How To Plan A Wedding Step By Step (The Ultimate Guide)

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Are you recently engaged or in the middle of wedding planning and wondering how to plan a wedding step by step?

This article will help you no matter where you are in your wedding planning journey.

I have photographed and helped plan over 500 weddings in the past 15 years and have made it my goal to help as many couples as possible plan their dream wedding.

Here is what I cover in this article:

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The Basics Of Wedding Planning

Planning a wedding can be an exciting yet stressful time in a couple’s life (this blog will help limit the stress of wedding planning).

As someone who has been involved with planning over 500 weddings (including my own), I understand how overwhelming it can be when you don’t know where to start.

In this section, I’ll walk you through the basics of wedding planning and what to concentrate on first.

The most important steps to planning a wedding are:

  • Figuring out the main priorities for the couple (what is most important?)
  • Setting a realistic budget
  • Making the guest list
  • Choosing a location
  • Setting the date
  • Booking the rest of your wedding vendors

Those are the big items to figure out when starting the wedding planning process (we will cover each in more detail below).

Once you take care of those things, the rest of the process is a lot more fun.

Let’s get started!

Figure Out What Is Important (And What’s Not Important)

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One of the first things to do when planning a wedding is to sit down with your partner and figure out what is most important to each of you (and what you don’t care about…at all)

Each of you should list your top 3 (or top 5) most important/must-have items at your wedding.

Then organize those items and put the most important at the top of your list.

Once you have both completed this, sit down together and look at the lists.

Is there a couple of items that match? Definitely add those to your combined must-have list.

Are both lists completely different? Now is the time to have that conversation (this might be a great lesson on learning to compromise as a couple).

All items on your must-have list (and your partner’s must-have list) should be given top priority in the next section (setting a budget).

You want to spend the most time figuring out these wedding planning items early on.

Here is a real-world example from a couple that I worked with a few years ago (I helped them get organized):

  • The bride told me that her number one priority was photography.
  • The groom told me his main priority was fantastic food (food was also on the bride’s list…but in the 2nd spot).
  • The bride wanted a DJ, but the groom had a live band in his number 2 spot.
  • The groom wanted a photo booth.
  • The bride wanted to work with a very specific florist.

When I sat down with this couple and their lists, I helped them get organized by:

  • Since food was on both lists, we put that in the number one spot.
  • I recommended that they hire a live band who also provided DJ-style top hits during their breaks (they got the best of both worlds, and both were happy with this compromise).
  • They found a photographer that also provided a photo booth (this made both of them really happy).
  • The groom did not care about flowers, but since the bride loved them and the groom got a live band, we added flowers to one of the top spots on the priority list.

By figuring this out right from the start, the couple did not have to waste time trying to plan everything on some generic list that they had downloaded from one of the popular wedding planning sites.

They were able to start their wedding planning journey knowing exactly what was most important to them as a couple.

The next step for them was setting a budget, and they knew exactly what to prioritize once they figured it out.

Setting A Wedding Budget (Early On)

A bride filling out a budget worksheet for her wedding

Figuring out a realistic wedding budget is one of the first things you should take care of when planning a wedding.

Wedding planning is very stressful when you don’t have a clear idea of what you have to spend.

Follow these tips to put together your wedding budget:

How much money do you currently have saved?

This one is simple.

Do you have any money set aside right now that you can use to pay for your wedding?

Write that number down.

How much money can you set aside each week/month for the wedding?

How much money can each of you save each month towards your wedding?

The longer your engagement, the more money you will be able to save.

Write down the total that you can save each month.

Is there anyone who will be contributing? If so, who and how much?

Asking family for money is easy for some people, but for others, it’s an experience they dread.

But, if you are hoping to get help from family, having this conversation honestly and early is a must.

If a family member offers help, finding out how much they can contribute is important.

Are they writing you a check to spend as you wish?

Are they paying for something specific like the wedding dress, food, or photographer? If so, find out the limit/budget.

You want to start your wedding planning journey knowing exactly what you get to spend.

After talking with any family members who are chipping in, write those numbers down.

Add it all up

Add up the totals from the three sections above (current savings, future savings, and family contributions) and write that number down.

This is your maximum wedding budget.

How much money do you want to spend on the wedding?

Now that you have figured out your maximum wedding budget, you will want to sit down together and figure out what you are willing to spend on the wedding.

You might have the option to have a $50,000 wedding, but that does not mean that you have to spend $50,000 on a wedding.

