A wedding planning checklist is one of those crucial planning tools that no bride should be without. They offer every bride a guide to what they need to organize for their big day, whilst showing when they should be doing it in relation to their wedding date and their planning time frame.
You should never have to pay for a wedding planning checklist, unless of course your wedding is of such a unique nature you need to ask a professional to design one tailor made to fit. There are some many sources available for free checklists that you will find yourself spoil for choice!
Firstly check out the ones printed in your bridal magazines. Some are better than others, some more comprehensive than others. Most bridal magazines will run a wedding planning special feature every few months so it is worth looking out for those issues to offer you not only the checklist but plenty of useful tips and advice too.
The only downside with magazine checklists is that you will need to cut them out to use them and magazine paper is not all that resilient! Rather than destroy your magazine and end up with a checklist that looks like the dog has been chewing it, copy it onto your computer and print it out. Having a version on your computer will also allow you to edit it to fit with your wedding plans both at the start and during your planning.
There are many books available on the subject of wedding planning and if your wedding is very large and with a big budget I would recommend purchasing one to help you. These books will often have various checklists included within them and they are usually very detailed and very comprehensive. These are probably the best kind of checklists and although not technically free, they are unlikely to leave anything out which is vital to your day.
Wedding websites are ten a penny and most will offer articles and checklists for you to print off. Be careful about which sites you trust though, they are not all the same and you may find advice conflicting from site to site. Stick to the big sites and look for those that offer you free wedding planning guides when you register with them. This is usually a case of just entering your email address and you will often receive an E-Book on wedding planning which will include a wedding planning checklist and an all important budget planner!
In most cases you will need to edit any wedding planning checklist to fit with your wedding plans and time frame. However, it is well worth taking sometime to do this and to have a copy saved on your computer should you need to print more out or edit it at a later date.