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.
__ 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.
__ 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.
__ Finalize your guest list.
__ Gather all necessary addresses.
__ 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.
__ 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.
__ 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.
__ 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.
__ 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 décor 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.
__ 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.
__ 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.
__ 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!