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.

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!