The Ultimate Elopement Planning Checklist

May 29, 2019 | juliette

photo by From the Daisies

When it comes to elopement planning, there are far fewer details you have to worry about than traditional wedding planning. But, there are still a few significant things you’ll need to figure out before your big day! From location and accommodation to attire to all the stuff that actually makes your marriage legal, we’ve put together this ultimate elopement planning checklist to help you through it all. If you’re planning a destination elopement, we also highly recommend you take a look at these tips that no one tells you about planning a destination wedding.

And, if your elopement will be focused more on an adventure, we’ve created the ultimate guide to planning your adventure elopement. Happy planning!

photo by Zakas Photography

Travel & Accommodation



  • Hire a wedding photographer who specializes in elopements — we’ve got a list of curated photographers in our member directory
  • Hire a wedding planner, especially if you’re having a destination elopement
  • Consider hiring a videographer — it’s a great way to share your day with your loved ones
  • Look into any other vendors you might want, such as a florist to create your bouquet, a cake baker, or musicians to play for the ceremony


photo by The Kitcheners

Attire & Beauty




photo by Dallin and Cienna Hassard Photography


  • Get your marriage license within the specified window of time for your wedding location
  • Determine whether you need a witness
  • Ensure your officiant is legally authorized to perform the ceremony
  • Collect all other legal documents you might need, such as birth certificates, affidavits, and blood tests



  • Plan a sweetheart celebration (intimate picnic, anyone?!) or a post-elopement party with your nearest and dearest
  • If you’re not planning a party, call your parents and closest family and friends to tell them personally
  • Send announcements to share the good news with everyone else


Feeling a bit overwhelmed? No worries; we’ve got you! Just take a deep breath and look through these 18 incredible elopements to reaffirm how incredible your elopement can be once all the planning is over!

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The Ultimate Wedding Registry Checklist to Help You Fill Your Newlywed Home with All the Essentials

January 31, 2019 | nicole

photo by Peyton Rainey Photography

Not sure where to start when putting together your wedding registry? We’ve teamed up with Zola to share the ultimate wedding registry checklist! Building your wedding registry can be overwhelming, but Zola makes it easier than ever to register for everything you need for your newlywed home from essentials for the kitchen and bedroom to gift cards for hotels and airlines to personalized cash funds for your honeymoon and more! Zola sells over 50,000 gifts from over 500 brands like Le Creuset, KitchenAid, Sonos, and even Airbnb and Delta!

The benefits of registering with Zola are truly out-of-this-world, from free shipping on almost everything to a 20% post-wedding discount for up to six months after your big day. Not only can you control when your gifts ship so you aren’t overwhelmed with box overload when you return from your honeymoon, but Zola offers free returns and virtual exchanges! Any gift can be converted to Zola store credit so you never receive a gift you don’t want. Plus, Zola credit never expires and can be applied to any gift or gift card sold by Zola.

Ready to check out all those essentials you can find on Zola to complete your wedding registry checklist?

Must-Have Traditional Gifts

Your wedding registry is the perfect opportunity to upgrade those basics like sheets and plates that you’ve had since you got your first apartment! ;) From fancier bedding to luxurious towels to the stand mixer of your dreams, don’t write off these must-have traditional gifts from your wedding registry checklist.

  • Stand Mixer
  • Dinnerware
  • Cookware
  • Barware
  • Coffee Maker
  • Towels
  • Bedding


KITCHENAID Artisan Series 5 Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

CALPHALON Classic Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set

WILLOW PARK Lawson Glossy Organic Dinnerware Collection

BROOKLINEN Luxe 4-Piece Core Sheet Set

RIEDEL Vinum Viognier/Chardonnay Glass

Cleaning & Organizing

Keeping a clean house has never been easier with literal robots to help you do it! A vacuum may not sound like the sexiest item on your registry, but we have a feeling a Roomba will be on the short list of favorite gifts you receive!

  • Robot Vacuum
  • High-Tech Trash Can
  • Closet & Laundry Organization


iRobot Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Connected Vacuuming Robot

SIMPLEHUMAN Stainless Steel Rectangular Voice & Motion Sensor Trash Can

Newlywed Home Upgrades

A well-balanced wedding registry includes both functional items and fun pieces you’ve always had your eye on. Have you always wanted custom frames for the art in your home, a lush velvet arm sofa, a high-end speaker system, or even a home security system? Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and ask for what you really want for your newlywed home!

  • Furniture
  • Home Security System
  • Custom Framing
  • Speaker System
  • Home Decor
  • Luggage


SONOS One: Voice Controlled Smart Speaker


MANHATTAN COMFORT Vandam 2-Seat Velvet Loveseat

CALPAK ›Ambeur 3-Piece Luggage Set

Gift Cards

There’s an age-old question: what do you get for the couple who has everything? Our answer? Gift cards! If you’ve already lived together before your big day, you may already have many of the items on this list. That’s where gift cards to your favorite airline, fitness club, or streaming service come in handy! Hint: Airbnb gift cards are some of the most popular registry picks year after year.

