It may seem overwhelming at first, but every wedding moves according to THE PLAN if you take the time to do it right. No time? No experience? Scared of where to start? Follow this wedding checklist and cross each item off when completed.
1. Create your budget.
Work out your budget. Determine how much you’ve got to spend. What are the sources of those funds? (Hint: do not say my Visa or MasterCard). This will include the guest list. How many people do are you planning will attend? The reception will likely represent the single largest wedding expense.
2. Choose your theme.
Decide on the type of wedding you want. Morning, afternoon, evening? Formal or not?
3. Choose your venue.
Decide on the date and book your venues for the ceremony and reception. If they are in separate places, try to minimize the travel time between them.
4.Choose who will marry you.
Book the officiant for your ceremony.
5. Do the legwork.
6. Shop for your dress.
Find your dream gown. Order it and make possible bridesmaid selections.
7. Choose the wedding party.
Select members of your wedding party. Select and order bridesmaids gowns and order tuxedos.
8. Accommodate the guests.
If you will have out of town guests, book a block of rooms at two or three different sites with price options available for your guests.
9. Set-up your registry.
Register for gifts. Sign up at a minimum of three retail locations – again with a variety of price points.
10. Be confident in your planning.
Know that there are many other decisions you’ll need to make but this wedding checklist is key and will provide a structure for you to follow as you choose options.