The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

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The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

Planning to celebrate a perfect wedding? Let’s get this straight; we want everything to be perfect on this big day.
From invitation cards sent timely to our friends and relatives to deciding on a perfect menu, venue, and a wedding dress.
So much to do, so much to plan, and we can’t afford anything going wrong on this big day, right?
Don’t worry we have you covered in this guide!

Trust me, it’s not easy, been there, done that. It doesn’t even matter if you have two months or 2 years to get married. It still causes a lot of stress.

You plan big, you create endless lists on a paper or mentally, only to find out on last minute that you have left out so many essentials without which your “supposed to be perfectly planned wedding” won’t be the same.

So, to save you from stress and unnecessary trouble we have created our exclusive wedding checklist, just for you.
Wedding planning can be extremely tiring and unnerving; especially if you are on your own. You can’t possibly do everything alone; you need support, a good budget, and not mention proper planning.

Whoa! Daunting isn’t it? The good news is…

This step-by-step wedding planning guide will walk you through all the main things you would need in order to pull off a perfectly well-planned wedding day. So that you get to enjoy your big day as everyone else without a worry in the world (after all you deserve it, darling, you are the one getting married)

So, trust us we know what you need and have everything covered for you, if you follow our perfect wedding checklist

That brings us to our next question…

Before you start out you need to know what kind of a wedding you are looking forward to.
Do you strictly want it to be under budget or you want a big lavish wedding with lots of people, great champagne and food?
I personally planned my own wedding checklist based on a budget I was ready to spend on.
I am not saying that you need to be on a budget too, but starting out with a budget in mind is an excellent way to start.
After all, it all boils down to what you can afford having on the wedding and what can make your budget exceed.
It’s always a good idea to have at least a rough budget in mind.
As much as we all want big weddings, but, alas, not everyone has a great bank balance.
For someone who in on a strict budget, if come across a wedding checklist with 100 steps to follow, would get overwhelmed and might even faint.
So, keeping the above idea in mind, we have created a simple wedding checklist, something that’s easy to follow —or maybe a flowchart, (whatever you would like to call it) just for your convenience.

Just print it out.

Stick it to your dressing table mirror, or on your fridge, and just follow with essential steps.
Again, for some people the idea of having a long checklist is somewhat comforting (as I said earlier it depends on what sort of a planner you are) or what are your preferences.
As the idea of having lots of things to check off is somewhat comforting to some people, who are naturally fussy (Lol).
We all have our own way of doing and managing things and it’s perfectly alright, as long as we don’t miss anything that we might regret on our big day.
So yes maybe a nice long list isn’t such a bad idea after all.
I am sure you must have heard of many funny stories of how some couples forgot to pay for postage for their wedding invitations or how they totally forgot to get a bride’s maid dress designed, hahaha, funny, isn’t it?

  • When we focus on too many irrelevant things (things we don’t actually need), we kind of miss on the most relevant items.
    Some even get scared to appear on their own wedding day(well, let’s that another story altogether, let’s not go over there).
    So without any further ado, check out our wedding checklist, feel free to mark or unmark it, or use it as per your individual needs.
    You may want to scroll down to check our wedding checklist or just click here to download our wedding checklist, that’s absolutely free!!
    Just print it out.
  • Stick it to your dressing table mirror, or on your fridge, and just follow with essential steps.

