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Wedding Planning Checklist: Things To Do 12 Months Before Your Wedding!

April 5, 2024

Congratulations on your engagement! As you embark on this exciting journey of wedding planning, it’s natural to feel a bit overwhelmed with where to begin. Let’s dive into your wedding planning checklist, designed to keep you on track and organized. These are the things you should be doing one year to nine months before you say “I do”.

1. Insure Your Engagement Ring

Before diving into the nitty-gritty details of wedding planning, it’s crucial to protect your engagement ring. Consider insuring it to safeguard against loss, damage, or theft. This small yet significant step offers peace of mind as you embark on your wedding journey.

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2. Make a Budget for the Big Day

Establishing a realistic budget is the cornerstone of successful wedding planning. Sit down with your partner and discuss your financial resources and priorities. Allocate funds to key elements such as venue, catering, attire, and entertainment, ensuring you stay within your means while creating the wedding of your dreams.

3. Start a Pinterest Board for Your Vision

Capture your wedding vision and inspiration by creating a Pinterest board dedicated to your special day. Explore themes, colour palettes, decor ideas, and bridal styles that resonate with your aesthetic. This visual tool will serve as a source of inspiration and reference throughout the planning process.

4. Book Your Venue and Set Your Date

Securing your wedding venue and date should be at the top of your priority list. Research potential venues that align with your vision and accommodate your desired guest count. Once you’ve found the perfect setting, lock in your date to ensure availability and avoid scheduling conflicts.

5. Choose Your Colours

Selecting a color palette sets the tone for your entire wedding aesthetic. Consider hues that reflect your personalities and complement your venue’s ambiance. Whether you prefer soft pastels, bold jewel tones, or timeless neutrals, choose colors that evoke the mood you envision for your special day.

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6. Make a Guest List

Drafting your guest list can be a challenging task, but it’s essential for planning purposes. Begin by compiling a list of family members, friends, and loved ones you’d like to invite. Consider factors such as venue capacity, budget constraints, and your desired level of intimacy when finalizing your guest list.

7. Start Your Wedding Website

A wedding website serves as a central hub for sharing important details and updates with your guests. Create a personalized website where guests can RSVP, access venue information, view your registry, and learn more about your love story. Keep it updated regularly to ensure everyone stays informed.

8. Find Your Dream Dress

Shopping for your wedding dress is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so savor every moment! Begin by researching bridal boutiques and designers that align with your style preferences. Schedule appointments to try on a variety of gowns, and trust your instincts when you find “the one.”

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9. Book Your Photographer

As a professional wedding photographer, I understand the importance of capturing your special day beautifully. Secure your photographer early to ensure you find someone whose style resonates with you. Schedule an initial consultation to discuss your vision, preferences, and any specific requests you may have.

10. Book Your Videographer

In addition to photography, videography offers a unique way to relive your wedding day for years to come. Research videographers whose storytelling approach and cinematic style align with your vision. Book your videographer early to secure their services and avoid disappointment.

11. Book your Engagement Session

Engagement photos are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your love and document this special chapter of your life. They can also be an essential part of your wedding planning checklist. Schedule a photo session with your photographer in a location that holds sentimental value or showcases your personality. Use these photos for save-the-date cards, wedding invitations, and social media announcements.

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12. Book Hotel Room Blocks if Needed

If you have a lot of out-of-town guests attending your wedding, consider booking hotel room blocks to accommodate their lodging needs. Research nearby hotels and negotiate discounted rates for your guests. Provide booking information on your wedding website for convenience.

As you embark on your wedding planning journey, remember that it’s a time to celebrate your love and bond as a couple. By following this comprehensive wedding planning checklist and taking one step at a time, you’ll navigate the planning process with ease and confidence. Cheers to a memorable wedding day filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments!

As a professional wedding photographer and seasoned expert in the industry, Nicole Lynne Photography is here to support you every step of the way. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance with capturing your special day. Let’s create timeless memories together!

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