1. First of all, figure out what your ideal wedding ring gem size is.
While 3 carats sounds awesome in theory, you run the risk of a heavy rock that might swallow up your dainty ring finger.
2. Once you’re engaged, here are your first steps.
One day you’ll be glad that someone told you to insure your ring.
3. Here’s a helpful big-picture timeline:
So go ahead and put it all in your planner or Google calendar.
6. This guide will help you figure out what kind of wedding you want to have on your budget.
7. Start figuring out your budget. Print out this checklist and start filling it out:
This expansive checklist has got you totally covered, so you (hopefully) will be able to plan for any unforeseen expenses.
8. Here are your exciting attire options you get to impose on your guests:
9. Figure out who’s even coming to this thing.
Hopefully this cold, hard formula will make you feel less guilty about the people you decide not to invite.
10. Here’s every tiny detail regarding your save-the-dates and invitations that you didn’t even bother to consider:
11. If you’re a real stickler for etiquette, here are all the proper ways to address your guests.
12. The fun part that easily veers into dread: shopping for your wedding dress.
You totally don’t have to follow this guide, but it might help you pare down the insane myriad of choices available to you.
14. And if you’re buying your dress online (or purchasing a pre-owned dress), as a modern bride is prone to do…
Now you know all the specific measurements you need to get.
16. When it comes time to start researching your vendors, you’ll want to know what questions to ask your caterer:
17. And your wedding photographer:
18. Make sure to give the photographer some version of this checklist:
19. Drop some well-meaning hints to let your bridesmaid know what her duties are.
You know, like emailing her this link.
20. Before you call the florist, figure out what flowers and bouquets you want:
Educating yourself will help you make more informed decisions, especially if you have no idea what your options even are.
22. Make sure you use your registry to get everything you NEED:
And not just stuff you THINK you want that will end up sitting in your attic for months.
23. While planning your registry, be sure to choose enough items in each price category to ensure all of your guests will be able to afford gifts.
24. This chart will help you figure out your cake specifications:
26. If you’re self-catering or preparing a buffet, here’s a handy guide to portions:
28. Handling your own table settings? Follow proper etiquette:
29. Here is every minuscule thing you need to keep track of, basically.
31. Make sure anyone in your wedding wearing a bowtie actually knows how to tie one.
33. For your “oh shit! kit”:
This is a duty you could give to your maid of honor to take care of.
34. Know how and when to tip all the important people you’ve hired to put your wedding together.
35. And finally, write your thank-you notes the easy way.
Just because it’s from a template doesn’t mean it’s not sincere.