If you have a big budget like that, maybe you want to spend $20,000 on the wedding and put the other 30,000 towards a downpayment on a house (or put $15,000 away and take an extra week for the honeymoon).

Now that you have a budget, it’s time to figure out the type of wedding you want to have, pick a wedding date, decide how many people you want to invite, and find the perfect location (we will go over all of these and much more below).

We will be putting together an article that covers wedding budgets in detail. Check back next week for the link.

Creating A Guest List

A bride and groom posing with all of their wedding guests

Once you have figured out your wedding budget, it’s time to put together a rough draft of the guest list.

We have our couples do this next because the size of your guest list will affect almost all other wedding planning decisions involving large amounts of money (venue, catering, bar, etc.).

If you know that you will have over 200 guests attending your wedding, it would be a waste of time to tour venues with a maximum capacity of 160.

To create the rough draft of your guest list, sit down with your partner and make a list of everyone you want to invite to the wedding (keep both sides separate to stay organized).

Start with the must-have guests. These are the people that you could not imagine missing your wedding (parents, grandparents, siblings, best friends, etc.).

Next, add other people you hope to invite (extended family, college/high school friends, coworkers, etc.).

One thing to keep in mind when putting together your guest list is your wedding budget.

The more people you invite, the more expensive your wedding will be.

According to an article published by Bankrate, couples spend an average of $256 per wedding guest.

You could save $4,096 for the average wedding by removing two tables from your reception (16 guests from your list).

Choosing A Location For Your Wedding

A wedding venue with guests arriving.

Next up on the list is figuring out where you will get married (this one is done in coordination with the section below…picking a wedding date).

Before searching for the perfect wedding venue, decide where you are getting married.

Are you both from different parts of the country?

Do you both live in a different location than where you grew up?

When my wife and I got married, we had to have this conversation.

My wife is from Pennsylvania, and I grew up in California (we were both living in CA when we got engaged). My entire family was still in CA.

My wife had always dreamed of getting married at her family home in PA, so we decided that PA would be the best location for our wedding.

It did not matter to me or my family because we had moved around a lot and were not tied to any specific location in CA. My family loved the idea of turning our wedding into a mini vacation.

Once you have decided on the location, it’s time to look around for a place to get married.

This goes back to those first conversations about what is most important to each of you.

Did one of you have a dream of getting married outside at a beautiful location?

Does a hotel in the city fit your wedding vision?

Talk it over and make a list of potential places to visit

Planning Tip: Before scheduling venue tours, contact each venue, request pricing, and determine their maximum wedding capacity. You have your rough guest list and wedding budget figured out already, so this will make narrowing down your venue choices a lot easier.

Picking A Wedding Date

A wedding calendar being shown on a computer screen

When picking a wedding date, here are a few things to consider:

The season and weather – Do you imagine getting married outdoors with blossom-filled trees or fall colors? If so, you will want to choose a wedding date in the spring or fall.

Availability of important guests – Talk with your wedding VIPs and ask them if they have other trips planned (or other weddings). It’s best to find out before you set your date.

Budget – If you are working with a smaller wedding budget, getting married in the off-season (which varies from state to state) can save you a lot of money. A Friday or Sunday wedding can also significantly affect your wedding budget.

Your occupation – If you have a job that has a busier season, you might want to choose a date that does not fall within the time when you are most busy at work.

For example, a school teacher would have much more flexibility in the summer months, making it an ideal time to get married.

We have put together a detailed article filled with tips on choosing the perfect wedding date.

Researching and Booking Other Important Wedding Vendors

A bride and groom posing for the wedding photographer at the beach

Once you have your wedding date picked and a venue booked, it’s time to secure the other important vendors from your list.

Revisit the priority list you made earlier and get any vendors from the list booked as early as possible.

Ignore most of the lists that you find online about when you should book different vendors. Those are general guidelines.

If food is important to you and on the top of your priority list, set up meetings and tasting with a bunch of caterers and book your favorite as soon as possible.

If wedding photos are at the top of your priority list, meet with potential photographers and book your favorite as soon as possible. I have seen lists online that say to book your photographer nine months out. I do not think is a good idea if it’s important to you.

As a wedding photographer, I book about 80% of my wedding dates 12-18 months out, and I typically do not have many dates left nine months out, especially if they are at popular times of the year.

This goes for any vendor important to you (DJ, makeup artist, band, florist, etc.)

Get Organized With A Printable Or Digital Wedding Planner

Three printable wedding planners on a gray background
Here are the three styles of our printable wedding planners

Picking up a wedding planner (printable or digital) can save you a lot of time and stress while planning a wedding.

