Wedding Planning Checklist

Basic Tips for Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding should be fun and exciting. However, if you don’t do the proper research and stay within your budget things can go bad in a hurry. What you need is to keep things well organized and simple. Here are some tips to help make sure your wedding plans go smoothly.

  1. The first thing you should decide is how big and complex you want your wedding to be. Do you want a small wedding? Or would you rather have a big wedding? You need to make sure both you and your partner are on the same page and agree on things. Prepare to make some compromises.
  2. Decide on a good theme for your wedding. This includes how people will dress, food, location, and decorations.
  3. How much can you really afford. There is no reason to go all out on a wedding if you cant afford it. This could lead to some really big problems with your families and you as a couple.
  4. Do you want to hire a wedding planner? Wedding planners are certainly great and do a good job. But they’re not necessary either. Be sure if you do hire one that they don’t get you spending a lot more money than you originally planned.
  5. Don’t wait too long to get your plans in order. This is something that you must start taking care of. Start booking locations, getting invitations ready, and find your dress. Planning a wedding takes time and work. You need to set a date and get at it. If you don’t you might find a year or two go by and you still not married.

If you follow some of these basic tips I think you will find things to along smoothly. Soon you will be off on your honeymoon with your sweetheart.

Wedding Planning Checklist (print this out for your records)

At least 12 months prior to your wedding date

  • Announce your engagement.
  • Set the date for the wedding.
  • Decide what type of wedding you want:  location, time of day, how many guests, etc…
  • Draw up a guest list.
  • Develop a budget and how expenses will be shared.
  • Create a file for contracts, forms, important papers, etc…
  • Attend Bridal Shows (This is a good place to gather a lot of information, and help with your budget planning.
  • Select a wedding coordinator (if applicable).
  • Select and reserve the location you wish to have your ceremony.
  • Select and reserve a minister.
  • Select and reserve your reception location.
  • Order your bridal gown.
  • Determine what colors you will go with for your wedding.  (dresses, flowers, decorations, etc.)
  • Select and hire a photographer.
  • Meet with your photographer to have engagement photos taken.
  • Send engagement notice and photograph to the local newspaper.
  • Select and hire the DJ or reception musicians.
  • Select the wedding party.

Nine to twelve months prior to wedding date

  • Select flower girl and ring bearer.
  • Reserve wedding night bridal suite.
  • Select wedding party’s attire including shoes, and accessories.
  • Select and hire a caterer.
  • Select and hire ceremony musicians.
  • Schedule fittings and deliver dates for yourself and the wedding party.
  • Select and book your florist.

Six to Nine months prior to the wedding date

  • Start shopping for each other’s wedding gifts.
  • Reserve rental items for ceremony and reception (arches, pillars, decorations, etc.)
  • Finalize guest list.
  • Select and order wedding invitations, and other stationery such as thank you notes, and wedding programs.
  • Address your invitations.
  • Set a date, time, and location for your rehearsal dinner.
  • Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests.
  • Start planning your honeymoon.
  • Select and book all miscellaneous services.
  • Register for gifts at Bridal Registries.
  • Purchase shoes and accessories.

Four to Six months prior to the wedding date

  • Select baker and order cake.
  • Order flowers.
  • Select and order decorations.
  • Purchase honeymoon attire and luggage.
  • Select and book a limo or carriage for the wedding day.
  • Check marriage license requirements.
  • Shop for wedding rings.
  • Plan entertainment or activities for your out-of-town guests if they arrive days prior to your wedding date.
  • Purchase gifts for your wedding party.

Six to eight weeks prior to wedding date

  • Mail invitations.
  • Maintain a record of RSVPs and all gifts received.
  • Send thank-you notes upon receipt of gifts.
  • Determine how you want to wear your hair and makeup for the wedding day.
  • Buy final wedding day accessories (eg. toasting glasses, and guest book)
  • Arrange for name and address changes.

One Week Count Down

  • Go over the final details.
  • Make sure all wedding attire fits correctly.
  • Finalize guest count with caterer and reception location.
  • Gather everything needed for rehearsal and wedding day.
  • Go over the schedule of events and last-minute arrangements.
  • Contact all service providers and go over last-minute details (photographer, DJ, videographer, florist, etc.)
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations and accommodations.
  • Finish packing for the honeymoon.
  • Arrange to have your mail held at the post office, and stop your newspapers.

Day Before

  • Give your wedding party any accessories they will need.
  • Give the officiant’s fee to the Best Man.
  • Designate someone (close friend, relative) to pay for any remaining services where balances are due, and entrust them with the checks to pay for the services.
  • Arrange for someone to bring accessories to ceremony and reception.(cake cutting knife, toasting glasses, guest book etc.)
  • Designate someone to return rented items after the wedding.
  • Provide your wedding party, and immediate family with a schedule of events for the wedding day.
  • Go to bed early.

On The Big Day

  • Eat Breakfast
  • Get your hair, nails, and makeup done early.
  • Have wedding attire ready two hours early.
  • Make sure the Best Man has the marriage license and officiant’s fee.
  • Make sure the groom has honeymoon tickets, money, etc…
  • Have the wedding party arrive one hour prior to the wedding ceremony. (to allow time for pre-ceremony pictures.  Immediate family should arrive close to this time as well.
  • Make sure the Maid of honor has the groom’s ring.
  • Try to relax, and let others take care of anything that may come up.  Remember this is your day, and no matter what happens, try to enjoy it, and accept minor imperfections.

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