Tips to Make Your Wedding Planning Easier

Planning a wedding can seem overwhelming, there are many details to bring together.  If the thought of making it all happen at the right time creates anxiety, here are a few tips to help keep you on the right track.

Lists, Lists, Lists
If you are a list lover, this is an easy step for you.  If lists are not your thing, give it a shot anyway. The point is – wedding planning can be a lot to store in your head. Here are organizing pieces that are easier to maintain with a list.

  • To do’s – A planning list on paper will help you see your tasks in order so you can check them off as you go.
  • Vendor list – Create a list of vendors you need to visit with names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails. It is a good idea to keep your vendor’s contact information handy, even saved in your smartphone.
  • Guest list – You will refer to your guest list for showers, pre-wedding parties, invitations, and thank you cards.
  • Wedding musts and wishes – As you are planning, write down the MUST happen items for your wedding alongside your list of wishes. Rather than throwing everything in all at once, this will help you prioritize and keep your budget under control. Your wish list items can be included through the process once you determine how your finances align with your preparation.

Hire a Planner
If you have the funds in your budget to hire a wedding planner, DO. It will be well-worth the expense. This person can ease your load by taking on tasks and details for you. She understands the planning process from start to finish and is a great resource for top wedding vendors.

Just Ask
If there is something extra you want for your wedding, ask. Whether is it a vendor, your coordinator, the reception hall, or a helpful comrade; sometimes the answer is “yes” if you simply ask! Perhaps you can expect a simple “no” for special circumstances and become pleasantly surprised to hear that “yes” is a possibility.

Save a Paper Trail
Keep a folder with a copy of all agreements and contracts. Even take note of the verbal agreements and promises to be stored in this file. You never know when this will come in handy. Your records should back up your demands in a crunch.

If you are interested in more planning tips, here is a checklist you can follow.

Checklist Items That Can Wait

After celebrating your engagement and the wedding planning begins, suddenly you realize how many details there are to cover. It can be overwhelming. While some items need to be checked off right away, others can be put on hold. Here are a few things that can wait for a later date.

Dress Shopping

Every bride is eager to get out and try on wedding dresses. After all, who doesn’t want to feel like a princess? But hold off, there are more pressing matters that need your attention in the beginning. Dress shopping can wait six to eight months prior to your wedding date. This allows plenty of time for fittings, alterations, shipping, and final touches…don’t worry. If you are eager to daydream, find a collection of bridal magazines and start considering your must-haves for the perfect ensemble anytime!

Music Selections

While it is a good idea to select a band or a DJ in order for them to hold your date, there is no need to panic over music selections right away. Write down any songs your have in mind for your first dance or the perfect father-daughter moment. There is no need to spend hours making music selections in the beginning. Music professionals have plenty of suggestions with the ability to put a playlist together close to your wedding date. Allow time to get inspired by looking online, attending weddings, or asking friends for now.

Seating Charts

You may already have an idea of who clicks well together and who needs to be seated on the opposite side of the room. These considerations are a great start.  But hold off on a seating chart until you begin receiving your RSVP cards in the mail. It can be a tedious process to dive into, especially if you are unsure about the final guest list. For now, consider putting together your invitations instead. When the time is right to finalize the seating chart, here is a guide to get you started: https://edmundswasteremoval.com/tips-creating-seating-chart/

The Honeymoon

OK, we know. It is nearly impossible to think about other things when you have a vacation with your sweetheart on the horizon. Typically honeymoon plans need to be organized six months in advance. For now, talk about your dream honeymoon together and just start brainstorming ideas to get you on the same page. Leave the travel planning to flight purchases until a later date.

What to do Right After You Become Engaged

Congratulations on your engagement! This is a very exciting time and you may be eager to get the planning underway. If you wondering where you need to begin, here are the first items to check off your list to get your planning off to a solid start.

  1. Celebrate! Even before you pick up the phone and call your family and friends, be sure you take a few minutes together to soak up the excitement. Now is a great time to pop a bottle of champagne with your new fiancé.
  2. Call your friends and family and tell them the good news! Perhaps your parents or close friends know it is coming, but they are likely eager to get a phone call from you with good news.
  3. Get your engagement ring appraised and add it to your insurance policy. Be sure to do this as quickly as you can. You want peace of mind that your ring is covered from loss, theft, or damage so you can wear it proud.
  4. Talk about the kind of wedding you want to have with your fiancé and don’t leave out any detail. Consider these sorts of items: Do you want a band or a DJ? Do you want a sit-down dinner or a buffet? Do you want to get married close to home or at a destination?
  5. Organize your budget. Before you dive into planning the details you must organize your finances. Have an honest and open conversation with your finance about how much you are willing to spend. Also consider the areas where you are willing to splurge. Now is also the time to find out if one or both sets of parents are willing to help with the costs. Once you have a budget in mind you can start considering where you want to get married and how many people to include on the guest list.
  6. Once you know how large or small your wedding will be, it is time to start drafting a guest list. The easiest way to tackle this project is to include everyone you know and start eliminating based on the size of wedding you can afford.
  7. Individually ask your wedding party to stand with you at the altar.
  8. Decide when you want to get married. This piece is important for planning. If you are eager to tie the knot soon, you need to coordinate a location fast. Many popular venues book quickly and may not have your ideal date available.
  9. Have an engagement party. Now that everyone knows the good news it is time to have a party in your honor. Some couples hold a stock the bar party, which is a great way to fill your bar for the wedding reception. This is also a good time for guests to shower you with wedding gifts.
  10. Create and send a Save the Date card. People will start asking when you planned to get married so they can organize their calendars. If you are planning a destination wedding, it is imperative that you send these early, even as early as 12 months prior to your wedding date.