There are many wedding planners out there. We have put together an amazing printable wedding planner that covers everything you can imagine. It’s the perfect place to keep track of all your wedding details.

You can print out the entire planner or print only the section you need.

You can check out our wedding planner here.

We have a few options, but I recommend the $10 ultimate planner, which is over 400 pages. It includes a full wedding planner, wedding planning checklist, honeymoon planner, rehearsal dinner planner, bridal shower planner, and bachelorette party planner.

Hire A Wedding Planner

Hiring a wedding planner is not a must, but if you are planning on hiring a wedding planner, doing it earlier in the process is best. This way, they can start helping you as early as possible.

Most wedding planners have close relationships with professional wedding vendors and can save you a lot of time with the research process (they can also help you save money).

Wedding Vision And Style

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Pinterest is a fantastic way to find inspiration for your wedding and is perfect for organizing all your ideas.

Before buying a bunch of stuff for your wedding, figure out your vision for your special day.

Talk with your partner and go over ideas together.

Use your printable/digital wedding planner to make a list of things you love and thing you don’t like. This will be useful later when vendors ask you about your wedding vision/style.

Making a Pinterest account is a great idea to keep track of design ideas for every part of your wedding day. We have a bunch of wedding-related boards that you can check out.

Another great source for wedding inspiration is Instagram. You can follow our account for daily wedding planning tips and photo inspiration.

The Wedding Party

A bride and groom walking with the wedding party.
Your wedding party will be with you during the planning process, at extra events like showers and bachelorette/bachelor parties, at rehearsal, and by your side almost the entire wedding day. Make sure you put together a group that will help make these events more fun and less stressful.

Choosing your wedding party is an essential part of the wedding planning process.

You want to make sure that the people in your wedding party will be helpful and supportive during the planning process and on the wedding day. You want a group of family and friends who will bring more fun and less drama.

I have worked with over 500 wedding parties, so I have seen the good and the bad.

I have seen wedding party members step up and find missing family members when it was family photo time, run to the store to buy an emergency sewing kit, answer phone calls from lost guests, and so many more tasks like these.

I have also seen bridesmaids who caused so much drama that the bride was in tears for half the day and groomsmen who drank so much that the couple was embarrassed to have them at the wedding.

Choosing your wedding party is more than matching the same number of people on each side and finding matching outfits.

It’s about finding a group of people who you could not imagine getting married without them standing by your side.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with choosing a wedding party, consider having a really small wedding party or none at all.

I have photographed many weddings that had no wedding party (my wife and I only had one person on each side)

Have Engagement Photos Taken

A couple posing for engagement photos near a red bush

Doing an engagement session with your photographer is a great way to get a bunch of professional photos that you can use on your wedding website and save-the-date cards.

If your photographer does not offer engagement sessions, you can do a DIY photo shoot using your phone and a tripod.

Building A Wedding Website

A wedding website is a great way to share your wedding information with guests.

Here is some of the info that couples use their website for:

  • All essential information like dates, times, locations
  • Hotel and travel info (directions)
  • Transportation info (if provided)
  • RSVP management
  • Gift Registry
  • Information about the couple and the wedding party/bridal party
  • Dress code
  • Things to do in the area
  • Social media info like hashtags and places to share photos or video

Having a website also allows you to notify guests about last minute changes.

We asked our community which wedding websites they used, and three got the most recommendations.

  • Zola is being used by 60% of our community (One complaint is that they discontinued their Android app after January of 2023…something to consider if you are a big Android user.)
  • The Knot is being used by 30% of our community.
  • With Joy is being used by about 10% of our community

All three had great reviews from the people in our community who have wedding websites.

Hotel Room Blocks

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If you have a lot of guests traveling from out of town, you might want to consider blocking off some rooms.

I recommend getting a courtesy block at 2-3 hotels (10-20 rooms each depending on how many out-of-town guests you expect).

Many hotels will throw in upgrades or bonuses if you bring them a lot of business, so ask if they offer any perks.

Some of those perks could include:

  • A complimentary room for the couple
  • Discounted rates
  • Free Wi-Fi or parking
  • Delivery of welcome bags to each room
  • Shuttle service to/from your wedding venue
  • Early check-in

Be careful about signing a contract for a room block. If you agree to a contracted room block, you will be financially responsible for any rooms your guests do not book.

