Ask The Experts: 10 Types of Life Admin You Can Cut Back On When You’re Busy Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding is an exciting and joyful experience, but it can also be time-consuming. This makes it hard to plan your day around life admin tasks, but you can plan your wedding in peace if you simplify your daily routine. In this article, we’ll help you balance all of your key tasks.
While you can’t stop paying your taxes or bills before your big day (but wouldn’t that be nice!), you can still cut back on or reduce other types of life admin like the 10 we discuss below.

10 Types of Life Admin You Can Stop or Cut Back On

Photo by Laura Calderwood Photography – full wedding here

1. Unnecessary Subscriptions

As your wedding day approaches, cutting back on non-essential subscriptions can help save time and money. But before you start canceling everything at once, evaluate all your current subscriptions, including magazines, online streaming services, and membership clubs.
If you feel you’ll need them after the wedding, you can always pause your prescriptions. If you can live without them, cancel them. Either way, you’ll free up time and money for wedding plans.

2. Social Media Scrolling

It takes most couples 13 to 18 months to plan a wedding. However, the average person spends 2 hours and 31 minutes scrolling through social media. That means you could lose 40.6 days to 56.25 days of wedding planning just because you spent a lot of your free time on social media.
There’s nothing wrong with using social media to relax, but you need to significantly reduce your time to get things done. Allocate specific time limits to access social media websites each day.

photo by Nicola Thompson .- full wedding here 

3. Paper Greeting Cards

Instead of spending precious minutes trying to find the ideal physical greeting card for occasions like birthdays and anniversaries during this busy period in your life, send eCards instead! Digital cards require no postage or delivery waiting times, so it’s a win-win situation for you!
And if you want to get really creative, you can do things like create your own Father’s Day card, Happy Birthday card, or Christmas/Holiday card online using websites like Punchbowl.

4. Cooking From Scratch

While cooking is enjoyable and cost-effective for many of us, preparing meals from scratch can be a significant time investment when you’re busy with wedding planning. Use your free time on the weekend to bulk-make your meals for the week. This way, you can simply warm up your food and get back to planning.

photo by Adri Mendez Photography – full wedding here

5. Professional Appointments

It’s incredible how much life admin is tied to personal appointments, such as haircuts, dental checkups, or doctor visits. If possible, postpone non-essential appointments until after your wedding. Instead, prioritize necessary bookings and meetings directly related to your big day.
Keep in mind that some unnecessary appointments can actually be necessary. For example, while a massage isn’t medically necessary, it can help reduce your wedding planning stress.

6. Shopping Trips

Eliminate time-consuming errands by shifting your shopping habits online when possible. This includes groceries, gifts, or even office supplies in some cases. Utilize scheduled deliveries so items arrive at convenient times without worrying about making time in your busy schedules.
If you can’t get something online or you need it faster than delivery will allow, ask a friend or relative to pick it up for you. They’ll probably be happy to help once they know you’re busy.

photo by  Stephanie Kelly Photography  – full wedding here 

7. Lengthy Cleaning Sessions

A well-maintained home is undeniably a source of comfort during the hectic days of wedding planning. However, lengthy cleaning sessions can consume significant amounts of time and energy. Instead, try to clean as you go. Don’t leave cleaning to one day on the weekend.

8. Meetings That Can be Emails

Opt for email communication instead of attending unnecessary face-to-face gatherings, which aren’t crucial but still important enough to warrant your attention. While you may not have control over work meetings, you may be able to hold off on phone calls or video calls.
Even in the corporate world, there are so many in-person meetings that could be explained through emails. If someone wants an in-person meeting, request said information via email.

photo by Laura Calderwood Photography  full wedding here

9. Personal Projects

Aside from wedding planning, personal projects and hobbies can hold a special place in our lives. However, these activities often require considerable time and effort, which might conflict with your pre-wedding schedule. Consider temporarily setting these hobbies and pursuits aside.
Remember that these passions will still be there once you’ve exchanged vows. But if your hobbies are integral to your mental health, simply limit the amount of time you spend on them.

10. Tedious Paperwork

Anything requiring paperwork can usually wait until your big day, with some exceptions. If you’re late on your taxes or you have to renew your health insurance, then make paperwork a priority. If paperwork isn’t mandatory or necessary, postpone filling it out until after the celebrations.
This approach allows you to maintain focus on your upcoming big day and ensures that such tasks receive your full attention once the whirlwind of pre-wedding activities has settled.

photo by Sarah Bridgeman Photography – full wedding here


As you embark on this new chapter, remember that cutting back on life admin tasks will allow you to focus on the most significant aspect–celebrating your love. Embrace these strategies to streamline your responsibilities, reduce stress, and optimize your time for wedding activities.




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