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 the countdown First Things First ... • Before announcing your engagement, inform your families. Traditionally, the Bride’s parents are told first, then the Groom’s parents. If they have not yet met, a get-together should be arranged by the Groom’s family. Nine to Twelve Months Prior • Establish your budget early, with maximum amounts for each event/activity. Consider hiring a wedding consultant to help with your plans. Determine expense responsibilities for specific events. • Shop for engagement and wedding rings. If you want custom- made rings, plan this early in your schedule. • Decide on the style, formality and size of your wedding, then set your tentative wedding date. • Choose your wedding consultant. • Prepare your tentative guest list and determine the size of your wedding events. • Choose your attendants; get a firm commitment to each event. Determine all pertinent sizes for each. • Select your ceremony location and consult with the officiant who will perform the ceremony, then choose a firm wedding date. Begin planning your ceremony, and determine any pre-marital requirements. • Choose a reception location. • Plan rehearsal dates and times with your officiant and location choices. • Choose and reserve the location for your rehearsal dinner. • Choose the color scheme and any appropriate style for your ceremony and wedding attire. • Begin shopping for the bridal gown, headpiece, and attendants’ attire. • Schedule fittings, alteration fittings and delivery dates. • Choose your attendant’s dresses and accessories. Schedule fittings and delivery dates, and notify your attendants. • Start the selection process for your wedding professionals: Contact a photographer/videographer early; some are booked as much as a year in advance. Decide your type of entertainment and choose the right professional. Choose your caterer if not included with your reception site. Select your mode of transportation. • Begin the selection of your florist, balloonist and/or ice sculptor. Determine any party rental needs and select an appropriate professional. • Select your stationer, style of invitations, thank you notes and any other stationery. • Consult a travel agent or visit websites for honeymoon plans. Six to Nine Months Prior • Begin compiling guest list names and addresses. • Locate and choose your gift registry and begin recording your selections. • Get engagement photographs taken by your photographer and set up your engagement announcement with your local newspaper. 10 § AKRONCANTONWEDDINGS.COM | WEDDINGS IN OHIO KLODT PHOTOGRAPHY 

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