For this reason, we recommend booking courtesy room blocks (you are not charged for rooms that are not booked)

Save The Dates and Invitations

A wedding invitation and save-the-date card with flowers

You can start planning your wedding stationery as soon as you have the venue booked and your wedding style/vision figured out.

You have so many options for wedding stationery (from large custom-designed wedding stationery bundles designed by a professional to DIY options made with a free Canva account).

Many big online wedding planning sites recommend sending out formal invitations 6-8 weeks before the wedding date. I do not agree with these recommendations.

Having personally worked with over 500 couples during the wedding planning process, I have seen too many occasions where couples were stressed over RSVP/invitation-related issues when they could have been avoided.

Here are the timelines I recommend for sending out wedding save-the-date cards and wedding invitations:

  • Save-the-date cards — 6-10 months before the wedding
  • Wedding invitations (if save-the-date was sent) — 2-4 months before the wedding(request RSVPs 6 weeks before the wedding)
  • Wedding invitations (if no save-the-date card was sent) — 4-6 months before the wedding – (request RSVPs 6 weeks before the wedding)

If you are having a destination wedding, you will want to give guests extra time to plan.

Here are the timelines I recommend for a destination wedding:

  • Save-the-date cards (destination wedding) — 8-12 months before the wedding date (the sooner the better)
  • Invitations (destination wedding) — 4-6 months before the wedding date

A new article on our blog that you might find helpful: 20 ways to save money on your wedding invitations.

Wedding Registry

A variety of wedding registry location logos

You can start thinking about registry gifts as soon as you like.

Sit down with your partner and come up with a list of items that would be useful or fun to have.

If you don’t own many household items, traditional registry items might be perfect for you.

If you do not want traditional wedding gifts, you could create a registry for things like a honeymoon fund, future home fund, etc.

I recommend creating your registry before the extra parties/showers (bridal, wedding, couples, etc.).

If you have a wedding website, you should include the information there as soon as it’s available. You can also add a registry card insert to your wedding invitations.

Planning More Wedding Parties

One of the fun things about wedding planning season is that you get to have lots of extra parties if you want them.

Some of these parties could include:

Engagement Parties – These are typically held within the first few months of being engaged

Bridal Showers or Couple’s Wedding Shower – These parties typically happen 1-3 months before the wedding

Bachelorette Parties/Bachelor Party – These parties typically occur 1-3 months before the wedding date.

Remember that these are general guidelines, not set-in-stone rules.

My wife and I had our bachelorette/bachelor parties one week before the wedding date because that was when it worked with our schedules.

Do whatever works best for your situation.

Marriage License

A couple posing for the camera with another photo showing a close up of a marriage certificate or marriage license

To make everything legal, you will want to head to your county clerk’s office with your partner to obtain a marriage license.

Each state/county will have its own rules and regulations, so check online before visiting them.

Some states/counties might cost $25 and be valid for 90 days, while others might cost $100 and be valid for 30 days.

For example, in Pennsylvania, a PA marriage license is good for 60 days from the date it is issued and can cost between $25 and $125, depending on your county.

Google the following phrase to get the information specific to the county that you are getting married in:

“Where do I go to get a marriage license in (the county you are getting married in)”

Make sure you bring any documentation they are requesting (all of this will be found online for your county).

The Wedding Dress

A wedding dress hanging near a window and a bride in her wedding dress looking at her flowers

Shopping for wedding dresses can be as fun as the wedding itself.

I recommend you start looking for your dress after setting the wedding date and booking your venue. Getting an early start will give you time to check out many designs and styles without feeling rushed.

I recommend finalizing your dress purchase 9-10 months before the wedding date. This gives you enough time to get multiple fittings and any necessary alterations.

More reading from our blog: How to save lots of money on a wedding dress.

Other Wedding Day Attire

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Here is the recommended timeline I recommend for ordering the groom’s attire, groomsmen’s attire, and bridesmaid dresses:

  • Bridesmaid dresses — Purchase 6-8 months before the wedding day (this gives your bridal party plenty of time to get alterations done)
  • Groom and groomsmen attire (renting) — Get measured and place orders 2-3 months before the wedding day

If the groom and groomsmen are purchasing a suit or having a suit custom-made, I recommend ordering these 5-6 months before the wedding day. This provides enough time to deal with any issues or make alterations.

Wedding Rings

Two wedding bands and an engagement ring

Here is the recommended timeline I recommend for ordering the groom’s attire, groomsmen’s

Shopping for wedding bands is a fun wedding activity to do together.

In this article by Larson Jewelers, they recommend purchasing your wedding bands 3-4 four months before your wedding day.

