Your Essential Wedding Checklist

Your wedding day is going to be one of the biggest days of your life. Not only will it be the most exciting, it’ll likely be the most stressful. You have one huge party to plan for your relatives and close friends. It should represent you both as a couple, and you need to make sure that everybody is having fun. So many different things go into even the smallest wedding. You have the food to think about, the music, drinks, the cake, favors…the list goes on. That’s why a wedding checklist can help you to get everything done, and stop your head from feeling too clogged up.

Remember Meetings With Vendors

A checklist will help you to remember meetings with vendors. The vendors are some of the most important people to your wedding, and will help you to have a great time. You need to ensure you’ve found the right ones, and that you’re all in sync.

Get Things Done With Plenty Of Time To Spare

A checklist will also help you to get things done with plenty of time to spare. Some things need to be done in advance, while others can be left a little later. You’ll spread everything out this way so it seems less daunting.

Don’t Forget Anything Important

There are so many things to remember on a day as important as this. A checklist will ensure you have everything possible covered.

Plan Your Budget Accordingly

Planning your budget accordingly is also crucial to making sure you have the best day without going into debt. Weddings are expensive, so being able to plan your budget and spread the cost is a must. A checklist can help you to remember how much you’ve paid already, the deposits you’ve yet to put down, and how much you owe. Many vendors will allow you to spread the cost with them, and a checklist can help you to keep track.


Example Of A Wedding Checklist

  • 12 months before
  • Book your venue and ceremony location
  • Research the services you’ll want, e.g. hair and makeup, floristry, photographers, etc
  • Look for your wedding dress

8-10 months before

  • Book a band or DJ
  • Book your honeymoon
  • Research accommodation for guests
  • Order your wedding cake

6-8 months before

  • Plan your honeymoon
  • Plan the hen and stag parties
  • Choose wedding party outfits
  • Organise invitations
  • Organise wedding transport

4-6 months before

  • Organise travel vaccinations if necessary
  • Decide on prayers and music if marrying in a church

2-3 months before

  • Send out invitations
  • Order rings
  • Organise gifts
  • Have a hair and makeup trial

4 weeks before

  • Have your final wedding dress fitting
  • Makelast minute adjustments and confirmations with suppliers

2 weeks before

  • Give your photographer the ‘must have’ shots list
  • Call guests who haven’t RSVP’d yet

1 week before

  • Create a table plan
  • Pack an overnight bag and a bag for the honeymoon
  • Do a dress rehearsal
  • Create a timetable for the day

A few days before

  • Have your nails done, hair removal, and other beauty treatments
  • Confirm pick up times with transport companies
  • Get plenty of sleep

Top 10 Wedding Movies

movies1Weddings are a topic that’s ripe for movie fodder, for a number of reasons. One is that people love romance, and there’s not much more romantic than a wedding. However, another reason is that weddings have a high potential for drama. When you’re about to get married, you’re more likely to lean towards the romantic movies. Those where everything goes wrong can be frightening – even if they are funny. But the disaster comedies can actually be great to calm your nerves. Even if things don’t go perfectly to plan, at least they can’t go that badly!

Check out our list of top ten wedding movies to watch to get you ready for your big day:

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
This wedding movie classic has to be at the top of anyone’s list if you like both romance and comedy. There’s always humour to be found in culture clashes, especially at weddings!

The Wedding Planner
Wedding movies would be no fun without a little drama. So Jennifer Lopez’s wedding planner falling in love with her client Matthew McConaughey is the perfect plot. Perhaps best avoided if you’ve hired a wedding planner…

27 Dresses
“Always the bridesmaid, never the bride” is an oft-repeated phrase. But since you’re about to be the bride, there’s no harm in watching Katherine Heigl be the perpetual bridesmaid.

Struggling bridesmaids are often present in wedding movies. But Bridesmaids is more about female friendships than marriage. It will make you appreciate your own bridesmaids.

The Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have paired up as co-stars a couple of times. But this 80s-inspired movie is one of their best known. Maybe you’ll have staff falling in love at your wedding.

