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What Should Be on Your Wedding Planning Checklist?

What Should Be on Your Wedding Planning Checklist?

A lot of wedding planning checklists have these extensive and detailed timelines of what you should do in month 12, 8, 5,2....etc. But what about our brides that get engaged and plan a wedding three months out? Looking at what you "should have done" 9 months ago isn't exactly going to help the wedding stress. So here is a straight wedding planning checklist that that will help any bride or groom plan for their wedding day!

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A Wedding Planning Checklist

  • Announce engagement.
  • Review finances
  • Prepare wedding budget
  • Create a wedding binder (actual or digital) to track planning and receipts
  • Hire a wedding planner
  • Create a guest list and be open to revision
  • Decide upon a wedding design and style
  • Choose wedding colors
  • Decide on who you want in your bridal party
  • Buy Bridal Party gifts
  • Determine Bridal Party Assignments, if any
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  • Extend Bridal Party Invitations
  • Review and Select a venue
  • Review and secure a caterer
  • Create song lists
  • Review and secure a band or DJ
  • Review and hire a florist
  • Go cake tasting and order your wedding cake
  • Buy wedding cake topper
  • Review and hire a photographer
  • Take Engagement Photos
  • Make a wedding website
  • Select Invitations and set a deadline for when to send them out
  • Send out save the dates
  • Buy your wedding dress
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  • Pick out what the bridal party is wearing. Make sure this is done early enough for everyone to get fittings!
  • Create ceremony schedule
  • Create reception schedule
  • Decide and book luncheon and rehearsal dinner locations
  • Secure officiant
  • Determine hair and make up
  • Buy rehearsal and luncheon dresses
  • Buy guest favors
  • Book any extra vendors for activities at your wedding, such as photo booths, archery, ax throwing. You know, the typical stuff.
  • Write wedding vows
  • Decide on what you want said at your wedding
  • Invite those you want to give toasts to do so
  • Plan and purchase any decorative accessories for your wedding and reception that goes beyond flowers
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  • Create mock ups of table settings, floral elements, etc
  • Get your marriage licence
  • Book Honeymoon
  • Create a seating chart based on RSVP
  • Put tips for vendors and services in envelopes, ready to go
  • Pay in full all vendors and venues
  • Arrange all travel vehicles for guests, the bride and groom, and bridal parties as needed
  • Book block of rooms for out of town guests
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Get a pedicure and manicure, and maybe a massage
The size and location of your wedding will determine what on this wedding planning checklist is applicable. Though, in general, this is what you're looking at needing to get done. A wedding planner isn't 100% always a necessity, but can definitely help a lot! Especially, if you're easily overwhelmed or have a hard time keeping life organized.
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How to Include Your Canine in Your Wedding

How to Include Your Canine in Your Wedding

How to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding

Your getting married. You are inviting another person to be your partner in life. Side by side, through thick and thin, ups, downs, happily ever after. BUT, you already have a handsome gentlemen growler or little lady yapper that has snuggled into your heart and you want him or her to be apart of your big wedding day! No big deal, go for it, but think it through!

First off, ask yourself some questions:

  • How well trained is your pup?
  • Will he or she be easily distracted by people, ribbons flying in the wind, or flower petals on the floor?
  • If you want your pup to be a part of your ceremony, can you trust the dog to not relieve him or herself or bark during the ceremony or say on the aisle way? Would it be a devastating or just a funny story if it did?
If you want your pup to be a part of your ceremony or wedding day, but cannot trust or rely on him or her to be quiet and on que, then you may want to rethink including your dog, unless you are open to some spontaneous barking or possible disasters. Or look at ways that include your dog, but keeps him or her away from the wedding day spotlight. Areas you can incorporate your canine bud in your wedding:

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  • Ring-bearer
  • Flower girl/ Flower girl escort
  • Best Man / Groomsman
  • Maid of Honer / Bridesmaid
  • Include him or her in your engagement photos (Non Spotlighty)

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A memorable wedding

Having a memorable wedding does not depend on the budget. You can let your creativity run and make your wedding memorable. Make it different from all other traditional ones. This way you and your guests will remember for a long time to come. If you have enough budget, then it is a good idea to hire a wedding planner. The wedding planner is responsible for ensuring that your flowers are fresh and the venue looks beautiful and the service is faultless. The planners are available at various price ranges. You can choose the one that suits you best. Choose a theme that will be different from the common ones. You need to ensure that the entire decorations match with the theme of the venue. The flowers, the table cloth, the bouquets and similar ones need to match with the theme. The menu should take care of the preferences of majority of the guests. Try to make the return gift and thank you note unique. It need not be too expensive. Just make sure you make it a little different.

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