A friend of mine, Jill, came to me a couple of weeks ago to ask me for help. She was in the midst of planning her parents' 50th wedding anniversary. This is an event that should have been a joy to plan; her parents have been together for 50 years, and from what I can tell, they are still very much in love. It doesn't get much better than that. Anyway, Jill was in a harried state because the party was less than two weeks away and she felt like she didn't have a good enough handle on the party. I sat her down and asked her explain to me what she had accomplished so far. She proceeded to pull out a handful of Post_It Notes from her purse, and she dumped the wad on the table we were sitting at. "What is this," I asked her. "These notes have the stuff I've been working on for the party," she replied. I remember looking at Jill, then looking at the pile of scrap paper that was her parents' 50th anniversary party plan, and then shaking my head. This is an extreme case, but you'd be surprised how unorganized people can be when it comes to preparing for important events.
The vast majority of wedding experts agree that, if done properly, the typical wedding planner checklist should start the process of genuine implementation at least 16 to 18 months in advance of the momentous event. It doesn't get any bigger than this, so you'll have to get the wheels turning if you don't want anything to go wrong. True perfection may be difficult to pull off, but it's not completely impossible when you have an effective and well thought out plan. This is your wedding day. It's an awesome event that will surely provide you with many of your life's most precious memories, so it's time to roll up your sleeves, get this project rolling. Here's a list of some of the high level tasks that will take much of your time, as you bring this project to fruition.