My Best Friend’s Wedding
Another “woman is in love with someone else’s groom” movie, this Julia Roberts flick is a classic. But it’s perhaps best avoided if you’re feeling insecure or jealous of anyone.

Wedding Crashers
While wedding-themed, this comedy with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn isn’t about brides. It isn’t going to make you worry about anyone stealing your intended, either. It might make you worried about wedding crashers, though.

Four Weddings and a Funeral
This classic film might have a heartbreaking funeral in it, but it also has a bumper pack of weddings. Funny and touching, it isn’t one that you should miss. Plus, it’s got Hugh Grant.

Muriel’s Wedding
This 1994 film starring Toni Colette is about to become a musical on stage in Australia. If you fancy yourself an off-beat bride, you might connect with awkward Muriel. All those perfect brides in some other wedding movies can be off-putting.

The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride is a modern (or postmodern) fairy tale that combines fantasy, action, and comedy. Whether just having a wedding in it makes it a wedding movie is debatable, but it also has a princess, a hero, mythical creatures, and more.

There are lots of great wedding movies to watch in the run up to your wedding. Just be careful about which ones you choose if you’re feeling a little sensitive!

Halloween Themed Weddings

If you and your other half consider yourselves to be more Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas than Prince William and Princess Catherine, a Halloween inspired wedding could be your dream come true. Here are a few things you could incorporate, and some ideas to inspire you:

Choose the Perfect Halloween Colour Scheme

You have lots of choice when it comes to Halloween colour schemes. You could incorporate lots of rich colours, such as plum and blood red. Make sure you have lots of spooky black too! Rich colours will not only suit the Halloween theme, they’ll also make your wedding look more glamorous.

Mysterious Materials and Accessories

The materials you use in your wedding are going to make people understand the theme more too. Things like rich velvet materials and black candles are going to make the world of difference when it comes to creating your theme. You can even use old looking silver goblets for people to drink from. You can have lots of fun with the smaller details, such as the ring boxes. Why not go for a coffin shaped box?

Get Creative with your Look

Although you probably don’t want to do fancy dress for your wedding, you can still get creative with your look. Why not have a dress in an untraditional colour? You could have a black, purple, or red dress. If you don’t want to stray too far from white, you could go for grey. You can even add pretty antique details in the form of brooches and hair pins. If you’d still like a white dress, you can use different accessories to communicate the Halloween theme. If you’re wearing makeup, go slightly more dramatic for the Halloween theme. Consider wearing a slightly darker lipstick, or play up your eyes a little more. Your bouquet could be a statement bouquet, filled with red and orange flowers. You could even add fine details, such as small plastic skulls in between the stems!

Centrepieces and Chandeliers

halloween1Chandeliers are going to help you communicate your theme perfectly, so consider hanging them where you can. Then you have your centrepieces to think about. Red and black flowers, as well as things like feathers, will help you to create the perfect look for your tables. If you want to use pumpkin in your centrepieces, you could paint them white or black for a sleek look. Then you just need to add your flowers!

Opt for Classical Halloween Music

Instead of playing the Monster Mash, why not have an organist play something classical? This will keep your ceremony classy while providing the haunting music you need for your theme.

Create your own Signature Cocktail

How much fun does creating your own signature cocktail sound? You can make it a spooky colour like acid green, and rim the glass with black sugar or use black glasses. Get creative and make sure the presentation is amazing too!

halloween2Use Pumpkin in your Menu

You might like to have scary looking food for your wedding day, but you don’t need to go that far. You can still have Halloween style food and elegance at the same time. Why not infuse some dishes with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds?

A Halloween wedding could be so much fun, and is perfect for a unique couple!

Making a Memorable Wedding Day

Your wedding day is something you will treasure the memories of forever. It’s is after all the day you married the love of your life. But it’s just as important for you to make it a memorable event for your guests too. You want the memories of your wedding to stand out and feel unique when compared to others. This can be quite challenging now that couples are going above and beyond to make a statement on their big day. To give you some fantastic ideas and inspiration, look at the following ways to make your wedding a day to remember.

