3 months in advance

After making the broad wedding planner, the first step is to start planning & listing the details of major tasks. If required you can divide these major tasks into sub tasks. Then you need to decide the timelines & person responsible for completion of each task. You can use the month wise planning checklist so that you can easily keep a track of the progress of each task & manage your wedding in a more effective way.  Some of the first major tasks which you should start with are listed below & you can use the ready to use checklist to keep a track of all the tasks::

  1. Finalize the budget of your wedding. Allocate amount from the total budget to the major expenses under various heads. (eg: functions, food, decoration, lodging, clothes, etc.). Here you need to decide the major expenses only; the detail allocation of cost under each head can be done a little later.
  2. If you wish to have a theme based wedding then you should start exploring various themes (for eg: Royal wedding, Romantic wedding, nature wedding, etc.) & finalize the theme. Your venue should be in synchronization with your theme.
  3. Finalize the wedding location.
  4. Visit venues on the finalized location & make a list of 5 venues from which one can be finalized for the wedding.
  5. Start searching for vendors for designing & printing invitation card.
  6. Start preparation of tentative guest list.
  7. Start planning for each function i.e. First Ceremony, Engagement, Haldi, Mehendi, Sangeet, Wedding and Reception as per the function planning sheet.
  8. Visit & prepare a list of various photographers/videographers.
  9. It is necessary to initially discuss & divide the tasks between both the sides they are going to share the responsibilities. This will avoid last moment confusion & panic.
  10. Start exploring various caterers based on the type of food you want to select. Start preparing a tentative menu list.
  11. Start exploring honeymoon destinations. It may take time to prepare visa & complete other formalities if you want to go to any international destinations. Also keep your passport ready.
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