  • Hotels & Lodging (like Airbnb and Hotels.com)
  • Transportation (like Delta and Uber)
  • Entertainment (like Hulu)
  • Charity
  • Health & Wellness (like Soulcycle and Zeel)


AIRBNB $100 Gift Card

DELTA AIR LINES $100 Gift Card

UBER $100 Gift Card

STUBHUB $200 Gift Card

Cash Funds

Asking for cash on your wedding registry is no longer a faux pas, especially when paired with traditional registry gift items. The best way to go about requesting money is to be specific about where the funds are going – your honeymoon, buying a house, or saving for a new puppy! Zola allows you to upload photos and let guests know exactly where their gift is going. This way, they feel like they’ve contributed to an actual present instead of giving you a bucket o’ cash. And hey, Zola has the lowest cash fund fee in the industry – just a credit card processing fee!

  • Honeymoon Funds
  • Home Fund
  • Puppy Fund
  • Lifetime Supply of Coffee


Be sure to keep this wedding registry checklist handy as you head over to Zola to get started adding gifts to your registry!


Get $50 towards your Zola registry PLUS 20% off post-wedding when you sign up today!

Did you know that Zola is the only wedding planning app you need? They offer hundreds of free wedding website designs, beautiful save-the-dates and invitations, a guest list manager, and so much more. Start planning your wedding with Zola today!

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Use This Honeymoon Checklist to Help You Pack All the Essentials

May 31, 2018 | juliette

photo by Lex and the Lotus Photography

You’ve found the perfect honeymoon destination, now it’s time to decide what to pack for the best vacation of your life! This handy honeymoon checklist has all the essentials you’ll need, plus a few add-ons for either a beach getaway or a snowy mountain escape. Simply pin the checklist at the bottom of this post for quick and easy reference, and rest assured you’ll have everything you need.

photo by Zephyr Image


  • ID & Passport/Visa
  • 2 Photocopies of ID & Passport/Visa
  • Plane Tickets
  • Printed Booking Confirmations
  • Medical Insurance Cards
  • Travel Insurance
  • List of Emergency Contacts
  • Credit Cards & Cash

photo by Rachel Photographs



  • T-Shirts
  • Layering Tank Tops
  • Blouses
  • Polos
  • Button Downs
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Pants (Casual & Dressy)
  • Leggings
  • Cardigans
  • Sweaters
  • Dresses (Casual & Dressy)
  • Sports Jacket
  • Rain Jacket
  • Bras
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Under Shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Workout Clothes
  • Athletic Shoes
  • Walking/Leisure Shoes
  • Evening Shoes


  • Swimsuit
  • Cover Up
  • Beach Towel
  • Flip Flops
  • Water Shoes
  • Beach Tote
  • Sun Hat
  • Aloe Vera


  • Coat
  • Snow Boots
  • Wool Socks
  • Base Layers
  • Hand Warmers
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hat

photo by Karina & Maks


  • Silicone Wedding Rings (to wear while doing outdoor/water activities)
  • Sunglasses
  • Reading Glasses
  • Wristwatch
  • Jewelry
  • Belts
  • Ties
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Cross-Body Bag
  • Evening Clutch
  • Wallet

photo by Forever Photography


  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste, & Floss
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Body & Face Wash
  • Lotions & Moisturizers
  • Sunscreen (Face & Body)
  • Deodorant
  • Razor & Shaving Cream
  • Cotton Balls & Q-Tips
  • Tweezers
  • Hairbrush, Hair Ties, & Bobby Pins
  • Hairspray & Styling Cream
  • Curling or Flat Iron & Hair Dryer
  • Nail File & Clippers
  • Feminine Products
  • Contraception
  • Prescriptions & Vitamins
  • Mini First Aid & Sewing Kits
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Perfume & Cologne
  • Makeup & Makeup Remover

photo by Marcela Pulido Photography


  • Cell Phone & Charger
  • Laptop or Tablet & Charger
  • Headphones
  • Splitter Cable
  • Camera
  • Camera Battery & Charger
  • Extra Memory Cards
  • Power Converter

photo by Dawn Photography


  • Dirty Clothes Bag(s)
  • Ziploc Bags (for wet swimsuits and to protect electronics in the rain)
  • Small Backpack/Day Pack
  • Playing Cards
  • Ear Plugs
  • Tide Pen
  • Compact Umbrella
  • Neck Pillow
  • Luggage Locks
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Reading Book(s)
  • Journal & Pens


Now that the stress of packing is off your shoulders, tie up all the loose ends of your trip with this guide to planning your perfect honeymoon. Then kick that wanderlust into high gear with our list of the best 2018 honeymoon destinations!

