Looking for checklists to keep you on track? Starting to plan your wedding, and don’t know where to start? Here are some tips and links to help you out. ~ Happy Planning ~
First you need to sit down with your future husband/wife and decide how much money you can afford to spend on the wedding. Look at how much you can take out of savings, and how much you can save per week in the next year. Then you can find a Budget Calculator tool to help estimate how much you can distribute to each portion of the wedding to stay on budget. These can be found via google on theknot, weddingwire, or even http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Events/Weddings/Calculator.htm
If you are not sure how much weddings in your area cost, check out this site.
Here is a more detailed breakdown of a cost estimate. Enter your zip code and see what comes up. http://www.costofwedding.com/index.cfm/action/costest.index
Then, think about the size of your event. Also have an idea of what mood and atmosphere you want your celebration to have. Are you going traditional, casual, intimate, elaborate, unusual, unique? Do you want a small wedding 20 – 40? More around 100-130? Huge with 200 plus? Remember the more people the more you will spend on dinner and drinks. The venue (food and drinks) will take up most of your budget.
Once you have a budget and guest list, you can start talking to the venues to sign the ceremony location and reception location. Check out the amount the Budget Calculator distributed for Reception: Food & Beverage. Take that amount and divide it by the number of guests you plan to have. This will give you your “Dollar Per Plate” amount. You will need to know this amount so you know how expensive of a location and meal choices are available in your budget.
If you don’t care When you get married, you can get some great deals if you pick a date in the off-season. The most popular dates are May – October. But off-peak wedding months vary according to regional climate and the desirability of the weather.
*Be sure to find out the policy on changing dates just incase something comes up.
After you sign contracts you can think about colors. You don’t want to pick Colors and a Mood for your wedding and have the atmosphere of the venue clash with your choices. You can always start with a favorite flower and find things to match it.
Take a look at this site for some ideas. They have some really great color combos to consider. http://www.squidoo.com/weddingcolorcombinations
A great site to see color combinations in a new way
Here is a color wheel site
You can slide the little dot around to pick your first color. Then pick what type of color combination you want. You can move those dots around to do the following:
Mono- different shades of the same color
Analogic – colors that are next to each other on the color wheel
Complements – colors oposite on color wheel – give the most contrast
Triad – three colors spaced an equal distance apart
Tetrads: color harmonies 4 colors
*** LOOKING FOR A WAY TO ORGANIZE ALL YOUR THOUGHTS AND FINDINGS? ***
Here is a link to a 57 Page Wedding Planner by Russell and Hanzel that you can print out and place in a binder to help you with your wedding planning. I wrote a table of contents for you, so you can print the whole thing, or just the pages you need. Some pages, i.e. Guess List tracker, you would print out multiple pages as needed.
Page 1 – 5 : Monthly Timeline Checklist
Page 6 – 7 : Beauty Worksheet
Page 8 : Wedding Party Contact Worksheet
Page 9 : Bridal Salon Appointment
Page 10 – 11 : Bridesmaid/Bride Fashion Worksheet
Page 12 – 16 : Budget Worksheets
Page 17 : Ceremony Worksheet
Page 18 : Day of Wedding Checklist
Page 19 – 20 : Destination Wedding Event Schedule/Travel Worksheet
Page 21 : Emergency Kits
Page 22 – 24 : Floor Plans
Page 25 : Flower Worksheet
Page 26 – 27 : Groom & Groomsmen Fashion Worksheet
Page 28 : Guest List Tracker
Page 29 : Honeymoon Travel Details
Page 30 : Menu Worksheet
Page 31 : Music Play/Do Not Play Worksheet
Page 32 : Music Planning Worksheet
Page 33 : Photo Shot list
Page 34 – 36 : Registry Worksheet/Registry Checklists
Page 37 – 39 : Rentals Worksheet
Page 40 : Transportation Worksheet
Page 41 : Travel & Accommodations Worksheet
Page 42 – 52 : Vendor Contact Information
Page 53 : Wedding Cake Worksheet
Page 54 : Wedding Day Timeline Worksheet
Page 55 : Wedding Gown & Accessories Order Worksheet
Page 56 – 57 : Wedding Invitation Worksheet
and here is a link to “The Packet”
15 page itinerary
It is more for the week/day of the wedding. (for the OCD bride or great for OOT weddings)