Wedding Planning Checklist
We’ll assume that if you’re here reading this then you’re likely engaged and in the planning stages of your wedding…
While this is all very exciting, with so many tasks to take care of it can be difficult to know where to start.
And that’s why we decided to write this wedding planning checklist. Although there are seemingly endless things to think of, and many more points could be added to this list, we’ve tried to cover the essentials and we hope that you find it helpful.
1. Set Your Budget
Before even considering your venue and suppliers, it is important you calculate your budget for your wedding. This first point will affect everything from your choice of flowers to the number of guests you invite.
2. Choose Your Date and Book a Venue
The longer you plan in advance the better when it comes to booking your ideal venue on your preferred date. Consider the seating capacity, catering options and the settings for photographs. Browse potential venues online and narrow down your choices before visiting each of them and deciding which one fits your wedding the best. It may be wise to reserve your suite and any additional rooms at this point.
3. Write Your Guest List
Your number of guests will be dictated by your budget and invariably split into day and evening or evening only invites.
Remember to bear in mind seating plans and aim to keep both families happy!
4. Choose Bridesmaids, the Best Man and Ushers
A rather obvious task, but one that is with mentioning amidst the planing stages chaos! As with writing your guest list, this seemingly straightforward task is sometimes trickier than it first appears!
6. Appoint / Meet Your Minister or Registrar
Your minister or registrar will discuss your requirements for your ceremony, readings and music.
7. Book Your Wedding Cars
You’ll undoubtedly wish to book a wedding car for yourself and your father. And we’d also suggest a second and third vehicle for the groom and best man and your mother and bridesmaids.
8. Book Your Photographer / Videographer
While some suppliers can be booked closer to the date, others such as sought after wedding photographers and chauffeurs will often book up in advance very quickly and so should be sorted soon after booking your venue.
9. Order Flowers
Visit a local florist and discuss flower arrangements and prices.
10. Choose Your Dresses and Attire
Whilst I’m sure you’ll be absolutely fine deciding on your dress and shoes – and those of your bridesmaids – I’m not sure I’d recommend leaving the choice of suits to your fiancee! You’ll also need to allow time for any alterations that will be needed.
11. Order Stationery / Send Your Invitations
Chose your invitations and write and send invites fo your ceremony and reception. You may also need order of service prints and table place cards.
12. Order Your Wedding Cake
Some wedding cake makers get booked up early and have limited resources and a finite amount of wedding cakes that they can supply. And so it is wise to reserve your order in advance if you would like a bespoke cake made.
13. Book Your Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist
You may have a regular trusted hairstylist or makeup artist in mind and so it is important you reserve your date in advance to avoid disappointment.
14. Purchase Your Rings
And don’t forget to makes sure your wedding ring will sit comfortably alongside your engagement ring.
15. Buy Gifts / Thank You Cards
You may need to choose and buy gifts for the bridesmaids, best man, ushers and mothers / fathers.
16. Finalise Arrangements
As your wedding day draws near and you’re nearing the final month of preparations, it’s important to reconfirm supplier bookings and timings and check all is set to go as planned. At this point, hopefully the speeches have been written, a final fitting of your dress scheduled, and seating plans and final menu orders submitted.
And so all that’s left is to do is to let your hair down and enjoy your final nights of freedom!
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