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Wedding Planning Checklist (Miami, FL Destination Weddings)

How to Plan a Wedding: Checklist for Wedding Couples

Planning a wedding is one of the most challenging but rewarding times. There are so many things to consider when planning your wedding and so many ideas you have you want to include. Making it all come together is the rewarding part when that dreamy day finally arrives.

I’ve compiled a detailed outline below that can serve as your wedding planning checklist! Feel free to copy paste this and print it out for your personal use as well as for review with your wedding planner.

I work in Miami, FL as a wedding officiant but I love sharing tips on my blog so I hope this wedding planning checklist can be a great resource to you.

If you need a wedding officiant in Miami, FL to serve a South Florida based wedding, please reach out! I’d love to get to know you and hear your wedding story so I can help you create the perfect wedding ceremony for your wedding day.

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Your Wedding Planning Checklist for 2019

6 to 12 months before wedding

  • Determine your wedding budget
  • Set the wedding date.
  • Select bridal party
  • Reserve wedding ceremony location.
  • Talk to wedding Officiant.
  • Compile guests list.
  • Choose the wedding reception location.
  • Choose caterer (if not included in the reception location).
  • Reserve the date with a photographer.
  • Reserve the date with a videographer.
  • Reserve the date with a florist.
  • Reserve the date with a disc jockey (DJ).
  • Select bride’s wedding dress and accessories.
  • Select bridesmaids dresses and accessories.
  • Establish a color theme.
  • Choose discount wedding favors based on your wedding theme.

4 to 6 months before wedding

  • Enroll with the bridal gift registry of your favorite store.
  • Determine attire for groom and groomsmen.
  • Determine the attire for your parents.
  • Begin designing invitations.
  • Plan your honeymoon.
  • Decide on a wedding cake.
  • Send “Save the Date”.
  • Take your “Engagement Pictures”.
  • Purchase wedding rings.
  • Plan bridal shower.
  • Begin designing wedding website (optional wedding website service).

2 to 4 months before wedding

  • Finish wedding invitations.
  • Plan for wedding rehearsal.
  • Obtain marriage license.
  • Put invitations on your wedding website (optional wedding website service).

1 to 2 months before wedding

  • Mail out wedding invitations.
  • Have the final dress fittings.
  • Take formal wedding portrait.
  • Make appointment with hair stylist and makeup artist.
  • Order wedding cake.
  • Have bridal shower.
  • Select the Must play songs.
  • Make a list of the Must take pictures.

2 weeks before wedding

  • Contact proper authorities if you plan to change your name.
  • Decide on seating for wedding reception.
  • Design seating cards for reception.
  • Groom Haircut.
  • Leave Honeymoon itinerary with someone in case of emergency.
  • Confirm number of guests with vendors.

1 week before wedding

  • Confirm hair stylist and makeup artist are ready for wedding.
  • Confirm photographer is ready for wedding.
  • Confirm videographer is ready for wedding.
  • Confirm caterer is ready for wedding.
  • Confirm florist is ready for wedding.
  • Confirm DJ is ready for wedding.
  • Go over final details with your wedding coordinator.
  • Send thank you notes after the wedding/honeymoon.

Day of the wedding

  • Put lipstick on mom’s purse.
  • Attend photography portrait (revealing time) if applicable.
  • Deliver favors, place cards, guest book, flutes, etc. to ceremony/reception site.
  • Try to greet every attendee.

Days after the wedding

  • Have your “trash the dress” portraits if applicable.
  • Have your gown and veil cleaned and preserved.
  • Change your name if applicable
  • Mail “Thank you notes” within 3 months after the wedding.
  • Review proofs and order photos / video and or albums.

The wedding planning checklist above gives you an idea of all the steps that are involved in planning a wedding in Florida.

If you need referred to a wedding planning company or a specific wedding planner, I have several I’d be happy to give you to reach out to for interviewing.

Use this checklist above to make sure everything is in order for your Miami wedding, Miami Beach wedding, or Florida Key wedding.

Thanks for reading today’s blog post! If you need a wedding officiant for a South Florida wedding, please keep me in mind! (:

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