If you plan on having engraving done on your rings or having a custom design made, I recommend starting the process even earlier (6 months before the wedding).

How To Plan A Wedding Ceremony

An outdoor wedding ceremony taking place

Planning the ceremony is so much fun because this is your chance to personalize this part of the day to make it extra special for you and your partner.

Here are some things to start thinking about when planning your wedding ceremony:

  • Will you write your own personal vows?
  • What readings would you like to include during the ceremony? Who would you like to do the readings?
  • What songs will you use for the ceremony? What songs will the wedding party walk down the aisle to? What song do you want to walk down the aisle to? What music do you want to use for the wedding recessional?
  • Will you do a unity ceremony (sand, candle, wine, etc.)?
  • How long do you want the ceremony to last?
  • What decorations do you want to use in the ceremony space?
  • Will your wedding ceremony be religious?
  • Who is going to officiate the ceremony?
  • What is the seating arrangement (each family on a side, pick any side you want, etc.)
  • What is the professional order?
  • Do you need a sound system (microphone, speakers, etc.)
  • What info do you want on the programs?

As you can see, there is a lot to think about when planning your wedding ceremony, but most of these things can be personalized…making this part a lot of fun.

Planning Your Cocktail Hour

The bride and groom walking into cocktail hour at a wedding

Cocktail hour is probably the first time your guests can finally come together to visit and say hello to each other (chances are they arrived at the ceremony and quickly found a seat).

Here are some things to think about when planning your cocktail hour:

  • Will you and your partner be attending the cocktail hour, or is this when you are taking all of your posed photos (If you did not do a first look, chances are you will not get the opportunity to attend cocktail hour)
  • How long will your cocktail hour be (most cocktail hours are 60 minutes, and some are 90 minutes)
  • What drinks will you serve (any specialty drinks?)
  • Will there be seating? Tables?
  • What decor do you need (flowers, candles, signage, etc.)
  • What appetizers will you serve?
  • Will there be music (will you need a sound system)?
  • Do you plan on having outdoor yard games like Corn Hole or Giant Jenga?
  • Who will let guests know when it’s time to move from cocktail hour to the reception area?
  • If the couple and wedding party will not be attending cocktail hour, will someone from the catering team bring them food/drinks while they are taking photos?

How To Plan A Wedding Reception

A bunch of wedding guests dancing at a wedding reception

Planning the wedding reception is often one of the best parts of wedding planning because this is where you get to plan the best party of your life.

Here are some things to think about when planning your wedding reception:

Here are a few song ideas for your special dances:

There are so many things to think about when planning the details of your wedding reception, but we have you covered here at PA Unveiled. We go over almost everything from this article in separate articles.

Spend time clicking on the blue links in this article for detailed info on that subject or start on page 1 of our blog and see all the free content we have created for you.

Personalize Your Wedding

A bride and groom personalized their wedding by bringing their dirt bikes and using them in photos
This bride and groom personalized their wedding by bringing their dirt bikes to the wedding and using them in their wedding photos.

If you are looking to add a little bit of your personality and personal style to your wedding day, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Write custom vows
  • Have signature drinks and give them fun names (we have seen drinks named after pets, nicknames, celebrities, etc.)
  • Show a slideshow of your love story during the reception or cocktail hour
  • Have a friend or family member officiate the wedding
  • Instead of standard table numbers, make each table something unique (One of the best ideas I have seen is where the couple included a photo of each person at that specific age. So for table 1 it showed a photo of the bride at the age of one and the groom at the age of one. At table two it showed them at the age of two. And so on and so on.)

  • Incorporate cultural traditions or rituals that hold significance to the couples or their families.
  • Use a fun wedding hashtag where guests can share photos
  • Instead of buying favors, give each guests something homemade like jam, cookies, etc. (if you like doing DIY projects)
  • Include old wedding photos from other family members on the card/gift table

Organize Wedding Transportation

A wedding that used a school bus for transportation. This photo shows the wedding party guests getting off the school bus

I have worked weddings where the couple and wedding party are driven around all day, and I have worked other weddings where the couple and wedding party piled into personal cars and drove themselves.

You are not required to provide transportation for your guests, but it’s something to consider.

