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• 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
• 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.
• Finalize your wedding professional choices and secure with a deposit: • Photographer & Videographer
• Caterer & Cake Baker
• Florist
• Stationer
• Ceremony Music
• Reception Entertainment • Party Rentals
• Other Vendors
• Select Groom’s attire. Set up fittings, alterations and delivery or pick up dates.
• Select and order the Groom’s attendants
attire. Schedule fittings and delivery or pick up dates, and notify the attendants.
Four to Six Months Prior
• Meet with each of your vendors and continue to plan each event. Finalize ordering and reservations for all your event needs.
• Meet with your florist and complete your selections for bouquets, boutonnieres, table arrangements, etc. and confirm delivery times.
• Finalize guest list.
• Choose and reserve accommodations for
all of your out-of-town guests. Compile a
list of local activities during their stay.
• Finalize selection and order your
• Set-up and maintain records of gifts and begin sending thank you notes.
• Select a baker, order wedding cake, groom’s cake and any other confectionery needs.
• Shop for and purchase trousseau.
• Help parents select and coordinate their
formal attire.
• Research all legal requirements – blood
tests and marriage license.
• Don’t forget ... begin your beauty
regimen early.
Two to Three Months Prior
• Make a list of who you want to speak at each event and in what order, and contact each person.
• Order favors and gifts. Purchase cake knives, ring pillow, toasting goblets, and other accessories.
• Address invitations and announcements and mail out-of-town invitations. Continue writing thank you notes.
• Finalize honeymoon and travel plans. Four to Six Weeks Prior
• Reserve wedding day appointments with your hair stylist for you and your attendants. Get any perms, color, cut or new style done early.
• Make pre-wedding beauty appointments for you and your attendants for manicure, massage, spa, etc.
• Select a makeup artist for your wedding day and your bridal portrait session.
• Get bridal portrait taken and framed
for reception.
• Make plans and reservations for an
attendants’ party.
• Address and mail all local invitations.
Begin RSVP counts. Include maps to all
event sites with invitations.
• Begin addressing wedding announcements. • Finalize all attire fittings. Pick up wedding
• Select and purchase attendants’ gifts and
a wedding gift for your new spouse.
• Obtain your marriage license.
• If you are moving finalize all moving details.
One to Two Weeks Prior
• Confirm all appointments.
• Confirm all ceremony and rehearsal details. • Confirm all counts with food and
beverage caterers.
• Plan seating arrangements.
• Finalize all rehearsal dinner details.
• Finalize all song lists and entertainment
• Finalize photographer and videographer
• Finalize arrangements for all professional
services and transportation needs.
• Confirm guest accommodations.
• Plan honeymoon wardrobes and luggage
needs. Obtain all travel tickets and
confirm reservations.
• Arrange for gowns, bouquet and/or
cake preservation.
The Last Week
• Arrange for pickup of bridal ensemble. Best Man should confirm final fittings for the Groom and Ushers; and schedule return of Groom’s tuxedo and rental equipment.
• Assign post-wedding tasks to wedding party.
• Prepare envelopes for payments or donations to ceremony officials and musicians.
• Give gifts to wedding party, family and fiancé.
• Attend the rehearsal dinner and attendants’ party.
The Day Before
• Finish packing for the wedding night and honeymoon.
• Gather all wedding day items. Entrust payment envelopes to the Best Man for tomorrow.
• Assure that the “getaway” car will be at the reception site – packed and ready to go.
Your Wedding Day (this is it!)
• See hairdresser and makeup artist early. • The Bride should transfer engagement ring to the right hand. Be dressed and
ready about two hours before ceremony
for picture-taking.
• Relax ... if you followed your planned
schedule, the rest of the day should be easy.
After the Wedding
• Write & mail thank you notes. • Take care of business, banking,
invitations and all related stationery.
change of address, etc. §
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