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Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Planning a wedding can be a monumental task, but with a comprehensive checklist, you can ensure that every detail is covered. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you plan your dream wedding at Lofted View Events.

12-18 Months Before the Wedding

Set Your Budget: Determine your overall budget. Decide on a rough allocation for each category (venue, catering, attire, etc.).

Create a Guest List: Draft a preliminary guest list. Consider the capacity of Lofted View Events. We can seat up to 300 inside for dinner.

Choose a Date: Select a few potential dates. Check availability on our calendar.

Book Your Venue: Schedule a tour of Lofted View Events. Confirm your wedding date and venue.

Hire a Wedding Planner (if needed): Research and hire a wedding planner if you need additional support.

Start a Wedding Binder: Collect inspiration and ideas. Organize contracts, brochures, and notes.

9-12 Months Before the Wedding

Select Your Wedding Party: Ask friends and family to be part of your wedding party.

Begin Dress Shopping: Start looking for your wedding dress and attire for the wedding party. Remember, depending on your dress provider, it can take many months to get a custom dress. Remember to allow time for final alterations.

Book Key Vendors:

  • Photographer/Videographer

  • Cake

  • Florist

  • Decorator

  • DJ/Band/Musicians

Plan Your Engagement Party: Set a date and send invitations.

Create a Wedding Website: Share important information with your guests.

Decide on Decorations: Whether you're a DIY person or will be hiring a professional, getting decoration details ironed out early will save time, stress and money. Test out a few ideas early on- look at sites like Pinterest, Tik-Tok and others to gather ideas, visit your local craft store and decide what's best for your style and budget. Also determine head-table decor and backdrops. Remember, simple is elegant! Pro Tip: Soft lighting on each table is an easy way to add ambiance and lighting once the dance is in full-swing!

6-9 Months Before the Wedding

Send Save-the-Dates: Notify guests of your wedding date and location.

Select Invitations: Choose your wedding invitations and other stationery.

Book Accommodations: Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Lofted View Events is just 12-14 minutes from several local hotels near the Southern Hills Mall and Lakeport Commons.

Plan Your Honeymoon: Decide on a destination and make necessary bookings.

Register for Gifts: Create a wedding registry at your favorite stores. Consider local retailers and online options to make gift-buying easy. Choose gifts in a variety of price-ranges.

4-6 Months Before the Wedding

Finalize Guest List: Confirm your guest list and gather addresses.

Order Wedding Rings: Select and purchase your wedding bands.

Book Transportation: Arrange transportation for the wedding party and guests. Several shuttle services are available on our vendors page.

Hire Additional Vendors:

  • Officiant

  • Hair and Makeup Artists

  • Wedding Cake Baker

  • Rehearsal Dinner location booked for the night before the wedding with wedding party and immediate family. Consider inviting out-of-town guests who will have arrived early.

2-4 Months Before the Wedding

Send Invitations: Mail out wedding invitations.

Plan the Ceremony: Meet with your officiant to discuss the ceremony structure.

Choose readings, vows, and music.

Buy Wedding Accessories: Purchase shoes, vail, jewelry, and other accessories.

Schedule Final Dress Fitting: Make sure your dress and attire for the wedding party are ready.

Create a Day-of Timeline: Plan the schedule for the wedding day, including the ceremony and reception.

1-2 Months Before the Wedding

Finalize Details: Confirm details with vendors. Review contracts and make any necessary adjustments.

Plan for the Bar: Decide how you want the bar to work. At Lofted View, you can host the bar, offer drink tickets, host kegs, wine or signature cocktails. We work with you to fit your budget and party style. We have a full liquor license featuring beer, seltzers and a wide array of cocktail options.

Create Seating Chart: Plan the seating arrangement for the reception. Many weddings do not do a seating chart for all guests, but you will still want to consider how many reserved tables you will need close to the head-table.

Prepare Favors and Welcome Bags: Assemble guest favors and welcome bags for out-of-town guests. Some couples choose to do a small wedding favor for all guests. Something simple like a koozie or snack bag is a nice touch.

Apply for Marriage License: Check the requirements and apply for your marriage license.

Confirm Honeymoon Plans: Ensure all bookings and arrangements are confirmed.

2-4 Weeks Before the Wedding

Send Final Payments: Make final payments to vendors.

Write Vows: Finalize your vows and any speeches.

Have Final Dress Fitting: Ensure your dress and attire are perfect.

Confirm Guest Count: Provide the final guest count to the caterer and venue. Lofted View caterers require a final meal count two weeks prior to the wedding.

Pack for Honeymoon: Prepare and pack for your honeymoon.

1 Week Before the Wedding

Confirm Arrangements: Reconfirm all details with vendors.

Ensure transportation and accommodation arrangements are in place.

Delegate Tasks: Assign wedding day tasks to trusted friends or family members.

Prepare Emergency Kit: Pack essentials such as safety pins, tissues, and makeup touch-up items.

Attend Rehearsal: Hold the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

Relax and Enjoy: Take some time to relax and enjoy the final days before your wedding.

Wedding Day

Get Ready: Enjoy the preparation process with your bridal party.

Follow the Timeline: Stick to the schedule and trust your team.

Take It All In: Enjoy every moment and celebrate your love with friends and family.

Celebrate: Have the wedding of your dreams at Lofted View Events and create lasting memories.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! We at Lofted View Events are excited to be a part of your special day. Contact us for any assistance or to schedule a tour of our beautiful venue in the heart of Siouxland.

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