Congratulations on your engagement! You are now a step away from formalising a union of two souls that only the heavens can break. If only you have the wedding of your dreams, then everything would be perfect. But when you decide to plan your wedding, then you know you have a lot of things to do. From informing your entourage to your wedding registry, you know your work is cut out for you. Moving forward without a planner may seem complicated, but you can do it on your own. All you need is an excellent checklist to guide you.
Unfortunately, not all checklists are created equal. Some have a one-year timeframe, while some need to do a shorter one. So you may need to make one custom-made for your needs. To get you started, here are some significant factors that should always be on your wedding checklist.
A picture-perfect wedding is something that every couple dreams about. But when your wedding account is not in the millions, you may have to do with what you have in your actual budget. Breaking the bank should never be an option, and realistic planning must be done.
The guest list
Most modern weddings do not spend a lot on guests. But it would help if you made sure that everyone important in both of your lives should be there. You should always have a safe headcount estimate. Make a spreadsheet to help you decide who to invite. (Again, if your budget is not that big, your guest list will be the best way to cut down on costs.)
The engagement is like an entourage beacon to the ones closest to you. Who will be the maid of honour? Who will be the bridesmaids and groomsmen? Everyone will be naturally excited, so do not keep them second-guessing if they will be part of your list. Choosing your wedding party will be one of the most important things you need to do first for there to be no expectations from friends and family.
Venue (for wedding and reception)
You and your spouse-to-be have surely run-through your preferred wedding venue at some point in your relationship. Whether you go for a church or garden wedding, the fact remains that you may need a separate place for your reception. Inquire from your chosen locations as early as possible to have it booked soon.
You often ignore this step in the first month of preparation. But in reality, a wedding registry must be done as soon as you get engaged. Some well-wishers may want to wish you well by giving out a pre-wedding gift. Other people in your guest list may wish to congratulate you early by signing up on your registry. Also, you can avoid gift duplication, so you can get the items you want to have.
Confirmation from suppliers
Weddings are memorable. You need to contact a lot of people who will take charge when it comes to preserving memories such as a photographer and videographer. Make your church aisles and bouquet beautiful by hiring a trusted florist. You also need to contact the caterer, the band, wedding singer, and other wedding suppliers to ensure that you have the basics of your wedding down to a tee. You should book for their services as soon as you have a date and a venue set already.
No wedding is complete without the nuptial costumes. Since you want to look your best, you should scout for the ones you want (and again, which of them fits your budget). Again, you should book as soon as possible since it takes time to finish a wedding gown. Remember that you should be able to squeeze in at least three fittings, with the last one done a week before “The Day”.
If you are preparing for the wedding of the century, the trick is to keep calm and be focused. After all, the memories from your event will last you and your spouse for a lifetime.