From the flowers to the cake, a lot of things go into planning the big day. With a wedding checklist, you’ll be prepared for a memorable occasion!
A wedding can be one of the most celebratory occasions of a person’s life! But, there’s a lot of planning that goes into making it a momentous event. After the excitement dies down and the engagement party is over, there are plenty of things to do. Fortunately, by prepping a wedding checklist, you’ll be ready for the big day when it arrives!
Plan the Perfect Wedding
Congratulations are in order if you’ve found your significant other and are sealing the deal! But, there’s a lot to organize, so make a checklist for the wedding and begin planning.
A wedding planner can take a lot of the guesswork out of the planning, particularly for a big wedding. But are they worth the cost?
While most wedding planners charge a fee for their services, many of them have strong relationships with various vendors, so they might negotiate down a price for services like photography or flowers. They might also save you a lot of research time during the process. So if your schedule and budget permit, hiring a competent wedding planner could save you time and money in the long-run. It can also help you prioritize tasks on your wedding checklist.
Your Wedding Theme and Party Style
Choose your location and wedding theme about a year before the big event. Your budget will help you determine whether you want a fancy reception hall or a backyard celebration. So, make sure you sit down at the beginning and hammer out the available funds! Once you know your budget and priorities, it’s easier to choose a location and to focus in on an exact date.
Once you’ve narrowed down location and dates, you’re ready to get to the rest of your checklist for the wedding. A backyard wedding will probably be a more casual affair. Or, if you’re choosing a fancy reception hall you may want to go with a theme, whether rustic or modern.
Your location can also help to narrow down your guest list, decorations, and catering options! A backyard event may be good for a more down-home feel while a fancy reception will require a first-class caterer. Whatever the case, once you decide, you can prepare to send out the invites. An evite or DIY invitation works for an informal event; however, a formal wedding will require a more sophisticated invitation.
Cue Up the Clothes!
The wedding dress is an important part of every checklist for the wedding. But it’s important to remember that a lot more goes into the wardrobe for your wedding party! Fortunately, your theme will be a great deciding factor in what everyone should wear. For a casual event, men may be able to go in a suit and tie or a button-up shirt and pants. The ladies can opt for a casual dress or elegant skirt and shirt.
If it’s a more formal event, men in the wedding party may have to wear tuxedos. The ladies, on the other hand, can go with a semi-formal dress with the flower girl following suit! Whether your wedding is formal or casual, make sure everyone is dressed according to the theme.
Flowers and Photographers and Music, Oh My!
When you’ve determined the basics, you’re on your way to checking off everything on your wedding checklist! But, there are still a lot of things that will make your wedding really sing.
Flowers are a necessity if the décor is understated, but if you’re choosing a minimal look less can be more. Start contemplating the photographer at least six months before the wedding, if not sooner. Searching the Internet or asking around can be a great way to find a photographer that suits your style. It’s also a good time to start looking for wedding entertainment. Whether you spring for a DJ, a band or something more subdued, make sure it’s in line with the overall theme.
The Wedding Checklist
There’s more than enough to do before the big event, and this wedding checklist will help you get started.
Keep in mind, everyone is different, and many couples might plan a wedding less than a year after the engagement. We also have different priorities, so feel free to switch things up however you need to.
1 Year to Wedding
- Decide on your budget
- Figure out a theme
- Choose a location & date
- DIY or hire a wedding planner
9 Months to Wedding
- Choose a photographer and caterer
- Buy a wedding dress
- Decide on flowers
- Decide on the guest list & your wedding party
- Send out save-the-dates
6 Months to Wedding
- Hire the musicians or DJ
- Start a registry
- Order the invitations
- Order the bridesmaid dresses & flowers
3 Months to Wedding
- Try out the caterer and finalize your menu
- Buy a wedding cake
- Buy the wedding bands
1 Month to Wedding
- Finalize the dress fittings
- Get the marriage license
- Create a seating chart
- Call and confirm with the vendors
The Weeks Before the Wedding
- Confirm the details to your wedding party
- Give the caterer a guest count
- Pick up your wedding clothes
There are a lot of small details that add up to a memorable event. Fortunately, by being prepared and using a wedding checklist, you’ll check off all the boxes. If you’re getting married and have ideas for a checklist, let us know in the comments section. Be sure to ask friends and family on FamilyApp for some great tips and advice.
While you might encounter some struggles and snares, a little bit of planning goes a long way!