The Ultimate Checklist For Getting Married

Getting married is one of the biggest events of your life, so you will want to do it right. Hopefully, you will only ever do it once, so let’s get it right the first time. Here is the ultimate list of things that you will need to pull off the perfect wedding day.

Choose a theme

Choosing a theme can be a tough one because it isn’t as simple as choosing one, you need to pull two themes together that represent the bride and groom. This is easier said than done because it can be tough to pull two themes together like this. If you are into the same things, it can be a lot easier as you can pick one theme that represents both of you. If you can’t think of one theme, try to blend two together in a way that they don’t stick out. For example, a historian bride and a Superman fan groom could have a vintage superhero-themed wedding with a retro Superman cake topper. There are ways to make it work, but it will take a little out-of-the-box thinking.

Choose a location

Where in the world will you be getting married? Will it be in the church that you walk past every day on the walk to work? Or on a beach in a far-off land? The theme of the wedding can be placed anywhere in the world within reason, but the location can dictate so much about your wedding. If you are having the wedding at home, what is the weather like throughout the year, and when would be the best time? If you are heading away, will anyone else be joining you, or will it be a tiny group that gets to share your joy? 

The stationery

This might not seem like a big deal but the stationery can set the tone of your wedding without spilling the beans to your guests about what to expect. The paper products that you will use can include anything from the table settings to the invitations. A lot of people choose handmade pieces, not because they like the idea of handmade, but because they just believe it will be cheaper. However, it can be a lot easier to order your stationery so you can focus on other things. You can have anything custom made from destination wedding invitations from MagnetStreet to a seating chart in a frame. You will have plenty of other things to deal with, you might want to let the professionals handle this one.

Choose the bridal party

Before the engagement has been announced, you will probably have picked out who you want to be a part of the bridal party, but are they the best people? There will be the best friends, the sisters, and brothers, your parents, and their parents. There is a lot to consider. You do need to remember that, no matter who you choose, there will always be someone who is unhappy with your choice. Your parents and your future in-laws might try and force you to choose the people they want as bridesmaids and groomsmen. Stick to your guns with who you want and stand firm.

Picking the music

No matter where you are holding the reception, you will need to provide music for the afterparty. The question is, band or DJ? Having a band can be fun, there is nothing quite like a live band. But a DJ can play nearly any song that you want and have the crowd up all night dancing. You can check with DJ Cutt entertainment in Portland. They provide skilled and flexible Portland DJ that understands your choice of music during your special wedding day.

The DJ also comes with the added bonus of playing the song that you have chosen as your first dance. This song might be important to you, and you might feel it is ruined by a band covering it. Don’t get us wrong, there are some amazing bands out there, but this comes down to your own personal taste.

Ordering the cake

The cake can be one of the most expensive items that you order. A wedding cake is not just a cake, it is a statement. You might get an offer from a friend or a relative to make the cake. This can save you a few hundred dollars on the cake, but will it be perfect? Or, will they make it the way that you want them to? Choose wisely when it comes to wedding cake as you will need to balance the Wow factor with the cost. The design of the cake will also be affected by the number of people who will be attending your wedding so keep this in mind when you are ordering it.

What is on the menu?

When you have decided on a location for the wedding and the reception, you will need to find out what food they can serve. Some places will allow a choice so your guests can choose chicken or beef (or veggie). However, some places only allow one choice of meat and this will be served to every guest. If it is a well-known and well-loved place, you can easily get away with choosing one of the meats on behalf of everyone else. This can be the simpler option for everyone, especially the catering staff who need a lot of help preparing to feed their guests. Having one meat to serve can help to prevent any confusion.

Color scheme

When you are choosing your theme, the color scheme will probably pop up too. But if you haven’t been able to choose one, you might get away with having a color scheme on its own. The colors that you choose really depend on your favorite choices and if you can get wedding items to showcase them. The colors that you choose can go in everything from flowers to dresses and napkins. Normally the colors are shown in the bridesmaid dresses and the flowers, so choose wisely, otherwise, you could have a bunch of bridesmaids in the strangest colors.

The dress

Some may argue that this will be one of the biggest decisions that you will make around your wedding, and they might be right. The dress can make or break your wedding, so you might have to take some time to pick out the right one. You might have an idea of what you are looking for, only to try it once and hate it. Remember to be open to different styles and try on as many as you can. You don’t have to stick with one bridal shop if you have the option of a few to choose from. And, don’t forget to get feedback from your bridesmaids. If you find The One, you will know it, and don’t let anyone talk you out of it.

Transport for the day

On your wedding day, there will be a lot of running about. Lots of people will need to be moved from place to place. We can guarantee that you will have something organized for yourself but don’t forget about the rest of the bridal party. The bridesmaids and the bridal party need a car to get around, and they often get forgotten about. Make sure you have an extra car booked for them. You also need to pick something nice to take you from the ceremony to the reception if they are being held in separate places. 

The guest list

Who you invite to your wedding can be one of the toughest decisions. You might want to invite everyone but will your budget stretch that far? And if it won’t, who will make the cut? There will be people that you can’t go without such as close friends and family. But what about everyone else? How do you decide between them? This can be a tough one and there is a good chance that you will end up upsetting someone. Make sure you are clear about who definitely gets an invite and take your list from there. Also, just because you can invite a ton of people, doesn’t mean you should. Try and keep the numbers down in order for your nearest and dearest to enjoy the day with you.


This is one of the trickiest issues around weddings. If you have kids, you will probably invite other people to bring their kids without a second thought. However, if you don’t have kids and don’t want kids at your event, it can be a bit tricky to explain to some people that their kids aren’t welcome. This might be for any number of reasons but it is clear to lay down the rules around kids. Keep in mind, if they do come, you will need to provide some extra entertainment while they are at the reception so that they don’t get bored, and you might have to request a kids menu too.


When it comes to getting married, there is a lot to take into consideration. However, if you work through these points your day should be a lot smoother for everyone involved. Don’t forget to make a note of any extra issues that might pop up.

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