The Wedding Planner's Checklist

There are so many details involved in a wedding that all wedding planners make a check list. Having a check list is obviously important as even the experts use one. Experienced wedding planners also check their lists several times as they know how easy it can be to miss something when there is so much to plan and so much that could go wrong if they do not keep their minds focused on the task. Knowing what stage everyone is at any given time is vital if the plans are to be successful. It is also important to be on top of things, as only then can the unforeseen event or circumstance be treated with efficiently, and and minimal impact on the plans for the wedding day.

1 The Theme

This is the first thing a wedding planner will need to sort out on their check list, apart from perhaps determining the budget for the event (although these two tend to go hand in hand). Some weddings have a definite theme such as beach, country, rock and roll, Caribbean, etc., while others have no obvious theme. This aspect of the wedding plans tend to dictate the way everything else is coordinated. Once this decision is made then everything else can be sorted out and arranged.

2 Where And When

Setting the date is the next area to tackle. Although invitations are not typically sent out until eight or six weeks before the wedding, the venue can dictate dates. The more popular the venue, the earlier it will need to be booked. If the couple opt for a church and reception, then there are two chapters to book. If however, the couple go for a civil wedding in a country hotel then there may only be one venue (although the registrar will have to be booked). It may also be possible to have an evening event at the same site as the reception. Some people opt for a Friday wedding with a Friday buffet for their wider circle of friends. This can be helpful as many popular places book up on the traditional Saturday quite quickly. If there is a theme to the wedding then this may need to be arranged very early on depending on the seniority of the theme. This is where a wedding planner could be invaluable as they will have a wide range of contacts who can cater for many different themes.

3 Food, Flowers, Décor, And More!

The idea of ​​the check list is that as the day draws nearer, the checklist grows shorter. The food for the wedding day will need to be planned quite early on. It is usually arranged three or even four months before the day. Quite often avenues, or caterers, will arrange tasting sessions. This can be quite useful in deciding what you like and what will be suitable for the day. People choose a different menu depending on the time of the year and quite often there is a children's …

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