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Use This Wedding Reception Table Checklist for Stress-Free Styling

March 20, 2018 | nicole

photo by Carla Penoncelli

Trying to nail every detail on your wedding day can be quite the undertaking, so we put together a handy wedding reception table checklist to help you hit every mark! From standard décor like your centerpiece and table numbers to what goes in a traditional place setting, we’ve got you covered with every item you can choose from for your reception tables. We even included a few ideas to help you style your tables full of personality with curated pieces that match your vibe.

photo by Illuminate Photography, floral design by Wildeflower

Standard Decor

  • Table Number
  • Centerpiece

Choose 1-2 of the following

  • Garland
  • Table Cloth
  • Table Runner
  • Placemat

Choose 1-4 of the following

  • Tall Vases
  • Short Vases
  • Candlesticks – Tall Candles
  • Votives – Tealight Candles

photo by Melissa Marshall, event planning by Diana Romo, floral design by Maria Limon

Accent Decor

Choose 2-5 of the following depending on wedding style

  • Geometric Pieces
  • Photo Frames
  • Books
  • Globes
  • Family Heirlooms
  • Lanterns
  • Antiques
  • Potted Plants
  • Fruit
  • Geodes + Crystals
  • Antlers + Animals Skulls
  • Wood Rounds
  • Driftwood
  • Shells
  • Jars + Bottles
  • Terrariums

photo by Emily Magers Photography, event planning by LVL Weddings & Events, floral design by Oak & the Owl

Place Setting

  • Charger
  • Dinner Plate
  • Salad Plate
  • Salad Fork
  • Dinner Fork
  • Dinner Knife
  • Teaspoon
  • Soup Spoon
  • Cake Fork
  • Water Glass
  • Wine Glass
  • Napkin
  • Napkin Ring
  • Napkin Accent
  • Place Card
  • Place Card Holder
  • Menu
  • Favor


Now that you’ve selected vases and place settings for your reception tables, use our wedding floral checklist to incorporate flowers throughout your day!

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This Checklist Has Everything You Need to Include on Your Wedding Website with Joy

February 13, 2018 | nicole

photos by Peyton Rainey Photography and Chelsea Denise Photography

If there’s one part of wedding planning we don’t want you to stress over, it’s building your wedding website. Your wedding website not only gives your guests the information they need about when and where your wedding will be but also helps you keep up with RSVPs and answer every little question your guests may have before the big day. We’ve outlined everything you need to include on your wedding website to help you check every box and leave no question unanswered. To make the process even easier, we’ve teamed up with Joy, who we believe is the best in the wedding website business.

Joy is a free platform the allows you to create beautiful custom wedding websites. You’ll learn more about their extensive list of features as you read on, but a few of our favorites include the guest management tool and digital RSVPs, the photo sharing and live slideshow capabilities, and the app which allows guests to view the schedule, get event information, and even connect with other guests right from their phones.

Ready to make an amazing wedding website?

The Basics

Your Names

Your guests will write you cards and put your names on the gifts. Your side of the family may or may not know the spelling of your partner’s name and vice versa, so definitely make sure names are clear and in very legible fonts!

Your Wedding Date

Your wedding date needs to be prominently displayed. This is the most important information guests are looking for on your site.

Your Wedding Time(s)

Don’t forget to include the time of the wedding! It can be helpful to list a ceremony start time and a reception start time, especially if there is a break in-between. The more information you can provide, the better!

Your Wedding Location(s)

Your venue name and address should be as easy to find as your wedding date! Be sure to list both your ceremony and reception venues if they’re different. It’s also a good idea to highlight the city and state of your wedding for any out-of-town guests who may be looking for that info.

Wedding Countdown

Joy has a handy wedding day counter that you can include on your homepage! This is a great way to let guests know how long they have before the big day and get them excited as your wedding date nears!

Your Story

How You Met

Extended family and coworkers who made the guest list may not have ever heard the story of how you met, so now is a great time to tell it!

When You Knew

Everyone loves a great love story, so share yours with the people you’ve invited to celebrate it! Did you fall in love on a trip somewhere? Was it love at first sight? Who said it first or did you both just know?

The Proposal

How did the proposal go down? Inquiring minds want to know!

A Day in the Life

What do you each do for a living? How do you spend your weekends? Don’t forget to give a shout out to your pets!


Together Through the Years

It’s time to pull out all those grainy selfies and travel photos from the early days of your relationship! It’s fun to go down memory lane together and probably even more fun for your loved ones to see how your relationship grew as time went on.

Engagement Photos

You know those gorgeous photos you had taken recently? Your wedding website is the perfect place to show them off! Joy makes it simple to include images on every page of your wedding website, so choose your favorites and upload them directly to your site.

