Help me with finding a venue, getting catering, honeymoon deals for my wedding Below is a quick checklist of things you may need for your big day. Contract with event venue Does this include food, decorations, tables, chairs, music, bar and officiant? Wedding official Someone certified by the state to perform weddings. I.e a pastor, official, etc. Rings You will need 2 sets of rings, traditionally. Silver, gold, white gold, diamonds, cubic zirconium, etc, etc. Pre-Marriage counseling We recommend it Wedding vows? Writing your own vows or using ChatGPT lol? Tuxedos Men tradtionally wear tuxedos. Are you buying or renting yours? Dresses Bridemaids, maiden and matrons of honors do you have your dresses? Will they all match or are liberties allowed? Are they keeping theirs or they getting rentals? Parents / family reps? Traditionally you will want to walk down the aisle with a parent. What about their outfits too? Flowers Includes bouquette How will food be served? Banquet style? Will you need to hire servers? Food Wedding food is quite expensiv and often higghest part of the bill. Cake My favorite part of the ceremony. Who is baking the wedding cake or cakes? Drinks? Who is serving drinks? Got a special menu? Drinks are a close second for expense. Pre-tipping? Decor Who's taking care of all of the decorating and who's paying for it? Photographer An Iphone or Android is not good enough. You will want to hire a photographer or a team of photographers for your big day. Make sure you feed them too of course. Videographer An Iphone or Android is not good enough. You will want to hire a videographer or a team of videographerd for your big day. Make sure you feed them too of course. DJ + live music You probably can't afford DJ Khalid, but you will probably be able to afford a local DJ to play dance and entrance music as welll as make announcements. Save The date invites Kids allowed? Have this disucssion early on. Childcare options are not easy. Wedding registry Yes, your friends and family will love to buy some things to help you all celebrate. Wedding invites Website to view RSVPs? Open Bar? Will you be prepaying for the drinks or guests have to buy themselves? Honeymoon? Going on a vacation after and if so when, where and how long? How much is that gonna cost ya? Recommended bakers for wedding cakes and treats Steel City Bakery Kay Kreations From Scratch bakery Tasteful thoughtsi Did we forget anything? Feel free to email us at feedback @ visitgary.net and let us know. Need a wedding planner? Checkout our curated list of wedding planners. Browse Gary Event Venues Checkout our curated list of wedding venues.