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Wedding Checklist

A bit of planning will go a long way toward having a stress free wedding. After all, this will be the most important day of your life.  Take a look below for a plan to keep you on track right up to your wedding day.  

wedding checklist

6-12 Months Prior to Your Wedding

  • Determine the size and type of event you will be having.  Also, get a firm hold on the number of guests you will be entertaining.  
  • Set your budget.  Many times this is the most difficult thing to do.
  • If you are using a wedding planner, this is the time to choose and hire him/her.
  • Pin down the date, time and location of your wedding and get contracts signed. This will lock in the site for your wedding and reception.
  • Decide on the location for your rehearsal dinner and make your reservations.
  • Choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen.  Also decide on your officiant.
  • Shop for your wedding rings. 
  • Shop for and select your wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses
  • Book your photographer and/or videographer, florist, caterer and entertainment.
  • Put together your guest list for the wedding and the reception.
  • Mail out save the date cards to any guests that live out of town.
  • Reserve a block of rooms for your out of town guests.

4-6 Months Prior to the Wedding

  • Have your engagement photo taken and send it with your wedding announcement to your local newspaper.
  • If you are having an engagement party, mail the invitations.
  • Order your announcements, invitations programs and wedding stationary.
  • Go over any final decisions with your wedding planner.
  • Have your grooms and his groomsmen measured for their tuxedos and get them ordered.
  • Do the final fittings for the bridesmaids gowns and purchase their shoes.
  • Purchase any special items such as unity candles, favors, etc. 
  • Sign up for your gift registry at your chosen stores.
  • Schedule your wedding day transportation.
  • Make your reservations for your honeymoon.

3-5 Months Prior to Your Wedding

  • Make sure you have your birth certificates (for the marriage license)
  • Obtain the needed forms for a name change (driver's license, SS cards, banks, credit cards, etc.)
  • Purchase your wedding rings and have them engraved if you have chosen to do so.
  • Order your wedding flowers and bouquets.
  • Choose and order your wedding cake.
  • Select your bridesmaids gifts and have your groom choose gifts for his groomsmen.
  • Finalize the guest list.
  • Address and stamp your invitations.
  • Finalize the menu for your reception.
  • Book hair and makeup appointments for yourself and your bridal party.
  • Confirm your entertainment (DJ or musicians) and discuss any special music choices.

1-2 Months Prior to Your Wedding

  • Apply for your marriage license.
  • Mail your invitations.
  • Attend any bridal showers.
  • Have final fittings for you and your wedding party.
  • Schedule your wedding portrait sitting.
  • Get the final guest count to your caterer.

1 Week Prior to Your Wedding

  • Pack for the honeymoon.
  • Make a checklist of things you will need for the ceremony and reception.
  • Confirm with your florist, photographer, entertainment, etc. if you do not have a wedding planner. 

1 Day Prior to Your Wedding

  • Put together an emergency kit (makeup, hairspray, extra pantyhose, aspirin, sewing kit, safety pins, etc.)
  • Attend and enjoy your rehearsal and dinner.
  • Relax!  Maybe go to the spa or have a massage.
  • Go to bed early (even if you think you can't sleep).  

Your Wedding Day

  • Be sure to eat.  You will need your strength and if will help if you are nervous.
  • Get your hair and makeup done.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get dressed.
  • Enjoy your day!!!
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