Set up times for everything related to your wedding. Schedule video chats, picking out clothes, in-person meetings, lunches, major events and much more. The good news is everyone can get reminders from Google to keep them from forgetting.
Project Management Tools
If you want to combine communication and wedding planning into a single tool, try project management tools. It’s a smart way to communicate since wedding party members can visit the tool whenever it’s convenient to check out comments and tasks. Trello is a popular option that also has a free version available. MeisterTask is similar and also free.
Best Communication Tips
Now that you have options to choose from to communicate with your wedding party, it’s also important to know how to communicate. For example, remember your wedding party is busy too, so try not to be too frustrated if they don’t respond immediately when you send a text or post something new in your Facebook group.
Also, try not to overwhelm anyone. You might have a ton of great ideas to share but avoid sending numerous texts or posting endlessly. Group ideas into single messages. This goes for the couple and wedding party members.
Most importantly, just be respectful of your wedding party. Of course, if someone absolutely refuses to stay in contact, it might be time for a new person. Otherwise, expect some hiccups, but just have fun staying in contact and planning your wedding together.
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