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Complete Wedding Checklist

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Complete wedding checklist

Complete wedding checklist

Everything you need for Your Big Day

  1. Set your date. Picking the time is the first thing you need to do after becoming engaged is choosing when you will get married! There are a lot of stuff to consider when selecting a date. Will you have a big wedding and if you do are there people coming from out of state? Will you need to work around work or school schedules for yourself your fiancé or your guests? Will you have it inside or outside? If it is going to be outside what season do you want to have it in?
  2. Plan your engagement shoot! The next step is to capture this moment of joy and smiles and love. The photos taken at your engagement shoot can be used on your save the date card and your wedding invitation, and you may want to display them at the wedding and all over your house for years to come.
  3. Choose where you will get married. Once you have the location decided you can start looking for venues in the area and vendors that will be able to help make your day everything you have ever dreamed of. Make sure you and your fiancé agree on the location and will be happy with the area.
  4. Start your guest list. Write down everyone. There will be plenty of time later to decide who will or will not be invited.
  5. Search for a wedding list or planner. Find one that works well for you. If you don’t put your phone down more than two minutes at a time and keep it on you even when sleeping, an app will probably do the trick. If you have to write everything down to keep it in order in your brain, you will probably do better with a notebook or chart you can carry with you. If you are addicted to your computer and can type faster than most people talk you may want to consider finding a website or program you can put on your laptop.
  6. Consider hiring a wedding planner. You may not do well under stress, or some things may just slip through your mind and never return until it’s missing from where it belongs. A wedding planner will have you covered. They will collect all the details they need to make your day perfect without forcing you to stretch your mind and body into a scramble that can’t think straight. I would suggest finding someone you get along well with that will listen to your needs and work to make your visions come through. You will be spending a lot of time talking to and communicating with this person until the big day.
  7. Think about wedding colors. Start looking at wedding photos and see if you like any of the color combinations. Which ones suit you and your big day?
  8. Make a wedding registry. Some people like to get ahead of the game and will start buying you things before they even know if they are invited to your wedding. Make sure those gifts are things you want by creating a registry early. Choose a few different stores and use their websites to make a list of the things you would like to furnish your future home and life.
  9. Check out Venues. Go with your fiancé and look at locations to get married and have your reception. These places (especially the good ones) can book up to two years in advance. Make it a point to have your guest list almost finished before you choose the venue. You don’t want more people showing up than the venue can hold.
  10. Think about who you want as your officiant. Do you have a family member that is an officiant that can marry you? Do you remember how far your youth minister took you through life and do you still text them when you are in a bind and need someone to sit down have a cup of coffee and just give you some advice? Consider asking them to marry you.
  11. Finish your guest list. Make sure you have covered all your bases crossed out the people you or our fiancé does not want to invite and make a final list of only the people that are going to be invited to your wedding.
  12. Book the venue you fell in love with that works for the budget and the size of your event. Make sure they allow candles if you decide to decorate with them or animals if you want a dove release or any other minor details before putting a deposit down.
  13. Check out vendors. Everyone will be nice to start with the just talk with a few people compare prices and designs and reviews for all of the choices at hand. This includes your baker, photographer, videographer, caterer, entertainment, DJ, decorator, and even the bar servers.
  14. Pick your bridal party! Think about this before you make any fast decisions. You may text of Facebook a friend every day of your life but can you rely on them? These ladies need to be there for you inside and out when you need them if at all possible. If you don’t have a friend that would answer your call at 3 in the morning you may want to consider putting your mother on this list. For real though you will need these ladies at your bridal shower, several times to shop for, try on, and alter your dress, to pick out and help make decorations if necessary, and not to mention all the invitations that will need to be addressed. Choose these ladies very carefully.
  15. Book your vendors. Deposits will get you on the calendar and get you a signed contract to make sure everything goes smoothly on your big day.
  16. Shop for that dress. You will need to have this altered two months in advance, and you may even need to order it in a different size than what the store has in stock which can take a few months in some cases. Look at a few places before committing to anything and ask about upcoming sales before paying way too much for a dress that will be half off in 30 days!
  17. Shop bridesmaid dresses. If you have ladies that are different shapes and sizes you want to make sure everyone is comfortable and flattering in the dress they wear, consider doing the same color with different styles to suit each body type.
  18. Send save the dates. These will probably hang on the fridge of family and friends for years. Everyone has been waiting for them since they heard about your engagement!
  19. Plan the rehearsal dinner. This will be a fun night when you get to walk through your big day since you have probably never done this before and don’t want to mess up!
  20. Book your honeymoon. You will remember this time forever. Make it worth it, and have a magnificent time. It needs to be somewhere you and your fiancé can be comfortable and happy and relaxed.
  21. Choose your hair and makeup style. This could change several times before your big day, try seeing what styles like with your dress on to make sure you will love your pictures.
  22. Consider dance lessons. You may want to see yourself and your man dance before everyone else is starting and putting pressure on you not to mess up.
  23. Buy or create decorations and wedding favors. This could be a fun project for the wedding party to get together and take care of. Crafty things often put a nice touch to weddings too.
  24. Order your wedding bands.
  25. Send your wedding invites.
  26. Write your vows or practice the ones you will repeat at the ceremony. At the moment you may not hear the words the officiant is telling you to repeat, you may want to know what they are so you can recite them when prompted.
  27. Get a guestbook and any other side decorations you want to be displayed.
  28. Get your marriage license. You will need this for it to be legal!
  29. Pay off all of your vendors and venues. Make sure everything is squared away before the day of your wedding. You don’t want to be walking down the aisle wondering if your fiancé remembered the checkbook.
  30. Have your rehearsal and enjoy it. This will be much more stressful the following day or time you go through this so have fun with it and laugh at the mistakes and jokes!
  31. Get hitched! Its time you have prepared and waited now start the rest of your happily ever after!

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