A friend of mine, Jill, came to me a couple of weeks ago to ask me for help. She was in the midst of planning her parents\' 50th wedding anniversary. This is an event that should have been a joy to plan; her parents have been together for 50 years, and from what I can tell, they are still very much in love. It doesn\'t get much better than that. Anyway, Jill was in a harried state because the party was less than two weeks away and she felt like she didn\'t have a good enough handle on the party. I sat her down and asked her explain to me what she had accomplished so far. She proceeded to pull out a handful of Post_It Notes from her purse, and she dumped the wad on the table we were sitting at. \"What is this,\" I asked her. \"These notes have the stuff I\'ve been working on for the party,\" she replied. I remember looking at Jill, then looking at the pile of scrap paper that was her parents\' 50th anniversary party plan, and then shaking my head. This is an extreme case, but you\'d be surprised how unorganized people can be when it comes to preparing for important events.
On your check list you will start off with a pre wedding checklist. On that list you will put together all your ideas. Such as what you want for centerpieces, favors, invitations, theme, colors. The list will be added and added to over and over again. As you purchase the items on your check list you will cross them out or check next to them saying that you completed that task. For the ceremony checklist you will want to share this with your church or wherever you are getting married at. Some of your ideas may not be acceptable at some locations due to religion or safety procedures. For example you could want to have rice thrown in the air and your ceremony site my not allow that. Another example is some garden themed wedding only allow a certain number of chairs due to trying to preserve the ground. Once you know what you can and can\'t do at your ceremony you will want a check list of qualities of a justice of the peace or whoever else marries you. You will also need to find out what you need to supply yourself at your ceremony sites such as speakers for music, and chairs for your guest. Once you know what you need add it to your wedding checklist and once you finish that task take it off the list. You will always want to add a section of your wedding checklist for the reception. In this section you will have an area for reception site. Make sure you have a list of all the things you want in a reception site and don\'t settle for anything else. It\'s your special day. You will also need to think about music at your reception. You will also need to make a list of all the food choices you would like. When having a food tasting bring your list to check off the foods you like and foods you didn\'t like.