Brainstorm _ get your ideas formulated and organized on paper. Consider things like small wedding ideas, unusual wedding venues, outdoor wedding ideas. Budget _ establish your financial limits and guidelines. Consider a cheap wedding reception as a means to save money. Guest List _ Who do you want to participate in this special event. Reservations _ Book the Venues. Vendors _ Interview and get contracts on flowers, food, photographer, musicians, baker, etc. Wedding Dress _ Provide time for up to four fittings for your bridal gown, just in case. Bridesmaids _ Sizes, colors, styles, fabrics and multiple fittings will all take time. Invitations _ Lots of choices. Consider the wedding reception invitation wording if you're making your own. Or, customized wedding invitation text if you're going to buy them.
List the steps. The benefit of a checklist is in its detail. Take some time to think about every step that relates to your checklist, separating out each one individually. If there is a time element to each step or set of steps, be sure to include that as well. Wedding checklists are a good example __ most tell brides how many months out from the wedding they should complete each step. Write the checklist. Unless it is a simple shopping list, most checklists benefit from some additional detail for each step. In fact, even a shopping checklist becomes more valuable with an introductory paragraph explaining how it should be used. A freelance copywriter is a useful partner for this step of the process.