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Congratulations Miss Soon-to-be-Mrs! There aren’t many moments in life as exciting as getting engaged. However, sometimes so much excitement can seem a little (or extremely) overwhelming. From setting a date, to picking a venue, to even trying to figure out what song to have your first dance to, there are so many decisions to make in seemingly so little time.
No worries! Happy H Ranch has seen weddings of all shapes and sizes and knows exactly what you need to have the wedding of your dreams! We created the Happy H Wedding Planning Timeline Checklist so you won’t miss a thing!
First thing’s first, make a budget
Some things to keep in mind are what kind of wedding you are wanting, how many people to invite, who is chipping into the budget, and what are some of the “must-haves” at your wedding
Book your officiant
Pick your wedding party
Set the date and book the venue
Start planning the guest list
Optional: Throw an engagement party
Think about everything you are renting (chairs, sound equipment, tables, etc.) and check with your venue see if it provide these things as part of their wedding package
Book your wedding professionals
Consider a wedding insurance policy to protect your deposits
Register for gifts
Research and book accommodations for out-of-town guests
Say yes to the dress!
Meet with officiant
Order bridesmaids dresses
Reserve rentals, as needed
Send save-the-date cards
Start planning honeymoon
Start planning day-of timeline
Begin dress fittings
Purchase formal wear
Purchase wedding rings
Purchase wedding shoes
Schedule hair and makeup artist(s)
Send guest list to your bridal shower host
Optional: Attend pre-wedding counseling
Optional: Renew or get passports
Break in wedding shoes
Confirm honeymoon details
Finalize menu and flowers
Make a list of people giving the toast
Order favors for important guests, parents, each other, etc.
Send event schedule to vendors
Write your vows
Optional: Begin teeth-whitening treatment now
Optional: If you are wanting a faux glow, experiment with tanners now
Confirm final must-have shot list with photographer and videographer
Follow up and confirm with entertainment, hair, makeup, vendors, videos, etc.
Have second dress fitting.
Take bridal photos
Optional: Enjoy a bachelor/ette party
Optional: Submit a newspaper wedding announcement
Apply for marriage license
Call bridesmaids and make sure their dresses are ready
Create a wedding program
Follow up with people giving the toasts
Enter RSVPs into guest-list database
Have final gown fitting
Mail rehearsal-dinner invitations
Send as many final payments as possible
Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts to present at rehearsal dinner
Optional: Stock the bar
Book a spa treatment (manicure, pedicure, possibly a massage) the day before the wedding
Get your last pre-wedding haircut and color
Review final guest list and call anyone who has not yet responded
Review final playlist with the DJ or bandleader.
Finalize and send wedding day timeline to bridal party
Send the final guest list to the caterer and venues
Delegate small wedding-day tasks
Follow up one last time with photographer and videographer
Get any waxing done, if necessary
Get your last facial done
Give venue a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times along with contact information
Groom: Get your last pre-wedding haircut
Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up formalwear
Groom: Ask best man to make sure groomsmen pick up their formalwear
Pack for honeymoon
Reconfirm with all wedding professionals
Supply location manager with vendor requests such as setup space for the DJ or florist
Optional: Attend bachelor/ette parties
Optional: Have a deep-conditioning hair treatment done
Confirm transportation times and locations
Determine wedding party positions for ceremony and reception
Groom: Attend final fitting and pick up formal wear
Groom: Check with groomsmen that everyone has attended their fittings and picked up their formalwear
Optional: Have dress pressed or steamed
Confirm that all final balances are paid
Attend your spa treatment appointment
Give wedding professionals an emergency contact number for the day of the wedding
Attend your rehearsal dinner
Bring ceremony accessories to the venue
Confirm that your officiant has your marriage certificate
Present rehearsal dinner guests’ gifts
Assign a trusted attendant to be the photographer’s contact if he/she has any questions about who’s who and the pictures he/she is taking
Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honor to hold during the ceremony
Assign wedding party to take the bride’s gown for cleaning and return the groom’s tux to the rental shop, if necessary
Delegate someone to return any rentals
Write and send thank-you cards to wedding guests and vendors.
Whew! There’s a lot that goes into a wedding from the looks of this checklist. Fortunately, Happy H Ranch provides services to meet virtually any of your wedding needs. Happy H Ranch not only has beautiful wedding venues, onsite venue management and clean-up services, but we can also provide recommendation lists of the best vendors and rental companies for your big day. With these vendors, we are their point of contact, so you can just sit back and enjoy one of the most memorable days of your life. We also work with you or your event planner on every detail to ensure that your wedding day will be everything you dreamed it would be.
Getting married can seem like one giant to-do list, but with Happy H Ranch, we make your engagement a smooth journey to your happily ever after.
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