Key Wedding Essentials Checklist

Key Wedding Tasks and When to do Them

San Diego Wedding Checklist

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After getting engaged, a lot of people immediately start planning their wedding. This is a great thing, the earlier the better! However, a lot of times people get so excited that they do things in an improper order, which can result in wedding chaos as you get closer to the big day. Make planning your wedding easier and more stress-free by following this basic checklist set on a timeline. 

A Year in Advance

Figure out your budget

This is the first thing you’re going to want to do because it fuels every other decision. Figure out who is paying for what. Will either of your parents be chipping in? How much can you safely and reasonably spend? Agree on a price and stick to it. Figuring the budget out first will save you from unnecessary arguments and stress.

Pick your wedding party

It’s best to pick who makes the cut to be in your wedding party early so they can be ready for the commitment. Formally request each member of your desired wedding party’s participation in your upcoming nuptials (maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer, and flower girl). Make sure they’re up for committing to being part of your special day.

Start looking at venue options

Begin looking for venues that would accommodate your guest list for both the ceremony and reception. If you can, reserve the venue you like early.

Start looking for your style

Begin looking online and at bridal magazines to find what you like so you know early what type of theme you want so it will be easier to pick your dresses, decorations, cards, invitations, etc. Also, this will help when picking a florist, photographer, and the entertainment.

Order save the dates

Make sure to pick, order, and send out the save the date cards early as it can take time for out of town guests to put aside the money and time they will require if they wish to attend.

Book your preferred officiant

It’s important to make sure you get a hold of the person you wish to officiate your wedding early to ensure that they will be available.