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A Simple Pre-Wedding Planning To-Do List

Feb14

Your wedding might seem like a tangled web of complicated to-dos at first glance, which is why a simple wedding planning list is a fantastic tool to keep near and dear. Glance at this wedding planning timeline every so often to make sure you’re on track and haven’t skipped over anything. Trust me, once you have a wedding planning guide right in front of you, holding your hand, you won’t feel so overwhelmed through this exciting yet nerve wracking process.

  • Create a wedding binder: First things first is to have a home for all things wedding. This way you’re not searching high and low for that wedding coordinator's business card.
  • Build your budget: Figure out how much you have to spend right out of the gate, before you spend too much.
  • Choose your wedding party: This is imperative to decide early on so that you can make sure your wedding party can make the date.
  • Begin the guest list: Since this could be a lengthy process you should start deciding who’s invited as soon as you can.
  • Wedding planner or not? At this point you need to decide if you even want to hire a wedding planner, and if so who?
  • Make reservation at your wedding venue: Since venues book up quickly make sure you snag the date you want at the venue of your dreams before someone else does.
  • Schedule your wedding officiant: Whether you choose to have a friend, family member, or priest marry you, make sure you schedule them in on your wedding date.
  • Host an engagement party: Spread the good news!
  • Hire a wedding photographer (and videographer): Just because this is next on the list doesn’t mean you should rush finding the perfect photographer who will capture your big day in the style you want.
  • Hire the entertainment: Ask friends for referrals; listen to demos online to find the perfect wedding band or dj.
  • Caterer meet and greet: Unless you’re getting married at a hotel or a venue that provides you with catering, make sure to meet your caterer.
  • Send out save the dates!
  • Buy your dream wedding gown.
  • Sign up for your wedding registry: It’s customary to sign at least three retail stores.
  • Bring your wedding to the web: Create a wedding website.
  • Book your honeymoon.
  • Decide on bridesmaid’s dresses.
  • Hire a florist.
  • Hire a limo.
  • Choose a wedding cake: The yummiest out of all of your to do’s.
  • Schedule dress fittings.
  • Find and book the hair and makeup artist of your dreams.
  • Give your playlist to the dj or band.
  • Menu cards: Make sure to print out the menus for the reception if your venue is not taking care of it.
  • The rings! Make a fun day or two out of finding the perfect wedding bands.
  • Attain your marriage license.
  • Solidify the reception seating chart.
  • Pick up your wedding gown from the alterations shop.
  • Communicate your final guest count to your caterer.

Phew! You made it!

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