Wedding Planning Checklist

Wedding Planning Checklist
Planning a wedding can be a tiresome task. Here is wedding planning checklist that will help you to plan the big day in a meticulous manner.
From choosing the venue to purchasing the bridal gown, everything related to the wedding must be perfect. Remember that your big day should be one worth remembering. However, before you proceed with your checklist, you should plan some things properly, so that even the preparation stage is memorable.

Choosing the Date

When it comes to wedding preparations, the very first thing to be decided is the date. The weather and the mood have an undeniably great impact on your wedding. If you want a spring wedding, April is ideal with the warm sunshine and beautiful blooms. Some people avoid March, as the weather is not predictable during this time.

Early summer is one of the favorite seasons for wedding. Usually, June has the most predictable weather. Roses bloom the loveliest in June. The downside of a June wedding could be the rising prices. The month of June is great for those couples who really want a summer wedding. However, late summer is usually avoided, due to the soaring temperature. A fall wedding during September or October is considered ideal. The weather is crisp and mild. Luring your relatives to attend the wedding would be easy. One advantage of wedding in the fall is that the honeymoon sites are less crowded. You may face shortage of flowers during this season.

Very few people want to get married during winter, due to the cold weather and snow. However, most of the popular venues are available during this season. According to folklore, getting married on the last day of the year would make the couple lucky. It is also said that, January is a fruitful month for the couple. Note that February is the most romantic month; as we celebrate Valentine's Day during this time. So there are enough reasons to hold your wedding during this season.

Wedding Budget

Once you fix the date, plan how much you are going to spend for your wedding. Many couples are shocked when they learn that the average cost of a wedding is around $28,000. You can lower the cost in many ways. You must categorize the requirements into three segments - must have, optional and nice to have. While must haves are unavoidable, think twice before spending money for optional things. You may avoid those in the 'nice to have' category.

Search the Internet: The Internet is a helpful tool for everyone. All you need to do is a proper search. You will come across several websites that offer quality products and services. While some sites provide wedding check lists, others provide information about the venues, discounts on bridal mall, wedding gifts, and accessories. Some sites provide useful links to businesses that cater to your wedding needs.

Choosing the Venue

Choosing a perfect wedding site is fun. The bride and the groom should brainstorm before selecting the right place. Consider your budget, the wedding theme, the atmosphere for the wedding, and the interests of the couple as well as the guests. The following are some of the ideal options.
  • Home - a do-it-yourself special wedding
  • Auditorium
  • Beach - this may need license or permit
  • Rented Halls
  • Patio or Garden; a do-it-yourself wedding
  • Rented Mansions
  • Rented Ranches
  • Hotel, Ballrooms, Grounds, Gardens - full service
  • Convention, Conference Centers - some offer full service, others are on rental basis
In case of full service, they handle everything, including the smallest details of your wedding. However, you still have to attend to personal things. You have to take care of the attire, wedding accessories, wedding gifts, family and wedding attendants. If you go for a rental basis venue, they offer no services or only a few of them. Most of the time, such wedding sites provide tables, chairs, linens, tableware, glassware, and flatware.

Floral Designers, Musicians/Entertainers

You must remember that flowers are almost unavoidable in a wedding. They add fragrance and beauty to every occasion, especially weddings. You need to choose the season of the wedding, the day and time of the wedding, the theme and colors, shop for flowers, and check with the decoration specialist as early as possible. Flowers should be arranged in coordination with other components. You may use the bridesmaids' bouquets as centerpieces at the reception. This way, you can save some money. You may also seek the help of students from the nearby flower design schools.

The right wedding music sets the mood and creates the ambience. You have to shortlist at least three music brands. Choose the song you want to be played when you walk down the aisle, and the songs for entertaining the guests while you are busy with photographers. The music providers should be identified as early as possible.

In short, wedding planning is not very easy, and it requires lots of efforts. Right from fixing the date and venue, even minute details have to be taken into consideration.
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