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Galveston Wedding Planning

Galveston Wedding Planning

A resource guide to planning your Galveston destination wedding

Photo Credit: Miabella Photography

Photo Credit: Miabella Photography

Congratulations on your engagement and the beginning of your Galveston wedding planning! Lets get started!!

WEDDING PLANNING

  • Decide if a destination wedding is right for you. Take our fun quiz!
  • Announce engagement to family and friends. Tell them about the wonderful adventure of your Galveston destination wedding plans.
  • Discuss “who is paying for what”
  • Set your wedding budget
  • Set your Galveston destination wedding window (date)
  • Determine your guest list
  • Determine your destination wedding style
  • If you haven’t visited Galveston lately, now is the time to began your research on the area!
  • Contact the travel and destination wedding specialist of Precious Nuptials to help you navigate the travel options.
  • Review Galveston’s Marriage License Requirements
  • Research places to marry in Galveston
  • Select your Galveston destination wedding host accommodation location
  • Determine if you would like a Galveston Marriage License or a marriage license from another Texas county
  • If the budget allows, plan to visit The Island!  If you began your planning far enough in advance, visit around the same time as you would like to host your wedding weekend.
  • Research honeymoon options — Will you spend your honeymoon in Galveston, embark on a Galveston cruise or location hop to another destination?
  • Get solo or group travel rates.  HINT: While some rates are available early, air travel and some land rates won’t be available until about eleven months prior to the last date of travel.
  • Make notes of all the terms and conditions of travel for you and your guests
  • Consider purchasing wedding insurance (before laying down non-refundable deposits)
  • Confirm wedding date and book travel
  • Request this time off from work
  • Begin researching Galveston vendors for ideas, services and pricing
  • Choose your wedding attendants
  • Create a wedding website
  • Mail Save the Dates (6-12 months ahead of wedding date)
  • Research wedding dress and veil styles
  • Research and decide on a Galveston wedding planner

Enlisting the help of a Galveston wedding planner will drastically shorten this list!

  • Make sure guests have your Galveston host location details
  • Choose bridal party attire
  • Determine and book wedding vendors
  • Determine ways to make your Galveston destination wedding extra special
  • Purchase wedding dress
  • Establish a fitness routine
  • Make sure all vendors are finalized
  • Book beauty and hair appointments
  • Make honeymoon reservations – if outside of group travel arrangements
  • Research wedding day hairstyle
  • Choose groomsmen attire
  • Finalize Favors and Reception Items
  • Plan welcome baskets for OOT guests
  • Make and book rehearsal dinner and group activity plans
  • How many guests are confirmed for travel?
  • Mail formal wedding invitations
  • Plan ceremony and reception seating arrangements
  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist
  • Purchase guestbook (or DIY), toasting flutes, serving pieces, flower basket and ring-bearer pillow
  • Decide on packing and transporting personal wedding items to your Galveston wedding
  • Get an estimated guest count
  • Complete marriage counseling. HINT: Select a state approved class and qualify for a waiting period waiver and waiver of State marriage license fee.
  • Begin writing vows
  • Review and confirm ceremony details with officiate
  • Purchase gifts for attendants
  • First dress fitting
  • Submit wedding announcement to newspaper
  • Finalize transportation arrangements
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Finalize playlists
  • Create, copy, and send wedding day schedules to vendors, wedding party, parents and officiate
  • Create contact info sheet for your loved ones while you’re on honeymoon
  • Confirm group travel and proper ticketing of all reservations
  • Confirm that wedding party and parents have their fittings and attire complete

WEDDING COORDINATION

  • Call your Galveston wedding vendors and confirm dates, times, and locations
  • Ensure all final payments are made
  • Final dress fitting
  • Reconfirm travel reservations
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Write Thank You notes as gifts are received
  • Apply for marriage license if you’re local to Texas
  • Pick up your marriage license and order 2-3 extra copies
  • Order wedding programs
  • Reconfirm guest list. Do you have any last minute travelers?
  • Give final count to caterer
  • Update registries
  • Begin breaking in wedding shoes
  • Make necessary arrangements for when on honeymoon: pets, mail…
  • Final haircut and color
  • Get your playlists to DJ/Musicians
  • Delegate wedding day duties: gift table, guestbook attendant, etc.
  • Delegate someone to return tuxes and other rental items
  • Send wedding week/weekend itinerary to necessary vendors
  • Create wedding week/weekend itinerary for gift bags
  • Ship supplies that are not traveling with you
  • Begin packing and prepare to depart!
  • Lay out wedding clothes to make sure you have everything
  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit
  • Give your readers their scripts
  • Spa treatments
  • Give photographer and videographer request(s) for shots and moments you want captured
  • Reconfirm vendors and guests list
  • Before you depart – Mail wedding announcements to extended friends, family, and colleagues (optional)
  • Final walk through
  • Inspect ceremony, reception and activity sites
  • Confirm ceremony details
  • Apply for marriage license – If you do not have a Texas county issued marriage license.
  • Shop for local flair, assemble welcome bags and arrange for guests delivery
  • Confirm and meet with local Galveston wedding vendors
  • Have wedding day attire steamed
  • Confirm all group activities
  • Welcome guests to Galveston and thank them for traveling to attend your wedding!
  • Mani/Pedi
  • Massage
  • Wedding Rehearsal
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Get to bed at a decent hour!
  • Eat a good breakfast!
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to relax and get ready
  • Don’t forget the rings and hankie!
  • Congratulations! ENJOY the Day!
  • Send Thank You Cards as soon as possible
  • Enjoy your Marriage!

Enjoy your Galveston destination wedding! If you didn’t hire a wedding planner, it’s okay. You can enlist the help of a Galveston wedding coordinator to handle all the final details!