Photos of the Venue

It can be helpful to provide a photo of at least the outside, if not also the inside, of your venue so that guests have an idea of the vibe of your event and what to expect when they get there. Your venue likely has photos on their website or social media you can use for this purpose!


Having a wedding website makes it easy for your guests to RSVP with just one click! Joy makes it even easier for you to collect the necessary information about each guest including whether or not they plan to attend, their mailing address (so helpful for those thank you notes!), dietary restrictions, and meal choice, as well as fun questions like their favorite song to get down to on the dance floor or their best marriage advice.


From the days leading up to your wedding to the official send-off, let your guests know what events are scheduled! Be sure to include the start and end times, who is invited (family-only, all guests, etc.), details about the activities, the addresses, and the appropriate dress codes for each event.


From activities and for out-of-town guests and get-togethers for reuniting friends to your rehearsal dinner, the week before you say “I do” may be filled with events your guests need to know about!


If you have a timeline available, we highly recommend including a schedule on your wedding website. Let guests know how early they need to arrive before the ceremony starts along with the expected times of the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and any other notable events or activities throughout your day. Joy makes it handy for your guests to keep up with all of the upcoming activities by allowing them to add each event to their calendar right there from your wedding site!


Will there be an after-party at your favorite bar or morning-after brunch at your new mother-in-law’s house? Let guests know what to expect if your sparkler send-off isn’t your last goodbye of the wedding weekend!

Wedding Party

Joy allows you to list and upload a photo of each member of your wedding party so your guests can get to know the special people who will be standing by your side at the altar. This can be a nice way to help guests put a face with a name before arriving at your wedding!

Travel Info

Airport Information

Especially if the city where you’re getting married has multiple airports, be sure to let your guests know which to fly into! It can be helpful to include information about how far the airport is from your venue as well as any information about shuttles or transportation.

Where to Stay

List any nearby hotels, including where you have booked room blocks, along with the nightly rates and contact information. For Airbnb, let your guests know what neighborhoods or areas to find a place close to your venue. Does your venue have accommodations? Let your guests know there are spots available to stay on site.

How to Get Around

In case your guests aren’t renting a car, provide some tips for getting around! What is the most reliable public transportation, how much does it cost, and when does it start and stop running each day? Does the city have rideshare services? Share links to the apps, your preference, or a promotional code if you have one!

What to Do in Town

Share your favorite local restaurants and must-see spots so that out-of-town guests can explore the city in the days leading up to your wedding.

Wedding Registry

Whether you have registered at one store or four, Joy allows you to link each of your wedding registries directly onto your wedding website!


RSVP Deadline

We recommend listing this question first since it’s the most time-sensitive! Also, let your guests know if they can RSVP directly if they’ve forgotten to send or misplaced their physical mail card.

Plus Ones

Plus ones can be a bit sticky if not everyone gets one, so be sure to make clear what your expectations are. If the answer varies, direct your guests to their invitations for information about whether they have been allowed a date.

Children or No Children Welcome?

Are you planning a kids-free wedding or are children welcome? Would you prefer only children over a certain age? If you have specific accommodations for children, like a play area or childcare, here is a good place to mention that as well!

What to Wear

What is the dress code for your event? Be specific, as terms like “creative black tie” aren’t always clear. Are there any colors your guests should avoid (hopefully white!)? If your wedding is outdoors or requires significant walking, be sure to let your guests know what shoes would be suitable.


Will there be a valet service, a parking lot, or a designated parking area? Should the allotted parking fill up, where can guests park? If there is limited parking available, be sure to recommend carpooling or using a rideshare service! If you have a preference or promotional code for a particular rideshare, include that information as well.

Indoors or Outdoors

Is your wedding indoors, outdoors, or a mix of both?


Is your venue wheelchair accessible? If there is a long or uneven path between the ceremony and reception spaces, will there be some sort of transportation provided?

Photos & Social Media

Do you have a hashtag for your wedding? Are you planning an unplugged ceremony or will guests be allowed to capture the moments on their phones? We recommend encouraging your guests to leave their DSLRs at home, as you’ve hired a professional to document the day and cameras can not only be a distraction but also get in the way of your hired photographer.


Will there be dancing? Let your guests know if they need to bring their dancing shoes to your reception!


Joy makes being a wedding guest as easy as possible by having maps embedded in their site when you enter a location. This is super helpful so that no one has to type in the venue address and they can easily see the surrounding area.


Be sure to give your guests a contact email in case they have any questions. This doesn’t have to be your own email address! You may want to ask a family member or someone from your wedding party to be in charge of guest questions to reduce stress leading up to your wedding day. Just be sure to make it clear who the contact information is for!

Wedding App

In addition to your wedding website, Joy’s app allows guests to have all your wedding info stored on their phone with one simple download!

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Wedding planning should be a joyful time, not a stressful one. Start building your wedding website with Joy today!

