If you are thinking of having the party at a reception hall or similar rented venue, find out if they supply the food or if they require the food to be purchase from one of their preferred suppliers. Ask about the cost and menu options. After you have this information, you can decide if you want to have the party at catered at home or if you want to have the party at an outside venue. You will need to add to your checklist to get quotes from caterers. If you enjoy cooking, you might want to prepare the food at home yourself. If so, make a note on your checklist to investigate menus and food cost. Once you make a decision which option you would like, you will need to either book the venue or caterer. Make a note on your checklist to confirm the party details closer to the actual day of the party.
On your check list you will start off with a pre wedding checklist. On that list you will put together all your ideas. Such as what you want for centerpieces, favors, invitations, theme, colors. The list will be added and added to over and over again. As you purchase the items on your check list you will cross them out or check next to them saying that you completed that task. For the ceremony checklist you will want to share this with your church or wherever you are getting married at. Some of your ideas may not be acceptable at some locations due to religion or safety procedures. For example you could want to have rice thrown in the air and your ceremony site my not allow that. Another example is some garden themed wedding only allow a certain number of chairs due to trying to preserve the ground. Once you know what you can and can't do at your ceremony you will want a check list of qualities of a justice of the peace or whoever else marries you. You will also need to find out what you need to supply yourself at your ceremony sites such as speakers for music, and chairs for your guest. Once you know what you need add it to your wedding checklist and once you finish that task take it off the list. You will always want to add a section of your wedding checklist for the reception. In this section you will have an area for reception site. Make sure you have a list of all the things you want in a reception site and don't settle for anything else. It's your special day. You will also need to think about music at your reception. You will also need to make a list of all the food choices you would like. When having a food tasting bring your list to check off the foods you like and foods you didn't like.