Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Wedding Checklist - List of Godparents, Sponsors & Entourage

Planning the biggest and special day of our lives seemed like such a daunting task for my fiance and me. I'm walking down the aisle only once in a lifetime so I vowed to give it my all and made sure that it would be a day worthy of celebrating seven (7) years of love and friendship.  
My advice to all engaged couples or bride-to-be's out there who don't know where to begin is to simply get organized!  After you scour through tons of bridal magazines, browse a million websites and listen to dozens of friendly advices from well-meaning friends and family, it's easy to get lost in the wedding maze of ideas out there.  So grab a notebook that you can scribble on for the wedding ideas that you really like, list of suppliers and all other wedding planning details that's up ahead. Here's the checklist that we used for our big day:

  1. Pamamanhikan
  2. Set the DATE of the big day!
  3. List of Godparents, Sponsors, and Entourage
  4. Your Wedding Theme: Color Motif, theme concept/idea, your wedding dresses - groom, bride, entourage, immediate family and sponsors 
  5. Your Wedding Ceremony:  Church Venue, Officiating Priest/Officiant, Required Documents, Ceremony Proper, Misalette, Choir/Quartet/Mass Songs, Paraphernalia, Wedding Vows
  6. Your Wedding Reception Venue: Caterer, Reception Menu, Reception Program, Your Wedding Cake Supplier, Reception Songs, Your Audio- Visual Presentation, Tokens and Favors for sponsors & guests, entertainer/s, program host/s, other wedding traditions
  7. Save the Date and Formal Invitations, Your Wedding Website
  8. Your Guest List
  9. Your Wedding Rings/Bands
  10. Important Wedding Suppliers: Florist, Photographer & Videographer, Designer, Stylist & Make-up Artist, Wedding Coordinator, Cake Decorator, Choir/Quartet/Entertainer
  11. Round of Parties: Bridal Shower and Bachelor Party, Engagement Party, Despedida de Soltera, Rehearsal Dinner
  12. The Honeymoon 

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS OR GODPARENTS : choose ninongs and ninangs who will be able to provide you and your spouse good counsel in times of need. Couples normally choose godparents who they greatly respect and admire.  Godparents usually are the spiritual advisors and carry out the task of parenting in the absence of the parents.

SECONDARY SPONSORS: would normally consist  of a pair each for the candle, veil and cord ceremony.  The candle symbolize the light of the Christ, the very same light that the couple received during baptism while the veil symbolizes purity.   And the cord symbolizes the bond unifying the couple. 
WEDDING ENTOURAGE: may consist of the following - Matron of Honor / Maid of Honor, Best Man, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Jr Bridesmaids, Jr Groomsmen, Coin Bearer, Ring Bearer, Bible Bearer, Flower Girls

There's really no rule of thumb as to the number of people in your wedding entourage.  But choose people closest to you and who are willing to help you out during the wedding preparations.  This makes your special day even more special!


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