planning checklist

 

 

 

 

9 to 12 Months Before Your Wedding:

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Choose your wedding date and time

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Reserve the date, time, and location of your Wedding with your Officiant

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Set tentative wedding budget and decide how the expenses will be shared

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Estimate number of guests from both sides. This estimated number is very important as it will be required when shopping for a reception location

Select and book your reception location. At this time you should also have in mind the type of menu your would like

Choose your bridal party

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Shop for a wedding dress, head piece, shoes and other accessories

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Book your photographer, disc jockey, musicians, and other entertainment for ceremony and reception

Consider hiring a Wedding Consultant

6 to 9 Months Before Your Wedding:

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Publish your engagement in your local newspaper

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Select and book your mode of transportation to and from ceremony and reception

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Determine final guest list with all parties

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Register with shops who offer Bridal Registries

Choose and book your florist

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Select and order your invitations

Consult with your travel agent and book honeymoon. At this time, it is also wise to prepare all passport information

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Shop for Bridesmaid dresses and accessories

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Shop for your wedding bands.

4 to 6 Months Before Your Wedding:

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Decide on your speakers for your reception - Master of Ceremonies etc.

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Book men's formal wear

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Finalize all guest information and begin to write your invitations

3 Months Before Your Wedding:

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Make arrangements to obtain your marriage license

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Begin to make arrangements for your hotel room after your reception. It is also an opportune time to book a block of rooms to accommodate out of town guests

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Complete all wedding invitations

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Schedule fittings for all bridal attire. Make sure you bring your Bridal shoes

Finalize details of your wedding ceremony - choose ceremony option. At this point, book an appointment with the organist or soloist

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Arrange rehearsal details

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Order your wedding cake; ring pillow; garter; knives & servers; guest book and fountain pen

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If your reception site does not provide liquor, now is the time to contact a wine and liquor representative and obtain a liquor license

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Book an appointment with hairdresser and make-up artist

1 to 2 Months Before Your Wedding:

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Verify all details with all hired professionals, including florist; limousines; photographers/videographer etc.

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Mail all wedding invitations to your guests

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Arrange with someone to house sit

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Organize rehearsal dinners

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Arrange trial run of Bridal hair and make-up

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Finalize honeymoon details with travel agent

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Submit a layout of reception to Disc Jockey, Master of Ceremonies; and any other party who plays a role at a particular time

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Select and purchase attendants' gifts

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Arrange change of address and all other forms of Identification that need to be changed

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Determine your travel needs - that is, a new suitcase, swimsuit etc.

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Bride: Start wearing your wedding shoes on a daily basis to work them in

1 to 2 Weeks Before Your Wedding:

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Finalize guest numbers with caterer or hall. At this time, inform them of any special exceptions you may require - food allergies, 2 vegetarian meals, etc. This step may require you to contact any guests who have not yet replied to your invitation

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Pick up gown and Bridal party dresses

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Pick up airline tickets; travelers cheques

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Verify accommodations for out of town guests

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Prepare a checklist of details to be assigned to bridal party

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Organize your gown preservation and cleaning. This task can be completed while you are on your honeymoon

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Prepare seating plans, seating cards and master guest list for reception

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Pick up wedding bands. Make sure they fit

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Best man should organize final formal wear fittings the men in the wedding party. He should also arrange to return the Groom's attire the next day

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Book facials, waxing and any other esthetics that are required

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Finish packing for your honeymoon

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Arrange transportation for Bridal party from ceremony to photos or reception

2 Days Before your Wedding:

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Give wedding bands and marriage license to Best Man or other designated person

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Rehearsal dinner takes place and gifts are given to wedding party

Day Before Your Wedding:

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Have a manicure and pedicure

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Pick up formal wear

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Take a trip to your reception site to ensure that the location is ready for the reception. This will be your last chance to set up.

Day of Your Wedding:

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Transfer your engagement ring to your right hand

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Be dressed and ready for photographer/videographer approximately 2 hours before the ceremony or according to your arrangements

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Hairdresser and make-up artist will arrive according to your arrangements

 

 

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