The internet has given brides to access to a wealth of free wedding planning tools and information, the most important of these being the wedding planning checklist. No bride should attempt to plan her wedding without one and over the course of her planning she will find it an invaluable tool.
A wedding planning checklist will detail every task and element that needs to be done when planning a wedding over a certain time frame. They will include tasks such as finding a reception venue, choosing the wedding stationery and collecting the wedding cake. The best checklists will go into great detail including everything from choosing the bridesmaids accessories to having a trial run of your hair and makeup. A basic checklist will include the bare bones such as setting the date through to purchasing wedding favors.
Magazines will often carry a wedding planning section which includes a planning checklist for you to cut out and keep. Often these are fairly generic and will only include the bare minimum of tasks needed to plan a wedding successfully. Should they run a wedding planning special, then the checklist may be more detailed and comprehensive. Wedding websites will offer free checklists which you can download and save on your computer. This gives you a customizable checklist which you then print out and edit as often as required.
Many checklists are generic and will cover an 18 month time frame. You may think they are all the some but they are not so it is important to compare several before deciding on the right one for you. It is also important that you choose one from a credible source because the checklist will be more reliable and will probably have been written by someone who knows a thing or two about planning a wedding. Post a question on online wedding forums asking about good checklists if you are at all unsure of where to look. Other brides are a great source of advice and inspiration and can direct you to the best resources.
When you find a checklist you like you will probably have to edit it to fit with you wedding and the time frame you have till your wedding day. Arm yourself with a calendar and make sure you know all the important dates you have arranged this far. Don’t mess about with the checklist too much, it will have be written to ensure that those elements which are time critical such as your wedding catering and cake, are dealt with at the appropriate time. So don’t be tempted to order your wedding cake 12 months before your wedding day – it will be stale by the time the day arrives!
Save a copy on your computer and then print off copies for yourself and other people who should have a copy, such as your groom, your maid of honor, your mom and maybe your wedding planner if you are not using one for your entire wedding planning. Also pin a copy onto your notice board so you can quickly refer to it should you need to.