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09 June 2014

Essential Wedding Checklist

Essential Wedding Check ListYou might think you have everything under control, but it only takes one or two last minute emergencies to send your best laid plans into meltdown. That's why no matter how organised you are, having a wedding checklist is a great idea and can help to prevent any unwelcome surprises. Most weddings are planned primarily by the bride, with the odd bit of advice interjected here and there. Whilst this can be a lot of fun, albeit very hard work, most brides-to-be have never had the experience of planning a wedding before and could very easily overlook some of the smaller details.

Stress-free Planning

It can be surprising how much the stress of arranging your big day can play on your mind, even on a subconscious level. Psychologists say writing down your to-do list acts as permission for your mind to relax and 'let go'. For anyone struggling to sleep in the run-up to their wedding, keeping a pad and pen next to the bed can be all it takes to help switch off and get some slumber. A good tip is to make your list as early as possible and write absolutely everything down, no matter how small or trivial it may seem. The smaller details are the ones more likely to be overlooked and could leave you kicking yourself.

Flexibility Rules

When you start out planning your wedding you might have a vision that ultimately ends up going in a very different direction, either due to finances or because you realise you actually prefer something else. View your list as a work in progress and be prepared to add or remove items as you start getting the arrangements in place. For example, the guest list may have to shrink a little bit because the caterers you really want to use are more expensive than you budgeted for. Perhaps a beautiful venue you found for your reception doesn't hold as many people as you had hoped.


It's also worth writing down all the possible things that you might want if you had the time and money. Having a chocolate fountain might be one example, or maybe you are considering getting hair extensions; whatever is on your mind should go on to your list.

A checklist may well include some of the following:

  • Bridesmaids and flower girls
  • Venue
  • Dress
  • Underwear and accessories
  • Deciding on your vows
  • Gift list
  • Guest list
  • Invitations
  • Theme?
  • Cake
  • Flowers
  • Wedding car
  • Reception entertainment
  • Toastmaster
  • Photographer - plus list of must-have pictures
  • Place settings
  • Favours
  • Song for first dance
  • Honeymoon
  • Hair and make-up
  • Insurance (not terribly exciting but worth considering)

Once you have all your thoughts down on paper, rearrange your list into the order you need to tackle them. For example, you probably need to find your venue sooner rather than later but deciding on the song for your first dance can be left until nearer the time.

And finally....

At the end of the day, all that really matters is you and your beloved exchanging your vows and walking away as man and wife. But knowing that you have all the little details tied up will allow you to relax and enjoy the whole day rather than worrying about whether there is anything you might have forgotten.

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