Your wedding day is by far one of the most important and special days of your life. And as the reality of your new engagement sets in and the excitement starts to build, you’ll want to get started on the wedding planning process.
1. Making Your Budget
Before you can find a venue, choose your outfits, or start booking vendors, you need a clear idea of how much money you can spend
2. Create a checklist
Organization is the key to staying on track and to not becoming overwhelmed. One of the best ways to do this is by creating a wedding checklist.
3. Book a venue
If you opt for an off-site wedding, such as at the beach or a garden, you’ll need to provide all of the food, equipment and staff yourself. This can be more expensive and complex. However, if you hire a wedding planner, they will be able to sort out all of these details for you.
4. Make your guest list
This step of the wedding planning process can be notoriously difficult, as making cuts is never easy.
5. Create a wedding website
In today’s digital age, wedding websites have become the simplest way to share all of your wedding details in one place.
6. Send out invitations
Sending out your wedding invite is an exciting step and official declaration that your special day is around the corner. This is a good opportunity to set the tone of your wedding by using invitations that fall in line with your theme.
7. Hire vendors
The number of vendors you hire will depend on what’s included with your venue. If you are planning your wedding yourself, you’ll need to research and hire the following:
- Catering service
- DJ, singer or band
8. Create a playlist
The music at your wedding ceremony and reception will help to set the tone and ambience of both events.
9. Find an officiant
In order for your marriage to be legal, you’ll need an ordained minister to conduct the ceremony.
10. Set a wedding day schedule
To ensure that all the pieces of your wedding day puzzle come together seamlessly, make a schedule and try your best to stick to it. Consider every step, from waking up, getting your hair and makeup done, to your first look with your partner and even the pre-wedding toast.
11. Start planning your honeymoon
Make sure that your passports are up to date, and schedule doctors' appointments for any shots you may need.