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Use this Wedding Floral Checklist to Incorporate Flowers Throughout Your Day

February 6, 2018 | nicole

photo by Eden Strader Photography

We are all about wedding planning checklists here at Junebug because we believe that an organized couple is a happy couple! If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the floral needs for your day, stress no more as you scroll through this post. We’ve outlined all the possible places you might use blooms in your wedding design so you can pick and choose what’s right for you. Remember, there are no rules, so use this checklist to mark off what you want and skip the rest!

Aisle Markers

photo by JamieY Photography, floral design by Mylofleur; see more from this wedding here!

photo gby Abby Roses Photography, floral design by Abby Roses Photography; see more

photo by The Foxes Photography; see more from this wedding here!


photo by Leslie Swan Photography, event + floral design by One Fine Day Artistry, flower crown + flowers via Blue Heron Farm; see more from this wedding here!

photo by The Shannons Photography, floral design by Krista Elvheim; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Andrew Sun Photography, floral design by Wedding Flowers by Julia Rose, bridesmaids apparel by Show Me Your Mumu; see more from this wedding here!


photo by From the Daisies, floral design by Gorgeous and Green; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Joelsview Photography, floral design by Crocus Floral Design; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Kira Stein, floral design by Blütenreich Florist; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!


photo by Haley Nord Photography, floral design by Foraged Florals, cake by Saint G; see more from this wedding here!

photo by David Le, floral design by The Flower Room; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Shannon Lee Miller, floral design by Bella Lu Floral, cake by Kim and Jake’s Cakes; see more from this wedding here!

Ceremony Backdrop

photo by Black Bird Tale, event styling by Heart Strings Hire + Style, floral design by Signature Floral Design, venue: Core Cider House; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Dawn Charles, floral design by Tribes N Pines; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Cody & Allison Photography, event planning by Confête Events, floral design by Everbloom Design, rentals by Stockroom VintagePropcellar Vintage RentalsMahaffeyDetails Specialty Rentals, venue: Woodson Ridge Farms; see more from this wedding here!


photo by Hannah Costello, event design by To La Lune, floral design by The Dainty Lion, rentals by Abbey Rentals; see more from this wedding here!

photo by The Marions, event design by Katie Mullins Design, floral design by Doniphan Flowers & Gifts; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Chasewild, event planning by Amanda Norwood Design, floral design by Leaf and Honey; see more from this wedding here!

Chair Decor

photo by Terralogical, event planning by Hitch’d Wedding and Events, floral design by Ai Luo Si; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Terralogical, event planning by Hitch’d Wedding and Events, floral design by Ai Luo Si; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Swak Photography, wedding design by Inspired Help, rentals from Two Monkeys Vintage; see more from this wedding here!

Guest Book Table, Dessert Table, & Bar Vignettes

photo by Eden Strader Photography, event planning by Spell Bundle and Tealight Events, floral design by Pink Pineapple Florals, rentals by Signature Party Rentals and Spell Bundle; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Victoria Gold Photography, event planning by Fawn Events, floral design by Peach Florals; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Vic Bonvicini Photography, floral design by Barbara Decora; see more from this wedding here!

Hair Accessory

photo by Autumn Nicole Photography, floral design by Martha Bernyk Floral Design, hair by Greco Rose Beauty; see more from this wedding here!

photos by Melissa Marshall; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Julia Kinnuen Photography, floral design by Plenty of Posies, hair by Miel Beauty; see more from this wedding here!

Hanging Decor

photo by Blest Studios, event planning by Penzi Weddings; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Dearheart Photos, event planning by Kraak, floral design by Liezl Kotze Floral Art, rentals by Baie Goeters; see more from this feature here!

photo by Jonathan Ong, event planning & floral design by Whiff and flowerboydotcom; see more from this wedding here!

Table Garland

photo by Pinewood Weddings, event planning by Les DemoisellesWhite Eden Weddings, floral design by D’amour et de Déco; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Sugar + Soul Photography, event planning by Divine Weddings, floral design by The Floral Fixx; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Nomad by NK, floral design by Alina Milek; see more from this wedding here!

Sign Adornment

photo by Shannon Lee Miller, floral design by Bella Lu Floral; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Eden Strader Photography, event planning by Spell Bundle and Tealight Events, floral design by Pink Pineapple Florals, rentals by Signature Party Rentals and Spell Bundle; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Terralogical, event planning by Hitch’d Wedding and Events, floral design by Ai Luo Si; see more from this wedding here!

Sweetheart Table

photo by Victoria Gold Photography, event planning by Fawn Events, floral design by Peach Florals; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Karra Leigh Photography, floral design by Good Seed Floral, ceramics by Susannah Ceramics, rentals by Something Borrowed PDX; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!

photo by Greg Petersen, event & floral design by The Century; see more from this wedding here!

