Sarah's Tips

May 10, 2017

Wedding Planning | Sarah’s Tips | Idaho Wedding Photographer | Sarah Tapp Photography

Weddings can be so stressful and figuring out every detail is a LOT to deal with. So, I’ve put together a wedding planning guide to help you on your journey! As a photographer, I want nothing more than for your wedding day to go smoothly. I want you to be able to focus on this amazing experience and this joyous occasion! I don’t want you to be worried about what time it is and if every decoration is in place at your reception. The only thing you need to worry about is YOU and your new spouse! Focus on them and enjoying your day together. =)

~When you get engaged~
Set a budget
Start gathering addresses for guest list
Pick one or two date options
Start looking at venues, photographers, videographers, dj’s
~4 Months before~
Start looking at dresses
Hire a photographer, videographer and dj
Book venue
Finalize wedding date
Start deciding on invitations
~3 Months before~
Finalize guest list and order invitations
Set up gift registries/online wedding website
Order dress and have alterations done
~2.5 Months before~
Plan reception decor
Start looking at florists and caterers
Choose ceremony/reception music
Start cake tasting
~2 Months before~
Choose and order groom’s attire and bridesmaid and groomsmen attire
Order hair accessories, shoes and jewlery
Decide on and order a cake
Start any DIY projects
Choose and meet with florist
~6 Weeks before~
Make arrangements for any rental equipment needed
Plan and book your honeymoon
Proof and send wedding invitations
~4 weeks before~
Purchase any last minute wedding accessories including jewlery, lingere, shoes, garter, etc.
Book wedding night accomadations if not already done
Purchase/order wedding bands
~3 weeks before~
Create wedding day schedule or timeline and give to all important parties (photographer, dj, florist, caterer, videographer, venue)
Finalize last minute details with vendors (Caterer~menus/headcount, Florist~discuss pickup/delivery,  Cake~give them topper if needed and talk about pickup/delivery, Photographer~send photo list
~2 weeks before~
Bridals (make sure you have your wedding dress/tux, jewlry, shoes, etc.)
Obtain marriage liscence
~1 week before~
Finish any DIY projects
Pay all vendors in full if not already done
Finalize recption details
~Wedding Day!~
Enjoy your big day and let a trusted family member or friend handle the details

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