Brainstorm _ get your ideas formulated and organized on paper. Consider things like small wedding ideas, unusual wedding venues, outdoor wedding ideas. Budget _ establish your financial limits and guidelines. Consider a cheap wedding reception as a means to save money. Guest List _ Who do you want to participate in this special event. Reservations _ Book the Venues. Vendors _ Interview and get contracts on flowers, food, photographer, musicians, baker, etc. Wedding Dress _ Provide time for up to four fittings for your bridal gown, just in case. Bridesmaids _ Sizes, colors, styles, fabrics and multiple fittings will all take time. Invitations _ Lots of choices. Consider the wedding reception invitation wording if you\'re making your own. Or, customized wedding invitation text if you\'re going to buy them.
Sure it\'s okay that you\'ll hire someone and pay him/her to tackle all the details and issues; but many couples have made this costly mistake of leaving all the work to the coordinator. Not that the coordinator cannot handle it or that he/she cannot be trusted; it\'s just that it\'s not reason enough to let someone handle everything. It is ideal that you and your wedding coordinator have each a copy of your wedding checklist where you can tally each month or every 2 weeks as things progress. Yes, it is tedious and it could bring stress once in a while, but you\'ve got to be always on top of the situation because it is your wedding. You need to have an understanding with your coordinator regarding the updates and tallying of details in order to ensure that every bit of detail, big or small, is being tackled and accomplished as needed.