Wednesday, July 22, 2015

List: The ultimate wedding checklist.

On Sunday, July 26, I will be getting married!
This wedding has been two years in the making and I can't wait to live it.
There is a lot of stress, hard work, and meticulous planning that goes into this one day.
Hopefully my OCD and tracking skills can help someone else make the process a little easier.
As promised, my Google searchers, here is the combined wedding check list made from experience!

The Ultimate Wedding Check List.

Nine Months
­­__  Sign up for a helpful wedding app.  **I loved WeddingWire.
__  Make a wedding budget.
__  Decide where you like to have the ceremony.
__  Book the ceremony venue.  **Don’t forget to ask questions.  My church had many requirements.
__  Pick your colors.
__  Pick your bridal party.
__  Ask your bridal party to be a part of your wedding.
__  Search for reception halls. 
__  Pick and book your reception hall.  **Don’t forget that you will need to pay a deposit.
__  Create a potential guest list.
__  Make a dress shopping appointment.  **Clear the date with all females in the bridal party.
__  Research and pick an invitation vendor.
__  Start budgeting and brainstorming for you honeymoon.
Eight Months
__  Design your invitations and wedding envelopes.
__  Book your honeymoon.  **Flights and hotels are less expensive the earlier you book them!
__  Pick your bridal party’s gowns.  Have them sized and ordered.  **They take 4-6 mos to arrive.
__  Get an idea of how you want the groom and groomsmen to dress.
__  Pick your wedding gown.  Have it sized and order.  **It takes 6-8 mos to arrive.
Seven Months
__  Finalize your guest list.
__  Gather all necessary addresses.
Six Months
__  Finalize the invitation proofs and place the order.
__  Research DJs and book the one that you like.
__  Research limousine companies and book the one you like.
__  Purchase gifts for your bridesmaids.  **This could be something they wear the day of.
Five Months
__  Research and book a photographer.  **Inquire about packages and your rights to the photos.
__  Research and book a videographer.
__  Research and book flower vendors.
__  Research and book cake vendors.
__  If marrying in a church, ask two people to recite your readings during the ceremony.
Four Months
__  Hire a calligrapher to fill out the invitation envelopes.
__  Have your florist put together samples and start finalizing your picks.
__  Book a cake testing and finalize your cake order.
__  Start gathering decoration ideas for the ceremony and the reception.
__  Book a trial appointment with a makeup artist.  Once satisfied, book the day of appointment.
Three Months
__  Put the invitations properly together.  Stamp all the envelopes.
__  Mail out your invitations and start recording your responses.
__  Buy the wedding rings.  Have them sized and engraved.  **Invest in a warranty!
__  Finalize your centerpieces.
__  Decide on wedding favors and purchase them.  **We donated and framed a beautiful certificate.
__  Pick out the tuxedos and inform the groomsmen to get sized.
__  Purchase gifts for your groomsmen.  **We paid part of their tuxedo rental.
__  If marrying in the church, schedule pre-cana.
Two Months
__  Purchase unity candles and a stand.  **Candle factories sell beautiful handmade ones.
__  Book a trial appointment with a hair dresser.  Once satisfied, book the day of appointment.
__  Make a beauty plan for the day of with your girls.
__  Pick a place to hold your guests between the ceremony and the reception.
__  Order all matching stationary to go with your theme.  EX:  Place cards, favor gift tags, etc.
__  Purchase shoes for the wedding and start wearing them in around the house.
__  Buy wedding colored colors as extra d├ęcor for the guests tables.
__  Complete and pay for pre-cana in full.
__  Invest in a cake topper.  **Lenox has gorgeous ones that you can showcase for life.
One Month
__  Have all the bridesmaids get a final dress fitting and get appropriate alterations.
__  Schedule your wedding rehearsal date. **If planning a rehearsal dinner, finalize all preparations.
__  Meet with your officiate, and make all final plans.  EX:  Readings, gospels, etc.
__  Start the wedding dress fitting process.  Schedule at least two fittings and make alterations.
__  Create a themed way to hold your gifts.  **I used a pink and gold bird cage to house the cards.
__  Purchase gifts for the parent’s of the bride and groom.
__  Meet with your DJ.  Make a plan for the day of and discuss music choices.
__  Get your wedding license.
Two Weeks
__  Gather your final count and tell your caterer.
__  Give your final food choices to the caterer.
__  Create a seating chart.
__  Hire a calligrapher to fill out the place cards.
__  Go for a final fitting and schedule a date/time to have the dress ready for pick up.
__  Meet with the ceremony musician and make your final picks.
__  Purchase all decorations.  Ex:  Chair sashes, framed pictures, etc.
__  Get a guest book and a nice pen.
__  Do all last minute touches to your favors like tie ribbon or gift tags.
One Week
__  Bag bird seed or bubbles for the ceremony.  **Rice is no longer allowed.
__  Finalize any rentals.
__  Confirm appointments with all vendors.
__  Pay off all necessary balances.
__  Pick up tuxedo.
__  Pick up wedding dress.
__  Bring all necessary items to the reception hall and discuss with the event planner.
__  Put all tip money in labeled envelopes.
__  Give everyone their responsibilities for the big day.
__  Pack your suitcase for the honeymoon.

If I left anything out, please let me know.
I mean, I really want this to be the ULTIMATE list!

13 comments:

  1. and how do you feel, dear, four days before the big day? :)

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    1. ...Dez, I woke up nervous!!! I think it's the antibiotic I just finished yesterday, but my man is swearing it's my nerves. Who knows?! I'll just keep taking deep breathes. lol

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    2. antibiotic? Don't forget to take some probiotics too, you don't wanna be pooping like waterfalls when the wedding comes :))))

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  2. Wow, you need to market that. Best of luck on Sunday. I'm sure it will be magical.

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    1. lol! I just figured that I'd lump it all together for the person that didn't want to click a 100 times. hahaha Thank you :)

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  3. Damn, all of that just makes my head hurt. If I can't elope, I'll stay single lol

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  4. Relax and enjoy! It's almost here! Deep breaths!

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  5. I always wondered about the rice thing, but snopes says it's untrue. Urban legends and myths tend to spread quickly until they become the "truth".

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  6. AHHHHHH! Happy Bridal Week!!!! So, so, so excited for you! Soak it all in and enjoy every second. This list is great. I can't wait to see some pictures of you, Jax!

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  7. This is perfect! I'm going to send it to my cousin who just recently got engaged- she'll love it!
    And happy wedding weekend- so excitingggggg!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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