Ah, the wedding planning checklist! With so much to do, wedding flowers, music, wedding invitations, table plans and so much more it can be tough to remember everything for your wedding. This is the ultimate guide for all couples planning a wedding but where do you find this guide and how do you know if it’s legitimate? There are thousands of wedding planning checklists on the internet, in magazines, and on blogs, but most of these only include the big tasks that must be complete and completely glaze over the smaller yet ever important details.So you ask yourself, “where can I find one of these AMAZING checklists you’re talking about!?”. I’ve been spending years configuring a comphrehensive wedding planning checklist. But the truth is, every wedding is so different from one another that tasks will need to be tweaked to in order for your wedding to be successful. So please, I beg you, do not plan your wedding from a checklist downloaded on the internet or found in a bridal magazine. These are very generic lists that help you remember to book the big vendors but completely forget about the smaller details that will make or break your wedding.
I’ll let you view a copy of my “final countdown checklist” which is a typical list of tasks that need to be complete in the two months before your wedding.
Since the final countdown wedding planning checklist is lengthy and a bit overwhelming, I’m going to post the tasks that I typically suggest you try to tackle two months before the wedding. Your one month checklist will come in a later post so stay tuned!
For further help compiling your wedding checklist or for questions on the final countdown leave a comment below!
|Finalise ceremony music, hymns, readings and order of service with the officiant|
|Schedule ceremony rehearsal, if haven’t done so already|
|Purchase outfit(s) for pre and post wedding events|
|Order stationery for the wedding day. Order of Service for the ceremony and any other stationery for the wedding reception. Menus, placecards, escort cards, personalised table names, etc- May be left until 1 month before wedding depending on when final numbers come in. Ask you printer how long it will take to print|
|Make sure gift list is up to date|
|Make sure all equipment has been hired. Poseur tables, linen, salt and pepper shakers, table number holders, tea lights, umbrellas, furniture, dance floor, decorations, etc.|
|Reserve any parking spaces necessary for pre-wedding events and wedding|
|Talk to your attendants and anyone else you’d like to give a speech or toast at the reception. Let them know when they’re going to talk, how long the speech or toast should be, and what the tone should be like. Explain the importance of sticking to timings|
|Go through budgeting sheet and send payments to vendors that require a payment 6 weeks before wedding (most will send an invoice)|
|Now that you have more of an accurate head count, order wine, beer and liquor if not provided by the caterer|
|Discuss wedding flowers in detail with the florist. Think about every corner in the venue. Entrance, bathroom, stairway, escort card table, cake table, every room. Update them on wedding party numbers and final banqueting table numbers|
|Double-check the sizing of the wedding bands. If they’ve been sent for engraving, pick them up, if your ring size has changed send them in for re-sizing.|
|Start mailing thank you cards as you receive gifts.|
|Check in with the bridesmaids to ensure they have their dress alterations complete. Make sure they’ve all picked up their dresses, shoes and accessories.|
|Check in with the groomsmen to make sure their formal rentals are booked. Ensure they all have their shoes and accessories in order.|
|Purchase a guest book and pens. Where will the guest book go?|
|Purchase any remaining supplies, ribbon, carpet runner, candles, etc.|
|All gifts for the wedding party, parents and the bride/groom should be purchased by now|
|Compile a play list for the band, DJ, and iPod.|
|Select first dance then send to band or DJ. If you have a live band, make sure they will sing the correct version of your first dance song.|
|Liaise with ceremony musicians and discuss music for ceremony. Do they require armless chairs? Will the church/venue provide this? What will they wear on the day? When will they arrive/depart?|
|Book transportation to first night hotel if you haven’t done so already|
|Hire uplighters or a professional lighting technician if required|
|Decide where the cake will be displayed, when you will cut it, when it will be served, and how it will be served|
|Arrange a face to face meeting with your wedding planner and reception venue to run through and confirm final details and logistics. Layout of venue, number of guests, food served, dietary requirements, drinks served, where will musicians stand/sit, where will table plan or escort cards be on display, additional tables required for cake, guest book, etc., where can iPod be hooked up, where will speakers stand during speeches, where will cake be, who is the emcee, if required, who will move flowers from one room to the next, is there a cake knife and stand, is there an easel for the table plan, ETC, ETC. Go through all details.|