So many get engaged and wonder where to begin. Announcing the engagement, creating a budget, picking the wedding party and securing a venue all have a place on a checklist in a specific order. To keep it simple and help you plan, we are sharing a wedding checklist.
First on the Wedding Checklist
Start with an idea. You will need to start your wedding planning journey with a basic idea. You need to know about how many guests you want to invite to conceptualize the magnitude of the event you are planning. You should also have an idea about your bottom line on the budget.
Book your wedding venue. With that basic idea and before you go any further, book your wedding venue. Your wedding venue is the first and most important detail on the wedding planning checklist.
Next on the Wedding Checklist
The catering should come next. The next important step on the wedding checklist should be your catering. Participate in more than one tasting and choose a caterer that can create your vision. Booking a caterer usually happens almost immediately after booking the venue.
Get excited about your wedding fashion. Start shopping for important wedding fashion details about eight months before your wedding day. Shop for the wedding dress and tux. You probably need to schedule a couple fittings before the wedding. If you are planning a body transformation with diet and exercise, hesitate to purchase the dress until closer to your wedding date.
Reserve the hotel. This is also the time to reserve a hotel block for out-of-town guests. You might want to reserve a room to enjoy with the wedding party on the night before and on the morning of your wedding day.
Create a gift registry. The gift registry has a place on the wedding checklist too. Create a gift registry at a couple different stores to provide your guests with options.
Six Months Until the Big Day
Order wedding invitations. Wedding invitations should be ordered about six months prior to your wedding day. Start shopping paper, fonts, techniques and embellishments for your wedding invitations.
Plan the honeymoon. The honeymoon is part of wedding planning and has a place on the wedding checklist. Do not wait until the last minute to plan this important detail. You will need to arrange transportation, lodging and your itinerary.
Hire your officiant. The officiant is an essential part of the wedding ceremony. Take your time to interview and book your officiant.
Order wedding bouquets and the flowers. Shop for the bouquets and floral arrangements. After you purchase your wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses, you can coordinate the bouquets to match the colors and style.
Do not forget the transportation. Reserve your limos, cars and special transportation to avoid availability issues later.
Design the wedding cake. About six months before your wedding day, you should design your wedding cake. Interview cake designers and plan the blueprints for the masterpiece that will convey your theme.
Last few months on the Wedding Checklist
The rehearsal dinner occurs a couple days before the wedding, but the details will need to be planned in advance.
Provide your bridal shower host with your guest list.
Create a playlist for your deejay or band.
Purchase favors for your guests.
Schedule another fitting for your wedding dress and bridal party.
Purchase the wedding rings.
Secure your hair and makeup artist.
Connect with your vendors and make sure they have your day of event timeline.
Mail out invitations six to eight weeks prior to your wedding day.
During the last month of wedding planning, count RSVP’s, give a final headcount to your caterer and venue, apply for your marriage license, schedule a last fitting, making sure all of your vendors are paid, create a seating chart, and write your vows.
Attend your bridal shower.
Relax, go to a spa with your wedding party and take the time to reflect.
Make sure your day of event coordinator has your timeline and list for who will be bustling your dress and carrying out specific tasks.
Pick up the dress, tux and wedding party attire.
Pack for your honeymoon.
Attend the rehearsal dinner and bachelor or bachelorette party.
Make sure everything is laid out and packed the day before your wedding.
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