So it’s time to plan out your big day. Preparing for your wedding can be one of the most nerve wracking and tedious tasks you’ll have ever to do. This is why you have the birthing of bridezillas. But who wants to turn into that?
You can avoid this by making your wedding planning as simple as possible. And this is where our quick checklist comes into play. Hopefully, you’ve given yourself plenty of time to prepare – say, 12 months? If not, you can still use the following checklist to guide you up until your big day.
12+ Months in Advance
At this point, there’s little to worry about, since you have plenty of time to plan. But don’t get too comfortable. There’s a lot that needs to be done even now. For example, you need to select your date. Some people even go as far as to choose three different dates, just in case.
The budget should also be talked about at this point, so you don’t go overboard. You can also begin selecting your maid of honor, best man, flower girl, bridesmaids, ring bearer and groomsmen.
Search around for different venues to see which of them are appealing. Are you looking to have an indoor or outdoor wedding? This is important to know.
8-11 Months in Advance
During this time, you want to begin picking out the attire and accessories for your bridal party. Make reservations for the ceremony and reception venues. An officiant will also need to be booked. Other professionals you should hire include a DJ or band, florist, planner, videographer.
Start selecting places for your honey moon and hotels for your out-of-town guests.
This is also a great time to start a fitness routine and and beauty regimen. After all, you want to look great for your big day!
4-7 Months in Advance
Now’s the time to play around with ideas for your wedding day hair and makeup. Meet with the officiant that will perform at your ceremony. And make reservations for chairs, linens, lighting and other décor.
The cake design will also need to be selected, along with the attire for the groomsmen. Make sure you have transportation to and from the venues. This is also a great time to purchase your wedding bands. And if you don’t already have one, buy a wedding invitation suite.
If you haven’t already, you need to choose your flowers, book a room for your wedding night and prepare the song list for the DJ or band. A rehearsal dinner venue also needs to be booked.
The Last Three Months
A lot needs to be done at this point, such as creating and mailing out the invitations, buying the toasting flutes, flower basket and gifts for attendants. Reservations should already be booked for your musicians, honeymoon and venues.
Make sure to confirm them all, just in case. Make sure to write Thank You notes to all the guests that gave you gifts. Also, follow up with the guets that haven’t RSVP’d, so you know how many are coming.
This is your special day, make sure it’s properly planned. You can also use Groupon to shop around for deals on shoes, clothes and flowers. If you want to do something unique, you can try out 23 and Me with your new husband!