Did you just realize you want a wedding planning checklist? After the initial “hey hey, we’re getting engaged” period, there’s generally a pretty rough comedown when you realize that oh, now you have to plan that wedding.
Work out your budget
Your budget will be the driving factor for many of your wedding-related decisions, so this should be one of the first things you tackle.
Create your guest list
This can be a pretty time-taking process and one that will depend completely on your venue and budget. Sit down with your family and create a wish list of guests.
Talk to other married couples
Did you just attend a wedding you really enjoyed? Chat with that couple! They probably have some expert tips and tricks for you. Sometimes friends and family are the best source.
Hire a wedding planner, if you desire
It is actually amazing what wedding planners do, and you can consider the cost of wedding planners when you are deciding if you should hire some outside help. Another benefit of hiring a wedding planner is that they help to plan and book your honeymoon inside of your wedding package.
Book your venues
If you aim to have your wedding in the months of June or October, book your venue at least 12 to 14 months in advance. June is the biggest wedding month of the year.
Research band, florists and caterers
- It is very necessary to book a band for a wedding. It brings excitement and great music to a wedding, and the change for songs on request.
- Whether you are having a fancy wedding celebration, an outdoor reception or a vintage wedding affair, it is important to know how many bouquets and flower pieces are needed for your special day.
- Okay! So you’ve decided to go the tried-and-true traditional wedding caterer route.
You don’t want to procrastinate finding a wedding caterer, but you shouldn’t attempt to book one until you’ve come up with a rough guest count, booked a venue, and have decided on a general budget for food.
Hire photographers and videographers
Wedding photos and videos are the record of the laughs, tears, hugs and toasts that will happen throughout your celebration.
Purchase a wedding dress
It should be one of the most magical experiences in your life, but, for many, shopping for a wedding dress is far more stressful than ethereal.
It’s really like being pampered! Make sure to find an appointment time where you will be focused and able to soak in the experience, with the intention of finding your dress.
Purchase bridal clutches
Before and after her walk down the aisle, a beautiful clutch is the fashion girl’s answer to the bouquet.
With designer options straddling the line between wedding-day elegance and everyday chic, this is one investment that will hold its worth well after its big day.
Select and purchase wedding invitations
Your wedding invitation is your guests’ first peek into your wedding day, so you want to make it shine.
List only the key points on your invitation: ceremony time and location, the hosts, yours and your fiancé’s names and RSVP information.
Select and order the cake
When it comes to planning a wedding, few decisions are as delightful as choosing your wedding cake. After all, what could be better than sampling slice of delicious cake?
As eager as you may be to let the taste testing begin, taking time to envision the cake of your dreams will give you the sweetest results.
Choosing the perfect pair of shoes for your wedding
On the long list of bridal accessories to match your wedding dress, wedding shoes are probably at the top. For some brides, finding the perfect wedding shoe is equally exciting to falling in love with the perfect wedding dress.
Select and purchase wedding rings
Choosing the perfect wedding ring is one of the hardest things to do on the lead up to a wedding.
Finding the right ring is a bit like finding the right partner; it takes time, effort and an awful lot of hard work.
Pack for your honeymoon
When it comes to packing for your honeymoon, it actually is possible to be over-prepared.
With everything else you have going on, packing your suitcase for the ultimate honeymoon gateway is probably the last thing you’ll want to do.
Take care to pack what you need, otherwise you could end up in Bora Bora with a bikini.