You’ve just spent the best evening ever with your special other, he popped the question, you’re engaged. Now what? It is time to plan that wedding, of course.
The happiest day of your life takes many not so happy days to plan out and prepare. This is the part of the whole process that is far less glamorous and often buried deep underneath all of the cool memories by those who already got married.
One of the best ways to get things done right is to have a wedding planning checklist. If you have no idea where to start and need a helping hand, you’re in the right place. We’ve put together a basic but efficient bride’s wedding planning checklist that will get you where you need to go.
Feel free to use this as a basis to build off of. With that said, let’s get started!
1. Let’s Talk Budgets
Before you jump into choosing venues, dresses, and bands, you need to figure out what your overall budget is and how much you can spend on this entire adventure. Sit down with your fiancé or whoever is financing the wedding, and come up with a working budget. The budget can be tight, or generous, but it must be realistic. There are ways to plan the perfect wedding when money is tight, but there is rarely a way to come up with more money when there is none left. Find a real, manageable figure and work from there.
2. Put Together a Guest List
Knowing how many people are going to attend the wedding is kinda important for every next step of this process. This is also where you’ll have to be careful. We all want all of our friends and family to be there, but that oftentimes amounts to a large number of people. While there is nothing inherently wrong with the ‘the more, the merrier’ approach, be advised that more people means a more expensive wedding.
3. Find a Venue
Finding a good venue can be a real pain depending on how soon you want your wedding to take place. Most good ones are booked year-round and will sometimes be really hard to work with. However, there’s often plenty of good alternatives out there. Do your research on time, make a shortlist and start negotiating. Just one more tip regarding venues, make sure to actually visit the place and have a walkthrough before signing anything. That is the only way to be sure you’ve got the right place.
4. Set the Date
Your wedding is your special day. However, sharing that special day with others is what makes it more memorable down the road. Therefore, when you’re setting the date, try to figure out something that will work for your fiancé and you, but also your guests. Naturally, the exact date will also depend on the venues that have made it to your shortlist. This is where all of the pieces need to fit together before you can go one.
5. Book your Crew
The next step is to book your crew. You’ll need to find a good catering vendor to feed everyone, a good photographer to ensure that every valuable moment of that day gets captured, a florist, hair, makeup, baker and every other service that you’ll need. It also helps to have a coordinator too. It is highly recommended that you don’t compromise on any of these. A good crew keeping things running smoothly in the background is an invaluable asset.
6. Send Those Invites
With things in motion, it’s time to take care of the simple things. Send your invites on time, thus giving everyone plenty of room to get ready. Plan out your rehearsal dinner and figure out any small detail that might come up in the meantime. You’ve done most of the heavy lifting and the day you’ve been waiting for all along is drawing near.
7. Remember to Have Fun
Weddings are stressful but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun. Make sure to take a breather whenever you feel like you need one. Maintaining a grip on all of the things mentioned above can be draining, but remember to have fun! Otherwise, you’ll find yourself at risk of becoming a bridezilla, and that is just not a good look.
8. Get Married!
The only thing left for you to do is to step out on that altar and marry your partner already!