While I love a good infographic, I had a feeling that the many wedding timelines I was coming across on Pinterest could be vastly improved by becoming interactive. The Trello blog had some great examples about how to use the app to plan a wedding, I took a few examples from here as soon as we got engaged and started customizing boards to meet our needs. This is going to be a big post guys, grab a coffee.
Organizations are a great way to organize teams, events, or even broader categories. You can make your group public so anyone with the link can see it or make it private and viewable by invite only. We might change this later which you might consider too if not all your immediate family involved and such are tech-savvy.
I made a duplicate timeline (you can copy and paste boards, how cool is that?) to show how it looked before we really got started with planning.
Why put a timeline on Trello?
Remember the Mary Poppins thing I said about cards? You can use your timeline to research, communicate, as well as store files. After emailing venues to inquire about wedding packages we quickly attached the file so everyone could read the details and so we could review them on the mobile app quick and easy. This was great if a family member found a place by a friend’s recommendation.
Track Specific To-Do Items
You can create checklists for anything on your cards. Venues to call, shopping lists, or you can start easy like we did.
You can message board members directly on the app, if they have subscribed to the board (just click the star by the board name) and you @them in a comment they’ll receive an email immediately. No more “I didn’t get that text” issues.
You can set specific date deadlines that can link to your Google calendar. I’ll show you guys another great way to use this feature in a couple weeks. To learn how to sync click here.
Assign Specific Tasks
Want to ask your mom to start collecting addresses? How about your fiancé to call an officiant? Assign tasks by attaching a member to any card. Want to assign yourself to a card? Simply hit the space bar while you have that card open.
Cool tip: assign yourself to a few cards, go on, I’ll hang out here for a sec. Okay now click anywhere on your board’s background. Hit q on your keyboard to filter the board to see only your assigned items. Nifty huh?
Stick to Deadlines
I’m one of those people that’s more likely to accomplish a task if I write it down. Peter’s more likely to accomplish a task if I’m really specific and cool technology is involved. While we’ve found we’ve moved many cards to our “Completed” column ahead of time, at least seeing what’s drawing near at the end of the month keeps us (hopefully) from forgetting even the tiny details.
That was massive. In case you haven’t had enough check out some more tips on the Trello Blog
Next Tuesday: guests lists and email features.
Once again, I own nothing. Just super Trello obsessed.