STRESS LESS GIRL!
Here's A Wedding Planning Checklist
The question has been asked, the champagne has been popped + you've been showing off that new rock, but now it’s time to start planning!!
COME ON, YOU KNOW I'V GOT YOU!
Organizing a wedding can quickly become overwhelming-who knew there were so many details involved?! But, the good news is, planning the big day doesn’t actually have to be so demanding if you divide the tasks on a month by month basis with a wedding-planning checklist!
To help get you started on devising the wedding of your dreams, we’ve created the ultimate checklist to help guide you through the planning process that way you’re able to enjoy each step, while stressing less, having fun, and more importantly enjoy in this special time with your wedding planning crew!
Choose a date, talk budget, decide wedding style, make a guest list, explore ceremony + reception venue options while knowing your dream photographer (That's me) available dates, start assembling a dream team of wedding pros be sure to look into a wedding planner/coordinator you will be surprised how much they can help you + your big day, engagement photo session, choose wedding party, create wedding website, begin browsing Save the Date designs, order sample Save the Date, then order Save the Dates, begin researching wedding dress and veil styles, create wedding style mood boards on Pinterest.
Hire vendors, reserve ceremony & reception venues, purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments, choose bridal party attire + accessories, book officiant, mail Save the Dates.
Find hotels at different price points for out-of-town guests ( If, and only if this applies to you dream day), Browse wedding invitation designs, Refine guest list, Create gift registry, Begin planning honeymoon.
Reserve rentals, hire ceremony musicians, book transportation to and from venues, research wedding day hair and makeup styles, meet with officiant to discuss run down of ceremony, choose cake style & schedule tastings, decide groomsmen attire, personalize + order wedding invitation sample, purchase wedding bands, order wedding invitation suite, order thank you cards.
Order wedding cake, pick if you want real or fake flowers, if real meet with florist, schedule dress fittings, book honeymoon flights + hotel, book room for wedding night, prepare a playlist for DJ/band, finalize guest list, compile rehearsal dinner guest list, book rehearsal dinner venue, order rehearsal dinner invitations or make group text to save money.
Hair and makeup trial, book a photo booth rental, finalize readers and readings, finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order, plan reception seating, purchase toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow, finalize reception menu with caterer, order menu cards.
Mail wedding invitations, begin writing vows, review ceremony details with officiant, finalize seating arrangements, buy wedding-party gifts, apply for marriage license, purchase gifts for guests, lay out the content for wedding programs, finalize fittings for wedding party and parents, decide on “something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue,” if your into this kinda thing.
Final dress fitting, pick up marriage license, call vendors to confirm date, time & location, create wedding day timelines and send to vendors, confirm honeymoon reservations, pick up wedding rings, order any other stationary products you'll need for your big day.
Begin breaking in wedding shoes, make arrangements for the caring of pets & plants while on honeymoon, follow up with guests who have not RSVP’d, give final guest count to caterer, send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians, get haircut + freshen up color, update registries, delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals, delegate wedding dress, or any responsibilities that need dire attention after the wedding.
Prepare wedding day emergency kit, do finale meeting with your photographer + videographer share the images you want + any video requests you want captured, Give readers their scripts, prepare final payments to vendors + cash tips for service personnel.
Treat yourself to a mani/pedi + massage, attend wedding rehearsal, have fun at rehearsal dinner, thank everyone around you, get to bed at a decent hour.
Eat a good breakfast, stay off feet as much as possible, DO NOT WEAR A BRA let them girls just hang until you dress same with bridesmaids, allow plenty of time to get ready, drink water, take dress + veil out of the bag and have steamed if needed, lay out all items you want to be captured by photographer, give officiant fee and wedding rings to best man, exchange notes with fiancé, relax, smile and soak up every moment of the big day.
Most importantly TRUST YOUR VENDORS!!
BEYOND THE WEDDING
Ensure tuxes + all rentals have been returned, get wedding dress to cleaners/preserved, get your bouquet preserved, send out thank you cards no later than 3 weeks after wedding day.
This may seem like an overwhelming list of things to check off before your wedding day, but if you stick to the timeline your day should go off without a hitch!
As for the couples who have a shorter engagement time, pulling off your dream wedding is still possible and can be done in a stress-free manner as well! If you have 6 months to plan before your wedding then condense this list and try to get everything done at the 12 month mark done your first month then you should pretty much be on schedule for everything else. And just remember your wedding is one of a kind so things on the checklist might not pertain to you, understand this is guidelines, for a checklist, do what works for you!