Pin the Checklist!

Looking for more wedding planning checklists? Check out this wedding decor checklist, this wedding sign checklist, and this post-wedding checklist!

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Show Your Guests the Way with This Wedding Sign Checklist

August 2, 2017 | nicole

With so many details to manage, checklists are a God-send during the wedding planning process. Since you’ve already gotten started checking off details using our wedding decor checklist, we thought it was high time to get into the nitty-gritty of all those signs you’ll need for your wedding day. Signage may not seem all that important, but if you want to enjoy your day without stopping every ten seconds to answer questions like “When does cocktail hour start?” and “Where’s the bathroom?” then signs might just be the most important decor items in your whole wedding day! Show your guests the way with this helpful wedding sign checklist and shop each sign below!

Welcome Sign

photo by Autumn Cutaia Photography; see more from this wedding here!



Program Sign

image by Jonnie & Garrett; see more from this wedding here!



Order of Events Sign

photo by Free the Bird, see from this wedding here!



Unplugged Ceremony Sign

image by This Rad Love; see more from this wedding here!



Ceremony Seating Sign

photo by Jaicee Morgan; see more from this wedding here!



Directional Sign

photo by Daring Wanderer; see more from this wedding here!



Reception Seating Chart Sign

photo by Julia Wade Photography, sign by White Kite Studio; see more from this wedding here!



Dinner Menu Sign

image by Studio Castillero; see more from this wedding here!



Bar Menu Sign

photo by photo by Brett & Jessica; see more from this wedding here!



Dessert Table Sign

photo by The Hursts & Co.; see more from this wedding here!



Cards + Gifts Sign

photo by Plum & Oak Photo, signage by Emily Devitt Designs; see more from this wedding here!



Guestbook Sign

photo by Karra Leigh Photography, event planning by Dayna Salomon, signs by emiliebelle; see more from this wedding here!



Favors Sign

photo by Nicole Veldman Photography + Video; see more from this wedding here!



Reception Activity Sign

photo by Briana Purser Photography; see more from this wedding here!



Wedding Hashtag Sign

photo by Shaun Menary Photography; see more from this wedding here!



Quote Sign

photo by Raeleigh Photography, calligraphy by Dreams & Nostalgia; see more from this wedding inspiration shoot here!



Sweetheart Chair Signs

photo by Lauren Scotti, rentals by Lovegood; see more from this wedding here!



Pin this handy checklist to mark off each sign as you go!

Looking for more wedding sign ideas? Check out these 25 love quotes to display on your wedding day and these 34 creative wedding signage ideas!

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Don’t Forget to Tie Up Loose Ends with This Post-Wedding Checklist

May 25, 2017 | nicole

photo by Melissa Marshall

They say the wedding day feels like it’s over in a flash, but there are a few wedding-related tasks that actually take place after your grand exit. We’ve put together an easy post-wedding checklist to help you tie up any loose ends after tying the knot. Keep this list handy in the weeks leading up to your big day so you can start making arrangements to make your post-wedding experience go as smoothly as the wedding itself!

Pay Remaining Vendor Balances

When: Immediately after wedding

In general, most of your vendors will be paid in full before or on your wedding day. However, should there be any remaining balances for your caterer, bartender, etc., you will want to tie up those loose ends as soon as the wedding is over.

Return Rentals

When: Within one week of your wedding

Before you head out to bask in the bliss of being a newlywed on your honeymoon, you’ll want to return any goods you rented! If you’re hopping right on an airplane, be sure to make arrangements for someone you trust to take furniture and decor back to the rental company. Note: each rental company may have their own policy about the return timeline, so don’t forget to check with them a few weeks before your wedding!

Clean and Preserve Your Wedding Dress

When: After your honeymoon

While we love seeing couples adventure into the wilderness in their wedding day attire, you may want to keep those memories in the photos and not on your dress. Technically you can get your wedding dress cleaned and preserved at any point, but the longer you wait, the less effective the process will be. We recommend having your dress cleaned and preserved after your honeymoon so that any stains (even the ones you may not see!) can be dealt with before they set in.

You may be wondering what makes the preserving process different from dry cleaning. A professional preservationist, often found at your local bridal salon, will survey your gown looking for any stains and create a specialized procedure to clean your dress, good as new! After the dress has been cleaned, the preservationist will package your gown in acid-free tissue paper and an archival box.

A few important notes: It’s a good idea to track down a trained preservationist a few weeks before your wedding just in case any major stains occur on your wedding day. Should that be the case, a relative or member of your bridal party can take your dress in while you’re away on your honeymoon. When doing your research, we recommend taking your gown to a true professional preservationist, whose referral you can get from your bridal consultant or other friends who have had the process done. Many dry cleaners claim to offer the service, but most are not actually trained in the art of preserving such an important garment. Lastly, being that this is 2017, you can even find wedding dress preservation kits with mail-away services! This process takes from six to eight weeks and typically includes insurance for your gown.

