If you’re reading this, congratulations! Hopefully you and your soon-to-be-spouse are enjoying a blissful engagement and are preparing for your big day. Your head is likely already swimming with all the fun (and occasional stress) that goes into planning a wedding. Flowers, dresses, bridesmaids, the list goes on. Luckily, we have compiled the ultimate wedding planning checklist for the perfect Vegas wedding. Las Vegas is a beautiful place to get married year-round and with some proactive planning, you can be sure to have the wedding of your dreams.
In thinking about everything you have to do for your wedding, let’s break your needs down into different time periods. Huffington Post and Wedding Paper Divas share that the most common engagement period is 13-18 months, so let’s get planning!
A Year or More Before the Wedding
After getting engaged, the first thing you’ll want to do is announce your engagement to family and friends! Let the well wishes roll in while you enjoy this exciting announcement.
The sooner the better for deciding on your wedding venue. Especially for a destination wedding like Las Vegas, venues fill up fast. No matter what you’re dreaming for your big day, Vegas has got you covered. You can get married at a golf resort, a flower garden, the desert, or even in a helicopter! For those that want to stick with more of a traditional vibe, Tahiti Village in Las Vegas offers a number of venues for weddings of all sizes.
In addition to booking your venue, consider the following about a year before the wedding:
-The date and time
-The style of ceremony (white tie affair, casual backyard get together)
-Who will officiate
-Your (rough) guest list
-Establish your wedding budget with your partner
Hopefully a year out, you have your date and venue picked out. Next, dive into the details.
Ten Months Before the Wedding
Depending on your venue, you may have some of this planning already covered. Many spots will have their own caterers, decorations, resources, and more. But if not, ten months before the wedding you should:
-Consider your food and drinks (open bar, ticket bar, just wine and beer, etc.)
-Decide on your entertainment (DJ, live music, etc.)
-Think about the decor/color scheme
-Decide on your wedding party
-Research wedding professionals, including a photographer, videographer, DJ, florist, cake designer, and others
-Set up your registry and wedding website
-Research rentals (tables, chairs, china, etc.)
-Book suites for out-of-town guests
-Buy your wedding dress
When it comes to wedding planning, the devil is in the details. If you think you can handle it all on your own, go for it! But you may also consider hiring a wedding planner, especially as the date gets closer. You could even enlist the help of friends and family (they don’t call them bridesMAIDs for nothing!).
Six Months Before the Wedding
By now, you should have a good idea of the guest list, have announced your wedding party, have your dress ordered, have your venue booked, and all major details like food and drinks should be locked down. It’s almost time to party! About six months before your wedding, you should:
-Book all professionals
-Order bridesmaid dresses
-Start planning your honeymoon
-Send out Save the Dates
-Order wedding rings
-Shop for tuxedos if needed
Especially for a Las Vegas destination wedding, make sure you send out your Save the Dates with enough time to allow guests to book their accommodations. More likely than not, they’re going to make a little vacation out of your wedding weekend, so give them time to plan their trip, too!
Three Months Before the Wedding
The nerves are getting real! It’s almost time to walk down the aisle and you almost have everything set. During this phase in your wedding planning checklist, the most important things to do are:
-Send out invitations
-Book hair and makeup artists for you and your bridal party
-Write your vows
-Apply for a marriage license (depending on the state, this timeline may differ)
One Month Before the Wedding
Now’s the time to get any last-minute things checked off your list before your short-term wedding planner or bridal party takes over! Make sure to:
-Write your vows, if you’re writing your own
-Get your final dress fitting
-Make sure your wedding party has all their outfits ready
-Confirm the details with vendors, including a final head count
The Week of and the Day of the Wedding
Hopefully, with adequate planning you can sit back and relax the week before your wedding. Make sure to loop in any helpers and have them take care of the final details, like:
-Going through a practice run of the wedding processional and recessional during the rehearsal day/dinner
-Paying wedding professionals
-Getting everything ready for the ceremony, including all decor
-Picking up the cake
And finally, after all that preparation, it’s time to say “I do”! Enjoy your big day and all the hard work and love it took you to get to this moment, bask in newlywed bliss (and get used to saying “husband” or “wife”!), and enjoy the last moments of your Las Vegas wedding!