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The Wedding Checklist and Guide

By Innstilettos
The Wedding Checklist and Guide
I never knew there were so many parts of a wedding until I started helping my daughter plan hers.  This is scary since I once planned my own wedding which for some reason didn't seem that complicated (that was the marriage lol). 
I am a list kind of woman and so three months out from my daughter's big day I drew up the blue print and created an all encompassing task plan.  Wow...there is still so much to do. 
To help you along....I am sharing the list with you.  Certainly there will be things on the list that you will not have on yours.  If your wedding is not outside, you won't need a tent you will need a hall.  So feel free to make changes.  It will just help in guiding you along.
The Wedding Checklist and Guide
Church Service

  • Efficient: Pastor, Rabi, Priest, Mayor, Judge- you need to secure the date and meet all the premarital counseling sessions before you marry.  Factor time to do all of this.
  • Music:  You will most likely need to select a song or two to play during the service
  • Singer: will someone be singing during the service?  Make sure you make arrangements along with someone who can play the music
  • Decoration:  If you are being married somewhere other than where the venue is you will most likely being adding flowers and perhaps even bows- plan with your florist.
  • Ceremony Books- Mostly used for religious ceremonies
  • Bird Seed: Little packets of seed or bubbles will need to be used for when the bride make their way out of the church
  • Coordinator: For a relatively small fee, hire someone who will place people where they need to be and help make your ceremony drama free
  • Location: Church...synagogue ...make the arrangements
  • Transportation: How will the wedding party get from the church to the reception?
The Wedding Checklist and Guide
Flowers: People and Places who will need them

  • Religious venue
  • Tables of the reception
  • Bouquet for Bride
  • Bouquets for Bridesmaids
  • Boutonnieres  for groom, groomsmen, fathers of the bride and groom, grandfathers, efficient, wedding planner if it is a man, the DJ, ushers, ring bearer
  • Corsages for mothers of the bride and groom, grandmothers, wedding planner
  • Little sprays: any little girl handing out pamphlets
  • Flowers for the bathroom
  • Rose petals for the flower girl to drop
  • Flower ring for flower girl's hair
The Wedding Checklist and Guide
Cocktail Party:

  • Liquor list
  • Non alcoholic beverages
  • Glassware
  • Bartender
  • Food plans
  • Tables needed
  • Servers
The Wedding Checklist and Guide

  • Printed Menus
  • Caterer
  • Plates
  • Silverware
  • Tables
  • Linens
  • Tent or Venue
  • Chairs
  • Dance floor if you are using a tent- this is a needed add on
  • Cake
  • Who will say the prayer?
The Wedding Checklist and Guide
Disc Jockey or Music Source:

  • Choose band, DJ, or Singer
  • Songs need to be selected for the first dance as husband and wife, father -daughter dance, mother-son dance
  • Choose some songs that have some meaning to you that you would like to have played at the wedding
  • Guide the DJ to the types of music you would like to have played and remember that you will have multi generations there so it is nice to have a little of everything
The Wedding Checklist and Guide

  • Garter Belt
  • Bridal Gown
  • Veil
  • Girl's dresses
  • Ring Bearer outfits
  • Who is in the wedding party?
  • Ring Pillow
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Wedding Planner
  • Wedding Bands
  • Invitations and all other printable things needed
  • Menu of food to be served
  • Thank you cards- buy them before the wedding
  • Stamps for the Invitations
  • Runner for the Church
  • Shoes for the girls
  • Mother of the Bride dress
  • Suits for the groomsmen
  • Sign in book or something unique to have the guests sign
  • Bridal Jewelry
  • Wedding baskets for guests staying at hotels
  • Corset for the bride for under her dress
  • Valet Parking
  • If outside facilities- outdoor potties
  • The little thank you gift
That should keep you busy for awhile.
Deborah Stilettos

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