Send “Thank You” Cards

When: Within three months of your wedding

Some of our best wedding planning advice is actually post-wedding planning advice: write your “thank you” cards as soon as possible! First, it’s simply good etiquette to thank your loved ones for their thoughtful presents in a timely manner. Just as important is writing them before real life gets in the way! Make an event of it: pop a bottle of champagne, open your gifts while keeping a record of who gave what, and write your cards together. A bit of bonus fun? Listen to a playlist of songs from your wedding while you do it!

Looking for the perfect cards to say “thank you”? We love the selection on Minted as well as these pretty cards below!

Apply for Life Insurance

When: As soon as possible!

While it’s not the sexiest item to check off your list after saying I do, life insurance is something that every couple (married or not) should look into when planning a future together.

The type of life insurance you need totally depends on your relationship, expenses, and future plans. For example, if you own a house together, you’ll need a plan that covers more financially versus if you and your partner are leasing a condo for the next three years.

Whatever your coverage needs, we highly recommend that you get a quote through Bestow.

The traditional life insurance application process can often be time-consuming. Physicals and blood work are usually required and insurance companies can take upwards of 6 months or more to approve your application. With Bestow, getting a quote can take just minutes and physicals and blood work are not required. Click here to get a quote!

Take Stock of Remaining Registry Items

When: Within six months of your wedding

Once you’ve sent your thank yous, it’s time to take stock of what’s left on your wedding registry. Most registries offer a discount on remaining registry items if you purchase within one year. Now is a great time to determine what you still want and need from your registry! Pro-tip: Make the most of your discount by taking care of bigger ticket items that you may not have the funds to purchase later.

Officially Change Your Name

When: Within one year of your wedding

Changing your last name upon getting married is, of course, optional. However, if you’ve decided you want to do so, we recommend starting the process sooner rather than later! While the laws and procedures vary by jurisdiction, this article breaks it down each piece of the puzzle.

Want to keep this post-wedding checklist handy for after you say “I do”? Pin this graphic below!

Be sure to check out our wedding planning checklist and wedding decor checklist to keep all of your wedding planning in order!

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Use This Wedding Decor Checklist to Help You Nail Every Detail

March 2, 2017 | nicole

photo by Nicole Nero Studio, floral design by Olive & June Floral Co.

Designing your wedding can feel a little overwhelming, especially when your venue is a blank slate. We’ve been thinking about all of the different decor elements that can go into your wedding day — so many options! — and realized a checklist was in order to help you nail every detail. This wedding decor checklist has everything your day might need, but nothing here is mandatory! Check off what you like and leave blank what doesn’t fit your day.

photo by Hipster Wedding, event planning and floral design by Thai Ngoc Dung


  • Welcome Sign
  • Seating or Ceremony Instructions Sign
  • Program Display
  • Order of Events Sign
  • Aisle Markers
  • Aisle Runner
  • Ceremony Arch
  • Ceremony Backdrop
  • Vow Books
  • Ceremony Table

Unplugged Ceremony Sign by Pearly Paper Design via Etsy

When thinking about what signs to have at your ceremony, we highly recommend one announcing an unplugged ceremony. This helps keep people’s eyes on you and allows your photographers to capture your love without a sea of cell phones in the pictures! (Not sure what an unplugged ceremony is? Read this!)

Angled Wedding Program via Minted

Let your guests know the order of events with ceremony programs! Minted has a huge selection of wedding programs so you can find one that fits your style.

Wedding Vow Books by Blush Printables via Etsy

Personalize your ceremony with vow books you’ll cherish as a keepsake for years to come! Check out Etsy’s selection of vow books to find the perfect set for your wedding.

RELATED: 7 Creative Ceremony Backdrops to Wow Your Wedding Guests

photo by Daniela Nizzoli, floral design by Anthea Studio, wedding venue: Villa Grabau


  • Centerpieces
  • Table Garland
  • Table Runner
  • Table Numbers
  • Escort Cards
  • Menus
  • Place Mats
  • Chargers
  • Salad Plate
  • Dinner Plate
  • Silverware
  • Napkins
  • Water Glass
  • Wine Glass
  • Chair Back Decor
  • Candles

Better Together Wedding Chair Signs by Happily Ever Etched Inc via Etsy

Deck out your sweetheart seating with wedding chair signs. Go with a classic Bride/Groom or Mr./Mrs. pairing or something sweet and gender-neutral like Better Together or Forever Always. Etsy has tons of ideas so you can choose what feels right for you!