Am I Forgetting Something? Your Wedding Checklist

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!

Honeymoon Planning Checklist – Taking Off After Your Reception

You have been planning and anticipating for many months and now your wedding day is finally here! You are excited to finally tie the knot, and even better…get to your honeymoon destination.  If you are planning your trip soon after the wedding, here is a checklist to tackle before the festivities begin.  Taking care of these items in advance will help make the traveling process smooth and stress free. 

  1. Pack necessary travel documents in an easy to reach pocket of your bag.
  2. Have your luggage ready, to include all clothes and toiletries you will need on your trip.
  3. Plan a ride to the airport in advance that will be ready for your departure.  If possible, have your travel items in the car prior to picking you up.
  4. Ask someone to help organize gifts and anything else left behind at the reception. You can plan to have these items waiting for you when you return home. 
  5. Have a trusted person take your dress directly to the drycleaner for a later pickup. 
  6. Have your wedding coordinator or friend save and freeze the top layer of your wedding cake to enjoy on your 1st wedding anniversary.  
  7. Make sure any pets have a pre-arranged sitter, or drop them off to be boarded.
  8. Leave a housekey behind with a trusted friend or family member in case of emergency,
  9. Write down your travel itinerary and information for anyone who may need to reach you while you are away. 
  10. Plan transportation for pick up upon your arrival back home. 

If you have planned to leave for your honeymoon right away, we understand your excitement!  Just be sure to allow yourself a window of time for the unexpected.  If it is possible to give yourself a day to recover before travel, you may find the small break offers a little relief.  But, with a little help from friends and the right preparation, you will be sailing off into the sunset with ease.  Have fun!

Planning The Perfect Wedding – A Checklist

We get that wedding planning is one of the most stressful and overwhelming periods of your life, why not make it easier with our checklist? Step by step to-do lists will help you keep calm, tackle each task individually, and see the big picture coming along.

16 to 9 Months Before Your Wedding

Gather Inspiration

Create a wedding folder, binder, or Pinterest page with any wedding ideas you’d be interested in incorporating into your wedding. From there, you can decide on which color schemes and themes you want to move forward with!

Determine a Budget

Budgets determine the rest of your wedding planning, so put some thoughtful consideration into this step. Consult with everyone involved with paying for the wedding and create an excel sheet outlining how much you should spend on certain items. You’ll be thankful you created a budget in the long-run, trust us!

Find Your Perfect Venue

Now that you know what kind of wedding you prefer and how much you are willing to spend, you can determine where exactly you want your venue to be. It’s best to do this step so far in advance because you can for sure reserve the space. Don’t wait until the last minute and settle for anything less than your dream venue!

Create Your Guest List

Since you’ll know the type of wedding and the size of the venue, you can easily figure out who and how many people to invite. This includes the wedding party, so also plan announcements for who will be your bridesmaids and groomsmen!

Hire Your Vendors

From catering to music to photographers to officiates, there’s a lot of third-party vendors involved in making your special day! Do your research on who you’d like to hire and get them booked!

8 Months Before Your Wedding

Wedding Dress Shopping

One of the most fun parts of getting married, hands-down. Find a date for your bridesmaids to come with and help you pick out the perfect dress to walk down the aisle and dance the night away. Later on, decide on another day to get your bridesmaids’ dresses.

Reserve Hotel Rooms for Out-of-Town Guests

You want to make sure your out-of-town guests will have somewhere to stay, and be able to easily access the venue. This consideration goes a long way for your guests and is best to get done soon in advance.

Create a Registry

Try to register at a minimum of 3 places to allow your guests some flexibility based on their own locations and budgets.

6 Months Before Your Wedding

Start Planning Your Honeymoon

Travel plans are usually booked out 6-8 months ahead of time, decide with your significant other on your ideal honeymoon location and get to planning!

4 Months Before Your Wedding

Order Your Cake

Meet with a baker to taste flavors and decide on designs that go with your wedding theme.

Order Favors

Send your guests off with a little something to remember your wedding day with!

3 Months Before Your Wedding

Organize Day-Of Timeline

This step is a huge help in the planning process to ensure everything on your wedding day runs smoothly. This includes scheduling hair and makeup, determining the order of the ceremony and reception, make a list of those expected to give toasts, and determining the final menu and courses.

Buy the Wedding Rings

This step doesn’t take much processing, so it can be done closer to the date.

2 Months Before Your Wedding

Send Out Invitations

The date is set, venue booked, guests lists made – now you just need to inform everyone of the details!

1 Month Before Your Wedding

Organize Your RSVP List

This includes reception seating and possibly an personalized favors.

Get Marriage License

Can’t be legally wed without that!

Send Out Directions/Necessary Information

You want everything to run as smoothly as possible, so make sure your guests have all required information.

Final Dress Fitting

Make sure the seamstress makes all necessary final adjustments to ensure the perfect fit.

1 Week Before Your Wedding

Confirm Everything with All Vendors

Arrival/delivery times, preferences, song choices, and send them the final guest lists.

Pack for Your Honeymoon

Don’t worry about the stress of packing the day before your wedding, get it done sooner so you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything.

Delegate Small Tasks

Each member of your wedding party can help with any small tasks that you shouldn’t have to worry about. Think of the smallest details and assign them to someone.

Break in Your Shoes

You don’t want to be breaking them in the night of your wedding, that’s just a recipe for disaster.

Lastly, enjoy your big day! This checklist will help you organize every step of your dream wedding and ensure that everything runs smoothly. So breakout the notepad and wedding magazines and get to it!