First and foremost.
Yeah, I hate this restriction, too. But remember when I talked about picking the theme of the celebration? That should be at the center of your inspiration. So if you want an air balloon ride theme, you may not get the actually thing, but your centerpieces can be handmade air balloons. Be realistic about numbers, but remain creative!
Give your babes the news, ASAP!
Whether you only have a maid of honor, a group of girls, or mix it up with a groomslady, you want to let the bridal party know as soon as you can. Each person can help you with a certain part of the wedding, such as centerpiece making or invitation designs. Find the strength of every person and offer them duties they would be glad to do.
The most important.
Maybe the wedding is at Disneyland or your grandparent's backyard. Whatever the place, accessibility is essential. Are there steps? Stairs? Thresholds? Sidewalks with curb cuts? My favorite is when someone says the location is accessible, only to arrive and find grass everywhere. Pictures are important, but the ideal is to visit the place.
Invitations & Registry
At least six weeks beforehand.
First off, don't post anything on social media until your close friends and family know about the wedding. Invite the ones who support you the most and are important to this celebration. Registry can work in multiple different ways and do not have to be physical gifts. They can be home items you may need or honeymoon trip essentials.
Dress & Accessories
Pick the gown at least 6 months out.
Getting a dress on is okay for someone in a wheelchair, per my experience. Getting a wedding gown on, that's a whole new level of almost impossible. And should you want a long dress train behind you? Start the panic now. But there are tricks on making it all work! And if you want to dress up in a wedding jumpsuit, do it.
Food & Entertainment
Have this set at least 8 months out.
Piñata? Dr. Seuss themed tunnels? Or the all-time popular: photo booth? Glow sticks? Live band? Music? If you want all of that, you can make it work, just be realistic about that will work for your wedding and theme. Keep decisions personal and what you like. Testing and tasting things will give you a good idea if you approve it all.
Making it Official?
You should know this before anything.
There are so many wedding traditions and culture celebrations, that this should be the first discussion to have with the fiancé. A civil one is different than a religious one. Remember to have someone licensed to perform the appropriate officiant duties. And maybe there are multiple cultures in each family that will be incorporated?
Florist & Cake
Lock it down at least 6 months out.
Flowers and dessert really tie a wedding together. It is one of the sweetest parts of the big celebration. If you're a fruity person and your partner is into chocolate, how can you make the cake work? If you're gluten-free, what are your options? Get referrals from people you know and taste and test everything out!
Videos & Photos
Popular wedding seasons book up fast.
Videographers and photographers get booked up fast in the popular months of summer and early fall for wedding season. They will also charge more for those months because the demand tends to be higher. Keep in mind that these people will capture the day, so you want them to be perfect. So always ask for samples of their work.
Depends on destination.
A honeymoon can be a simple cabin getaway or a lavish trip to Paris. Whatever the location, consider that you'll need based on the duration of the trip and where you're going. Maybe you'd like to do a road trip or a cruise. Decide on how it will all play out between the end of the wedding and the arrival to the honeymoon.
Transportation & Hotel
Book at least 6 months out.
Getting to and from the wedding can become exhausting. Think about your guests and your wedding party. Don't forget about double checking your wedding transportation accessibility options. If it's just easier to book a hotel the night before that is walking distance to the venue, that can also be an option for people.
Hair & Make-Up
Have it set at least 4 months out.
Long? Short? Lots of hair accessories? No accessories? You want to go over ideas and so a full wedding hair-do and makeup at least two months before the big day. This is your look, but keep in mind what is manageable. If your neck is weak, those heavy earrings may not be the best option. Try everything on and play dress up to decide what you want.
Tell Me More...
Planning to celebrate your love story? There's a few things to making the wedding day come alive, and a little extra magic to make sure the wheelchair is just as fabulous. How will you hold the bouquet, your father's hand, AND roll yourself down the aisle? How about that bride cover up so no one see the beauty too early? The Brides in Wheelchairs Wedding Planner is here to help!