Wedding Checklist – Quick Planning Tips


Do you know exactly how many details go into planning a wedding? You can see why brides get stressed because, for the most part, the planning process is on on their shoulders. Every little detail from getting a marriage license to finding a venue to who to invite, not to mention all the details that go into planning the reception.

Complete Wedding Checklist from OliverINK on Etsy

Today’s Wedding Checklists

I think of the details that were part of weddings 30 years ago and how their checklist would be so different from a bride’s of today. Did their checklist include:

  • Decorative Wedding Cupcake Wrappers
  • Signs for Bride and Groom Chairs
  • Washroom Decorations
  • Cocktail Bar Decorations
  • Special Remembrance for Lost Loved Ones
  • Midnight Snacks for Guests
  • Umbrellas and Other Plans for Rain
  • Different Dress for Bride for Reception
  • Kids Table and Entertainment

As brides get more and more detail-oriented, will the lists get longer and longer? Plus, now that types of weddings such as rustic and vintage are becoming so popular, any wedding items that relate to these themes now have to be added to the list.


Tips to Using a Wedding Checklist

Anyway, here are some tips to using a Wedding Checklist that will make sure you have everything covered:

  1. Print out copies of the checklist and give to your groom, maid of honor, bridesmaids and mother-in-law and highlight tasks you want them to do, and WHEN you want them done by.
  2. Every time you have completed a task, don’t just check it off, cross it out. That way you can clearly see how many items are left to do.
  3. As mentioned, if you are having a themed wedding you probably have to source out special items like hay bales and wagon wheels or vintage books, so add a list of all the items you need to buy/source in the notes section.
  4. Ask each of your vendors (i.e. cake maker, photographer, etc.) if they have their own checklist. If not, ask them to review yours and add any tasks that may not be there.
  5. Those last minutes details, the ones you have to do the days before the wedding, are usually the most stressful. Break these out into a separate checklist and give a copy to the groom and maid of honor as a second and third check point.
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Of course, my popular Complete Wedding Checklist is a 14-page printable PDF of everything you need to do before the big day. And you can print as many copies as you like. A steal at just $5 at my Etsy shop…until next time, Gail. 
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