Your wedding day is quite possibly the most important day of your life. Every couple wants this special occasion to go off without a hitch. There are a lot of details that go into the planning and scheduling of the event, so it’s important to start your wedding checklist early and ensure smooth-sailing when the big day arrives!

You Need to Follow a Wedding Checklist

Many professionals recommend you begin compiling your wedding checklist at least 12 months in advance of the date. Here are a few of the top things you’ll want to square away during this time.

1) Set Your Budget

There is no point in tending to any other detail of your wedding day if you haven’t established a wedding budget. Everything you do from this point on will require payment so make sure you are both clear on your budget expectations and make a pact to get everything to fit within those parameters.

2) Start the Guest List

You will want to make sure that all of your closest friends and family are there to celebrate with you on your wedding day. This requires a careful analysis of your potential guests making sure your wedding budget can support your number. Once you’ve finalized your lucky list you’ll want to immediately send out save the dates so that your friends and family have enough notice to make arrangements to attend. Give yourself a cushion of time to design the invites to your satisfaction and collect all the needed addresses.

3) Find a place

You want to make sure your wedding meets the vision you’ve always dreamed about. This means carefully planning the venue, the theme and the style of your wedding day. This can include color schemes, formality level, size and setting. Once you’ve established your venue you will be ready to dive a little deeper into the details that will make your vision a reality!

4) Set & Save the Date

It’s obvious that your wedding can’t happen unless you have secured a date. When choosing a date make sure to review each of your work and family schedules and choose a more stress-free time for each of you. This is important as you’ll want to make sure you feel comfortable leaving work behind to enjoy this much anticipated life event.

5) Secure Staffing

The last tip of this wedding checklist: it’s important to try to contact any professionals you will be using for your wedding day once you have secured your date and theme. The earlier you reach them with your desired date and timeframe, the better your chances of securing the best in the business. Staffing for your wedding should include an officiate, DJ (click here to have the last technology ideas during your wedding day), photographer, food and beverage providers, and florists. If your budget allows, you might also consider hiring a wedding coordinator to assist with carrying out the details.

Although these items land in the beginning stages of your wedding planning, they are all still a very important part of your wedding checklist. Taking care of these details at least 12 months in advance of your wedding day will ensure you are adequately prepared and ready to celebrate! Follow our wedding checklist: the next week we are going to publish a wedding checklist with tips at 6 months before your wedding day.

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