Planning a wedding can be a lot of fun, but it’s also quite stressful, especially if you want a big and beautiful wedding. There are so many things that need to be organized and sorted out, that it can become very overwhelming.
It’s important that you, as the planner, keep close track of all things needed for a wedding that will be entertaining while celebrating the love of the couple. Planning your own wedding can help you feel in control, but you must rope in the help of others to not get lost in all the details and forget to have fun on your big day!
This article aims to be a guide with a list of all things needed for a wedding to go off without a hitch, so you can look back on this important day with fond memories and big smiles.
Add all the things discussed here to your own checklist to ensure you miss nothing!
The early preparations are the most important; they serve as the foundation of all your future wedding plans and need to be done meticulously.
You should make a list of all the early preparations you expect to take care of and don’t worry when it gets very long, that’s almost to be expected. As long as you make sure everything important gets done, it doesn’t matter how long your list of early preparations gets.
Come Up With a Reasonable Budget
The very first item on your list must be your budget. This may not be as much fun as the rest of your wedding planning, but it’s the most crucial. You’ll have to crunch numbers and make sure that all the rest of your plans are feasible.
You should figure out who will pay for what and prioritize every expense to ensure the most important elements are definitely covered.
Do Beauty Prep
Once your budget is determined, you can look at the things that will make you feel stunning on your big day. Cosmetic dentistry is something to consider (or Invisalign as a less drastic alternative) and weight loss solutions such as fitness and wellness plans. Just make sure you still eat well so you don’t faint or feel ill when the wedding day arrives!
Arrange Legal Matters
You should sort out the legal aspects as soon as possible so they don’t cause frustrations later on. This includes all things needed for a wedding that can’t be stopped by legalities, such as a lack of a proper wedding license. You can hire a family law attorney to help you if you’re unsure of what to do.
Insure The Rings
This isn’t something that couples think of when they discuss their wedding, but it’s a good idea to insure the wedding rings as well as the engagement ring. Wedding rings are big expenses and it’s important that you’re protected from loss if something goes wrong. Apply for insurance as soon as you start planning your marriage with your partner.
Make a Guest List
You may want to invite everyone you know, but that’s probably not possible. Make a guest list of all the people you want to share your special day with. Then, narrow the list down to people who absolutely need to be present. That way, if you can’t afford a massive guest list, at least you know who must share the day with you.
Hire a Wedding Planner
Although this is something that will depend on your budget, it might be necessary to hire a wedding planner. Of all things needed for a wedding, a professional with experience can be the most important.
Someone who knows the ins and outs of a wedding can help you avoid mistakes and take care of arrangements that could slip your mind, like on-the-day childcare and boarding pets in a safe place.
Decide on a Theme
You may have been dreaming about your wedding day since you were little, so there could be many different ideas floating around in your head. That’s one of the reasons you need to decide on a theme and stick to it. Throwing random ideas around is okay, but stick to your chosen theme so your wedding day has a uniform look and feel.
Select the Caterer
The food served at your wedding matters a lot to the guests, so you need to make sure they are served only the best. Choose a caterer that you have confidence in and can rely on to make the food you want and prepare it perfectly for you and your guests.
You need to get the hiring of vendors out of the way as soon as you can because it can be stressful to not have these arrangements sorted out. Hire the photographer, videographer, band or DJ, and other entertainment quickly. However, when making a list of all things needed for a wedding, make sure you know that everyone you hire is reliable and will help make your big day special.
Clothing and Rings
The clothing and ring arrangements are key to the wedding day, so take extra care when taking care of them. Choose wedding rings and store them in a safe place until the big day. The groom and bride, as well as the bridal party, have to go for fittings and, if necessary, make use of an alterations service that’s reliable.
All things needed for a wedding can pale in comparison to how important the clothes and rings are, so put them at the top of your list. When shopping for a wedding dress, keep in mind whether or not there should be a bridal veil and other hair accessories. It’s best to pick everything together and make sure you look like the bride you’ve always dreamed of being.
Choose Bridal Jewelry and Shoes
The bridal jewelry and shoes are important elements that need to be taken care of as soon as the wedding dress has been chosen. Find jewelry that complements the dress and shoes that will be comfortable.
If necessary, choose a pair of shoes that look fabulous and a second pair that’s more comfortable that you can wear during the day and hide from photographers. Keep the number of jewelry repair services saved on your phone just in case something breaks before or on your special day.
