The Ultimate Wedding Checklist
The rings have been exchanged, the date and the wedding venue have been fixed. But this is when the dread sinks in, and you might start feeling anxious about managing it all yourself or your D-Day.
You could be the anxious kind, overwhelmed by the heaps of decisions that you need to make, or maybe you are the organized one who has been making wedding checklists, taking notes and inspiration through your personal research.
No matter how you approach it, wedding planning can be a daunting task for the best of us. And this is the main reason that people hire wedding planners.
But that’s why we composed this concise list of to-do’s that should make it easier for you to organize the tasks chronologically over time – be it a year or a hurry of 6 months.
Have a look into this step by step guide to planning your wedding and start your wedding planning today!
Set the budget
The wedding budget is probably the most crucial item on the wedding planning checklist that needs to be taken care of first off. Start allocating funds to the priorities of the things and features that you want in your wedding.
Keep estimating prices of the things you want to include in the list so that nothing misses your vision – because it’s always going to be more than what’s anticipated, lest you keep it in check.
Get the guest-list ready
You’d want everyone to come to your wedding, but you know that it can’t be manifested. After knowing your approximate budgets, you can get an idea about what kind of headcount works for you.
A wedding guest list affects everything, from the venue and food to their stay. But this not just your call, both the partners get a say, so this process will require everyone’s contribution.
Hire a wedding planner
This is a personal choice and dependent on your budget, but this could substantially make everything that follows on the list, very easy to manage.
They can guide you and walk through your ideas and tell you just the right measures you need to undertake to achieve them – by handling all the budget restraints and logistics.
Decide the wedding theme
This is quite an important task on the wedding planning guide, where both the partners need to discuss what they want the wedding to look like.
Now it’s normal for the bride to worry more about every detail and want to sort everything by herself, but try trusting your fiancée in this and ask them to inculcate their inputs too.
This can be quite a bonding experience for the couple and a great way to share the stress too.
The next item on the wedding checklist is selecting a venue, which can be quite a time-consuming and formative decision –and you might want to take care of this before the ones you like are already booked.
If you’re marrying in peak season, then you might just want to do it before starting on any other process because not only will you have to like it, you need to see the options and how many venues you might need for the events.
Hire vendors and entertainers in advance
These agents of work will put in the effort to make a spectacular night unforgettable for you.
Check out reviews, interview them personally, ask for commitment through contracts, and hire them way beforehand to avoid any discrepancy at the last moment.
Shop for your wedding outfits
Time to decide on the looks for the night when everyone’s eyes would be on you. You need to finalize an outfit for every event, and that can take some time, given the plethora of design and types of wedding outfits that keep getting introduced in the market.
Book rooms for your guests
Since it’s quite plausible that you would have family and guests flying out to your wedding, and most certainly they would if it’s a destination wedding.
Add on your wedding checklist to check out the hotels in and around the venue and make sure you calculate comfort and costs for your loved ones.
Create a wedding website
Adding this to your wedding checklist can be a cute little memoir for your wedding.
Creating a wedding website is an easy method to update your guests through tidbits and keep it as a go-to virtual album for easy sharing purposes later.
Plan your pre-wedding album
This can give a much-needed break after all the browsing and booking of the things on your wedding checklist before the real-time action starts happening again. You can pick a serene getaway or explore some corners in the city to get your pre-wedding pictures set in place.
Send ‘save the date’s
After finalizing everything on the wedding checklist that should concern you and your guests, inform your guests that you’ve made it official, so they can set their time and be there.
In the midst of all the worry and planning, do not forget to splurge on the most romantic vacation of your life. Fix the date and sit back until the storm calms down, so you can enjoy the fruits of pre-planning.
Hair and makeup trials
The chances are that the airbrushed images on Instagram and Pinterest might not be a good look a day before the events. So it’s highly recommendable to try out your MUAs and hairstylists a couple of months ahead.
The guests might miss a few details here and there in your gala, but something that gets remembered and cherished the most is the food, so get your thinking caps on, make a note on your wedding checklist and start building your menu a month or two before.
Plan a photo-booth
A fun way to increase the social media presence of your wedding is to create a cute little photo booth addition, with probably the wedding names hashtag as décor in there.
These are some things that you can add to your wedding checklist, which are subjective to if you have some time left a week before the events kick start.
- You can assemble gift bags that you think are a perfect balance of thoughtful and useful.
- You can get together with your friends and family to create a music playlist.
- Get your spa treatments and mani-pedis with your bridesmaids and best men.
- And last but not least, drink lots of water and get ample sleep so you can enjoy the precious moments.
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