A Wedding Planning Checklist before you say “I Do.”
So, you’re getting married and not sure where to begin? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite wedding planning tips and suggestions from Here Comes the Guide to bring you an easy to follow wedding planning checklist. Don’t forget to check out these great tips on Here Comes the Guide for your big day to ensure you enjoy the wedding of your dreams.
Wedding Planning Checklist:
First things first, make your budget and finalize your guest list. With 10-12 months left until the big day, you’ll want to make sure you have a very strict budget in place, as well as a final tally for your number of guests. It is important to get these two things out of the way before you begin finding a venue and dress. Then, once you set the date, you can begin your hunt for the perfect wedding venue that can easily accommodate your number of attendees.
With 6-9 months to go, you’ll want to decide on floral arrangements, choose your wedding cake and hire your entertainment for the evening. This is also a good time to begin your gift registry, arrange hotel room blocks for your out-of-town guests and shop for the perfect bridesmaid/flower girl dresses.
3-5 months left to go! By now, you should have booked your rehearsal and dinner location, order your wedding favors, schedule your makeup & hair trial, shop for your wedding rings and get those honeymoon plans in order!
When you are only a few weeks away, it’s crunch time. Make sure your invitations are mailed, touch base with all of your vendors, begin your dress fittings and start researching marriage license requirements and name-change paperwork. And, of course, you’ll want to have your final dress fitting.
A week before the big day, you’ll want to make sure you’ve picked up your gown, arranged the seating seat and place cards, give your caterer/venue the final guest count and start packing for your honeymoon.
The day before your wedding, make sure you figure out all tips and final payments for the vendors. Put them in individually marked envelopes and hand them over to someone in your bridal party. The last thing you want to worry about is money! Give out your wedding party gifts at the rehearsal dinner and make sure to get to bed early, tomorrow is the big day!
We hope you enjoyed our wedding planning checklist and found these tips helpful for your wedding day. If planning a wedding in the Washington DC/Rockville area, we invite you to visit our wedding and event venue at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!