This helpful wedding checklist for grooms will help you track where you are in the planning process. Your wedding day is a milestone event in your life, and although the bride typically handles the majority of the planning, there are details that the groom should be responsible for as well. You want the wedding to be perfect, so follow this checklist to make sure you don't forget something important.
Booking a date for the wedding might be harder than you realize. Do not take it for granted that your house of worship or reception hall will be free on the date you would like for the ceremony. Have a few dates in mind, in case your first choice does not work out.
Choose your best man, someone who will assist you through the process of getting married. He should help you dress for the day. The best man also will make sure you do not forget the ring. He may also act as a sounding board in case you get cold feet. During the reception, he is responsible for making a toast to the newlyweds.
Groomsmen accompany the bridal party down the aisle during the ceremony. In the event that you have feuding relatives or guests who overindulge in alcohol, appoint a groomsman to deal with trouble. Members of the wedding party usually receive tokens of appreciation from the couple. Be sure not to overlook your best man and groomsmen.
A wedding takes a cast of thousands, it seems, so you need to remember all elements. Will you be using bakers, musicians, florists or caterers? Do you have your wedding photographer and an officiate? When hiring, be sure to view their past work whenever possible. Wedding photographers have portfolios. Perhaps your friends or family know of reliable caterers. Follow the guidelines for your location. Some houses of worship do not allow certain types of music. Make sure that you pay everyone for services rendered.
If your local newspaper allows you to announce your wedding, write an announcement. Notices usually include details of the wedding and a small biography of the bride and groom.
Shop for rings well in advance of the wedding. Couples often find that going together to the jeweler is best. Your ring will need to be sized correctly.
Talk to your bride and make sure that both of you have similar thoughts about your honeymoon. There are a variety of options available to newlyweds. You could stay at a bed and breakfast or travel to a distant city. To save money for your honeymoon, book your travel plans in advance. Verify your hotel and travel reservations days before the event.
If you don’t already have the proper attire, purchase or rent your outfit. Make appointments with the tailor as needed. Do not forget your cufflinks. You may also get your shoes shined before the big day.
You and your bride should apply for a marriage license a month before the ceremony. Each state in the U.S. has different requirements. There might be blood tests, I.D. requirements and fees. She should accompany you to the city clerk’s office to complete the paperwork.
Pack your suitcases a day or more before your wedding. Finalize all travel arrangements and secure your house. Stop your mail and newspaper delivery. Also, hire a sitter for your children or pets.