A good wedding, any wedding, requires planning. This checklist is intended to help you concentrate on what you have to do, instead of figuring out the next step on your own. We understand that your wedding day is one of the most important day of your life, and so we have taken great care to put everything we believe will be useful to you, so that your day is as amazing as you pictured it. A well-sized traditional wedding requires a year to plan, and can be expensive. Of course, weddings are different from culture to culture and can have different planning stages, but we hope that this list will help you get started on the wedding of your dreams.
Don't forget that you will need input, financial and otherwise, from your family and friends involved in the ceremony and the reception. Do listen to their ideas, but do not let them turn your wedding into theirs.
Develop a business relationship with many suppliers such as caterers, bakers, florists, entertainers and many more. Every detail must be accounted for: where your out-of-town guests will stay, what will be included in the wedding favours, how many chairs you will need to seat everyone. If you know someone who has been through the same process recently, meet up with them and ask them for their wedding file if they kept one. You will have access to their experience with local businesses and ideas on how to make your wedding easier to plan.
Every major town has a yearly wedding show, which you can attend during your planning year. There you will meet potential suppliers, see fashion trends and probably get discounts on services.
There are many wedding magazines out there, so choose one that appeals to you and get a subscription. You can visit wedding websites and get in contact with other couples like you, planning their wedding day. They are a great resource and they can become a part of your support system.
Some event planners specialize in weddings, so if you can afford it, hire one. A wedding planner will substantially ease the process for you by dealing directly with the suppliers, leaving you to think about your dress, the colors of the decorations and the flavour of the cake.