ProudTimes Magazine

Wedding Checklist

By Ricki Zipkin

It is a good idea to create a wedding calendar. There is a lot of information here, so I am going to start with what to do when you first become engaged. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. If I don’t have the answer, I will be happy to research it and get back to you.

Before I go any further, I really need to emphasize that if anyone offers to help out–ACCEPT GRACIOUSLY. When you start planning your wedding, it is really exciting; as time goes on, it can become overwhelming. Let people help you. You don’t have to do this all yourself.


1. Set a firm budget.

Decide what is most important to you. Is it having beautiful flowers? If so, you may choose to have a family member take the wedding photos (if you need help, I can supply you with a list of important shots you may want). Do you want to have a photo booth, videographer and professional photographer? Perhaps you can cut back on music by using your pre-taped music for both ceremony and reception.

2. Select the date and time of the wedding.

If you are considering a caterer, keep in mind that afternoon and evening weddings are often less expensive; lunch is cheaper than dinner; and a 7pm wedding means you can get away with fancy hors d’oeuvres. I would be happy to supply you with a list of caterers.

3. Decide what type of wedding you will have.

Will it take place in your home, in a church or hall? Will it be formal or casual?

4. Before you go much further, reserve the wedding and reception sites. Make sure the officiant is available. If this is a church wedding, check to see if premarital counseling is required.

5. Meet with the parents of both parties.

6. Choose members of the wedding party.

7. Start your guest list.

It’s a good idea to make 3 lists. Think of who must be invited, who should be invited, and who you would like to invite, if possible.

8. Decide on a color scheme for the wedding. Let the moms know the color scheme so they can choose their outfits.

9. Begin planning the reception.

10. Start looking for your wedding gown. Many places require extra time if the gown has to be ordered.

11. It is customary for bridesmaids to purchase their dresses, so please keep their budgets in mind. I don’t recommend searching for dresses with all of the bridesmaids. This has a tendency to become chaotic. You may want to invite your maid-of-honor, mom, or a friend whose opinion you trust.

Notify your attendants to go to the store for measurements and to order dresses.

If you are getting married during a busy season, you may need to procure services early. So check with the photographer, caterer, florist, musicians, etc. And find out when they recommend you reserve their service.


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