There are many details associated with the wedding (some you know, some you’ll learn), so keeping a “Wedding To-Do List” will prove helpful. If nothing else, it will help you make sure the major items are done…on time…lol
Here’s a sample list that might prove helpful (in no particular order):
Set a date
Arrange for hotel room blocks
Book videographer (should you be planning on having video)
Book band or dj *keep in mind you might need to arrange for ceremony music (in our case both – we had a band for reception and dj for our after party)
Ask bridal party to be in wedding
Create wedding registry
Buy wedding dress
Most dresses have to be made unless they are off the rack. In that case, you will need at least 8mos to allow for order to be complete, so plan accordingly
Select and/or order bridesmaids dresses/ Select and/or order groomsmen attire
Book caterer (if not at a hotel where everything is in house)
Schedule/conduct wedding reception menu tasting
Book florist/rentals – should you be bringing anything else into the space
Create wedding website
You might not have all the details of your wedding day scheduled, but at least beginning to direct guest to your website early on is good as they will continue to refer back for information, registry info, etc.
Schedule/conduct engagement photo shoot
Finalize guest list
Your engagement party guest list is a good starting point! Plus a ‘weddiquette’ tip: your engagement party guest list really shouldn’t include anyone that you aren’t planning to invite to your wedding.
Order/Design Save the Dates
Send Save the Dates
Book your officiant
Design/Order Wedding Invitation Suite- invitations, ceremony programs, etc. (note: depending on the type of invitations you may need to plan on hiring a calligrapher)
Book makeup artist & hair stylist
Should you select your hair stylist and makeup artist in enough time a good time to do your trial would be for your engagement shoot!
Schedule dress fittings (note: the last month to two months is when you will likely schedule your fittings)
Arrange for rehearsal dinner venue
Order/Design rehearsal dinner invitations
Arrange for wedding transportation should it be necessary (note: for bride/groom as well as bridal party)
Purchase bridal party gifts
Purchase wedding bands
Obtain marriage license
Make arrangements for honeymoon
Order wedding favors – should you plan to do them
Create photo list to provide to photographer (ours asked for a list of certain family photos we wanted to have so that we made sure we got them)
Create music list to provide to band/dj should you have particular songs that you want played (on that note, decide on first dance/father-daughter dance/mother-son/ etc.)
Design/Order thank you notes
oh, and Say I do!!!!!
I came across this checklist – might be helpful for you future brides 🙂
Attention married and engaged ladies: do you have or did you use a checklist? If so, what was on it? Was it helpful?