The following is merely a preliminary checklist of things I have brainstormed…entries in the future will have lists based on topic.

Photographer

  • Be sure to know what style you’re looking for
  • Offer the photographer a list of shots you really want
  • Have a list of all the people you want to have pictures with
  • Will they give you prints or a cd?
  • Do they assemble your wedding book?

Florist

  • Colors
  • Types of flowers
  • Style
  • Ribbon or accents on stems
  • Exposed stems?
  • Size
  • Look through websites and magazines to find examples of what you like
  • Who gets flowers/boutonnieres/corsages?
  • Fresh or silk flowers for decorations?
  • Center piece size, etc?

Caterer

  • Type of food
  • Served?
  • China/plastic
  • Beverages
  • Dessert?
  • Hors d’vours

Ceremony

  • What is the focus?
  • Who are the people/audience?
  • What kind of music?
  • Who is involved?
  • What are the requirements of the church/location?
  • What media is involved?

Reception

  • How many people?
  • Cocktail hour?
  • Sit down dinner?
  • Dancing?
  • Length?
  • Activities?
  • Schedule?
  • MC?

Ceremony Decorations

  • Fresh/silk flowers
  • Candles?
  • Aisle runner?
  • Pew bows?

Reception Decorations

  • Center pieces
  • Cake table
  • Gift table
  • Search photographers’ websites for ideas of design

Cake

  • Colors
  • Type of cake/filling/frosting
  • Design
  • Shape
  • Layers
  • Decorations (flowers, etc?)

Dresses

  • Casual, formal, etc?
  • White/ivory bridal gown
  • Try things on you don’t think you’ll like
  • Buying all the dresses at a place like David’s Bridal brings discounts
  • Match bridesmaid dresses to style of dress (formal, casual, etc)

Tuxes

  • or suits
  • discounts at Men’s Warehouse, AfterHours, etc.

Accessories

  • jewelry
  • hair accessories (veil?)
  • Shoes
  • ties

Invitations

  • printed or handmade
  • formal, casual, style?
  • directions
  • reception information
  • hotel information
  • RSVP cards and stamped envelopes

Favors

  • yes or no?
  • candy/food
  • small gift
  • pictures

Bridal Party

  • Pictures/Wine/Ties/Jewelry
  • Make sure they all know the plan for the day and have directions to every place

General

  • Who will be responsible for decorating?
  • Who will be in charge on the day of?
  • Who will take care of problems when they arise?

Venue Questions

  • How many people?
  • Length of time included in rental fee.
  • Own minister allowed? (for ceremony venues)
  • Deposit amount? Refundable?
  • Any decorations included? Other extras?
  • What are we allowed to bring? (some places don’t allow candles or open flames)
  • Tables/chairs included in rental fee or separate?
  • What does the rental fee include?
    • Set Up/Clean Up?
    • Music or Sound Equipment?
    • Bridal/Groom Suite?
    • Amount of time?
    • Venue representative for day of?

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