How To Create a Wedding Planning To Do List

Your wedding date is set and the huge number of things to do before the wedding seems formidable. Creating a Wedding Planning To Do List will help guide you through the maze of seemingly endless tasks and help assure that all will go as planned on your special day. Follow these steps to create and implement the perfect list.

Step 1-Decide the Format for your List

Decide how you will manage this To Do List. Choose the system that you already use for managing tasks, lists, reminders and appointments. Do you use a PDA or an internet calendar, or do you have a planner you carry with you? Do you manage information with spreadsheets or word processing tables, or do you use notebooks or file folders with pockets for brochures and other information? Do you like handwritten lists and notes? Do you use a combination of these systems to keep track of what you need to do? Choose whatever system you already are comfortable with so that your energy can go towards the planning of the wedding.

Step 2-Come up with the Main Categories and All the Subcategories

Write down all the main categories of tasks you need to handle. Then brainstorm and put down all the subcategories you can come up with. You may want to do this with friends, relatives or the prospective groom to make sure that your list is as complete as possible.

Besides a theme and the reception, there are many other categories to include. Examples of main categories and subcategories are: flowers (choosing a florist, bride's bouquet, boutonnières, centerpieces at reception, decorations at wedding location, corsages), ceremony (person performing it, vows, wedding party), food (reception, wedding cake), pre-wedding events (bachelor party, rehearsal dinner), gifts (groom, bridesmaids, gift registry), travel plans (for out-of-town guests, honeymoon), miscellaneous items needed (something old, something new...)

Step 3-Create Your Budget and Modify Your List as Needed

Once you have your completed list of categories and subcategories, use them to create a budget. If you already know your budget, modify your list to fit within your budget. If your list exceeds your budget, make plans to use other resources to expand your budget, or prepare to cut back your list.

Step 4-Develop a Timeline and Follow it

One of the best ways to develop a timeline is to start with the wedding date and work backwards. Estimate how long it will take for each task to get done and count backwards from the end date to set your timeline. You may need to research some items before setting the timeline, such as how far in advance you need to book the location you want. Once you have times for each of your tasks, put them in the format you chose to manage your To Do List. Check your timeline weekly to make sure you are on track and edit it as needed.

Step 5-Pick Your Co-planners and Delegate

This event is not something you are doing on your own. Find out who is willing to do what part of your To Do List and delegate tasks to friends and relatives you trust to get the job done. Ask for resources to make your job easier. If your future mother-in-law has a green thumb, see if she is willing to take on the flower category. Be sure to relax and take time for yourself. Follow your To Do List and have your ideal wedding.