As your big day approaches, you may begin to feel a slight feeling of panic. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal! Instead of pacing around worrying about all the things that could go wrong (but almost certainly won’t), why not put all that nervous energy into writing a wedding day checklist. That way, you’ll be able to relax knowing that nothing will be forgotten when the time comes. Here are some simple tips and tools to help you along the way…
Our Top 5 Tips for Your Wedding Day Checklist
- Create a checklist of all the things that you will need on the day – ranging from things like the rings, through to any decorations you need to take.
- Try to get it started as soon as possible so that as you think of something you can add it on – once it’s on the list it will help you to relax knowing you have it noted somewhere.
- Assign someone to be responsible for each item so that everyone knows what they need to take. Perhaps use colour coding so it’s easy to quickly scan through the list.
- Note where each item needs to go, so include the venue (i.e. the ceremony venue or reception venue), and some extra detail like where at the venue (i.e. exactly where the flowers should be positioned).
- Have printed copies of your wedding day checklist so that you can tick each item off once it’s packed away and ready to go. If you suddenly have doubts about whether something has been packed, you can simply check the list to see if you’ve ticked it off or not!
Your checklist can be as simple as a sheet of paper that you write each item on as you think of it. Buuut, that could get a bit messy as you add new things and change your mind (as if!).
We’d definitely recommend using a spreadsheet to write a simple list, so that it’s easy to change and add new things, and also easy to print off to give you a paper copy. You can use something like Google Sheets if you want something that is free to use, and allows you to share which is handy if both you and your other half have things to add.
The other advantage of a spreadsheet is that you can go crazy with the colours. We suggest picking a colour for each person, and highlight the items that they are responsible for. Give everyone a copy of the printed version, and hey presto, no excuses for forgetting anything!
One Mistake to Avoid
Don’t be tempted to think that you’ll be able to ‘just remember everything’ on the day. Your mind will be full of other things (like excitement!) and it will be easy to overlook something. You don’t want to forget that one thing that was really important to you – get a checklist and tick those things off!
Want to Learn More About Planning Your Wedding Day Checklist?
How about signing up to get our FREE Wedding Day Checklist spreadsheet, which includes a ready to use blank template, plus our fully completed example to give you some inspiration. As you might expect, it features some lovely colour coding to help make it even more useful – give it a try!