Make Your Own Wedding Planning Checklist

A wedding planning checklist is an important tool in your wedding planning armory. It will help you to see what needs to be done and when it has to be done by. It will also show you what you have completed and what is still left to do – that is if you have been using it properly.

However, many wedding planning checklists are generic and will contain perhaps many things that are not applicable to your wedding. They may also not contain many things which are, so producing your own checklist is the only way of making sure you know everything that needs to be done and when it has to be done by.

You can get hold of a wedding planning checklist for free from many websites and I fully recommend downloading one so you have a framework with which to put your own checklist together.

Begin by putting down the time left till your wedding day, assuming you have set the wedding date already. If you haven’t then think about how much time you want to plan your wedding in, commonly most weddings are planned in 18 months or under, but the timeframe for planning your wedding is entirely up to you. You will probably find a calendar a useful tool to have nearby as you put together your checklist.

Referring back to the wedding planning checklist you have downloaded, fill in all the necessary tasks you will need to do over the coming months. The checklist you have downloaded will give an idea of what you need to do first and how long you need to do it in. It will probably include things like setting the date, choosing the wedding style and theme and booking the ceremony.

Follow this checklist through noting down everything you need to do for your wedding and the timeframes in which you need to do it. If the timeframe from when you start your wedding planning to your wedding day is different to that on the downloaded checklist, then count the months/weeks/days between each section and use them as your guide.

Once you have added in all the generic aspects of your wedding, you can then start to add in all the extra elements and tasks that are particular to your wedding day. Some you may already know about, others may present themselves later on in the wedding planning. Your checklist will likely become an ever evolving thing which you will regularly update, amend and add to.

Always make sure you allow yourself sufficient time to complete a task and double check to make sure you haven’t left anything vital out, such as purchasing the wedding rings! Remember to include time for appointments, shopping for favors and sending out the wedding invitations.

Once you have finished your wedding planning checklist, save a copy on your computer for future editing and print out two or three copies – one for your own planning notes, one for your groom and one for your parents or maid of honor (essentially anyone who will be helping you).

Design Your Own Wedding Planning Checklist

A wedding planning checklist will become your new best friend as you progress through your wedding planning. It will be able to tell you when you need to do something and what you need to do, as well as giving you an overview of where you are at with your wedding preparations.

There are many free checklists available to download from the internet and most bridal magazines will carry one in some form or another in each issue. The trouble with these wedding planning checklists is that they usually conform to a generic time frame and wedding preparations, which may not suit everyone. Each wedding is different and you may have more or less tasks to complete before the big day.

Designing your own checklist however, is easy and you can use a free version to help you plan your own wedding and produce your own wedding planning checklist quickly and easily. All you need is a spreadsheet or word processing program on your computer and a little bit of time to put it together. A calendar would be handy too!

Start by typing in the number of months you have until your wedding day. This maybe 18, 12, 9 etc then use the generic checklist to help you type in which tasks need to be completed at the start of your wedding planning. These will usually be things like booking the ceremony, booking the reception venue and deciding on your wedding style and/or theme.

If the timeframe to your wedding day is shorter than that on the generic list then you will need to add in tasks from the next section as well. This is the tricky part as you will need to calculate when each task should be done to ensure you fit everything in to your desired wedding planning time frame. Use your calendar as well to make sure you have enough time available to complete all the tasks needed – other commitments may dictate how much you can achieve in any given time frame.

Also be careful about ordering or booking things too early or too late. For instance, ordering your wedding cake at the start of the wedding planning could be a bad idea as it may not be edible by the time the wedding day arrives, likewise ordering your wedding favors one week before could see them arriving after the wedding day! If you are in any doubt as to how much time you will need to allow for any given task, then ring some vendors or suppliers and ask their advice first.

Designing your own checklist can also allow you to delegate some tasks to other people and be able to keep track of who is doing what and when. For instance, you can delegate the booking of the wedding transportation to your groom and ask your chief bridesmaid to pick up your wedding cake for you or table linens etc. Don’t forget to add in potential dates for your bridal shower and bachelorette parties either.

