Wedding Planning Checklist for Success

Our guide for using creativity to plan a once-in-a-lifetime wedding

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Congratulations! You’re getting ready to celebrate the best day of your life so far with some of the people you love the most. Your wedding day is undeniably one of the most special days in one’s life, and you can make it even more special by contributing your own creativity along the way. Adobe Spark has compiled a checklist of expert tips and designer tricks to help you craft the wedding of your dreams. Get excited about the planning process, all the joy to come, and the opportunities to insert handcrafted creativity along the way.

Engagement Announcement

Your engagement announcement is your chance to get creative from the start! Couples love to explore out-of-the-box ideas to announce their engagement to friends and family. By no means do you need to do something outrageous, but consider making the announcement in a way that is unique to you. Maybe you want to post about it to your friends and family on social media? Create an announcement using Adobe Spark Post using your engagement photos and colorful designs. With Adobe Spark Post you can also create emailers or print out announcements to send for a more personal approach. Or, try out Adobe Spark Page to craft a website for your announcement that can later serve as your wedding page.

Engagement Invitation

Adobe Spark Post offers any and all sizes you’ll need for making an engagement invitation. Get started by choosing your size, and from there, exploring template designs for a one-of-a-kind invite. With Adobe Spark Post, you can upload personal photos to use on your designs or take advantage of an incredible library of stock photos. Save and share your invite digitally, or print it out to stick it in the mail.

Bachelorette Party Invitation

Here’s an opportunity to have some fun! Your bachelorette party is certainly one of the more informal parts of your wedding celebration, so get creative with your invite. Have a theme for your party? Explore Adobe Spark Post’s countless template designs to find one that resonates with your theme, and adjust the colors and font styles to match. Save and share your design with your bridesmaids within minutes, so you can spend more time getting ready for the big bash!

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Bridal Shower Invitation

A bridal shower is an opportunity for close friends and family to share in the joy of an upcoming marriage. Whether you’re the bride or a proud bridesmaid, you don’t need to rely on expensive professional design services to create the wedding shower invites of your dreams. Without any knowledge of coding or design, you can use your own computer to create stunning invitations that will set the tone for your wedding shower with Adobe Spark Post. Explore our bridal shower templates, and customize to your preference to create something picture perfect for this beautiful day. Save and share your bridal shower invitation digitally, or print it professionally to send via mail to your guests.

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Wedding Invitation & Save the Dates

You’ve picked a date for your special day. Now it’s time to tell the important people in your life to save it just for you with a save the date card made with Adobe Spark Post. You’ll want to send out your save the dates anywhere from 6 to 8 months in advance of your wedding. Save the dates are generally simple yet elegant designs that capture the couple’s personality or theme of the wedding using subtle hints. While save the dates are generally mailed, emailing them works just as fine, not to mention it’s quicker! Save and share your save the dates using Adobe Spark Post and the download method that works best for you.

Wedding Invitations are a bit more complex. Invites can range from single page designs to entire multi-piece sets. Don’t feel obligated to do something that doesn’t resonate with you – it’s your wedding and it’s important to adhere to choices that bring you the most joy and the least stress. Adobe Spark Post offers countless templates for invites, reply cards, and information cards so you can set up your guests for success with all the important details. Spark Post’s templates have themes so you can create a visually consistent theme with your suite that ideally matches the mood of your wedding. Plug in your details, and then publish! Share your invite via email, or get it printed to send in the mail to your guests. Invitations are often a big part of the process, so make choices that are stress-free and full of creativity!

Wedding Program

Wedding programs can be sent as part of the invitation suite, or provided to guests upon arrival to make sure they know where to go and when to get there. Adobe Spark Post is your go-to for creating programs that fit in with your wedding design suite. With drag-and-drop simplicity and an extensive gallery of paid and free wedding program templates, images and other ready-to-use design elements, Adobe Spark makes it easy to create a professional-looking, print-ready wedding program design.

Wedding Slideshow & Video

A successful slideshow for your wedding might include an archive of photos from the day you and your partner first met, all the way up to the engagement. Show off your most cherished memories in your slideshow of the two of you together, and also the two of you with some of your closest friends and family. You can create and share a wedding slideshow using Adobe Spark Page. Make a wedding website and feature your slideshow at the top for all to enjoy! Or, upload your photos to Adobe Spark Video to create a video montage. Showcase your memories during your wedding by displaying your video at your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception.

