Daydreaming, you remember how romance filled the air when your boyfriend knelt down and asked you the big question, “Will you marry me?” while you answer tearfully, “Yes!”. At that time, you didn’t know what you were getting yourself into, and I’m not even talking about the marriage itself! I’m talking about wedding planning and making sure you choose what you think is best, it is YOUR WEDDING for goodness sake!
Wedding planning can be stressful when you don’t know what to do or where to go first. This article is your perfect Step 1.
Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day
Nothing will ever prepare you for what will happen on your wedding day, but then again, it pays to be ready. Wedding Planning includes making DIY project of more and more brides nowadays. This sort of trend does not only let the engaged couple save up the cost of hiring a wedding planner, but also because the experience of organizing your wedding the way you want it to be is priceless.
This guide will make sure that you will not miss out on any of the important details of your wedding.
Special thanks to Penn Oaks Westchester for this lovely infographic!
Preparation Is Key:
A Month-by-Month Guide to Planning Your Wedding
The average engagement in the U.S. is around 16 months. Here is a rundown of how to plan your wedding with the least amount of stress!
16 to 14 months in advance
Determine your budget
Advance planning will give you a realistic idea of what to look for in a venue, your dress, and decor.
Begin your guest list
The number of guests will affect your venue choice.
Choose your wedding party
Family members, childhood or college friends and your fiance’s siblings are traditional choices.
13 to 9 months in advance
Select a venue
Find one that can accommodate your guests and that suits your theme.
Set a date
Be sure to book your venue well in advance to avoid any scheduling conflicts further down the road.
Choose your wedding vendors
Caterers, photographers, and bands get busy quickly – be sure you schedule them for your wedding before it’s too late.
Have an engagement party
Remember that anyone you invite to this party must also be invited to your wedding.
Make hotel arrangements
Reserve a block of rooms for wedding guests.
8 to 6 months in advance
Book an officiant
A religious leader, a family friend, or even a parent may conduct the ceremony as long as long as he or she is certified.
Find a rehearsal venue
Could be the same venue as the wedding, but in a different room.
Send out save-the-date reminders
Allow your guests to get time off of work and make travel plans if necessary.
Buy a wedding dress
May take several trips, so give yourself plenty of time.
Register as couple
Let guests know what you’d like and where to shop.
Choose bridesmaid dresses
Find out if your bridesmaids have strong preferences and give them a few options.
Arrange wedding day transportation
Reserve limos for the wedding party.
5-6 months in advance
Set the menu
Your have already chosen your caterer, so meet with them a final time to determine menu and logistics for the day.
Send out invitations
Give guests time to RSVP and make final travel plans.
Order the groom’s suit
A properly fitted suit may take some time to tailor so it looks perfect.
Plan the honeymoon
If you need to update your passport for international travel, do this as soon as possible.
Order a wedding cake
Schedule a few tastings and order your custom cake.
3-2 months in advance
Schedule dress fittings
Be sure to wear the right shoes so the length is correct.
Get a marriage license
You may need a few copies for name changes.
Buy the wedding rings
If you want the rings engraved, you’ll need enough time to do it before the ceremony.
Make the wedding day schedule
Outline how the entire day will go.
Send your schedule to your vendors
Caterers, photographs, and bands can make any necessary changes with no surprises for you.
1 month advance
Make a seating chart
Keep family politics in mind and allow guests to meet new people.
Schedule a final dress fitting
The dress should fit perfectly for the big day.
Make sure hair and make-up personnel are confirmed
They should have ample time on the wedding day to primp everyone.
Have a bachelor or bachelorette party
Have a good time!
Write your vows
Give yourself time for revision and practice in front of a mirror.
2 weeks to 1 in advance
Get a haircut
Don’t do this the day before the wedding, as your hair may take a few days to settle.
Inform the wedding party of the schedule
The best man and maid of honor should know what’s happening at all times.
Send a final guest list to the caterer
Many companies do not allow changes within a few days of the wedding.
Pack for your honeymoon
You won’t want to stress about this right before or after your wedding.
Take a deep breath
You’ve planned everything and your day will go off without a hitch!
What to Ask Yourself When Planning a Wedding
Make sure the details are covered and that you have answers to the following questions:
What is the contingency plan for an outdoor wedding in case it rains?
What happens if we move indoors and we lose electricity?
Do my vendors have any hidden fees?
Does our wedding band know the songs we want to hear?
Is there a vegetarian meal option for guests?
Who will be giving the toasts?
Do we have a room for unexpected guests?
As they say, “planning is not everything”, so you need to pray and have faith at the same time for everything to work out well. Once you follow this guide, getting married will be a breeze. When anxiety strikes, just tell yourself, “It’s better to be anxious and prepared, rather than be anxious and unready.” This list was truly of great help to me, I hope it will serve you well too!
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