Sixteen to Nine Months before — Just Starting out

  • First things first, your first priority should be to set out a budget, create a list that caters to your top preferences — where you can save and where you have a margin to overspend.
  • Once top priorities are taken care of, then only create an additional list of the items you might need.
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  • Here Comes The Guide is here to help you through your wedding planning, and a great place to start is with our Wedding Checklist!
    Do your research, and be creative. Look for best wedding ideas, or real weddings on Pinterest, or read as many wedding blogs and magazines that will get your creative juice flow and will help you identify your own unique wedding style and colors palettes you would want to experiment with.
    Create an initial guest list, starting with different categories such as immediate family, distant family, friends, neighborhood, acquaintances, and colleagues; so that you don’t miss out on anyone (you would need to be sure about the guest count prior to creating your list).
    Choose on a bride’s maid —who you want to be by your side on your big day.
    Find the best venue for your ceremony — accommodating the number of guests you are going to invite.
    Spend some time researching for the best venue for your ceremony and reception — accommodating the number of guests you are going to invite. Reserve your date. Prepare questions you want to ask before visiting the venue.
    Wedding insurance? It’s another thing you must consider. You might also want to check other options such as Liability insurance, cancellation insurance, etc.
    Once the date is finalized, tell your family and friends to mark their calendar or save the date. You might also want to send out Save-the-date card, create a Whatsapp group or send emails reminding friends to mark their calendar.
  • You can also create a free website where you can share a wedding card or any possible dates related to the wedding. You can even share your wedding pictures here. (i.e., wedding channels.)
  • Now is the time to start preparing for perfect accessories that go with your wedding dress (or tux!) accessories. For innovative ideas check out trunk shows or bridal fairs.
  • Now is the time to look for perfect stilettos and a matching clutch.
  • Start searching for perfect honeymoon packages to turn your honeymoon into a dream honeymoon. Plenty of packages available online, pick one with the ideal honeymoon destination and one that suits your budget, too.

Eight months before — make progress slowly but gradually

  • Hire the DJ/Entertainment. Attend their shows, or watch any video recordings to see how they perform in front of the audience, then only hire them.
  • If you think wedding preparation is overwhelming and keeping you on toes, you might even consider hiring a wedding planner.
  • If you want to stay hassle free on your big day, then you might want to hire a Vendor. An all-rounder will take care of catering, photographer/ videographer, and an officiant.
  • Make sure everything is in black and white when you hire a vendor. Research, interview and then hire right booking vendors. (those who offer a reasonable rate and preferably with good experience).
  • Look for hotel rooms for out of town guests, make sure pick up hotels that are close the reception venue.

Seven to Six months before — Steadfast, just a few months to go

  • Decide on a card’s layout and content of your wedding invitation card with your card designer.
  • Decide on flower arrangement with your floral designer.
  • Now is the time to shop for bridesmaids dresses.
    Have a meeting with the officiant and figure out how exactly want your wedding to be.
  • Consider transportation options now. Your best bet would be limos but know they are quite risky when you are wearing a fitted gown. Also consider town cars, trolleys, and minibusses.
    Five to four months before — brace yourself, yes, you can do it
    It’s time for asking the stationery for a sample of finished invitation cards and revise and make changes according to your needs.
  • Choose your wedding cake, do a tasting of samples and then order the cake with your cake designer.
  • Purchase your wedding shoes now. And take the shoes along you when you go to your designer for first fitting. This will help in choosing the appropriate length of your dress.
  • Purchase your undergarments now. Make sure it goes with your wedding gown or it can ruin the look of your wedding day. It should fit your curves nicely; also try your gown wearing on it to check the fitting.
  • Now is the perfect time to schedule hair and makeup artists.
  • Now is the time to start preparing for perfect accessories that go with your wedding dress (or tux!) accessories. For innovative ideas check out trunk shows or bridal fairs.

Three months before — Time to re-check and revise

  • Finalize menu cards, as well as all the scheduled programs.
  • Ordering wedding favor, It is the right time now if you’re planning to give welcome baskets to your guests.
  • Make every necessary arrangement such as childcare arrangements, etc.
    Also, check out with your dress designer to see how the dress designing is coming along, and in case the dress is ready prior to delivery time, check it out in advance for any possible ill-fitting and flaws.
  • Purchase your wedding rings. This will give you plenty of time to decide on a perfect ring, resizing and engraving.

Now concentrate on finalizing some important stuff;

    • Details from your cateres, Menu items you wanted are on the list, Beverages you want on your big day.
    • Finalizing the guest list, the most important thing to make sure who is actually coming to your wedding, so you can make other arrangements according to that.
    • Share guest list and discuss the final schedule bridal shower/bachelorette details the person(s) hosting your party. So you get plenty of time to make any tweaks and changes.
    • Final the orders for the ceremony and your reception slot the positions depending on what you want to happen during the whole event. I.e., Kicking off the dance, cake cutting ceremony.
    • Confirm the text you want to be as your invitation text with the stationery. Consider ordering any other stationery such as thank you cards, menu cards, e.t.c)
  • Setup timeline for the reception formalities.

