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Wedding Check List

 

Not sure when to take care of first when planning your wedding?
Use this timeline as a guideline when reserving your venues, services, and professionals on your very important day.

Wedding Check List

When you become engaged, be sure to send your announcements to your hometown newspaper and your fiancee's (if he or she lives elsewhere). Most newspapers publish guidelines for the required information. Call in advance for those guidlines.

As Soon as Your Date is Chosen:

  • Determine your budget and the kind of wedding (informal, formal, etc.); decide where the ceremony will take place.
  • Visit your officiate with your fiancee.
  • Consider hiring a wedding consultant.
  • Plan a reception.
  • Choose your attendants.
  • Draw up your invitation lists.
  • Have your fiancee draw up his or hers.
  • Enroll with the bridal gift registry of your favorite department or specialty store.
  • Select your dress, veil, accessories and bridesmaids dresses.
  • Consult a men's formal wear specialist.
  • Select a photographer, videographer, florist, and reception entertainment, ceremony musicians.
  • DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MOMENT IN THESE CATEGORIES, AVAILABILITY IS ALWAYS LIMITED. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL WIND UP CHOOSING FROM THE WEDDING PROFESSIONALS THAT ARE AVAILABLE VERSUS THE WEDDING PROFESSIONALS YOU PREFER. Don't be the one to make this mistake!

4 to 6 Months Ahead:

  • Order your invitations, personal stationery and notepaper.
  • Plan accommodations for your out-of-town guest.* Arrange for your rehearsal dinner.
  • Plan your honeymoon.
  • Shop for your trousseau.
  • Have mothers choose their dresses.
  • Visit your doctor for a complete physical examination, set date for blood test (valid time periods vary from state to state).

2 to 4 Months Ahead:

  • Address wedding invitations.
  • Select your wedding reception music.
  • Choose gifts for your attendants.
  • Buy wedding ring; order engraving.
  • Make a date with your fiancee to get the marriage license. (Check your state's law to see how many days a license is valid).

1 to 2 Months Ahead:

  • Buy wedding gift for your groom.
  • Make appointment with hair stylist.
  • Consider hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day.
  • Have finals dress fittings.* Plan how to handle traffic, parking.* Mail your invitations.
  • Have a formal wedding portrait taken.
  • Attend parties in your honor.
  • Plan bridesmaids' party.
  • Record each gift as received and write a thank-you note prompltly.
  • Make a household "check" for your home furnishings that are still needed.* Pick up wedding rings.

2 Weeks Ahead:

  • Send your wedding announcement to the newspaper.
  • Draw up a seating plan for reception; make cards for the bride's table.
  • Go over your personal trousseau and take care of any last minute items.
  • If you plan to change your name on Social Security, driver's license, credit cards, bank accounts, contact the necessary offices to obtain the required forms.
  • Arrange to move your belongings to your new home.

1 Week Ahead:

  • Have final consultation with caterer, florist, and photographer/videographer.
  • Gives bridesmaids' party.
  • Confirm rehearsal plans with clergy and attendants.
  • Get ready to become one! The question is....Which One?

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