**GETTING HITCHED? YOU MIGHT WANT TO CROSS THESE 5 WEDDING CHECKLIST TASKS YOU CANNOT FORGET FIRST!**
If you are a movie buff, you’ll know that the weddings in Hollywood films are the stuff dreams are made of, and at least on celluloid, they come true. So when the wedding bells start ringing for you, you desperately try to match up to those impossible standards. Yeah, if only you had a major production house bankrolling your wedding. The thing is there are 5 Wedding Checklist Tasks You Cannot Forget
Leaving aside the fantasies, an awesome wedding is as much about planning as it is about celebrations. Hence, it’s vital to have your wedding checklist ready so that you can plan and execute things in advance and ensure that your guests, families and you are having a good time.
The average span of time from engagement to a wedding in the US is 16 months. While that might seem enough, you never know how it will pass, what with all the bookings, planning and management to be done. So here, we present to you the most essential 5 Wedding Checklist Tasks You Cannot Forget before D-Day.
ZERO IN ON A BUDGET
Before all the planning begins, decide on an amount that you’ll be spending for your wedding. That decides what will and won’t be a part of your wedding. Be a little flexible about it, but don’t go overboard and don’t be miserly either. Work with your partner and decide things on a consensus. What ultimately matters is the happiness of the both of you.
PLAN YOUR GUEST LIST
It’s your big day and hence, who gets to be a part of it is critical. Plan your guest list in advance so that you don’t miss out on anyone important. We know, there are a hundred other things on your mind, and it’s possible to skip out on a few people. But take out time and create your guest list by including everyone who comes to your mind. You can always edit it later.
BOOK YOUR VENUE
If you have seen the Anne Hathaway- Kate Hudson starrer Bride Wars, you’ll know the importance of booking a venue on time. Coordinate with the site manager closely and ensure you get the best dates for your wedding. Consider the availability of your near and dear ones while deciding on the dates. If any of your acquaintances has had a wedding or been to one at the venue, it’s always beneficial to take some feedback from them.
CATERING TO THE CATERERS
Remember the saying; the way to a man’s heart goes through his stomach? Well, that sounds accurate especially when it comes to your wedding. And that’s when your caterers come into the picture. Set up a meeting around a month or two before your wedding and seal your menu. Have a tasting session before you do so. Initially, check with the venue manager if they offer a catering service. If not, look for other caterers.
Image Credit: Sweet Ice Cream Photography
What other occasion is more suitable for you to seem like a million bucks than your wedding! You increase the intensity of your workout sessions, and you keep tabs on what you eat and ensure you stay hydrated, just to fit perfectly into that wedding dress, right? Well, keep having those dress fitting sessions from time to time to ensure you are not expanding horizontally. It’s best to have your (hopefully) last dress fitting session a month before your wedding.
Image Credit: Alvin Mahmudov
**Six Wedding Flowers on a Budget Tips to Create the Day You’ve been Dreaming**
Here at the Plunge Project, we know that planning and paying for your dream day can be overwhelming. Unless you’re pulling out all the stops and able to spend the big bucks on a celebrity-style ceremony, you’re most-likely looking for ways to cut costs. Pulling off a beautiful wedding on a budget takes creativity and research, but once the inspiration hits you, look out! One thing we know for sure is, your flowers don’t have to cost a fortune! We’ve complied the very best tips for creating a bloom-filled wedding on a budget.
Bridal Bouquet by Han ChengTao
1) Avoid the Off-Season: You may have a date in mind, but if your heart is set on sunflowers, a winter wedding may be out. Choosing flowers that are in-season will cut your floral budget in a big way. Thankfully, there are gorgeous options just about any time of year. If a particular bloom is important to you, check with your florist to make sure your pick will fit into your budget.
2) Don’t be Shy: Speaking of your florist, be completely open and honest. Share your budget at your first appointment, and let him know if there is (or isn’t) any wiggle room. A good florist will appreciate and reciprocate your honesty and let you know if your dream flowers are a possibility. Bonus Tip: Don’t be afraid to schedule appointments with multiple florists, and ask around for recommendations. Word-of-mouth is a powerful tool in wedding planning!
3) Take the Lead: You will be the star of your special day, so be sure to focus on your bouquet first. Bridesmaid bouquets and accents flowers for your ceremony are important too, but once you walk down that aisle, all eyes will be on you. Depending on your tastes, you can accent with non-floral items, such as feathers, to bulk up bouquets and arrangements on a budget.
4) Double Your Money: One of the best wedding flower-savvy tips I stumbled across was to let your arrangements pull double-duty. After the ceremony, enlist a few friends to move your flowers from the ceremony space to the reception area. This money-saving tip could cut your floral budget in half. 5) Consider the Venue: Depending on your location, an outdoor venue may be ideal for the bride on a budget. A naturally beautiful backdrop means not having to go all-out with flowers and décor.
6) Don’t Skimp too Much: Keep in mind that your wedding day will be a whirlwind, but your photographs will allow you to relive the day for years to come. Your flowers will be a big part of your day… and your photos. It will be obvious if you go from budget-conscious to full-blown thrifty.
Backyard Ceremony Bouquet by Leah
Pluck one – or all- of these tips, and use them to create the day you’ve been dreaming of without the stress of going beyond your flower budget. You don’t have to spend like a superstar in order to put on a beautiful wedding.
My wedding wasn’t meant to be a winter wedding. Novembers in Knoxville are actually usually still pretty warm, in fact, and the temps usually sit somewhere between 50-70 degrees. As luck would have it, though, a cold front moved in for two days in early November 2010, and Michael and I (along with our brave wedding party and guests) braved the 30 degree weather in style. Had we known our wedding would offer a taste of winter, we may have planned more accordingly — although I must admit the trees were perfectly fall colored 🙂 — and used some of these amazing winter wedding ideas…
1. Winter White Centerpieces – The floral artists at [Junkerman Jones](http://junkermanjonesevents.blogspot.com/2011/06/arkansas-bride-magazine-feature.html) wedding and event design created these simple yet elegant winter-inspired centerpieces. To re-create the look for your own winter soiree, incorporate flowers in shades of winter-white, silver berries and tall branches adorned with Swarovski crystal strands. Complete the look with silver votive holders, and add an even more wintery feel by using holiday lights in the rest of your decor.
2. A Snowy Background – If you’re having a winter wedding and there’s snow on the ground for your big day, use it to your advantage! Have your photog capture a gorgeous moment like [Mary Dougherty](http://www.flickr.com/photos/marydaph/4198457771/) did. Just be sure to have a winter coat or fur shrug on hand and some gloves so you’re not miserable while you’re shooting.
3. Warm Drinks – If you’re hosting a winter wedding, help your guess warm up with a vanilla chai and a cocoa bar like this one seen in a shoot on [Southern Weddings](http://iloveswmag.com/2010/12/23/elegant-winter-wedding-inspiration/). This little touch really adds to the romantic warmth of a winter wedding.
4. Beyond Flowers – If you live in a more harsh climate, flowers might be hard to come by when it comes to winter weddings (or expensive to ship), so why not use what you have? As [Ruffled Blog](http://ruffledblog.com/winter-wedding-obsessions-balsa-wood-and-pine-cones/) explains, the rustic look of pine cones easily lends a vintage feel when combined with millinery flowers or other vintage inspired elements, all of which makes for the perfect vintage winter wedding decor. I’m going to continue pinning my favorite winter wedding ideas over on Pinterest, so if you’d like to see more, [head that way](http://pinterest.com/prnicolev/winter-wedding-inspiration/).