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Make Your Wedding Checklist VS Wedding Planner

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Wedding checklists will break down all of the tasks you need to accomplish into small and easily digested parts.


Not only will your wedding checklist show you all that needs to be done from the hiring of caterers to choosing the flower arrangements to match the bridal party dresses.


But it will also include a convenient timeline so that you can see when you need to call certain providers to confirm their services.


The best part about a wedding checklist is that it is free. You do not have to pay to get a wedding checklist. In fact, you can create one yourself.


The worst part about a wedding checklist is that you will have to do all of the work yourself. You will have to put in the legwork when it comes to calling around, making arrangements, booking things and making sure that others have done their part.


Let me step you through it right now.

Step 1: You begin by identifying your beliefs and values.

Your beliefs are what you hold to be true to you. Your values are what you hold to be dear to you. By using your beliefs and values, you are creating your navigation system, like a compass to give you your direction in where to start planning your wedding.


Step 2: Get hold of your checklist and prioritize everything on your list

Firstly according to what you need for your wedding and secondly by what you desire for your wedding.

You can prioritize your list using a star system or a rating scale of 1 to 5. One being the least important - Five being the most important.

Once this is done, you have now identified the most important items to you, factoring in what's dear to you, based on your needs and your desires for your wedding.


Step 3: Use your checklist with the high priority items being the ones you need to start focusing on first.


If there are too many choices causing overwhelm, this is how you will be able to narrow down the choices and reduce your overwhelm.


By focusing on your top priority items on your wedding checklist, instead of everything at once.


This 3 step system I have outlined here

The first step and will help you to get started on your journey, going from wedding planning stress confusion and overwhelm, to confident and clear knowing exactly where to start planning your wedding.


This is a general outline of what your checklist should include:
Guest List
Book your venue
Book your music-DJ, Band, etc.
Decide on a wedding theme
Decide on wedding favors
Wedding invitations
Wedding cake
Bridal party outfits
Shoes & accessories
Wedding dress
Gift registries

Prepare wedding gift for guest, such as need choose bridesmaid dress, flower, shoes, clutch purse and wedding hairpiece ect...
Rehearsal dinner ideas

If at all possible, you should set your wedding date for at least 6 to 12 months away so you give yourself plenty of time for the details, especially if you plan on booking popular venues, DJ services or bands that may be booked up to two years in advance. And if you've had your heart set on any specific locations or entertainment and you don't book them early enough, you may actually have to change your wedding date.


Wedding planner
Your wedding planner will basically take all of the responsibility for planning your wedding out of your hands.


Some will go so far as to arrange for a selection of dresses to be delivered to your home so that you can make your dress selection in the comfort and privacy of your own dwelling.


A wedding organizer will make sure that on your wedding day everything goes smoothly. They will oversee the photographers, caterers, musicians, etc... and they will handle all the payments.


Your wedding planner will also troubleshoot and make arrangements for any eventuality.


On the downside, a wedding planner costs a lot of money. Typically, wedding planners charge a percentage of the wedding's total cost for their services.


However, for that money, you get the peace-of-mind of knowing that your wedding will be a smashing success without having to do any of the leg work.


A full-service planner is able to really help the bride from literally the beginning to the end of her planning.


From the moment the groom pops the question the bride comes into the planner's office to begin the journey.


This bride is often new to the area, gets overwhelmed easily, doesn't like to make decisions, or is very busy in her career or education.


A planner's main responsibility is to be the representative for the family and keep communication lines open amongst all parties involved.


Becoming the mediator is often a crucial role in this phase of the planning process.

Main Responsibilities of a Full-Service Planner:

Set budget (stay on budget throughout the planning process)
Find reception/ceremony location
Book vendors (photographer, videographer, florist, entertainment)
Negotiate pricing for all vendors involved
Create personal décor style for bride/groom
Create vendor timeline/bridal party timeline
Attend all meetings
Orchestrate the rehearsal and wedding day
Personal assistant to the family
Follow up with miscellaneous tasks post-wedding
Partial Planner

This is the most popular program wedding planners can offer to their clients. Brides will come into the appointment with some of the choices already made, but would like professional guidance in the midst of the planning process.


Brides think they can do it all themselves only to find frustration and an endless list of things to do hence, why they turn it over to a planner.


This type of bride likes to have the final say in the decision-making process but wants a professional opinion each step of the way.

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