We have our black belt in everything wedding from design to dilemmas! Here is our top 10 to-dos to cover all your bases when planning your wedding!
1. MASTER PLANNER: Hire a wedding professional. It’s likely that this is your first time quarterbacking a wedding…and hopefully your last! This means you are not repeat business to wedding vendors nor will you be a natural born expert in the field, so get a professional in your corner who can help you navigate the many, MANY wedding decisions, questions and plans ahead.
2. DATE: Select a date that works for your ceremony location AND reception site AND key family members, bridal party, close friends, etc. You also need to consider checking your wedding date against anything happening in your wedding location. Large conventions or citywide events can squash wedding plans!
3. BUDGET: Set your guest list and a budget range first and foremost. Embrace whatever budget you are comfortable spending and enjoy the process without wincing every time you have to pay a deposit.
4. GET THE WORD OUT: Send Save-the-dates to “claim your date!” Many engaged couples have friends who are tying the knot too! So spread the word by sending a save the date (even it’s an E-save-the-date). And the follow up with the wedding invites. But word to the wise: begin your invitations early – they take longer than you’d expect. And you want to be sure to give yourself enough time to receive the RSVP’s so you can create your guest table seating. AND be sure to have the post office weigh them before mailing!
5. GET CREATIVE: Design is more than flowers. You can create the look you want with linens, chairs, paper flowers, antique tabletop items, mix-matched china, runners and more. Details give the event personality – but don’t have to cost big bucks.
6. TAKE THE FLOOR: Be sure to map out a floor plan early so you how you will lay out your party. Be sure to think through head table seating, dance floor placement, bars, etc.
7. TIMING IS EVERYTHING: Create a detailed timeline for vendors, family and friends and include a detailed family photo list to outline the photos you absolutely need to capture so you aren’t disappointed months down the road.
8. BE THE QUARTERBACK: Make sure to meet with all your vendors one-month prior to the wedding to review your contract terms, final payments, wedding wishes and the wedding day plans.
9. CHECK YOURSELF: Make a checklist of everything you’ll need for the wedding weekend. This will include your attire, bridal party gifts, vendor tips, sentimental items, personal comfort kit of toiletries, etc. Cross check your list against your timeline to make sure you are covered for every moment of your special weekend.
10. FINISH LINE FUN! Don’t plan until the bitter end. Give yourself a deadline to finish your wedding responsibilities and hand off the plans/pieces so you can enjoy this once in a lifetime experience!
Photo Credit: Chicago Wedding Photographer Riverbend Studio