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Wedding Planning 101: Your Complete Checklist From "Yes" to "I Do"

~ Part Six ~


Congratulations on your engagement! You've said "Yes" to a lifetime of happiness with your person, and now have the exciting journey of planning your dream wedding ahead of you. Whether you've always envisioned an intimate lake front ceremony or an enchanting forest setting, the journey to your "I Do" is one filled with joy, anticipation, and a touch of organized chaos.

As you embark on this remarkable journey, it's crucial to understand that successful wedding planning is all about pacing, precision, and plenty of preparation. That's where this blog series comes to the rescue! We're here to guide you through every step of the wedding planning process, from the very moment you say "Yes" to the magical moment you say "I Do."

In the sixth installment of our wedding preparation blog series, we're diving into the crucial tasks that should be tackled 2 to 3 months before the big day. This is an exciting phase in your wedding planning journey, as you're getting closer to the finish line. During this timeframe, it's essential to finalize many details to ensure a smooth and memorable wedding day.


So, grab a notebook, a cup of coffee, and let's dive into the tasks that will ensure your wedding day is everything you've ever dreamed of! With our comprehensive checklist and expert advice, you'll breeze through these few months with confidence and grace, setting the stage for a celebration that reflects your love story perfectly.

Ready to get started on or continue your wedding planning journey? Let's make your dream wedding a reality! 



2 to 3 Months before your big day marks the next phase in your wedding planning journey. As your special day gets closer, you should plan your honeymoon, create a wedding day-of timeline, along with some other final tasks. Consider checking these essential tasks off your to-do list around 2 to 3 months before your special day.. 

Apply for a marriage license. 

A marriage license is a legal document issued by a government authority that grants a couple permission to get married. It serves as a crucial step in the process of marriage, as it establishes the legal eligibility of the individuals involved and ensures that the union complies with all relevant laws and regulations. Typically obtained from a local or county clerk's office, a marriage license outlines essential details such as the names of the individuals, the date and location of the wedding, and the duration of the license's validity, which varies from place to place. Once obtained, the license enables a couple to proceed with their marriage ceremony, and it may need to be signed by witnesses and officiants to make the marriage legally binding.

Select ceremony readings and music.  

Wedding ceremony music and readings are like the heartbeat of a modern celebration. Music choices can be anything from your favorite pop songs to indie tunes, creating an upbeat or sentimental atmosphere. The right track as you walk down the aisle can set the mood and make everyone smile.

Readings, often delivered by close friends or family members, are a chance to inject personality and humor into the ceremony. They can be quirky poems, memorable movie quotes, or even inside jokes that highlight the couple's unique bond. Modern weddings celebrate love in all its forms, and music and readings add a fun, personal touch that make the ceremony truly unforgettable.

Select reception music. 

The reception music is the soundtrack to the joyous celebration that follows the wedding ceremony. It kicks off with the couple's grand entrance, usually accompanied by an energetic tune to set the party vibe. The real magic happens when the dance floor opens up, and guests groove to a mix of genres, from classic hits to the latest chart-toppers, catering to various musical tastes.

One of the most anticipated moments is the couple's first dance, a truly special and intimate affair. This carefully chosen song symbolizes their unique love story and often leads to teary eyes and heartfelt cheers. Later, there's the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance, all of which add a sentimental touch to the evening. As the night progresses, the DJ or live band keeps the energy high, ensuring everyone is on their feet and creating memories to the beat of their favorite tunes. Reception music brings everyone together, making the celebration a fun and unforgettable experience.

Create a seating chart. 

A wedding seating chart is like a carefully crafted puzzle that brings order and harmony to the reception. It's the blueprint that dictates where each guest will be seated, ensuring a smooth flow of the event. This meticulous arrangement takes into account guest preferences, relationships, and dynamics to create an atmosphere that promotes enjoyable conversations and a sense of unity. Whether it's a traditional formal seating or a more relaxed arrangement, the seating chart plays a crucial role in setting the tone for the celebration, helping guests find their place and create unforgettable memories.

Write wedding vows. 

Writing wedding vows is a deeply personal and heartfelt process, where couples express their love and commitment in their own words. It's a moment of self-reflection and emotional introspection as they share their promises and aspirations for the future. Crafting these vows allows couples to convey their unique love story and the values they hold dear. It's a chance to be creative, sentimental, or even humorous, as they speak from the heart in front of their loved ones, making the ceremony a profoundly intimate and memorable experience.

Select and purchase wedding party gifts. 

Wedding party gifts are tokens of appreciation given by the bride and groom to their closest friends and family who have played special roles in the wedding. These gifts are a way to express gratitude for their support and involvement in the big day. They can range from personalized items like engraved jewelry, monogrammed robes, or custom glassware to more practical gifts such as gift cards or experiences like spa days or wine tours. Wedding party gifts serve as a lasting reminder of the special bond shared and are a meaningful gesture to thank those who have helped make the wedding a memorable event.



In the grand tapestry of life, a wedding is one of those cherished chapters that sparkle with love, dreams, and unforgettable moments. From saying "Yes" to "I Do," the journey of wedding planning is a testament to your commitment and the beautiful story you're writing together. As we conclude this wedding planning checklist, remember that while logistics and details are crucial, the most essential element is the love that unites you. Embrace each task, from setting a budget to selecting the perfect cake, with enthusiasm and a shared vision. This checklist serves as a guide, but the magic of your wedding day lies in the genuine emotions, the laughter, and the love that will surround you. So, take a deep breath, savor the journey, and get ready for a day filled with joy, surrounded by the people who love and support you. Your "I Do" moment is approaching, and it's going to be nothing short of magical. Stay tuned for the next phase in your wedding planning adventure, and check back for more tips and insights to make your big day truly unforgettable. Here's to a lifetime of love and happiness!



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