Wedding Checklist

Article By Tanya Chethan

Wedding planning is a long and tedious process which usually starts almost ten to twelve months in advance. Although fun and exciting, it can get stressful and tiresome. What goes into it is a lot of thinking, planning, estimating and decision making. Here’s ideally how you should start planning your wedding and things you should be doing as you get closer to your dates.

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You should start off planning a minimum of seven months before the wedding dates. Make sure to keep a wedding binder which will have all details regarding your wedding right from guests to vendors to venues to dates.
Approximately nine to ten months before your wedding, start estimating and have a budget in hand. This should be your first step, so you can make your wedding planning easier and work around this budget. This will give you a fair idea as to how much you can spend on each aspect of your wedding.

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Next, it would be ideal for you to start fixing dates. Once you’ve done that you can start to make announcements so people are aware of your wedding.

After fixing dates, go hunting for venues. Since you have a budget in hand, you can check out places that meet your budget. During venue hunts, you must know approximately how many people you are expecting for each event because you don’t want your venue to turn out to be too small neither too big! Also make sure that the city your venue is located in is easily accessible to those who you really wish to have attend your wedding.

Side by side, keep researching on photographers, dj’s , florists, caterers, etc., make sure to note down all these contacts so they’ll be easily accessible to you when you start your bookings.

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Once all of the above is complete, narrow down on the best photographers and videographers, meet caterers, and all other vendors that you would require at your wedding and hire them all.

After you’re done hiring, start listing guests who will be attending from out of town. Make a list of these guests and send out ‘Save the Dates’ so you can confirm their attendance and book the right number of rooms, ideally at a hotel nearest to your wedding venue.

If you wish, you can also launch a wedding website which has all updates related to your wedding for your guests to access at any time without having to disturb you.

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This should be followed by meeting a designer for the bride & groom’s clothes. Get your clothes designed and in place at the earliest.

Four to five months prior to your wedding, design your invites, get a draft and approve of it.

Schedule your favourite hair and make-up artists so they’re free for you on your special day!

You can then work on other things such as the list of people who will perform at your sangeeth, the music you require and choreography too.

Two months in advance, you can begin to send out your approved invites to all your guests, and make calls if required.

Be sure to run through all events and check whether everything is in place.

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Approximately two weeks before your wedding, speak to all your vendors just to remind them of what your requirements are. Try on your dresses and check whether everything fits and looks okay.

Coming closer to your wedding dates, contact all guests who haven’t RSVP’d and follow up on all your appointments and get your final haircut and colour!

Before your big day finally arrives, make sure you get lots of rest to look your best and enjoy your wedding to the fullest!

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