I could see a calm enter Jill\'s eyes. The completed checklist revealed to her that she was a lot further along than she had originally thought. I printed out the party planning checklist for her (yes, I always have a portable printer with me too), got confirmation from her that she would continue using the checklist for the remainder of her planning, and sent her home knowing she\'d be fine. This example illustrates the importance of a party planning checklist. Not only does it keep you organized by telling you what you\'ve completed and what you still have to accomplish, but it also give the host piece of mind.
Aside from the main set of checklists, it is a good idea to create your own checklists each day, with tasks to be completed that day. Checklists do not include detailed tasks such as meeting with the florist, tasting wedding cakes or confirming numbers with the caterers. A bound diary can be a useful tool in this case or purchase a blank sturdy notebook which you can fit in your handbook and which can be used for everything from checklists to contact numbers. Creating your own checklists is easy to do however, at the start of your planning it can be advisable to use a generic set of wedding planning checklists so you know everything you will need to include on your own lists. Checklists will become invaluable tools as you proceed through your wedding planning and used properly and regularly they will go a long way to ensuring nothing is forgotten for your big day.