Planning Your Big Day! A Wedding Checklist
As soon as you say “yes” and put that sparkling ring on, you will be swamped with wedding details before you know it. The closer your big day, the tighter your schedule becomes. Every bride dreams of her nuptials and how flawless and impeccable it is going to be. As a bride, you might feel quickly overwhelmed when choosing the venue, inviting guests, finding the perfect dress, and taking care of the smallest details before your big day. In order to have your ideal event, you need to take care of a few things beforehand. On that note, read on to find out essential things every bride should do before her wedding.
12 Months to Go
A few preparations need to be taken care of as early as possible to ensure that your wedding goes as planned; choosing venue design is one of them. Take some time to look for splendid venue design inspirations. Browse online websites and flip through bridal magazines to find the design you want.
Decide how much you’re willing to spend on your ceremony. Bear in mind that your family may make some financial contributions, so you need to include them in your budget, too. Calculate the cost of everything in your wedding, including your gown, venue, reception, and bookings, to have an idea of how much money you’re going to need.
Use a spreadsheet and make a headcount of the people you want to invite. Jot down their names, contact numbers, addresses, and any other relevant information. Planning a wedding on a budget is a daunting task, but the best thing to do to cut down costs is to invite fewer guests. Narrow your recipients down to close friends and family members unless you’re well-heeled and want a huge ceremony.
9 Months to Go
A Wedding Planner
By hiring a wedding planner, you will be handing over all the heavy-duty responsibilities to a professional. A good planner will be responsible for scheduling appointments, dealing with vendors, and figuring out all the nuts and bolts of your day. If you don’t want to hire a planner, you can buy planning books from an assortment of wedding planners whom you can take notes from to plan the perfect wedding. These books will help you stay on top of your to-do list and give you all the information you need in one place.
The Bridal Gown
Finding your dress can take a considerable amount of time, so make sure not to postpone shopping. You want to have as many options as possible without being rushed into a decision. Schedule at least three fittings to leave no room for mistakes, especially if you order a wedding dress that is made specifically for you.
6 Months to Go
By now, you should have decided on your wedding date and location. It is time to design your save-the-date cards and get them ready to be sent out. If you want to add a personal touch to them, you can include your engagement photos on the cards. The basic rule of mailing the cards is to do it six months before the ceremony. However, if it is a destination wedding, make sure you send them 8–-12 months beforehand.
Bridesmaids tend to be drama mamas, so make sure you allow at least six months for their dresses to be designed, sized, and ordered. Don’t delay this step as your gals can take a long time to agree on the same color or design. Take a deep breath and try to understand their perspectives and come to terms with their choices to ensure that your day goes as planned.
3 Months to Go
At this point, you need to check on the wedding invitations to ensure that they suit your needs and to start sending them. Even though you have a planner, you need to supervise their progress. Giving a taste to your wedding cake, booking hair and makeup artists, and setting a music wedding list are important things you should do three months before the big day.
Keeping up with a seemingly endless to-do list when preparing for your big day can make you overlook your own wellbeing. You need to relax and rest well before the wedding to have glowy skin and a gorgeous presence. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, eat healthy food, and get enough sleep. It is every bride’s dream to have a spectacular wedding that she won’t ever forget. That’s why we have gathered some crucial elements you need to take care of before your big day, so keep them in mind and remember to make time for self-care. Wishing you a happy ever after!
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan