Before and After Wedding Checklist: Steps to Ensure an Unforgettable Wedding


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Planning a wedding can be a very stressful task, especially if you don’t have all your ducks in a row.

One of the ways to plan your wedding without any hitches is to have a checklist to go off of. In this article, we will highlight some of the important items that need to be included in your wedding checklist - before and after the big day.

The importance of having a wedding checklist.

A checklist will help you get everything you need to be completed on time. There is a lot of work that goes into a wedding, and in order to have a stress-free and calm time, a checklist is your best bet.

Create a timeline
When you start your checklist, you can custom-make one that is tailored to your specific needs, you can view some online checklists to get an idea of what should be on yours. This will help you allocate the right time ahead of the wedding day to get everything you need done.

Wedding binder
Store your wedding checklist in your ultimate wedding binder. This file will have all the important information related to your wedding. Numbers of vendors, inspiration pictures, mood boards, and personal notes that you make as you go along.

Before the wedding.

Your pre-wedding checklist will have a lot of items that you need to tick off, but we have condensed them to the overarching categories that they will fall under.

Choosing a theme and venue
The theme that you decide on for your wedding will ultimately influence the rest of your decisions. This includes the venue, the dress, the decor, and even the food that you’ll be serving. For example, if you are thinking of having a luxurious beach wedding, then you can look at venues in the Orange County area. Your dress will most likely be airy and summery, while the food will consist of seafood items.


Hiring vendors
Your vendors make a lot of your wedding dreams a reality. They are rental services, caterers, cake makers, makeup artists, florists, etc. You need to scout a few of them and see the ones whose services align with your vision. Your checklist should include dates when you need to book the services when to pay deposits, and the final amounts ahead of the wedding. Don’t forget to include trial runs and taste tests in your checklist.

The wedding attire
Your wedding attire is one of the more important parts of the wedding. Once you have an idea of the dress you want, you need to go dress shopping soon after wedding planning begins. If you are having a dress custom-made then you need to factor in the time it would take to make the dress, additional fittings, and any adjustments that need to be made closer to the time. Also remember that you need to go shopping for bridal jewelry, bridal lingerie, and shoes for the day.

Post-wedding checklist.

Just because the actual wedding ceremony and honeymoon are over, it does not mean that all your wedding duties are done. There are still more items that you need to add to your checklist that take place after the event is done.

Touching base with the vendors
After the wedding is done and dusted, you need to make sure that the final payments for the vendors have been cleared. Factor in tips for the people who provided services on the day of the event. In addition to tips, another way you can show appreciation to the vendors is by writing reviews of their services and giving them a shout-out on social media - along with a picture of their work. This is useful for other people looking for vendors and can act as a reference or testimonial to their work.

Checking and returning rentals
For items that have been rented, there are most likely security deposits attached to them, in order to cover unforeseen damages. Touch base with the rental providers to ensure that the items removed on the same day are all in good condition. If you have rented jewelry, or a dress for your wedding instead of buying, you need to take it back to the shop and have it inspected. More often than not, the shop will clean the dress themselves to prevent any damages from occurring.

Thank you cards for gifts
Even if you give your guests a souvenir during the wedding, it would be a good idea to send out thank you cards to the guests who gave you a gift for your wedding. A thank you card shows that you acknowledge their effort and appreciate the thought they put into getting you and your something as you begin your journey as a couple.

Wedding things in storage
You will have bought a lot of things for your wedding, and in order to keep them safe you will need to store them properly. Your wedding dress should be steam-cleaned and hung up in a garment bag, while your jewelry should be polished and stored away. The left-over wedding cake can be stored in an airtight container and frozen until the one-year wedding anniversary to be eaten.

Gifting for wedding party
For all the people who played an integral role in your wedding, you can buy them gifts as a way to say thank you for the part they played in your wedding and for the support that they have shown you throughout the months.

Wrapping up.

To make your wedding planning less stressful, it is important that you create a checklist to refer to. Not only will it help keep you organized and on track, it will help minimize any errors or oversights from happening. Make sure that your checklist has post-wedding items to make sure that all your ground is covered.

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