How to Plan a Wedding – 36 Steps to Planning a Wedding

So you’re engaged. Now what? Fire up that printer because there are a LOT of things to keep track of.
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1. First of all, figure out what your ideal wedding ring gem size is.

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ideal wedding ring gem size
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While 3 carats sounds awesome in theory, you run the risk of a heavy rock that might swallow up your dainty ring finger.

2. Once you’re engaged, here are your first steps.

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One day you’ll be glad that someone told you to insure your ring.

3. Here’s a helpful big-picture  wedding planning timeline:

wedding planning timeline - A guide to planning your wedding and stying on track

So go ahead and put it all in your planner or Google calendar.

4. Don’t forget your very important BEAUTY checklist.

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5. Figure out when you want to have the wedding.

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6. This guide will help you figure out what kind of wedding you want to have on your budget.

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7. Start figuring out your budget. Print out this checklist and start filling it out:

planning a wedding - the wedding cost checklist

8. Here are your exciting attire options you get to impose on your guests:

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9.  Decide Whom to Invite

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10. Here’s every tiny detail regarding your save-the-dates and invitations that you didn’t even bother to consider:

wedding planning tips - Save the date and wedding invitatins tips

11. If you’re a real stickler for etiquette, here are all the proper ways to address your guests.

wedding invitation etiquette - How to address wedding invitations

12. The fun part that easily veers into dread: shopping for your wedding dress.

How to choose a wedding dress

13. Say yes to the dress.

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14.  How to Measure  if you’re buying your dress online or purchasing a pre-owned dress

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15. Know your veil terms:

wedding dress tips - know your veil terms

16. The train

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17.When it comes time to start researching your vendors, you’ll want to know what questions to ask your caterer:

wedding planning guide - quick guide to hiring a wedding caterer

18.  And your wedding photographer:

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19. Make sure to give the photographer some version of this checklist:

wedding photography opportunity checklist

20. Drop some well-meaning hints to let your bridesmaid know what her duties are.

well-meaning hints to let your bridesmaid know what her duties are

21. Before you call the florist, figure out what flowers and bouquets you want:

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22. Make sure you use your registry to get everything you NEED:

all-incusive wedding registry checklist

23. While planning your registry, be sure to choose enough items in each price category to ensure all of your guests will be able to afford gifts.

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24. This chart will help you figure out your cake specifications:

figure out your cake specifications

25. And for slightly more complicated, layered cakes:

wedding cake ideas - a guide to wedding cake size and servings

26. If you’re self-catering or preparing a buffet, here’s a handy guide to portions:

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27. And if you’re providing your own alcoholic beverages:

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28. Handling your own table settings? Follow proper etiquette:

the proper way to set a table

29. Here is every minuscule thing you need to keep track of, basically.

printable wedding checklist template

30. Here’s a last-minute to-do list during your final countdown days:

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31. Make sure anyone in your wedding wearing a bowtie actually knows how to tie one.

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32. Confused about wedding processional order?

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33. For your “oh shit! kit”:

wedding tips - bridal emergency kit necessities

This is a duty you could give to your maid of honor to take care of.

34. Know how and when to tip all the important people you’ve hired to put your wedding together.

wedding planning ideas - tips for tipping

35. And finally, write your thank-you notes the easy way.

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