Top 10 Wedding Must-Haves

Top 10 Wedding Must-Haves

  1. Budget
  2. Guest List
  3. Venue
  4. Invitations
  5. Officiant
  6. Photographer
  7. Music
  8. Attire
  9. Flowers
  10. Cake & Refreshments


Start out with a comfortable budget for you, your fiance, and your family. Once you have your budget in place it will help you make decisions throughout the rest of your planning process.

Guest List

Decide how many people you plan to invite and evaluate that list to consider how many guest will attend. Knowing how many people to expect at your wedding will tell you a little more about what venue will work for your wedding and give you quantities for things like refreshments and invitations. After your wedding you and your spouse will want to keep your wedding guest list handy. All the hard work you will put into gathering long lost relatives and friends addresses will be nice to have when throwing future parties as a married couple.


Remember your invitations are the first glimpse your guests will have into your wedding! Get started on your invitations early. You will want to start working with an experienced and creative invitation designer around five months prior to your wedding date. Consider the time it will take to have the wedding invitations designed, printed, addressed, and postage added! Send your invitations out about three months in advance to your wedding date. This will give your guests two months to clear their schedules, make travel plans if necessary, and RSVP. This will also give you one month notice to how many guests you can expect based on your invitation responses.

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When you choose an officiant, he must be someone that is willing to be flexible and play the part of a wedding coordinator when needed. Stating he must know how to multi-task would be an understatement.

A great officiant should also be your counselor, your support when needed, and above all your officiant must be able to portray your love through words during the wedding ceremony. He must be willing to hold you and your fiance in prayer and intercede on your behalf.

When I think about my role as an Officiant, the phrase ‘jack of all trades’ comes to mind. My goal is to have amazing organization, leadership skills, wisdom and much more!


Your wedding day is all about your commitment to your fiance, but it’s also about making memories. My wife and I did not invest that much into our photography when we got married, but I am thankful we had a photographer taking photos! Our special day with our family and friends can always be revisited thanks to our photos.


Music at the actual wedding is something couples often overlook, but the right tunes can really help set the mood at your wedding ceremony. Make sure you have a pianist booked or even a nice CD ready to go. Also consider the music at your reception. Depending on what kind of celebration you want to have your music can be an important part in getting the party going!


The brides wedding dress and groomsmen tuxedos are one of the main visuals guests will be looking at. You can get away with very simple decor if you have a beautiful wedding gown for your friends and family to 0oo and ahh at.


There’s nothing like fresh flowers. Flowers are a longtime traditional part of weddings. Using floral arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres in your wedding is a very natural and elegant way to bring your special day to life - literally!

Cake & Refreshments

Cake is a must. Especially for me. I love my sweets, but seriously every wedding needs a delicious cake. There is also the tradition of cutting the cake with your groom or bride and you don’t want to miss out on this. This tradition brings your guest around the table to enjoy your fun, potentially messy, moments of cutting the cake together and gives them something yum to enjoy.

You don’t have to stop with just cake. In American cultures nuts, mints, punch and cake is the minimum for refreshments. Other cultures, like mine, the refreshments are such an important part of the wedding! Your beverages and food can be a traditional way to thank your guests for coming and make sure they leave your reception nice and full.

If you need referrals for any of the top 10 must-haves listed above contact me and I will be happy to direct you to the right people!

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