How to plan a wedding

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– Establish a budget and allocate funds for each aspect of the wedding.

Wedding Planner or Planning Binder:

– Keep all your plans, contacts, and important information organized.

Guest List:

– Create a list of attendees to determine the size of the venue and other arrangements.

Save the Date Cards:

– Notify guests well in advance.


– Design and send formal invitations with RSVP details.


– Choose and book a ceremony and reception venue.


– Decide on the type of menu and catering service.


– Order a wedding cake from a reputable bakery.


– Plan the theme and décor for both the ceremony and reception.


– Choose and order bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces.


– Hire a professional to capture your special day.


– Arrange for a DJ, band, or other musical entertainment.


– Select and order wedding attire for the bride, groom, and bridal party.

Hair and Makeup:

– Book a hairstylist and makeup artist for the wedding day.


– Arrange for transportation for the bridal party and guests if necessary.


– Choose an officiant and coordinate ceremony details.

Wedding Rings:

– Select and purchase wedding bands.


– Reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests and yourselves.


– Create a detailed timeline for the wedding day.

Wedding Favors:

– Choose and purchase tokens of appreciation for guests.


– Set up a wedding registry for gifts.

Legal Documents:

– Ensure all necessary legal documents are in order (marriage license, permits).

Seating Arrangements:

– Plan seating arrangements for the ceremony and reception.

Gifts for Bridal Party:

– Purchase thank-you gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen, and others involved.


– Plan and book your honeymoon.

Emergency Kit:

– Prepare a kit with essentials like safety pins, tissues, and other emergency items.

RSVP Tracking:

– Keep track of RSVPs and meal choices.

Thank-You Cards:

– Purchase or design thank-you cards for post-wedding gratitude.

Rehearsal Dinner:

– Plan and coordinate the rehearsal dinner.


– Consider wedding insurance for unexpected circumstances.

This comprehensive checklist covers key elements to ensure a well-planned and memorable wedding day. Adjust as needed based on personal preferences and cultural considerations.

How to plan a wedding


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