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Top 15 Things That Should Be on Your Wedding Checklist
So you’re getting married. First of all congratulations! You have a very exciting time ahead of you – and a day that you’ll never forget. But as your wedding day is fast approaching, the planning process might become more and more daunting.
Don’t worry – this is completely normal. You want everything to be perfect, so you will undoubtedly spend a long time looking at different venues, dresses, flowers, etc. before you settle on the ones that are right for you.
Before arranging anything, however, it’s a good idea to think about exactly when you want to get married and your ideal budget – this will help you to narrow down the options.
If your wedding is in the near future and you don’t know where to start on the planning front, here is a list of the top 15 things that you should arrange before your big day. Of course, this list isn’t necessarily in order and not all of the points will align with everyone’s dream wedding ideas, so it’s important that you use this, along with other resources when planning:
Visit a Venue
This is perhaps the most important thing to do before you get married. You want to arrange several viewings of venues in your chosen location, seeing how they differ and which one is suitable. If you’re stuck, you can always create a shortlist and write out all of the pros and cons of each venue.
Once you know which venue is perfect for you and your partner, ensure that you book it at least a year in advance. This way, you’ll have the peace of mind that it’s reserved for your special day. Upon booking, most venues require a deposit – so make sure that you’ve budgeted this in.
Order Save The Dates + Send Them
Once you have your venue in hand, think about ordering save the dates with the exact date and time of your wedding. Of course, you don’t have to send these a year in advance.
These can be sent anywhere between 10 months and 6 months before the wedding. Ensuring that your guests keep the date free, you can create customized save the dates to represent your wedding theme.
Appoint your Wedding party
Another key step to take is to appoint your wedding party. From choosing your bridesmaids to groomsmen, the Maid of Honor, the Best Man and the flower girls/ring bearers, this is an exciting step to take. Think carefully who you want to choose, however, as you don’t want anyone feeling as though they’ve been left out.
Book Your Honeymoon
This is a very exciting part of the wedding planning – looking at different honeymoon destinations and booking the getaway. No matter where you’re looking at and how you’re looking to go away for, you’ll have a fabulous time away with your partner. Just make sure not to book this the day after your wedding as you’ll be exhausted from the day before!
You can go as extravagant or as simple as you want with your wedding flowers – whether they fit your unique theme or you choose your favorite type, they will add a beautiful touch to the church/venue you’re getting married in.
Wedding flowers can be expensive though, so make sure that you compare a variety of florists beforehand.
Purchase Wedding Invitations
Along with your save the dates, wedding invitations are a must purchase. Within your wedding invitations, make sure that you add all of the timings, venue information, accommodation options nearby etc.
Wedding invitations are custom, created to your style – and whether you design these yourself online or arrange to meet a company who’ll create them for you, you’ll have fabulous invites that you can’t wait to send out. As a guide, wedding invitations are typically sent out anywhere from 7 – 3 months prior to your wedding day.
Get Your Outfits
Whether you’ve dreamt about buying your wedding dress since you were younger or it’s something that you’re getting more and more excited about leading up to your wedding day, it’s an unforgettable moment. Spend some time looking at different wedding dresses and arrange for several fittings with your loved ones.
On the same day that you’re getting your dress, suggest that your partner goes and finds his suit, along with his groomsmen. Your bridesmaid/flower girls’ dresses can either be chosen on the same day or on a different day depending on your preference.
Book Hair and Makeup
A couple of months before your wedding day, book a hair and makeup artist. Meeting them beforehand to decide on the hair and makeup style that you want, they will be there at the start of your big day to ensure that you’re feeling fabulous.
When thinking about your perfect hair or makeup style, look at various inspiration resources, such as Pinterest. When you’ve found the ideal look for you, you can then buy any accessories that you’ll need to accompany it – such as a veil or hairpiece.
Create a Gift List
This is a very fun part of your wedding preparations – creating a gift list. If you’ve just moved into your first house together, or simply are in need of some house bits, this is the perfect time to ask for them from your family and friends.
Many people also add personalized items to their gift list, that they can remember their wedding day by – e.g. Mr and Mrs champagne flutes.
Go Shopping For Wedding Bands
Shopping for your wedding bands is very romantic. A time when you and your partner choose rings for your wedding day, they can be as expensive or as affordable as your budget allows. Some people choose wedding bands that fit with their engagement rings, whereas others only wear their wedding bands after their wedding day.
Arrange Evening Entertainment
For the evening of your wedding, you’ll want to have evening entertainment for you and your guests. Whether this is a DJ, live music, a photobooth, a roulette table, etc. it’s an extra touch that your guests will appreciate.
Rent Hotel Rooms
You’re going to want somewhere to stay at the end of your wedding day. So make sure that you book a hotel room ahead of time for you and your partner. Whether this is in the hotel that you’ve got married in or nearby, it gives you the assurance that you have somewhere luxurious to stay overnight.
As well as booking the room for you and your partner, it’s also a good idea to book a block of hotel rooms for your guests too.
Write Your Vows
If you’ve decided to write your own vows, make sure that you do this far in advance. This gives you the chance to make several versions before you settle on the best one. If you leave this until the last minute, you’ll find that you’re incredibly stressed and that they might not be as good as you hoped.
Try to keep your vows between 1 – 2 minutes, any longer is a little over the top. When writing your vows, think back at all the memories that you have with your partner and what you’re looking forward to in the future – making sure that your vows are unique and fit you perfectly. As well as this, some people add little poems or lyrics to a song that means something to them as a couple
Look at Catering Options
If your venue doesn’t include catering in the wedding package, sit down and research various caterers in your area. You can then arrange tastings with them and create your unique wedding and reception menu. When looking at caterers, make sure that you also consider any special diets that your guests have – e.g if they are vegetarian, it’s worth arranging a meat-free option for them.
Along with the catering, arrange a cake tasting at your local bakery. Talking through with your baker the type of cake that you want, along with the size and any other additional features you want to add to it, it’s an item that you should prioritize.
Choose a Theme
Nowadays, people often choose a wedding theme. This can be anything from a season-themed wedding such as autumnal or spring, or can be something completely unique – such as a Harry Potter themed wedding. Your wedding theme will depend on you and your partner’s tastes – as well as the budget that you have.
Once you’ve decided on your theme, you can include it in every decision that you make – from the style of the cake to the color of your bridesmaid dresses, suits and centerpieces.
So, there you go! There is a list of the top 15 things that should be on your wedding checklist. What you settle on, of course, is up to you and what your budget allows. But whatever you decide on, your day will be unforgettable for you and your partner.
Throughout the process, just keep in mind that it’s yours and your partner’s day – so it should be planned around you two. When the planning gets stressful or daunting, just take a step back and spend some quality time with your partner. This way, you’ll return to the process feeling a lot more relaxed and prepared.