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Wedding Tasks You Can Do ASAP (and Others You Can Wait On)

Wedding planning can be a very stressful time. You want to pull off the wedding of your dreams, but there is so much to get done! 

You have to figure out the flowers, the guests, your dress, your cake, and that’s not even the half of it. The list can seem to be endless at times. You might be wondering which items on your wedding checklist should be checked off right now, and which ones can take a seat on the back burner. 

Wonder no more. 

We’ve gone ahead and put together a quick list of which wedding tasks you can do ASAP, and which ones can wait. 

Wedding Tasks to Do ASAP

1. Finalize Your Budget

Laptop and wedding planning papers

One of the very first things that should be done after choosing a date is to finalize the budget for your wedding. You need to do this before you do anything else. After all, it will affect every aspect of your day.

Having a clear number in mind will help you narrow down your search for venues, vendors, even your dress! Figuring out who’s paying for what and how much everything costs will avoid any surprise expenses later down the line.

2. Create a Guest List

Wedding seating chart board

Although you both might want to invite everyone you know, there has to be a cap on the guest list eventually. Determining your budget and the guest list go hand in hand. 

Ask yourself:

  • How many people can we afford to feed?
  • How many tables and chairs will we need to rent?
  • What is the size of my chose venue?

You may also need to consider how many people you’ll each be inviting. Your parents may also have guests that they wish to invite, so check with them as well. 

3. Narrow Down Your Vendors

Table of food at wedding

It’s best to book your vendors as early as you can. Pay special attention to vendors that can book up quickly who tend to have more limited availability.

If your date is a rather popular one, make sure you put your reservations in as soon as you can. These vendors might include your caterer, photographer, videographer, and DJ. 

Wedding Tasks That Can Wait

1. Writing Vows

Two wedding vows books

While the vows are important, they can be done much later down the line. You might even find more inspiration for writing your vows throughout the planning process with your significant other.

You can take time closer to the wedding to write your vows after the initial stress has melted away. 

2. Seating Charts

Table seating sign

Up until people enter the reception hall, no one knows anything about the seating chart. This means it can get done at a much later time.

Once you have the finalized guest list, or something close to it, you can start planning your seating chart. However, if you plan to do a fancier chart, be sure to give yourself enough time to let your creative flag fly. 

3. Registering for Gifts

Gift wrapped in brown paper

Let’s face it, half of your guests will be buying these gifts the week before, so don’t stress too much! Take time with your significant other to take stock of what you will need for your new life together.

Whether you choose to register online or in person, this will be a quick event, so don’t rush into it!

How did you go through your wedding planning checklist?

Feel free to share some tips for other bride-to-be's in the comments below! What did you wish you knew when you were wedding planning? We'd love to hear from you.