It’s time to finalize all the fantasies you made for your honeymoon. Make sure you have all the essential documents, and they are up to date. (i.e., Apply for the visa, if you want to go to a country that doesn’t have visa on arrival for your country.)

Two months before — time to finalize

  • Talk to your vendor again, answer any questions they had from your first meeting or ask anything else you want to ask. Confirm the dates, and the deposits to make, e.t.c.
  • Send out the invitations to your guest!
  • Start with your research for the marriage license requirement and start getting done with the name change paperwork.
  • Go for your second dress fitting.
  • Start writing thank you cards for the for all the early wedding gifts you received.
  • Go out and enjoy your bachelor’s party.

1 month before – Almost there, hold tight

  • Enter RSVP in your guest lists. Don’t forget to phone people who haven’t responded to your invitation.
  • Grab your marriage license. To give yourself some freedom from the documents being missing, order several copies of that.
  • Visit the dressmaker for the final fit of your wedding dress, if you got enough luck, this would be your last visit. HAHA, sometimes things mostly don’t work our way and especially if it comes to dress we always end up getting some small problems, so it’s important to make sure that your dress is all set to rock.
  • Finalize what shots you want on your wedding day and reception with your photographer/videographer.
  • Confirm times for all the hair and makeup appointments and with your vendors. You can’t any risk here.
  • Send directions to all the chauffeurs, and the transportations guys you hired. So they can know the exact location to drop your guest. This will eliminate any conflict they have in their mind about your location.
  • It’s time to purchase gifts for your bridesmaid.
  • You can get your hair cut or color if you want to try something new, this will give you enough time to be comfortable with your new hairstyle.
  • The Day before… Chin up, you’re almost there!
  • You need to make sure that all the wedding day stuff is packed and on the go! (This will include important things like your marriage license and rings, make sure to keep them)
  • Recheck arrival times with your vendor; Call the photographer one last time to make sure everything is fine on their end too.
  • Book some treatment for you, such as Spa or how about having a manicure and pedicure, so your nails look polished and sharp.
  • Assign different small tasks to people on your wedding day.
  • Start packing your bags for a honeymoon.

Have a good sleep the night before. Nobody likes to stay dizzy in their busy day, so how can you stay low on such an important day of your life that you were planning for, so take my advice and go to sleep early. That will help your inner beauty rise and shine the next morning.
And TADA, the big day is here!
If you’ve hired a vendor make sure their final payment costing is made, Put the amount in an envelope and hand over the envelope to someone you trust (i.e., relative or close friend), so that they can hand out at the reception.

After the reception is done, you’ll naturally end up having a lot of gifts. Allot someone to pack the gifts and everything else that belongs to you.

Allow yourself enough time to get ready for the day, if you’re calling a makeup artist home than ask them to arrive early and start working with your makeup. If you’ve to head out to some parlor, leave for that a bit early and get your things done, so you get enough to time to make some changes.

Everyone loves to be greeted when they’re at an event, this makes them feel special. How about getting greeted personally by the bride herself, trust me I would feel so special. For this sake, don’t forget to take rounds of the marriage, welcome and greet everyone personally.

When we’re talking about greeting and making others feel special, how can you forget about your spouse? Take time, compliment him on his looks, speak to him nicely and share with him how lucky you consider to be on his side today.

That was all for the wedding, here are some bonus tips for you to take care of after the wedding.
What is more important after every marriage event? Photographs and Videos that were shot during the event. Stay in touch with your Photographer/Videographers to figure out how you exactly want your albums to be designed.

After you come from your honeymoon, write thank you cards and send to everyone who came to your wedding. (Don’t delay this, most people don’t do this because they procrastinate)

Getting duplicates gift is very common because no one knows what other is gifting. If that happens with you and you ended up getting any duplicate gifts try exchanging them with something that you actually need.

You won’t need that bridal dress again until you and your spouse want to the day you guys got married. (HAHA, that’s cute btw.) Well but to wear that visualize dress next time, you need to get your dress cleaned. Ask a reputable company to clean and maintain your wedding dress.
Whoa! That wasn’t so hard after all. Was it?
If you’ll follow the checklist accordingly you’ll end up being ready for your BIG DAY without any stress. Our warm wishes are with you. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness



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