Simplicity Table Number via Minted

While they may seem like a small detail, table numbers are super important! Shop Minted’s selection of table numbers and table number holders to make sure your guests know where they’re going.

photo by Rosanna Lilly Photography, event planning by Wild Ones Community, event styling and stationery by Mille Papillons, floral design by La Floreria, rentals by Jaiak & En Scencia

Don’t get overwhelmed by sourcing enough dishes for every place setting at your reception! We’ve vetted the best rental companies around the world who can help you set your table with every detail you need.

RELATED: 50+ Budget Reception Decor Items for Your Wedding

photo by LAYERS Photography, event planning by JLK Weddings, floral design by 27 Rue de Fleur, cake by Sweet Boutique, rentals by Randal Events


  • Guest Book Table + Decor
  • Guest Book + Sign
  • Gift Table + Decor
  • Card Holder + Sign
  • Menu Sign
  • Escort Card Display
  • Dessert Table + Decor
  • Cake Stand + Topper
  • Dessert Displays
  • Dessert Table Backdrop
  • Bar or Drink Station Display
  • Bar Menu or Signature Cocktail List
  • Reception Lighting
  • Hanging Decor
  • Wedding Favor Display
  • Photo Booth Setup
  • Lounge Area
  • Cute Quote Signs

Elegant Modern Wedding Guest Book by storiUK via Etsy

We’ve rounded up all our favorite wedding guest books and guest book alternatives on Etsy to make your search a little easier!

Custom Signature Cocktails Sign by Georgia Blue Design Co via Etsy

Are you two cocktail connoisseurs? Designate a couple of signature cocktails for your reception and let your guests know what’s on the menu with an illustrated cocktail menu!

photo by Vivienne Tyler Photography, event planning by Gather Events, floral design by Layered Vintage, stationery by Swell Press Paper Co.

In case you haven’t guessed, we’re obsessed with Minted’s wedding signs — and for good reason! Their new seating charts are a great way to make a bold style statement while easily giving your guests the info they’re looking for.

RELATED: The Best Places to Buy Wedding Decorations Online

To keep this wedding decor checklist handy, pin the image below!

checklist photo by By Julieta Photography, event coordination by The Big Fake Wedding, event design by Marianna Idirin Planning & Design, floral design by Pina, rentals by Warehouse Rentals

If you need more help in crafting the wedding of your dreams, check out our list of planner & designer recommendations.

Looking for more checklists to prepare for your big day? Our wedding planning checklist is perfect for you!

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Wedding Planning Checklist & Budget Tool

March 11, 2015 | carrie


The stress of wedding planning has finally begun. I am now eight months out, and boy is the laundry list of to-do’s piling up. If you’re planning a 2015 wedding, I’m sure you’re feeling slightly overwhelmed, too. Today I’m going to share some pretty awesome wedding planning tools I’ve created that I hope will help you to stay calm, cool, and collected during your own wedding planning journey!

Wedding Budget Tool

Before I created my checklist, I knew I had to sit down with Phil (my fiancé) and discuss the budget. I’ve read that the average wedding can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $35,000, which means I am going to need to do some serious budgeting and planning. In the last From Blogger to Bride, I discussed how important it is for you to create a list of things that matter most on your wedding day. Not only does this list help when it comes to choosing your wedding style, but it really helps when you’re planning your wedding budget. You and your partner need to sit down and discuss what is most important to you and how much you are willing to spend on it. You’ll need to get quotes from different vendors so you know how much you should be budgeting. Picking a number out of thin air and slapping it on a spreadsheet will not work, I promise!  You can search high and low for infographics that will tell you the suggested costs or percentages, but you won’t really know until you get quotes from the vendors you actually want to hire.

My Wedding Budget Tool is simple, downloadable, and easy to share. I also created a Quotes section within this spreadsheet to keep your quotes and budget close, which will help when you’re finalizing numbers!

Wedding Planning Checklist

After Phil and I figured out our wedding budget, we decided to make a list of everything that needed to be done month by month. We wanted to break it up so that the sheer multitude of tasks didn’t scare us!

You can download my wedding planning checklist by clicking on the image below!

Wedding Planning Checklist Graphic

I also created an interactive version, which you can find by visiting our new Wedding Planning Checklist page. Here’s where I’m at in the process so far!

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I’m still working through the 8 Month list, but I have the majority checked off.

Things I’m still needing to accomplish:

1. Create a wedding website
2. Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests

View the interactive checklist and get started checking things off. It feels pretty good, trust me.

I’m going to end this post with a sneak peek at some of the absolutely stunning engagement photos Studio Uma took of Phil and I at Laguna Gloria. I’m looking forward to creating my wedding website and save-the-dates with all this pretty!

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Next time on From Blogger to Bride, I will be sitting down with two of my favorite venues to give you the scoop on what to know before you start your venue search! I will also be sharing more details about my wedding venue and why it’s a little different than most!

Interested in participating in From Blogger to Bride? We would love to hear from you!


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