Here are a few things to think about if you are considering transportation:

  • How long will you need transportation for the couple, wedding party, and immediate family (how many locations)
  • A detailed itinerary of when you need to be picked up and dropped off at each location (getting ready location, ceremony location, other photo locations, reception venue, hotel, etc.)
  • How many people do you need transportation for?
  • And many vehicles and what types (limo, van, trolley, party bus, etc.)
  • Will you be providing transportation for your guests?
  • If providing transportation for guests, what are the details (Renting school buses or charter buses? Are host hotels providing transportation? If so, how many people do you need to accommodate? Will the buses need to make more than one trip?)

Plan The Rehearsal Dinner

A wedding rehearsal dinner showing guest raising glasses as someone gives a toast

Here are some things to think about when planning your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner:

The Rehearsal

  • What time will your rehearsal be, and how long will it last? (For most weddings, your rehearsal will be the night before the wedding, but sometimes rehearsals take place the morning of the wedding due to logistics)
  • Will anyone be helping with the ceremony walkthrough (wedding coordinator, wedding planner, officiant, etc.)?
  • Will your officiant be at the rehearsal?

  • Ask your wedding party to give their full attention during the rehearsal (I have personally witnessed many wedding parties that goofed around during the rehearsal and then forgot where what they needed to do the next day)
  • I recommend running through the professional and recessional at least two times each.
  • Have a friend or family member take photos of the rehearsal. You want to document all these extra events that your photographer will not be there for.
  • If going to the rehearsal dinner right after the rehearsal, let people know what you want them to wear (let them know if there is a dress code).

The Rehearsal Dinner

  • Where are you having the rehearsal dinner (make reservations and let them know how many people are in your party)?
  • Make a guest list ahead of time (are you sending invitations)
  • Do you need decor/signage?
  • Are you having music (need a sound system)?
  • If you are giving gifts to your wedding party and/or family, the rehearsal dinner is a great time to do it.
  • Is anyone giving a speech/toast?
  • If you are having your rehearsal dinner at your venue or a house, what food/drinks do you need?

Put Together Thank You Ideas

Two bridesmaids opening gifts from the bride

Your wedding party and immediate family members will be doing a lot of work during the wedding planning process.

Gifts are not required, but you might consider giving a small thank you gift to anyone who helped make your day so special (even if they were not in the wedding party…maybe they helped with DIY projects or picked up food for the getting ready room).

If gifts are not your thing or don’t work with your budget, a nice handwritten thank you card will be greatly appreciated.

The Honeymoon

A couple posing for photos on their honeymoon
This awesome honeymoon photo was captured by MG Photography in Mexico

You’ll need a much-deserved vacation when all this wedding planning is over.

The week my wife and I spent together after our wedding was one of the best and most relaxing weeks of my life.

Here are some things to think about when planning your honeymoon:

  • Do you want to go on a honeymoon right after the wedding, or are you planning on going a few days/weeks/months later?
  • What is your honeymoon budget?
  • Consider an all-inclusive resort (less thinking and a lot less math when planning the budget)
  • Take care of passports ahead of time
  • Think about vacation/trip insurance
  • Talk with a travel agent
  • Check to see if your destination requires specific vaccinations or documents.

Make A Post Wedding To-Do List

A wedding party using colored smoke

After the big day has come and gone, there are still some essential items to take care of.

Here are some things to think about:

  • Send thank you notes for any gifts that you received (even if you didn’t get a gift, you could send a thank you card to thank them for their presence on the wedding day)
  • Update legal documents if needed (identification, bank accounts, insurance documents, or any other important documents/accounts) with your new marital status and/or name change.
  • Preserve your wedding dress (have it cleaned and properly stored)
  • Return/exchange any gifts that you need to

  • Post reviews for any vendors that you want to leave reviews for
  • Gather wedding photos from friends and family (maybe you asked them to use a hashtag or post to a specific account…maybe they posted them to social media). Don’t wait too long for this because photos that are only on a phone or Facebook get lost forever once enough time has passed (and many times, these candids that are taken by family or friends are priceless).
  • Confirm that all vendors have been paid (and send tips to anyone who went above and beyond)
  • Sell, donate, or repurpose wedding-related items (decor, clothing, etc.)

How To Plan A Wedding On A $5,000 Budget

If you are trying to plan a wedding but feel stressed because you have a smaller budget, we have put together an article filled with small-budget ideas.

Check it out here: Planning a wedding for $5,000 or less

More Wedding Planning Tips and Ideas

I hope this article on how to plan a wedding helped you start the process.

Planning a wedding is very involved, and our goal with this website is to make it easier for couples trying to plan their wedding.

You can also contact us with questions or topics you would like to see covered on our site.

Here are a few more articles that you might find helpful while planning your wedding:

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