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Wedding Planning Guide

One year before Wedding

  • Buy a wedding planner and memory album.
  • Decide who will pay for what.
  • Discuss all aspects of the wedding with your families.
  • Send engagement announcements to newspapers.
  • Make lists of various ceremony and reception sites. Go to view them as soon as possible.
  • Begin looking at caterers and ask for estimates from those your are considering.
  • Begin looking at bakers for your wedding cake and ask for estimates.
  • Discuss honeymoon plans. Make a final decision as soon as possible. Booking months in advance will save you money.
  • Plan your post-wedding living arrangements.

At Least 6 Months Before Wedding

  • Select and order a wedding gown.
  • Reserve hotel rooms for your guests traveling from out of town.
  • Choose bridesmaids and groomsmen and order their gowns and tuxedos.
  • Order wedding invitations and "thank you" cards.
  • Make you final catering and reception choices and book them as soon as possible.
  • Make your honeymoon plans. Contact a travel agent to make reservations.

At Least 4 Months Before Wedding

  • Finalize your post-wedding living arrangements.
  • If traveling outside the country for your honeymoon, apply for your passports.
  • Book a limousine for transportation.
  • Get estimates for floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception.
  • Plan your rehearsal dinner.
  • Reserve a Disc Jockey/ M.C. for your reception.

At Least 3 Months Before Wedding

  • Mail your wedding invitations.
  • Make sure all pertinent documents are completed and sent in.
  • Complete your guest list.
  • Book florist.
  • Choose and purchase decorations and favors for your reception.
  • Choose wedding rings and select engravings.

At Least 2 Months Before Wedding

  • Consult with all companies who are providing services for your wedding. Make arrangements to purchase these.
  • Buy a gift for your spouse and gifts for your members of the wedding party.
  • Make an appointment with a hairdresser for the bride and bridesmaids.
  • Send out shower gift "thank you" cards.

At Least 1 Month Before Wedding

  • Finalize choices for all bridal gown accessories.
  • Have final fitting for bridal gown & headpiece, as well as the bridesmaids dresses.
  • Schedule bridesmaid's lunch and give them their gifts.
  • Confirm hotel reservations for all guests and for you and your spouse.
  • Get marriage license.
  • Finalize plans for your rehearsal dinner.
  • Stay current with "thank you" cards for shower gifts and some early wedding presents.
  • Finalize seating arrangements for the reception.
  • Send invitations to those who will be attending the rehearsal dinner.

At Least 2 Weeks Before

  • Confirm all honeymoon arrangements.
  • Wear your wedding shoes around the house.
  • Confirm all plans and details with all vendors providing services for your wedding.

At Least 1 Week Before

  • Review wedding ceremony details and procedures with your wedding party.
  • Pick out the clothes you'll wear after you leave the reception.
  • Assign a trusted person to solve all last minute problems and details. Rely on this person to help you as you get closer to the final day.
  • Plan a fun day shared with family or friends.
  • Give a final head count, seating arrangements, and place cards to the caterer.
  • Pack for your honeymoon.

The Day Before

  • Mail the wedding announcements.
  • Place the fees for the limousine driver and the officiant into sealed envelopes. Give these to the Best Man to be handed out by him on the wedding day.
  • Give wedding rings to the Best Man.
  • Attend your rehearsal and dinner.
  • Rest properly and sleep well.

Your Wedding Day

  • Relax and enjoy your special day with your family and friends.

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