Plan Bridal Lingerie
Of all things needed for a wedding, lingerie may seem like the least important, but it’s something that needs some careful consideration. There are many options to choose from varying from cute and sweet to hot and spicy.
What you choose depends on your own preferences and should be something you really feel comfortable with. Also, don’t forget a sexy garter!
Wedding Day Needs
When the big day arrives, there are specific needs to take care of, such as hiring skin care services to make you look and feel your best. A makeup artist should be ready to get your makeup done as soon as your skincare routine is taken care of and your hair should be sorted out professionally as well.
Your wedding location is an important arrangement to take care of and, depending on the kind of wedding you want, it needs to have facilities like ballrooms and self-service bars that are easy to find. It should also have all things needed for a wedding that dreams are made of, such as rooms where the bridal party can get ready, spacious bathrooms, an area to eat, and more.
Wedding Direction Signs
You should plan to have wedding directions signs all over the venue so no one gets lost. Choose or create signs that fit in with your wedding theme and won’t look out of place. A wedding welcome sign should be arranged as well and it should have the bride and groom’s names on it.
Of all things needed for a wedding, the wedding programs may seem like the least important, but it’s the little things that make a wedding extra special. Wedding programs can be a fun way to give your guests information about what to expect.
The decor at your wedding venue should be romantic and beautiful but has to fit in with the overall theme of your wedding. From the flower decorations to the lights, cutlery, and table decorations to the furniture and other random decor items, all of them should be complementary and well-planned.
Ring Box/Ring Bearer Pillow
Whether you want an elegant ring box or a beautiful ring bearer pillow, you should have the rings arriving at the wedding in style. A ring bearer pillow will be used by a young boy who brings it to the couple, but if you don’t know any kids to fill that position, you can always give a ring box to the best man for safekeeping.
Flower Girl Basket
Flower girl baskets are usually a must-have at a wedding and it gives you the opportunity to have a little girl (or more than one) decorate the aisle with lovely confetti and/or flowers. You can find these baskets in many different styles, so getting your hands on baskets that fit in with your wedding theme shouldn’t be too hard.
Wedding Chair Signs
Having signs at your wedding may feel like a silly decision, especially on chairs, but if you’re serving alcohol, these can come in quite handy. With clear signs, folks can keep track of where they are and where they should be. Plus, the signs can be made to look really pretty. You can simply put numbers on the signs or put the names of whoever should be seated on them on the back.
Wedding Aisle Chair Decor
If you want your wedding ceremony to have a beautiful and polished look, consider putting silk decorations or flowers on the wedding aisle chairs. These decorations can tie together the entire room and will look lovely in photos.
Ceremony Aisle Runner
While discussing the wedding aisle, you should consider having a velvet aisle runner. Choose a runner in either white or a complementary color that matches your wedding theme. It should have a non-slip lining on the bottom to ensure the bride doesn’t embarrass herself on the way to the altar.
Silk Rose Petals
Of all things needed for a wedding, rose petals are considered a must-have. But you don’t have to use real flowers for this and silk rose petals are just as good, if not better. You can save a bit of money on fake petals and they can be used again in the future, making them a better option.
Wedding Guest Book
Having a wedding guest book is a fun and creative way to remember everyone who shared your big day with you. But you don’t have to make the book boring or simple. You can use something no one would expect to be a guest book, such as a bottle of champagne (a very big one) that is signed in gold by every guest.
A seating chart is useful for assuring that no guests end up at tables they shouldn’t be. Chances are you planned every seating arrangement carefully so no one who dislikes someone ends up close to that person. We all know how family can be!
Wedding Menu Cards
Menu cards will depend on what kind of eating arrangement you’ll have. A buffet won’t need wedding menu cards printed, but if you’re having sophisticated meals, it can be a fun way to show your guests what to expect. These cards can also display all the alternatives for people who are allergic to specific ingredients or vegetarian/vegan.
You and your guests will be taking lots of photos at your wedding, and having a photo booth gives everyone a chance of taking really lovely photos. Photos taken in photo booths can serve as an extra form of entertainment and the photos taken will be fun and memorable for sure!
Plan a Spectacular Wedding
Now you know all things needed for a wedding day that will be special, wonderful, and absolutely spectacular. Remember to tick completed tasks off your list and focus on having the best time on your wedding day!