Whether you’re in the throes of intense wedding planning, or just starting to scope out your options, having your priorities in order can help smooth out the planning process for any couple. While there are some big items you’ll want to check off your list as soon as possible (like setting a date, booking your Texas wedding venue, and deciding on an overall theme), there are a few items that can wait. Shuffle these items to the “low priority” section of your wedding checklist, at least for now:
Seating Charts: working on seating charts early-on in the planning process will only cost you time and headaches down the line. No matter how organized you are, seating charts will fluctuate often—even up to the week of the wedding. Set aside this task as one of your final “to-do”s, not a decision to be made now.
Flowers: while it is a wise idea to seek out a florist, don’t feel any pressure to decide on exact arrangements at this point in the planning process. Since your floral arrangements will be crafted from fresh blooms, your florist won’t be placing your floral order until the ceremony date draws near. You don’t need to provide precise floral specifications at this time. Instead, focus on collecting Pinterest inspiration for an overall look, and on finding a florist whose style you love; the details can be worked out later.
Details: We know, the details are the best part! It’s tough to set aside fun personalized details like bridesmaid gifts, custom-printed napkins, and signature cocktails… but the truth is, these items can wait. Aim to knock out the big-impact vendor bookings first (like your Texas wedding venue, caterer, and photographer). After all the essentials have been taken care of, you can devote time to personalizing the fun details.
Honeymoon: Kicking back for a relaxing honeymoon sounds like a dream when you’re in the midst of chaotic wedding planning. However, there’s no need to jump into the travel logistics just yet. Save the honeymoon plans for 1–2 months out from your wedding date. At this point, all the big decisions about the wedding will be behind you, so you can bring a fresh mind to honeymoon planning.
Name Change: If either of you are planning on changing your name, don’t worry about working out all the legal details until way later. The name change will be one of the very last items on your checklist. Most newlyweds choose to make honeymoon logistics easier by maintaining their birth names until after they return from the trip. Once you’ve settled back in at home, take a day off to visit all the necessary legal offices to finalize your married name.
Give yourself a little peace of mind by putting these wedding planning items at the bottom of your list for now! Instead, use these early days to focus on good decisions for the big-ticket items. Prioritize vendors like your Texas wedding venue and caterer first; these are essentials that you simply can’t skip. After all the “necessities” have been crossed off your list, move on to these low-priority items. If you need any planning assistance, don’t hesitate to ask. We’ve had the pleasure of working with lots of talented vendors, and we’d love to help you host a stress-free wedding.
Good luck and happy planning!