Once you’ve finally said the most decisive “yes” in your life, you feel like the luckiest person in the world. But time flies and your wedding is likely just around the corner, bringing a great number of decisions, tasks and challenges that will demand your attention and dedication. Planning your dream wedding takes a lot of effort, time and energy. However, there’s no need to panic, because we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve prepared the ultimate wedding planning checklist to help you get through the most exciting yet stressful period of your life.
Set a wedding budget
First and foremost, you two need to discuss and decide on a wedding budget with your partner so that everything else can be planned accordingly. Once you’ve worked out the final budget based on your and your families’ contributions, you might want to start a wedding folder or binder. This will help you organize both financially and creatively and also make the process more interesting and relaxing by filling in the folder with the help of family members and friends.
Register for gifts
Registering for gifts is one of the tasks that don’t necessarily fall under the category of your wedding to-dos, but it can make life easier for both you and your guests. Instead of receiving tons of useless and identical gifts and having your friends banging their heads against the wall trying to come up with the perfect gift, set up a simple and secure gift registry and say goodbye to unwanted presents.
Choose a date and book a reception venue
Reserving the date and venue can prove to be the hardest and the most stressful part of organizing a wedding. You might be torn between picking a symbolic date for your relationship or going with what’s most convenient. Either way, you need to do it as soon as possible because almost all things about your wedding center around the date. Once you’ve picked the date, it’s time to select and book the reception venue, hire a band, taking into consideration all possible factors such as travel time (if you have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception), weather conditions, the number of guests and decor.
The guest list
Developing your guest list can take long nights of trying to remember distant relatives, old friends from high school and colleagues from former jobs. And you’re always anxious you might be forgetting someone important. This is why compiling your guest list should be one of your utmost priorities. Starting your guest list well ahead of your wedding will spare you the stress and grant you enough time and room to prepare, revise and send out the invitations, assign the seating and book accommodation for out-of-town guests.
Purchase a dress
And a suit, for the grooms-to-be – but suits are much easier to decide on. Girls tend to be picky about their wedding gown since the moment they first encountered a beautiful bride in a cartoon movie. This is the moment they’ve dreamed about for years and years, and the dress is the centerpiece of the event so it’s important to choose wisely and timely. At least a couple of months before the big day, purchase and bring your shoes along to your dress fitting so the tailor can choose the appropriate length for your gown.
Shortly after the proposal euphoria and excitement, you probably just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy being engaged. However, that might quickly seem impossible after you consider the numerous obligations, tasks and plans required for your wedding day. However, it doesn’t have to be impossible. If you take a note of the 5 essential tips above and start crossing things off your to-do list now, you’ll be free in no time and ready to enjoy your role as a fiancée for a little more.