You would be surprised by the amount of Brides I speak to weekly, who don’t have one. Yet a wedding checklist could be the single most helpful tool in helping you plan for your special day. Organisation is essential for the success of any event – but when you start planning a wedding it really is a MUST!
From the moment you’re asked that big almighty question, right through to the night before your wedding; there are so many elements to planning a wedding that need to be thought about. From venue choice, wedding dates, bridal gowns, table centrepieces, to whether your guests have a formal meal as opposed to a roaming cocktail dinner; there are quite a number of important planning points that need to be considered when using a wedding checklist.
If you haven’t already, start a wedding planner. It could be something you make yourself, with a binder and loose leaf pockets to help you stay organised. Or you could purchase one that has it all – a range of pages to help you keep organised and (hopefully!) stay that way. Referred to by many brides as their “Wedding Bible”, I have seen many carted along to bridal invitation meetings and the importance placed on all those tiny details written inside is priceless.
Something that is often dreaded by many couples (and even myself years ago) is to create a reasonable budget. At this point it’s merely somewhere to start from that will help you and your Groom work out what you can spend. Weddings can be one of the most expensive purchases you may spend in your life and it’s a good idea to start looking at what you can and can’t afford. Other planning areas to start ticking off are to look at potential wedding dates, begin to research your big ticket items such as venue, photographer, videographer, entertainment and celebrant who will each play a pivotal role in making your day that little more magical.
Is your planning well underway?
Feeling like a bit of an old hat in the wedding planning game, but still want some advice on planning like a pro? Get your hands on a detailed wedding checklist and work backward. Start at the top of the list and tick of the things you’ve already completed (it feels so good ticking like crazy!) and make notes of those tasks that are only half or semi completed. Once your date and key suppliers are secured, it’s a good idea to use a checklist to make notes of those tasks still needing to be completed. Start to delegate. Say yes to those who have offered to help by simply delegating tasks that you feel comfortable with “letting go” or share your to-do list with those you trust and let them decide what they’d like to tackle.
A simple checklist can be such a useful tool when planning a wedding. Not only can it create clarity around what tasks need to be done (and when!) but it can also help to reduce stress about getting it all done in a rush. Being a crazy organised biz mumma like I am, I’ve created a checklist for YOU. The bride-to-be who needs a simple checklist of the “50 things not to forget when planning your wedding”. Our checklist is completley free for you download now, simply grab a pen or highlighter and start ticking away. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and you’re feeling inspired to tackle your wedding planning, with confidence!
I would love to hear about your planning experience so far, post a comment below!
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