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May 4, 2021

Timeless Orlando Wedding | Sarah & Daniel

Weddings

Congratulations! Following your big yes in engagement, the next thing on your mind is to plan your wedding. A wedding planning checklist is essential if you want to manage your wedding and avoid missing out on important details. Planning a wedding can be daunting and exhausting at times, but if you have a proper checklist and timetable, it will make the whole process go more smoothly.

Wedding planning usually within a year after the engagement, but if a couple is financially stable and everything is in order, there’s nothing wrong with holding a wedding a month later. However, proper planning and preparations are required to ensure a smooth, memorable, unique, and unforgettable wedding. Of course, you want your wedding to be the most memorable event of your life, surrounded by your closest friends and family.

In today’s blog, I’ll help you in completing a list of important details to include on your wedding planning checklist. This is not an all inclusive list but just some of the important details!

Date

The first and most important thing to finalize is the date. Discuss with your fiancé when you want to have your wedding. It’s crucial because it’ll be your most important day of the year. Your wedding date will be with you for the rest of your life, to celebrate with you every year. Your wedding date will be the starting point for the entire planning process. You can do what Tripp and I did and get married on a holiday weekend so you always have a 3 day weekend for your anniversary every year!

Theme & Style

Decide whether you want a formal wedding, a casual gathering, or a themed event. It’s also a good time to think about whether you want a religious or secular ceremony. To make sure you’re on the same page, sit down with your partner and talk about your ideal wedding doing some brainstorming about your ideal wedding is a good place to start.

You can quickly find beautiful images for everything from flowers, wedding cakes, and color palates in bridal magazines or online platforms like Pinterest. Gather your creative ideas till you find the exact style that speaks to you.

Budget

Check your savings. Talk to your partner about how much you want to spend on your wedding. Budgeting is crucial because we don’t want to start our marriage in debt. By properly budgeting for the maximum expense for each category, you will be able to determine where you should cut corners or stretch your budget. Keep track of all of your expenses so you know when you’ll need to go back and adjust your savings.

Stick to your budget as much as possible; some vendors are willing to negotiate without bringing down the quality of the work. Meet with your vendors and discuss where you can make changes based on your budget.

Guest List

Guests are an important part of the ceremony; family and friends are the main reasons why you would want to have a big wedding; it’s a time to get together and celebrate most wonderfully. Make a preliminary guest list, then finalize it with your partner who you want to be there. Decide who will be a part of your bridal party and how many there will be. Keep in mind that caterers are paid based on the number of people in your party; again consider your budget.

Now, this is important! When making your guest list invite, remember that you don’t have any obligation to invite anybody! Not your mom’s best friend’s sister, not the old friend that is asking for an invite that you haven’t spoken to in months. Your guest list should be something you are excited about and everyone you invite should be someone you wouldn’t dream of not having there!

Venue

This is the time to decide whether you want to host a large or small gathering. Your preference for a venue is also influenced by the number of people who will be attending. If you’ve invited a hundred guests, you’ll want to find a venue where everyone will feel comfortable attending your ceremony, and if you’ll be having your best friend furry with you on your wedding day, you’ll want to make sure the venue is pet-friendly.

You should also consider whether you want your ceremony and reception to take place in the same location; if not, you will need to check the distance and may require transportation, which will add to your costs.

Vendor

Yes, of course! It’s impossible to go anywhere without eating! Your vendors should be able to handle your event with ease. Caterers should have enough experience to deal with a variety of guests. Also, the food should be prepared according to the terms of your signed contract. Before signing any contracts, you must have a food tasting and enjoy it!

The Bridal bouquet completes the stunning bride as she walks down the aisle. It should be fresh and well-arranged so that you don’t end up picking something off the floor. You can create a Pinterest board and share your inspiration photos with your florist and they will be able to lead you in the right direction in creating your dream arrangements for your wedding!

Even in the digital age, sending out invitations is a must. You’ll need to find a vendor who can offer you packages based on your design and style preferences. You can also purchase templates off of Etsy and get them printed, or even use a website like Zazzle and use a premade templates. Just be sure you personalize these to you and your partner’s wedding day! The save the dates and the stationary give you and your guests a look into the vibe of your wedding day! And these will be in your wedding photos so be sure to get something you will be proud of and excited to send out! Don’t do what I did, order one invitation per household and not per guest. I ordered triple the save the dates that I needed and wasted money and paper.

Wedding ring! You should take your time looking for a vendor who can provide you with a cost-effective but classy wedding ring. Your wedding ring is a symbol of your union and a new life beginning. Don’t feel like you need to buy the first ring you try on

Wedding Dress  and Groom Suit

While it is exciting to begin looking, it can also be stressful. Wedding dresses are one of the most difficult choices for a bride. Looking for a wedding gown but don’t know where to begin? It all comes down to finding the best wedding dress style for your body type. You can easily land on the lower end of the range by shopping at large retailers and choosing to buy a machine-made gown. While these dresses typically have minimal embellishments and hand detailing, you can easily enhance your look with accessories and creativity.

It’s best to talk about the groom’s suit with your partner ahead of time because you might want to consider a color theme and make sure your outfit matches the bride’s wedding party. Just make sure all of the groomsmen rent their suit and pick it up on time! If one doesn’t rent it before the deadline they may have to purchase it outright or pay rush fees!

Photographer (ME!)

This is another must-have for a wedding. A high-quality camera should be used to capture once-in-a-lifetime events. Wedding portraits are more than just something to hang on your wall; they are an heirloom that your grandchildren will undoubtedly ask questions about.

Professional photographers do more than just take pictures; they capture your precious memories. Every image tells a story, and as your photographer, I am very passionate about it. When you book me as your photographer you’re getting so much more than photos. You are getting a cheerleader, someone to help you find vendors, bustle your dress, grab your drinks, and party all night with you!

Marriage License

All of the documents should be completed. It’s crucial to apply for your marriage license ahead of time, especially if you’re planning a destination wedding. Marriage applications are governed by different rules in different states. To avoid delays that could jeopardize your wedding plans, you must research this ahead of time and make sure you bring your license with you when you get married so your officiant can sign it to make everything legal.

Pieces of Advice

Aside from this checklist, you should also consider creating a timeline, this will help you manage your time more effectively and will help you avoid any delays in your wedding purchases and other necessities.

Do not be afraid to ask questions to all of your vendors, your questions are important to them to have a successful event and to build a positive relationship with their clients.

Last but not least, as your photographer, YES, I am here for you! Follow me on Instagram and I’d love to give you more advice and meet you to show you how I can make your wedding day unforgettable!  Let’s talk about it and your wedding!

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