Congratulations on the engagement! Now it's time to plan one of the most important days of your lifetime. We are sharing a small list of things to do along the way. Keep reading to discover a simple wedding checklist.
First on the Wedding Checklist
The wedding venue is always the first step on the wedding checklist. You should have an estimated guest count and have some idea about the kind of space you envision. With that basic idea in mind, you should tour venues until you find the one that offers the location, aesthetic, designs and services that your event requires.
Next on the Wedding Checklist
A few things will happen pretty close together, depending on your wedding planning timeline. The next important step on the wedding checklist is catering. Booking a caterer usually happens almost immediately after booking the venue. 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. Reserve a hotel block for out-of-town guests, and a room to enjoy with the wedding party on the night before and on the morning of your wedding day. It is never too early to create the gift registry.
Six Months Until the Big Day
The last six months of wedding planning can get busy with tasks and functions. You should shop for the wedding invitations, plan the honeymoon, hire an officiant and plan the wedding flowers with a florist. This is also the time to reserve your limos, cars and special transportation to avoid availability issues later. About six months before your wedding day, you should design your wedding cake.
With a Few Months to Go
The last few months on the wedding checklist are full of special events. 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. 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, you will be counting RSVP’s, giving a final headcount to your caterer and venue, applying for your marriage license, scheduling a last fitting, making sure all of your vendors are paid, creating a seating chart, preparing your wedding favors and writing your vows. You will probably attend the bridal shower a couple months before your wedding day.
The Last Week of Planning
The last week on the wedding checklist is all about you. Relax, go to a spa with your wedding party and take the time to reflect. You will need to follow up with vendors during the final week. 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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