Do a quick search for a wedding timeline, and you will find a plethora of options on Google. But how do you know which one is best for you? Should you purchase an editable timeline from Etsy? Or perhaps choose a free wedding timeline from the Knot or Wedding Wire? Or maybe you should create one of your own.
This quick review of wedding timelines might help.
#3 The Knot and Wedding Wire many times are people’s first choice for good reasons. They are comprehensive and very customizable. But I do have some critiques:
- I needed to login to both sites to access the wedding checklist
- Wedding Wire now owns the Knot. Supposedly, each website will be running independently. But the information is about the same.
- While I love to use digital devices and platforms, I could not find an easy way to print out my list and stick it in a book. I find that in planning weddings, paper and pen are our friends. With all the meetings with venues and vendors, it is helpful for everyone to be able to be on the same page, literally.
- There were too many choices. I had to spend considerable time figuring out what I wanted on my checklist. Spending time thinking about the tasks I needed to accomplish for my wedding planning was a good thing. Most couples do not know what is involved with wedding planning. So for couples, it does spark the imagination. But all the choices quickly became overwhelming for me even as a seasoned wedding professional.
- There were ads interspersed in between my checklist. I felt like the list was more of a clickbait platform than a real help to my wedding planning.
#2 Magnet Street is a website where you can purchase printed material for weddings. I wasn’t expecting to see anything worthwhile on their site. But when I clicked the link https://www.magnetstreet.com/pdfs/Weddings/Wedding-Planning-Checklist_2129.pdf, it produced a “truly engaging” PDF that I could print. The checklist was quite good and was pretty. And I like pretty.
#1 Here Comes the Guide is my favorite for several reasons.
- I got the feeling that the website creators wanted to help me with my wedding planning. There was nothing extraneous on the page to confuse me or take me away from looking at the checklist.
- An afterthought critique is that the website does place pictures inside the HTML version of the checklist. These pictures, on my first look, just seemed pretty. Instead, they have embedded hotlinks to listings on the website. However, they were not nearly as distracting as Wedding Wire or TheKnot.
- The checklist is on the page https://www.herecomestheguide.com/wedding-party-ideas/detail/the-guide-brides-wedding-checklist, and I did not need to click anything to see it, which helped me to decide that I did actually like this one as opposed to the others.
- There is a PDF version to download. I did have a little bit of trouble trying to find the download button. Mostly because I looked through the entire checklist and expected the download button to be at the bottom, it is at the top instead.
- Finally, I prefer Here Comes The Guide because they offer more than one wedding checklist. This site has eight different lists designed for different types of weddings. You can collect them all.
- Big Picture Wedding Checklist | Ultimate Wedding Budget Checklist | 90-Day Wedding Planning Checklist | Elopement Checklist | Barn Wedding Checklist | Beach Wedding Checklist | Destination Wedding Checklist | Wedding Beauty Timeline
So there’s my advice for you on national #checklist day.