Firstly congratulations to all you newlyweds! Wedding planning is a really exciting time but can also be stressful, which is why a handy wedding checklist will be the thing you turn to again and again, to help minimize the stress.
This checklist isn't in an order or timeline frame, however, I would consider the first five things on this wedding checklist to be the first five things you should do. If you would like to know some more then check my other blog tips and tricks
01 Budget: the most important thing is to set your budget and if it is a realistic one stick to it
02 Book Your Venue: especially if you have must have that particular venue, then the earlier the better
03 Book The Church or Registrar: then the rest of the planning can start
04 Photographer: if you like a particular style of photographer then get booked in early. As a photographer myself, I turn away so many weddings for the reason that others got there first! Self-plug warning NG Photography (sorry)
06 Save The Date: send out those invitations
07 Guest List: This can help with the budget
08 Book Your DJ/Band
09 Florist: flowers for your bouquet, buttonholes, table decorations for church and venue
10 Wedding Cake: choose the style and flavours of cake you want and book in advance as you will be surprised how far in advance some suppliers ask for.
11 Decoration Hire Companies: for things like sign lights, table centrepieces, backdrops, chair covers... (having a wedding theme can help)
12 Wedding Dress: don't forget your dress fitting appointment, and your bridesmaids and flower girls dress too.
13 Accessories: hairpieces, shoes, cufflinks, ties, belts, jewellery other than wedding rings of course
14 Grooms and groomsmen: so what will it be boys, long tails, tweed...
15 Any Readings During The Ceremony,
16 Wedding Cars Camper Vans Or Buses?
17 Hairdresser, Makeup & Nails
18 Tasting Menue
19 Wedding Rings: of course!
20 Flower Girls & Page Boys: Would you like them to have or carry anything in particular?
21 Table Plan: where will everyone sit and create a board for them to see your seating plan . Let's not forget place cards too
22 Confetti: check with venue as some may have restrictions ie. must be biodegradable
23 Pack Overnight Bag: have you thought about where would you like to be the night of the wedding?
24 Running Order: some like a sign of the days running order for the guest to see
25 Favours: this is normally placed on the table for each guest and can be different for children. Extra gifts to think about like flowers for those who you helped to make this happen (Mums, bridesmaid, best man...)
27 Formal Shot list: for your photographer, this can help the day run a bit smoother, also ask a member of your family to help in advance to gather the family together for the photos. (ie Bride, Groom, mum, dad John & Sarah...)
28 Entertainment: such as magicians, caricature artist... (this is not for everyone but is becoming very popular)
30 Rehearsal: if needed and also to check if any alterations need doing to any of the wedding party outfits
31 Dates: have a list of any dates that are important ie to pick up wedding dress, suits... don't forget anything you are hiring and that will need to be returned
32 Tradition: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
33 Stag/Hen: Normally best to do in advance and not to close to the wedding (just-in-case?!)
34 Time Off: book time off at work and give yourself plenty of time on the build-up so you can enjoy every minute of your hard work coming together.
35 Passport: whether you are going abroad for your wedding or its just the honeymoon check your passport expiry date
36 First Dance Song: also if you want a father-daughter dance, choose the song too
37 Witnesses: signing the registrar you will need 2 witnesses
38 Sweet Table: not for everyone but something to think about
39 Magic Mirror: or other late-night entertainment, again not for everyone
40 Tipi Weddings: for outdoor weddings, such as tipi, marquee... you may need to think of outdoor catering, bar and in some cases, toilets
This list is a guide to help you get started and to get you on the right track, but everyone is different and you should not feel pressured into doing some of the things just because it's on this or any other list! We all have a different wedding in mind from each other so make yours special to you.
Now don't forget to plan and book your HONEYMOON!
Now go and enjoy your beautiful wedding day, that you wanted and beautifully created.
A Bit About Me
If you haven’t seen much of my work yet I would describe my style as a documentary wedding photographer, I want my photos to take you back to that moment and that time and remind you how you beautiful day unfolded (as if you would forget).
Would like to know more about working with me, be it for your wedding day, civil service, pre-wedding shoot, engagement party or any other special event? Please don't hesitate to contact me for a no-obligation quotation specific to your needs.