Your wedding is undoubtedly the most important and awaited day of your life. And while it triggers a good amount of adrenaline rush, the responsibility of getting everything organized on time is a constant cause of concern. So, we thought of helping you out with this easy-peasy wedding planning checklist, which would only let you groove with excitement as you keep ticking off all the essentials as per your wedding planning timeline.
To make things easier, we have divided your wedding preparation checklist into four parts on the basis of the months approaching your D-day.
I. Six To Twelve Months Before The Wedding
1. Close The Budget Call
As soon as you finalize the date for the most awaited day of your life, levels of both – anxiety and excitement picks up. And the biggest concern remains to be the budget, at least in most cases. How much to spend, where to spend, and when to spend are some of the questions that need your utmost attention in the initial phase of planning your wedding. Hence, it’s important to close the budget before you begin to tick off anything else off your wedding planning checklist!
So, break down the things you want to spend on, and things that would definitely require expenditure. Select the most essential expenses and decide a ballpark figure for your wedding.
2. Finalize Your Guest List
Who should be invited and who shouldn’t, is yet another mind boggling confusion while planning a wedding. Sit down, segment the list into categories like close relatives and friends, office colleagues, neighbors, and mutual friends or acquaintances.
Think of an approximate number of guests you would want to have at your wedding before you start with the list. Tick off the names whose absence on your wedding would definitely make a difference, and make sure you include them in the final list.
For better planning and stress-free days ahead, you could also divide the guest list as per their locations, as it would make the invite sending task easier!
3. Scout For Your Wedding Venue And Book It In Advance
Since having an extravagant wedding has become such a common phenomenon, there’s hardly any possibility of getting the best venue since most of the wedding venues stay blocked for months in advance. So, make sure you start scouting for your dream wedding venue at least 10 to 11 months in advance.
Consider the important factors such as location, ambience, space and the size of the venue, whilst keeping in mind the approximate number of guests attending the ceremony. Also, check if the venue provides catering or not. In case it doesn’t, get in touch with the best caterers around, and finalize one of them for your D-day!
4. Hire A Wedding Planner (If Required)
While most of us love planning our own wedding, some of us like to lie back and relax. In the latter case, it’s best to hire an experienced wedding planner who can take care of the checklist for wedding, and organize everything as per your convenience and need. But, make sure you hire a planner well in advance so that he or she can start putting things into action right from the beginning!
5. Look Up For The Latest Trends
Be it your outfits, wedding themes, invitation cards, or photography, there’s an ever changing trend for everything when it comes to weddings. This is the best time time to put your foot down, grab a seat, and research about everything that’s happening around. You might just come across something that would grab your eyeballs at first glance and turn your wedding into the most unique affair ever!
II. Three To Five Months Before The Wedding
6. Get Your Wedding Invitation Ready
Everything from the color of your invite to its design and content matters, and so it’s the best time to finalize the look and feel of your wedding invite. You can keep it as subtle as you want or you can get it designed in a way that it reflects the theme of your wedding. Make sure you’ve done enough research in the previous months so that you make the best decision at this point of time.
7. Book Your Photographer And Videographer
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Booking a photographer and videographer for your D-day is certainly the most important thing on your wedding planning checklist!
While candid photography has caught up the fancy of most people, some of us still admire the traditional style of capturing memories. Make sure that by now if you’ve taken a call if you want theme photography, candid, or the old-school style, and book the photographer and videographer as soon as possible.
8. Book A DJ And Other Performers For Entertainment
There is no wedding that is ever complete without good music and some entertainment. And there’s no better time than this to have a famous rock band at your wedding. Get your hands down on the list of the best bands available, and book one well in time. You can also have dance performers on the day to make sure every guest stays engrossed throughout the ceremony.
9. Book Your Mehendi Artist
Irrespective of how much you like mehendi or not, don’t forget to book good artists since there would be no pictures your hands can escape. And obviously, there are kids and women. And they love mehendi!
10. Get Your Makeup Artist On Board
Another significant thing to be ticked off your wedding planning checklist is choosing your make up artist, because this is the best time to book your pre bridal or groom package at the salon, and a makeup artist for the main ceremonies. Remember, at this time, almost everyone might be getting married! If you’ve shortlisted a few good ones already, get their quotes, and book the best one as soon as you can.
11. Start Planning Your Honeymoon
We’re sure that you must have been discussing your honeymoon till now, but it’s time you actually start planning it. Look up for the destinations, finalize the ones that you really dream about going to, and check out the places and things to do there. Research if it’s really a place worth visiting on your honeymoon and browse through some pictures to gain clarity.
