There are so many details to consider when planning a wedding which can seem a little overwhelming. For many, managing a checklist is the easiest way to rest assured that no item has been left behind. Here is a list to get you started.
- Take time to talk with your fiancé. Make sure you and him are on the same page when envisioning the perfect day. Here are ways to get on the same page with your fiancé.
- Discuss your budget. If you have a total amount of what you can afford before you get started, making decisions with your wedding vendors will come a little easier. Here are some tips to help with budgeting.
- Coordinate a wedding planner. If are choosing to hire a wedding planner, now it the time to interview and find the right match.
- Select your ceremony and reception locations. Popular wedding venues need to be secured far in advance. Once you have a date on the calendar, you can work with vendors who are available on the same day.
- Find an officiant. If you are not getting married in a church, you will need to hire a licensed officiant to perform the ceremony.
- Select your wedding party. Ask close friends and family to stand beside and support you at the altar.
- Create a guest list. It is easy for a guest list to get of hand when you don’t want to hurt feelings. If you find that your numbers get out of control, here is how you can trim down your list without hurting feelings.
- Plan your menu. Take time with your caterer to select your menu options. Make sure you sample! If your caterer is not making your wedding cake, now is also the time to find a cake vendor.
- Select your flowers. Be sure to match the flowers to your color scheme.
- Photographer/Videographer selection. Many photographers include engagement photos in wedding packages. Be sure to ask!
- Book your DJ or Band. There are pros and cons to both. Just make sure who you select can play and mix your music of choice.
- Select your wedding gown and bridesmaids’ dresses. This is always one of the most exciting events of wedding planning. Take a group with you and have fun! Here is some help for choosing the perfect dress for you.
- Start planning your honeymoon. Many trips and flights need to be booked in advance. Be sure you allow plenty of time to get to your top destination! If you are unsure, here are the top 6 honeymoon destinations of choice.
- Select and order your invitations. It is customary to send your invitations eight weeks prior to your wedding date. If you want to send a save-the-date card, prepare to send those anytime from six months to a year in advance.
- Organize the seating arrangements. Once your guests begin sending responses to your invitations, you can begin organizing your seating chart. If you are not hosting a seated dinner, now is the time to organize all other seating details.
- Book transportation to and from the ceremony. On your wedding day, the last thing you will want to worry about is transportation. Consider if you want to arrange a ride to the reception, to the hotel following the reception, if you want your wedding party to have a ride, etc. Here are some creative ideas to get you started.
- Coordinate hotel blocks for guests. Many hotels offer room blocks and discounts for large parties. It is easy for guests to add a room under your block and stay close to the other guests.
- Create party favors. This is not a necessary, but an added gesture to let your out of town guests know that you are grateful they traveled to celebrate with you.
Maintaining a checklist is a sure-fire way to assure you will not forget any important factor that will make your wedding day extra special. Ask some close friends to help you add items to your list!