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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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Add a Little Embroidery in Your Wedding

Wedding Bird Embroidery by Pixiecraft Handmade, via Flickr

An Embroidery Wedding

Embroidery. It can be something done over the top and artsy or can be really delicate and just lovely. Either way, we at wedding collectibles are kind of falling in love with embroidery on your wedding day. If your like what? That stuff on my grandmother's pillow? That can't be pretty at a wedding. Let's just say - and we mean this in the nicest way possible - you are just dead wrong. Take a look. You won't be disappointed!

The Wedding Dress

Meadow Bustier Wedding Gown... women boho by jadadreaming on Etsy Even with the embroidery on this dress being more traditional in style and patch worked ,it looks like it is exactly the way it was meant to be. You could actually probably do something similar with your bridal handkerchief. With this style, it would be easy to include a little something old, borrowed, new and even blue! One thing we love, is while the embroidery definitely makes this dress different, it doesn't overpower the dress and it is still very bridal. For example, this dress was posted in the Jadadreaming etsy shop, whose designer Jada, makes custom pieces. If you like this dress, her work might just be the perfect fit for you! A Splash of Colour | the Embellishment Bridal Fashion Trend Next, the embroidery in this gown flows so perfectly, the dress just wouldn't exist without it. Again, a gown with embroidery like this really just adds a little personality and beauty. It is like the cherry on top to a gown that says, "I am getting married. I am in love." This gown was the jewel of a western-inspired wedding featured on bride.com and is a Needle and Thread gown from Net-A-Porter.

The Wedding Cake

65 Loveliest Lavender Wedding Ideas You Will Love | http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/65-loveliest-lavender-wedding-ideas-you-will-love/ A lace and embroidery styled wedding cake isn't a brand new idea, but it is a pretty one. What's great is it opens the door to having a very traditional wedding cake without it being the traditional all white. #Mexican #Embroidery #WeddingCake Another great opportunity embroidery offers is bringing in a touch of culture - like this Mexican inspired embroidery cake from Sweet Art Cakes.

The Groom

The bride isn't the only one that can create an embroidery wedding look! Ayumi Embroidery Works makes this particular bow tie.

The Decor

Even if you don’t like embroidering, you can still take embroidery hoops and use them for cool wedding decor. Attach lace to them and hang... Embroidery hoop table number - Melbourne Wedding from Milk Photography Even if you don’t like embroidering, you can still take embroidery hoops and use them for cool wedding decor. Attach lace to them and hang... A lot of blogs suggest an embroidery wedding as part of a boho wedding theme, which we are sure works great, but it isn't the only style it works for. In fact, with the large variety of styles open, embroidery really can be infused into any wedding! Whether its a backdrop or table numbers, a touch of embroidery can really add some whimsy.

Kind of like it captures the idea of wish...

   
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Have you Tried Attending a Big Fake Wedding?

What is the Big Fake Wedding event?

Big Fake Wedding Event - Seattle

Looking for a fun way to explore wedding vendors and get a taste of what you want your wedding to not only look like in pieces, but together as a whole? Try attending a Big Fake Wedding event! It is exactly what it sounds like - a fake wedding put together with real vendors. It is attended by brides and designed to connect you to exactly what it is that you want. Right from the horses mouth, The Big Fake Wedding is a "a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional vow renewal ceremony, light bites, and a dance-party reception". Doesn't that sound so fun? Before attending the event, you can look at their inspiration board. This will help to get a feel of if it is a style you would be interested in. What's more is tickets to attend the events are only $25. So, you don't have to spend a lot to get connected to vendors your love! Custom Wedding Cake Topper for your Big REAL Wedding!
Even if you prefer the ease of shopping online, attending an even like this is a great way to get a better idea of what it is you want. This is an especially good idea if you haven't attended a lot of weddings. It can be a little scary to just order items for your wedding online, especially when you see online shopping fails turned into memes. Once you've seen in person what it is you like, it will be less overwhelming looking through cake toppers online.
The Big Fake Wedding A great thing about these events is you can find them in most states. Click here to see a list of upcoming Big Fake Weddings near you.

Prefer shopping online? Let weddingcollectibles.com offer you the perfect wedding cake topper here!

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Use Real Weddings While Planning Your Wedding

real wedding inspiration We are having so much fun receiving and sharing your weddings! Real weddings are the absolute best source for ideas and inspiration because they are doable and have a much wider variety. If you are a new bride beginning your planning, read through and check out real weddings before your search through a catalog. Features are great because they often come with advice from the bride and groom that can help you avoid the same complications. All in all, it is a great starting point for before you make any purchases and even set a date. It is like window shopping! 4 Things to Look For
  1. Location: Try and find weddings local to your area so that if you like their vendor or venue you may actually be able to use it.
  2. Vendors: Pay attention to links to who their photographer was and where they got their dress. It is always so much more useful to know exactly where you can get a cake like the one in the picture because you will know who made it!
  3. DIY: If the real wedding you are looking at was pretty crafty it will be easy to find wedding accessories and decorations that you can make yourself on your budget.
  4. Tips and Tricks: These couples have been through exactly what you are doing. It can't hurt to head their advice!

Real Weddings Featured on Wedding Collectibles 

sunflower wedding For a country rustic themed wedding take a peak at McKenna & Vince's Tiffany Blue Wedding.

gay wedding For ideas on how to pull of an elegant and traditional same sex wedding check out Josh & Jason's Real Wedding

hawaii wedding If you are looking to have a destination wedding, Melissa & Cameron's wedding has a lot of good ideas to keep it on budget. Check out more weddings in the real wedding category of our blog! Don't Forget to Submit Your Wedding We absolutely love our brides and grooms. It is our hope that their stories and weddings can help new brides in their own wedding planning. If you are a bride or groom that want to share the beauty of your wedding day or are a wedding photographer or planner that wishes to submit a wedding you have recently worked on, be sure to submit a wedding feature application by following this link! Thank you to all of you that have submitted to us already; we are looking forward to publishing your feature!

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