Once you have finished and are happy with the way the checklist looks and works, then save a copy on your computer and print out several to give to other people and one for yourself for your planning notebook. It can also be a good idea to keep a copy pinned up next to your calendar for quick reference should need it. Having a copy on your computer also means you can easily edit it should you need to add things in or move something around.

The Wedding Planning System

So, you are finally engaged! And the first thing that comes in your mind is to plan your wedding. It is easy to think of planning a wedding, but the real question is how to plan it? It is never a surprise that planning a wedding is a hard task. With all the events, wedding is perhaps the grandest of all, and the most difficult to handle.

Time is clicking, and you have so many things to consider. You want everything to be organized; in short you want your wedding to be as perfect as possible. You tend to browse all the latest bridal magazines that have pages of photos of stunning bridal gowns, rings, and other items related to weddings. You have read some wedding tips and ideas that can help you plan your big day. But the thing is, you are still stranded figuring out how to get things started.

When it comes to planning a wedding, the key is to start planning and organizing long before your wedding day comes.

Start by creating a wedding planning system that will help keep all your wedding details in one place. You can buy pre-made binder or make your own. To buy or to make, you have to make sure that your binder will have some tabs for each category your wedding planning will be having. Some examples of category are: wedding outfits, bridal jewelry, reception (catering, DJ, decorations, favors and etc.), ceremony, photography, transportation. Alternatively, you can have an accordion file, which will organize your wedding details using the same category tabs. This file will let you see each category at a glance. Whichever organizer you choose, use it to keep track of all you pictures, business cards, brochures, receipts and all the necessary documents related to each category.

Once you have picked the appropriate wedding planning system for your wedding, you can then start researching all about wedding. You can find so many wedding planning books in the market, or you can can research online. Visit your favorite local book store or online store, where you can find some writing tips to read on.

Use a wedding timetable, that will include all the things you will need to accomplish for the entire months before your wedding day. The first few things you will include on your wedding timetable are: brainstorming with fiance and parents about the budget and finances; deciding the number of guests that needs to be invited; deciding what type of wedding to plan; finding wedding coordinators. These are the basic things that a usual wedding timetable has. You can add or change it using your computer, if needed.

Once all the details involved in your wedding are clear to you, you can then start to build a manpower that will help you get prepared. You have your groomsmen, bridesmaids and other wedding attendants whom you can entrust several tasks needed for your wedding. Also, you can start scouting different wedding supplies you will need, such wedding invitations, wedding decorations, wedding favors, reception supplies and the likes.

Stay on Schedule With a Wedding Planning Checklist

With some much needed to plan and organize in order to pull off the wedding of your dreams, it can be all too easy to overlook something and to fall behind schedule. Imagine waking up on the day realizing you have forgotten to book a hairdresser or order the buttonholes! And falling behind schedule is easier than you may think as many tasks connected to a wedding need to be done at a certain time before the wedding date. This is where a wedding planning checklist comes in.

A wedding planning checklist is more than just a long list of tasks, it is a time ordered checklist arranged according to your wedding planning timeframe and will ensure you don’t forget anything vital and that you stick to your schedule and complete everything in time.

No bride wants to be rushing around like a headless chicken in the week before the wedding, so using a wedding checklist will ensure that in the final week before the wedding you can relax, add the finishing touches to your preparations and just concentrate on looking beautiful on the day!

To obtain a wedding planning checklist take a look through bridal magazines or go online to many of the wedding websites for a free version to download. You will also find them in wedding directories and in wedding planning books. The trick is to find one that most closely matches your wedding plans. This isn’t as easy as it may seem as most checklists will follow a generic template which may or may not fit with your wedding.

If you can find one that is a pretty close match then editing it to fit perfectly is not difficult and having a copy on your computer gives you the advantage of being able to come back and edit it later, should your plans change. Keep a copy with your wedding planning notes so you can refer to it often and have it to hand whenever you are meeting with suppliers and vendors.

It can also be a good idea to print off copies for your maid of honor, your groom and your mom, who no doubt will want to be kept abreast of how the wedding planning is going. These people will be the ones who will be helping you to organize such a big occasion so keep them informed of your plans with their own copies of the checklist. Make sure you keep your checklist up to date as well so that you can tell at a glance whether or not you are one schedule and will have everything done in time for the big day!