Although most wedding experts will tell you that it takes roughly 12-16 months to plan a wedding, not every couple has that long before their wedding for planning. There are so many things involved to make sure you get to have the wedding of your dreams. The best tool for helping you accomplish your goals every step of the way is a wedding planning checklist. It’s always a good idea to map out everything you need to do ahead of time so you can stay on track of the wedding planning process. The suggestions here can be condensed to fit any kind of schedule, simply do the important things first.
Before creating any type of wedding planning checklist, it’s important to work out a budget, find out exactly how much you are willing to spend. If you think the planning should be done by professional, look for a wedding planner and go over the details of your wedding with her. If you can’t afford to hire a wedding planner or would rather do everything yourself, remember to keep everything organized. Create a binder with all of your research, contracts, etc. Use a day planner to schedule important appointments. After the initial prep work, it’s time to get started.
At the very beginning of your planning stages, which can be as far back as 16 to 9 months before your wedding, you should iron out some important details. Start by creating a guest list, figure out how many people to invite that stays within your budget. Book the venue for your wedding ceremony and reception, because most places require that you reserve months in advance. Begin doing research on vendors such as the photographer, band, caterers and florists in the area.
The next stage in your wedding planning checklist should be focused on meeting with several vendors and deciding on which ones to hire. Schedule tastings, go over music selections and choose floral arrangements that you like. On a suggested wedding timeline, this would take place about 8 months before the wedding. This is also the time to begin looking for the perfect wedding dress. Make a fitting appointment with several shops and decide on one that you absolutely love, you should expect to have at least two or three more fittings before it fits you like a glove.
Around the 6 month mark, it’s time to pick out and mail those wedding invitations. Start looking for bridesmaids dresses for the wedding party and decide where to go for your honeymoon. Finalize details with all vendors and meet with the officiant.
By the time you are 3 or 4 months away from the wedding, your wedding planning checklist should include details such as contacting everyone who has not yet responded, You need to finalize your guest list so you will know exactly how many tables and seats you need as well as how much food will be served. Go for fittings, book a rehearsal dinner venue, order the wedding favors, purchase the wedding rings, create a schedule of the wedding day events, etc.
One or two months before the wedding is when you need to touch base with all the vendors to make sure they know exactly how to proceed. The dress should be ready as you go for your last fitting, make sure you purchase all the other accessories you need to make your look complete. Decide on a hair and makeup look for the big day, and start writing your vows. The days leading up to your wedding should be filled with delegating tasks to others, making payment and packing for your honeymoon.