planning tools — 21 April 2015

Congratulations you’re engaged!

Wedding bells will be ringing soon, but in the meantime it’s all about the planning. Here’s a helpful 12-month itinerary to make sure your big day goes off without a hitch.





10 to 12 Months

This is the period of research and exploring, what kind of wedding do you want? Pretend you are a detective seeking the best of everything: style, venue, honeymoon, the works.
__ Schedule engagement photos
__ Mail out engagement announcements
__ Set a date
__ Meet clergy, especially if one of you is converting so you can
……start classes immediately
__ Start making bride and groom guest lists
__ Decide on a budget
__ Decide on indoor or outdoor wedding, be sure to keep in mind weather ……conditions for outdoor weddings and it’s always a good idea to have a
……backup plan
__ Begin scouting locations for ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner.
__ Begin researching caterers, florists, photographers, musicians and bakers
__ Make a list with fiancee of honeymoon destinations and songs for
……your first dance
__ Decide on members of the wedding party
__ Begin shopping for your wedding dress


7 to 9 Months

Now it’s time to start narrowing things down. In order to have time for the details, it’s important to get some of the big stuff out of the way.
__ Send engagement announcement to the local paper
__ Order your wedding dress
__ Decide on venue
__ Choose clergy
__ Choose your colors
__ Take bridesmaids shopping for their dresses
__ Take mom shopping for her Mother of the Bride dress
__ Meet with florist and decide on flowers for venue,
……wedding party and reception
__ Meet with caterer to decide on menu and schedule menu tasting
__ Book photographer
__ Meet with musicians to discuss play list
__ Meet with travel agent about honeymoon
__ Book reception venue and make deposit

4 to 6 Months

Ok, take a deep breath and relax, but not too much. Look at all you’ve
accomplished; now it’s time for the details.

__ Finalize menu with caterer
__ Finalize guest list
__ Order wedding invitations
__ Start shopping for wedding rings
__ Make appointment with jeweler if want to custom design rings
__ Meet with baker to view and taste cake options
__ Order bridesmaids’ dresses
__ Shop for and order fiancee and groomsmen tuxes
__ Book honeymoon
__ Make sure passports are current if going out of the country

2 to 3 Months

Now things are beginning to take form and your dream wedding is unfolding right before your eyes. Just keep focus and have fun.
__ Order wedding rings
__ Confirm with florist all flowers for ceremony and reception
__ Order cake
__ Register for gifts
__ Shop and order party favors
__ Pick song for your first dance
__ Finalize play list with musicians


4 to 8 Weeks

Everything is locked in, your dress is being tailored and everything is ordered. Now is the time to CONFIRM, CONFIRM, CONFIRM.
__ Mail wedding invitations
__ Order programs for the ceremony
__ Go with fiancee to get marriage license
__ Obtain, fill-out and mail all necessary forms for your name change
__ Pick up wedding rings and check fit
__ Final fitting for wedding dress and wedding party
__ Make appointment with hair and makeup stylist
__ Make nail appointment
__ Start shopping for honeymoon clothes
__ Purchase wedding party gifts
__ Purchase wedding gift for your fiancee
__ Pick up your dress and start wearing shoes around the
……house to ensure comfort on the big day
__ If traditionalist–make sure have something old, new, borrowed and blue
__ Plan rehearsal dinner
__ Pay final payment on reception hall


1 Week

Can you hear the wedding bells? That’s right in just one week you’ll go from bride-to-be, to wife! Now just a few minor details before you walk down the aisle into happily ever after.
__ Confirm with EVERYONE, caterer, photographer, baker, florist to make sure
…..everything is on schedule
__ Confirm wedding party picked up dresses and tuxes
__ Get everything packed for honeymoon
__ Pick up plane or cruise tickets and travel itinerary for honeymoon
……from travel agent
__ Hold rehearsal dinner and handout wedding day schedule to wedding party
__ Take bridesmaids out for brunch and a spa day for the last time
……as a single gal
__ Attend wedding rehearsal
__ Schedule two days for yourself, one for family and one for friends





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