First Thing’s First

Recently, the LTEC team received a lot of questions about vendors, resources and what aspects of a wedding should be finalized before any other boxes are checked off a couple’s to-do list. Each wedding is different, yet similar. The timeline of engagement to “I Do” or when each thing is scheduled will never be the same from couple to couple. 

 Luckily, LTEC and New Orleans Bride Magazine have the resources for every bride and groom. Here you can find the New Orleans Bride Magazine resource guide for our the city’s top vendors. And here you will see the LTEC “I Do To-Do” series. If you have over a year to plan your Big Day, the LTEC series has everything mapped out for you. If you and your honey decided to speed things up, or are just lost on which tasks should be tackled first, we have made a new list. Think of it as just one more organizational checklist, but this one gives rank of what needs to be addressed first. Here’s to planning your wedding.


  1. Pick your date/year/season you’d like to get married
  2. Select a wedding planner 
  3. Location: Reception and church
  4. Caterer: If not covered by venue 
  5. Photographer
  6. Wedding dress
  7. Transportation
  8. Honeymoon
  9. Videographer (if desired)
  10. Rentals if not covered by venue
  11. Bridesmaids dresses
  12. Flowers
  13. Register
  14. Rehearsal dinner
  15. Wedding bands
  16. Wedding night hotel
  17. Groom/groomsmen attire
  18. Wedding cake
  19. Photo booth/extra entertainment
  20. Invitations
  21. Glam squad: hair and makeup for everyone
  22. Marriage license 
  23. Second line
  24. Gifts: groom, bridal party, parents, welcome packages for out of town guests
  25. Spa day: nails, skin, etc. 



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