Wedding Menu

Custom wedding menus are a beautiful and thoughtful touch to your wedding décor, and guests love to know what to expect when it comes to dinnertime! Choose a template from Adobe Spark Post that aligns with your design theme, and drop in the dining details. For added customization, print each guest’s name on their menu to double as a place card.

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Wedding Banner

Looking to hang custom artwork at your wedding? Try out Adobe Spark Post’s wedding banner options. Upload a photo of you and your partner to the banner, and customize the design to match the mood of your wedding. Hang your banner at your reception to use as a wayfinding sign, or a backdrop for a photo booth. Banners can also be used to decorate the getaway car, with a big “Just Married!” message printed across it.

Wedding Place Cards

Place cards are a great opportunity to get creative with your design skills, as well as make your guest feel special and cherished. Use Adobe Spark Post to design your place card. You can create folded and tented place cards that stand on a guest’s plate, or flat cards that tuck into a nicely folded napkin. Those are just some suggestions out of thousands of ways you can present a place card, so get creative! Double check your spelling as you go, and then download your files to send to a printer for a beautifully presented finished product.

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Wedding Thank You Cards

We hope you had the best wedding celebration imaginable, followed by a fabulous honeymoon and a lovely entry into married life upon your return. When you’re ready to reminisce about the magic, Adobe Spark Post is here to help. Use our wedding theme templates to find a thank you card design that suits you. Customize your details, and add in a thoughtful thank you note to send to your guests for their presence and their gifts. Save and share your design via email or print it out to send in the mail, for whichever option works best for you.

Tips on Wedding Planning

  1. Enjoy Every Moment

    From the moment you get engaged to the flight home from the honeymoon, savor every second of your wedding journey! You only get to experience this wedding once, so live up every moment of it. If anything during the planning process starts to stress you out, kick it to the curb! Adobe Spark was created as a tool to make things stress-free while fun as can be, so use it to your advantage to create memorable invites and announcements you’ll want to cherish for a lifetime.

  2. Share it with the World

    Naturally, you’ll want to inform your family and close friends first about the exciting engagement. But following that, take pride in announcing it to your community! Your network has been there to support you through your relationship so far, and they will all be so delighted to rejoice in the exciting news. Using Adobe Spark, you can create social graphics or emailers for you announcement, along with your invitations when you’re ready to let your guests know to save the date.

  3. Consider a Theme for Your Wedding

    Once you begin the planning process, take time to sit back and reflect. What are special memories you share with your partner? What about favorite foods, favorite places you’ve traveled to, or favorite shared songs? How can you tie all these mementos together to tell the story of your love? Let this story be the guiding light as you pick a theme for your wedding. The theme, however general or specific, can showcase these mementos for you and your guests to celebrate together. A theme can also be a huge help as it guides you through décor decisions and creates a cohesive wedding design.

  4. Seek Support

    Don’t try to do it all yourself. Your friends and family will be delighted to jump in and offer a helping hand, so let them take the reins when you can! Wedding planners are an incredible resource that can reduce so much stress and even open up a world of opportunities and options for your wedding, so don’t be afraid to reach out and find a planner that you vibe with. Even if you want to have control over every aspect of your wedding, a day-of planner can be a huge help so when the special day comes, you can relax and enjoy your day to the fullest.

  5. Document Your Journey

    This is sure to be one of the most exciting times of your life, full of memories you’ll want to hold on to forever. Take photos, start a journal, hire photographers, and accumulate mementos along the way. With Adobe Spark, you can create photo slideshows, photo collages, and print-ready designs for you to archive and cherish your memories.

  6. Celebrate!

    Most importantly, have fun. Plan the wedding that makes YOU the happiest. Say yes to the things that spark joy, and avoid the things that cause stress. Enjoy the wedding showers and happy hours. Cherish the gifts, and the time spent with people from all areas of your life. Be fully present on your wedding day. Take the trip you’ve always wanted to go on for your honeymoon. This is a celebration of you and your partner’s unique love, so embrace every moment of it to the fullest.

Raise Your Glass to Creativity

When you’re putting a wedding together, the most useful resources are the ones that give you choices without adding any cost or stress. Spark lets you create wedding announcements and invitations in a straightforward process that doesn’t require any technical knowledge. You can even erase what you’ve done, try other options, share rough drafts with your friends and just have some laid-back fun along the way. This is a time of delight as you and your sweetheart get ready to tie the knot, and Adobe Spark's wedding designs maker wants to help you get every detail just right.

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