Moving and Marriage: How to Plan Both at the Same Time?

Moving and Marriage: How to Plan Both at the Same Time?

Moving and Marriage: How to Plan Both at the Same Time?

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Moving and Marriage: How to Plan Both at the Same Time?


We all know the classic song: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby…” but where exactly does moving fit into the equation? While holding off on moving in together until after marriage isn’t as popular as it once was, there are still a good portion of couples that wait until after tying the knot to combine households. While waiting can save you from some of the downsides of cohabitating before marriage, it also leaves you with the task of planning a wedding and a move—at the same time.

Planning both of these milestones simultaneously is a huge time commitment and definitely has a tendency to increase stress. However, there is no need to panic. While planning both together is a bit more work, you can use these 7 tips to make it efficient, effective, and even less stressful.

1.    Get Organized

Moving and Marriage: How to Plan Both at the Same Time?


One of the best moving tips was given to me by a mover from OZ Moving and it was to use a moving checklist. A moving checklist makes it super easy to see exactly what needs to be done for your move. Plus, organizing tasks by when they should be complete—1 month before the move, day of the move, etc.—can be a true sanity saver. In fact, making a similar list with your wedding to-dos or using a wedding planner is also an excellent idea.

These lists will not only keep everything on track, but they can also help ensure you don’t forget important tasks. If you only take one suggestion from this article, I highly recommend that these lists be it!

2.    Take Inventory

Hold off on your wedding registry until you take stock of what you and your fiancé own. While you may not have a crockpot, you may be surprised to find your fiancé has one tucked away in storage. The last thing you want is to end up with doubles. It will only clutter your home and let’s be honest; it also cheats you out of getting a gift that you could have actually used.

3.    Focus on Needs

Speaking of the wedding registry, gearing it more toward your needs can help your new home get off to the best possible start. Whether you’ve decided on moving into a home that one of you already owns or you’re getting a new place, make a list of what needs to be purchased to make it functional and homey. Then, check that list to see what can go on the wedding registry. Does your home need repairs? You may want to consider forgoing gifts for cash donations.

4.    Set Up the House Beforehand

Moving and Marriage: How to Plan Both at the Same Time?


If you are waiting to say, “I do” before moving in, it doesn’t mean your belongings can’t migrate to the new home beforehand. Start by moving non-essentials and work your way to the stuff you use more frequently. While this doesn’t work for cases where you don’t get possession of a house until after the wedding, in situations where this is possible, it is a great idea. Especially if you aren’t using professional movers. This method gets the majority of the work done before the wedding, so you can focus more on your big day and have less to do down the line.

5.    Ask for Help

There are only so many hours in a day, so calling in a few helping hands is highly recommended.

Wedding Planner: Can help you pull together your dream wedding with less effort on your part. In general, a wedding planner can take care of everything, from sourcing the right colored napkins to creating a seating chart.

Professional Movers: Has the muscle power and equipment to get your move done quickly and safely. With professional movers, you don’t have to worry about renting a truck or injuring yourself doing the heavy lifting. Plus, you can even get them to pack and unpack your stuff, which can free up loads of time.

Friends and Family: Sometimes professionals aren’t in the budget. If that’s the case, don’t be afraid to ask if friends and family are willing to help. Consider a girl’s night with packing and wedding planning or simply recruit a few extra people for moving day. Enticing them with drinks or food usually goes a long way!

6.    Keep It Simple

Don’t overthink your decisions, especially when it comes to the wedding. Re-thinking every decision you make will not only take time and slow down the planning process, but it will probably drive you nuts—as well as those around you. Keep things simple and go with your gut instinct.

7.    Don’t Forget Self-Care

Moving and Marriage: How to Plan Both at the Same Time?


While this can be considered a life tip—not just one for planning a wedding and moving—it is essential to remember to take care of yourself during this process.  Marriage and moving are two of the most stressful life events, so things can start to spiral downhill rather quickly when it comes to mental health.

Ideas to prioritize your health during this planning period include:

Talk It Out: Getting your stressors off of your chest by chatting with a friend or your significant other can be very therapeutic. Sometimes all it takes is a simple conversation or some advice to get you back on track.

Get Active: A run/hike or a yoga session isn’t only good for your physical body, but it can help alleviate stress.

Pamper Yourself: We all know self-care extends beyond bubble baths and face masks, but a few relaxing beauty rituals certainly won’t hurt!

Both marriage and moving require a fair bit of planning, but it’s nothing you can’t handle! Before you know it, you will be moved into your new home and walking down the aisle, and every bit of planning will be well worth it. We promise!

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