The Wedding Tasks You Really Don’t Need to Get Done Right Away

If your partner recently popped the question, your mind is probably filled with excitement and mounting to-do lists. It’s understandable that you want to start planning, but now is not the time to try and get everything done. This is not to say that you can’t start planning your wedding, there are just certain tasks that you can place at the bottom of your to-do list for now and see how you feel about them in a few months.

Finding a Dress

This is absolutely not something you want to rush, nor do you need to. It’s perfectly fine to browse magazines, social media, and Pinterest for inspiration, but don’t make any commitments just yet. Take the time to explore styles, colors, silhouettes, and accessories before you make a final decision – you’ll be glad you did. It’s a good idea to reach out to the bridal shops in your area to ask what their timelines are for getting dresses in, so you know when you need to make your decisions.

Creating a Seating Chart

This should be one of the last tasks on your list. Waiting until after you have your final guest list will ensure you don’t need to make time for unnecessary reshuffling. Now is the time to research and decide what your what your seating chart to look like – and find local artists who design and create them! Get the cost, delivery fees, and timeline from them now so you know when to have your guest list to them.

When to Pop the Bridal Party Question

Chances are, you already have a good idea of who you want in your bridal party. However, this doesn’t mean you need to decide when and how you’re going to ask them right away. The general rule is that you don’t need to finalize your bridal party until 8 months before your wedding day. The same goes for choosing bridal party outfits – you want to finalize your wedding theme first. 

PROTIP! Statistics show that the people we have in our wedding party won’t be in our lives 5 years after our wedding. Of course this doesn’t include family (hopefully!), as we usually keep them around. This is about our friends – I bring this topic up in group settings from time to time and 100% of the time, the ladies tell me they are no long friends with their bridesmaids. Keep this in mind when you are choosing your wedding party as they will be in a LOT of your wedding photos!

Adding Finishing Touches to Your Decor

This is a task you can leave until a month or two before your big day. By the time you want to purchase smaller décor items to use as finishing touches, you should already have a venue, wedding theme, and all major décor items. The exception – you are having a seasonally themed wedding! In this case you will want to get your decor items the year before your wedding when you see them in the shops and on sale after the holiday.

Deciding on a First-Dance Song

If you already know what you want to dance to for the first time as life partners, that’s great. If you have no clue just yet, don’t let it stress you out. This is not a task you need to get done right away. Leave it for a weekend when you have some extra time and want to do something relaxing as a couple. Keep in mind, no one really cares what your first song is, and most won’t remember it the next day. I’ve been to hundreds of weddings and honestly couldn’t tell you what song any of the couples danced to! Don’t waste your time stressing over this one – and ask your DJ for some suggestions!

Planning Your Honeymoon

If you don’t want to jet off directly after your wedding, that’s perfectly fine.  Many couples are taking this route. If you feel that planning and leaving for your honeymoon is going to add too much additional stress, leave it for much later, if not after your wedding.

When I got married, we left for our honeymoon the next night and I really wish we had giving ourselves a few days to regroup after the wedding before taking off. There are no rules to say you have to go right away!

Putting Legalities in Place

You do need to have a marriage license in place before your big day! But tasks such as changing your surname, updating documents, will have to wait until after you say I Do. Your Officiant should help you with getting your marriage certificate – I always send the link so my couples just need to click and fill in the online form. If your Officiant won’t help you with getting your marriage licence and certificate, it’s time to find a new one.

If your engagement is very new, don’t forget to enjoy this special time in your lives before jumping into wedding planning – you will thank yourselves for it later.

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