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Wedding Planning Checklists

10 TO 12 MONTHS PRIOR

  • Discuss the style of the wedding and the budget with your fiancée and ALL parents.
  • Interview wedding consultants, advisors and coordinators.
  • Speak with all your friends - pick their brains - learn who knows what and who knows who.
  • Speak to your clergy - speak with other family members' clergy - ask questions.
  • Begin looking for locations - ceremony - rehearsal dinner - reception - other planned events
  • Have your planner recommend you caterers, bakers, photographers, florists, videographers, musicians
  • By end of Month 12 select three of your key players: planner - location and photographer
  • By end of Month 10 select site for the reception and rehearsal dinner

7 TO 9 MONTHS PRIOR

  • Select all of your attendants
  • Together, begin compiling your guest list.
  • Contact and clergy or justice of the peace
  • Begin shopping for appropriate clothiers and (ladies) accessorize, accessorize, accessorize, accessorize
  • Register with not less than three well known Bridal Registries for gifts.
  • Begin looking at honeymoon options with your fiancée - visit a travel agency or professional specializing in leisure travel – if not just stay in Cabo after all this place is beautiful, so why leaving?.
  • By the end of Month 9 choose clergy
  • By the end of Month 8 decide on a menu.
  • By the end of Month 7 schedule engagement photo session
  • By the end of Month 7 select and order attendant's apparel.

4 TO 6 MONTHS PRIOR

  • Begin review of details with your wedding professional
  • Finalize honeymoon plans with fiancée and book with travel agent.
  • By end of Month 6 shop for and order invitations and announcements
  • Finalize music selection for wedding and reception
  • By end of Month 5 book calligrapher (if you are going to use one)
  • By end of Month 5 shop and order the men's formal wear
  • Book wedding transportation - limousines, horse-drawn carriages, hot air balloons, boat, or whatever
  • By end of Month 4 have the rehearsal dinner plans in place (make sure you coordinate this with your fiancée).

2 TO 3 MONTHS PRIOR

  • Order the wedding rings!!
  • Finish guest list
  • Shop till you drop
  • Lingerie
  • Honeymoon Clothes
  • Attendants' gifts
  • Your gift for your fiancée
  • Pre- & post-wedding party clothes you might need
  • Finalize catering, bakery, floral arrangements (be a little flexible)
  • Finalize arrangements for any rental items you may need
  • Candelabra & other silver pieces
  • Special decorative screens & archways
  • Special lighting (particularly if part of the event will be outside or in an unique area where normal lighting may not be possible)
  • Make appointment with your hairdresser (a trial run for next month - also good for your bridal portrait)
  • Make appointment with your hairdresser (final)
  • Make appointment for your nails (hands and feet)
  • Make appointment with a makeup artist for the day of your bridal portrait

4 TO 8 WEEKS PRIOR

  • Mail your wedding invitations and send either you preplanned special itinerary for early arriving out-of-town guests or an activity sheet from area chambers-of-commerce
  • Final fittings (you and the attendants)
  • Plan the bridesmaids' party & confirm the location & instructions
  • By Week 6 have bridal portrait taken
  • Send local paper and wedding publications your announcement and photograph
  • Notes! Notes! Notes! Write Thank You Notes as you receive bridal and wedding gifts
  • Reconfirm rehearsal events and rehearsal dinner reservations
  • For your own peace of mind personally touch base with every key professional you and/or
  • your coordinator have working on all your upcoming events
  • Submit request lists to your musicians, photographer and videographer
  • Formally invite wedding party and guests to the rehearsal dinner (please keep in mind when having a destination wedding is customary to invite everybody to the rehearsal dinner)
  • Confirm all transportation for all events (including honeymoon)
  • Address announcements to mail on your wedding day
  • Prepare all the necessary forms for name address changes on social security card, credit cards, bank accounts, post office, driver's license, etc.
  • Arrange to move belongings to new home
  • By the last day of Week 2 plan a day to be alone with your family

1 WEEK PRIOR

  • On the very first day of the very last week begin packing for your honeymoon
  • Check final details with all your wedding professional - early in the week
  • Give (or attend) the Bridesmaids' party
  • Create a wedding day schedule with your fiancée
  • Reminder Day
  • Remind attendants of rehearsal dinner agenda
  • Remind fiancée to double check rehearsal dinner plans
  • Finish packing for your honeymoon
  • Rehearsal Dinner (give wedding day schedule to all)
  • Schedule the day prior to the wedding as a free day – to enjoy with your family and friends.

Wedding Day!

  • Chill out and have fun!


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