The ideal wedding checklist to have you and your partner sorted

The ideal wedding checklist to have you and your partner sorted
The ideal wedding checklist to have you and your partner sorted

Are you planning your wedding? Do you have a year between your fiancee announcement and the wedding date? Whether you have a year or two or just three months, wedding planning can be confusing and stressful. If your idea is to make a complete list of your requirements before the wedding, it may confuse you further, so how about a curated wedding checklist for that once-in-a-lifetime moment?

From the time you get announce each other’s entry to the families through a ‘roka’ or informal engagement till the time you reach the day of exchanging the vows, you need to begin with the below:

  • Sit down with your fiancee and discuss your ideal of the wedding to come to a common page.
  • Plan a budget. This would help in at least knowing the estimates.
  • Plan your guest list, remember this needs to be thoughtfully planned keeping the venue size and budget in mind.
  • Shortlist the potential wedding dates – here you may want to check with a few special people.
  • Shortlist the potential wedding venues and locations for the ceremonies if not the same as the wedding venue.

When you have a year before the wedding, here are the things to keep in mind.

  • Visit the venues and book them.
  • Do a sound research of the wedding services required as well as the vendors – florist, photographer, caterer, decor, music, makeup, mehandi, etc.
  • Considering a wedding insurance could be easy for you.
  • Decide on the type of ceremonies you plan to host – cocktails, reception, bachelor party or bachelorette, dance performances, etc.
  • Book your photographer and videographer – same or separate.
  • Plan the decor internally for the venues and ceremonies before meeting the decorators.
  • Search for the dress options for each ceremony – synchronised or separate.
  • Start sending Save The Date messages to your guests on their mobiles.
  • Discuss the details with your families and baes.
  • Make a list of guests who can be given responsibilities during the ceremonies.

Now, comes the next stage when you are are about 8 to 10 months from the date.

  • Book the band of DJ for your functions.
  • Research and reserve accommodations for guests.
  • Research about any decor rental companies for items such as chairs, tables, or a tent.
  • Plan and book your honeymoon – flights, accommodation, and other activities.

6 to 8 months before the wedding

  • Order your wedding dress.
  • Ensure the passports are in date for the honeymoon to avoid last minute rush and stress.
  • Start planning the hen/stag parties.

4 to 6 months before the wedding

  • Choose the dress codes or themes for the immediate relatives.
  • Choose and place order for the wedding invitations and props.
  • This is the right time to seek pre-marriage counselling.
  • Meet the florist and discuss your options.
  • Shop for the groom’s clothes.
  • Plan the legalities for marriage certificate and other essentials.
  • Organise the wedding transport.
  • Organise a make up and hair trial and book the artist.
  • Book your pre-bridal packages.

2 to 3 months left

  • Start sending invitations to guests and if needed, start visiting to distribute the cards.
  • Schedule dress trials.
  • Order the engagement rings.
  • Plan the gifts for both families to be given on various occasions and start buying them.
  • By accessories for the ceremonies to match with your dresses.
  • Plan a menu tasting at the ceremony venues or with the caterer and book.
  • If a choreographer has been booked for performances, begin the rehearsals.
  • Begin your pre-bridal services.

1 month to go

  • Have the final dress fitting.
  • Plan the last-minute amendments with the vendors.
  • Review the RSVP list and call guests who are yet to respond.
  • Finalise details for the ceremonies.
  • Another round of pre-bridal services would be required here.

Just 2 more weeks

  • Plan a must-have list of pictures for your album and discuss with your photographer and videographers, and if possible also the backdrops and selfie corners if you are planning any.
  • Give the caterer and the venue manager the final guest count.

1 week left

  • Hand over a list of essential items required to your wedding coordinator such as tables, selfie corner, bride-groom entry tracks, and others.
  • Call and confirm the arrangements with all wedding vendors for smooth flow of ceremonies.
  • Get a pre-bridal package and visit the salon for pedicure, manicure, waxing, facial, hair spa, and whatever else required.
  • Do a complete dress rehearsal from the under garments to the main dress and footwear.
  • Keep an overnight bag ready for the reception.
  • Pack for your honeymoon.
  • Assign responsibilities for friends and relatives for functions.

2 to 3 days more

  • Make any last minute changes to table plan if required.
  • Grooms should go for their final fitting of the clothes.
  • Confirm the pick-up time with the car rental company for the wedding day.
  • Keep a print-out of the running flow of the day from entry to finishing.
  • Hand over all important vendor contacts to relatives and friends for coordination.

If you thought, the list is done, the day before the wedding is left

  • Provide all essential details of guests, menu, table arrangements, and others to the reception coordination.
  • Give an emergency contact number to all the vendors required and booked by you.
  • Sort out the payment for any balances pending and clear it or those that need to be cleared after the functions.
  • Get a good night’s rest to be cheerful and glowing on the wedding day!

 

 

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