The question has been asked; you said “yes,” the ring is on your finger, and you can’t explain your happiness. So, what is the next thing you need to do? Honestly, there are a lot of things you need to take care of before your wedding day.
The truth is that planning a wedding is never a walk in the park. Sometimes, it can feel overwhelming and daunting, but you have to keep going.
The good thing is that if you give yourself enough time to plan and sort out everything with a wedding checklist, the job is more fun and enjoyable.
Consider breaking down the year month by month and set up the target for each month to make your planning process simple. Ideally, you should start planning your wedding at least 12 months to the wedding day.
Here is the ultimate wedding planning checklist for your big day.
1. Determine Your Budget
The first thing you need to do is determine how much your wedding will cost. This step might not be so fun if you don’t like crunching numbers, but you have to do it anyway.
Make sure you figure out who is paying for what and establish the overall cost. From there, you may want to break down the budget into small bits, establish priority and start allocating funds accordingly.
Since the numbers may change as time goes by, it is always good to leave room for changes. Don’t be so rigid and conclusive with your first estimates. Create a spreadsheet and keep updating it to track your spending.
2. Determine Your Wedding Venue
Decide whether you are getting married at home or abroad. It is a little bit easier to handle the wedding planning if you are getting married locally, but you can still go abroad to make the event much more memorable.
This is also the right time to decide if you can handle everything on your own or you need the help of a specialist wedding planner. You can choose to handle the planning on your own and only consult a specialist when you feel like you are stuck.
3. Plan for Transportation
Transportation is one of the critical elements of your wedding day. You need to arrive at your wedding venue on time and in style. After the wedding, you will want to be transported to your reception venue. You also need to take care of the transportation needs of your guests.
If you want to hire a wedding limousine company for your special day, make sure you do so early because wedding limousines are always in high demand, especially during the peak season.
Typically, you should start talking to wedding transport companies six months before your wedding date.
4. Create a Guest List
You cannot create a wedding budget if you don’t know how many people will be attending your wedding and how much money you are willing to spend per head.
Unfortunately, you can’t invite everyone to your wedding. Therefore, you need to take time and think about who is important to you. It is always a good idea to involve your partner in the process of creating a guest list so that you don’t leave out important people.
If you are struggling to come up with your guest list, you may want to consider the no-ring, no-bring rule. Implementing this rule means that an invited guest cannot bring a plus one unless they are legally married or engaged to them.
The rule is designed to minimize the number of guests and ensure your wedding photo album isn’t made up of last-minute tinder dates or relative strangers.