Provide Outdoor Fun

memorable1If you are planning an outdoor wedding, try to include plenty of outdoor entertainment for your guests to enjoy. This will help them pass the time in between the ceremony and reception while also boosting the fun factor. You could hire out a funfair, create lawn games or add an outdoor dance floor. Tee-pee tents, food trucks and outdoor cinema screens could also be fun additions you might consider adding. Having these included will encourage your guests to interact with each other and get more involved with the celebrations. Not only will they be great for the adults to use, but will also keep any children you have invited entertained too. Whatever activities you decide to use, they are bound to help your guests enjoy your wedding to it’s fullest.

Let your guests be photographers

memorable2Guest interaction is something that all the most memorable weddings do successfully. The easiest way of doing this at your own wedding is by giving your guests cameras. These can be placed on tables or given to them as they enter your reception venue. Encourage them to have fun and take plenty of photographs. If you use Polaroid cameras, these could provide beautiful keepsakes that your guests can take home with them. You could add a pinboard to your venue where your guests can pin up their photos too. A photo booth with a backdrop and props are also an excellent way to create amazing wedding photos. These fun and natural shots will make great additions to your wedding album next to your professional photographs.

Have an unusual guest book

Guest books are a great way of looking back on all of your memories from your special day. But they don’t necessarily have to be books. To help you wedding day be more memorable, you should think outside the box with your guestbook. You could get your guests to sign a globe or vintage postcards. Having a framed illustration created of you and your partner and getting your guest to sign the glass is another wonderful idea. Asking your guests to draw pictures instead of writing messages could also be a fun alternative. Your guests will find it hard to forget signing such a unique item and you can display it proudly in your home.

The more effective way of making your big day a memorable event is by making it fun and personal. Incorporate yours style, personality, and interests into every aspect of your wedding. That way you’re bound to create a day that is enjoyed by all.

What Wedding Vows to Choose

Wedding vows are something that you will say to your partner before you say I do. They are designed to show your love for your partner, why you are choosing to marry them and what you promise to bring to the relationship. Wedding vows have been around for decades and most recently people have become more inclined to write their own. As such, there are numerous possibilities to choose from when selecting the wedding vows you will say on the big day.

Traditional Vows

vows1Your first choice is the traditional vows. These will be provided if you get married in a church and you probably know them or the basic gist. In sickness and health, till death do us part etc…You can say these vows along with vows you have written. Or, you can leave your vows as this declaration that has been spoken before you by millions.

You must be aware that certain venues will not permit you to speak religious vows during the ceremony. Nor will they allow you to present religious readings as part of your vows. This is something to consider if you do not get married in a church.

A Vow Of Qualities

You can create your vows as a qualities pledge. This vow is a list of everything you love about someone and why you want to marry them. It might include things such as “you have the warmest heart” or “the most beautiful eyes.” This vow can be quite awkward, mainly because you will be listing why you want to be with a person. They may suddenly realize that this is how you see them. For instance, if you list only physical qualities your partner might believe you to be quite superficial. On the other hand, if you only list personality traits they may think you have no interest in them physically. Thus, you should aim for a happy medium between the two.

vows2A Vow To Them

Alternatively, you may want to consider writing a vow as a promise. A declaration of what you will give your partner through marriage. You can promise to love and cherish them forever or always to stand beside them. You may want to mention examples of how you have supported them in the past and how you will continue to do so. This may provide the chance for you to show how you see the future of the relationship. What you role you expect to play and what role you expect them to play.

A Vow Of Memories

You could write a vow that is based on memories you have together and that you hold. These memories could reflect why you know they are the one and what makes them so special. Or, what makes the two of you work as a partnership. If you’re aiming to make your partner cry, this is a great way to do it. Take them on a trip down memory lane, looking at the past as you prepare for the future.

These are some of your choices when deciding your vows. Remember, if you write them from the heart, they will sound like poetry, no matter what words you choose.