12. Shop For Your Wedding Rings And Jewelry
Buying wedding rings and jewelry is one of the most important tasks on your marriage checklist, obviously because it needs a lot of time and patience. And this is certainly the best time to tick this off your list! So, head out to the best jewelry stores, and look for the designs you wish to have in your collection or your spouse’s wedding ring. Also, keep a check on the discounts that the jewelry brands might be running as there’s no harm in saving a few pennies.
13. Scout And Shop For Your D-Day Attire
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This is the most exciting yet tedious task on your wedding to do list. Playing dress up can be fun, but only as long as you’re getting what you desire. Head out for your D-Day outfit shopping well in time so that you don’t end up with a stressed mind. It’s time taking, but only worth it if you get what you have always dreamt of wearing on your special day!
Look if you want to wear something that goes with the theme of your wedding or if you wish to wear differently styled outfits on every ceremony. Take your time and then close on the final decision.
14. Book An Accommodation For Your Guests
We’re sure that your guest list is ready by now, and you must be aware about which relatives and friends are coming from other towns. It’s time to book a good and comfortable accommodation for them. Find out good hotels and guest houses that provide friendly hospitality and amenities to assure your guests get the maximum comfort. Also, make sure that the accommodation is in close proximity to the wedding venue.
IV. Two Months Before The Wedding
15. Book Your Honeymoon
Just two months to go for your wedding, and this is the best time to book everything from flights to hotels for your honeymoon. Who knows, you might just get lucky and grab a deal that proves to be a real value for money. Also, with this you’d tick off a major thing from your wedding planning checklist!
16. Send Out Your Wedding Invites
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This is the ideal time to send out invites to your friends and family. Check the invite, get the respective names printed, and mail them to your guest list right away!
17. Schedule Your Pre-wedding Shoot
Getting a pre wedding shoot done is undoubtedly an important task on your marriage checklist. Head out for your shoot during this period and share the pictures with your friends and family to catch everyone’s attention as soon as you get them from your photographer. You can consider forts or gardens nearby or resorts located a few kms from your place for the ultimate photo shoot. It’s time to break the internet with your pre wedding pictures and remind everyone to save the date!
18. Book An Officiant
Discuss all the requirements for your wedding with the officiant, and book him for the day before he gets too caught up with the wedding season. Also, take a note of all the required things for the ceremony and get them arranged a couple of days before the D-day.
19. Party With Your Friends Or Take A Trip
Getting married is surely fun, but what’s even better is living like there’s no tomorrow before getting hitched. This is your time of creating memories like Hrithik, Abhay, and Farhan did in ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara’. Head out for a memorable trip with your buddies to a place you’ve always wanted to go or throw a party, and catch up with your close friends. Because, there is no best time to celebrate your singlehood than now!
20. Trousseau Shopping
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If you keep looking for excuses to shop, know that there’s no better than this one! And we are sure you would happily tick this off your wedding planning checklist. Take a break from everything else and head out on a shopping spree. We’re sure you want your new wardrobe to have something of every kind. Shop for ethnic, western, and formal as per your requirement, but make sure you buy different colors and styles.
IV. One Month Before The Wedding
21. Book A Special Stay For Your First Night
Know that this day won’t ever come again! So, look for luxury hotels or any place that you’ve been wanting to visit with your partner, and book it right away. Request the hotel management to make special arrangements like a wedding celebration cake, flowers, or a private candlelight dinner in advance to avoid any last minute hassle.
22. Shop For Your Honeymoon
While you must already be experiencing the adrenaline rush because of your wedding coming closer, don’t forget that the celebrations would continue till your honeymoon. Call up your best friend and grab the stylish dresses, the shoes that you’ve been eyeing, and the sunglasses that make you look really chic. Make sure you pick up everything according to the destination of your honeymoon and the weather there.
23. Follow Up With The Vendors
Just for the final time, give a call to the management of your wedding venue, the florist, the DJ, the makeup and Mehendi artists, your photographer and videographer, and everyone connected to the organization of your wedding. Check up if everything’s on point or not, and cross check the checklist for wedding.
24. Hire A Choreographer
With everything in line, it’s to prep up for the wedding performances as well. Make sure you make everyone from your aunts to nephews groove on the dance floor by hiring a choreographer for the practise.
25. Try Your D-Day Attire
We’re sure you can’t wait to wear the special outfit on your special day, and you might have tried it a couple of times already, but no time is as risky as this one. So, wear your outfit and put on your shoes for a final trial to see if you need any alterations at all. If not, you’re ready to turn heads!
We hope that now you don’t stress over planning a wedding checklist, rather use this one, tick off everything well in time, and relax to make the most of your last days of singlehood!
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