How To: Organize your Wedding Checklist

Six months ahead of the wedding, most soon-to-be brides and grooms are starting to get the pre-wedding jitters. The reality that the big day is quickly approaching starts to set in, making the last leg of wedding planning a bit stressful. However, being proactive early on in the planning process is the best way to make the last six months before the wedding day less overwhelming. At the six-month mark, it’s important to sit down with your partner to ensure that certain things are checked of your wedding to-do list. Not sure what you should be crossing off? We’ve compiled a list to help you get started!

The Caterer:
A reception is not complete until you have the cocktail and/or dinner menu squared away. Therefore, you will want to avoid dropping the ball when it comes to securing a caterer. If your reception venue does not include a catering option, hiring an outside caterer early on in the wedding planning process will allow you to thoroughly sort through your options and nab your top pick. Research each caterers’ background and don’t be afraid to request referrals from their past clients. Remember that your job is not complete once you book the caterer. You will need ample time to craft, taste and finalize the menu.

The Honeymoon:
Be kind to your pockets and scratch the honeymoon getaway off of your checklist way ahead of your six-month wedding check-up. Give yourself at least a year to book flights and make hotel reservations. If the idea of planning an extravagant honeymoon on your own seems too overwhelming, work with a travel agency to find your dream destination at a great price.

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The Photographer:
High-quality wedding photographers are hot commodities, thus waiting until the last minute to book them is an absolute no-no. As a general rule of thumb, set the date and then set out on the hunt for a photographer. Most wedding photographers book a year or more in advance, which means you will have to move quickly!

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The DJ:
The top DJs in your area will most likely be off the market six months before your wedding date. Avoid a lackluster reception by booking your DJ anywhere between a year to nine months in advance. Give yourself enough time to get a feel for multiple DJs and their styles as opposed to rushing to book the first available DJ weeks before the wedding.

Staying organized and on top of your wedding checklist will make the last six months before the wedding smooth sailing. Enjoy your pre-wedding day festivities and make the wedding checklist the last of your worries!

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