Posted: Monday, Mar. 30, 2009
Nine to 12 months:
__ Announce your engagement.
__ Select your wedding date.
__ Meet with clergy to discuss premarital requirements such as classes, counseling, etc.
__ Create a budget.
__ Determine style of wedding.
__ Choose a bridal consultant, if desired.
__ Select your bridal party.
__ Determine size of guest list.
__ Select and reserve locations for wedding and reception.
__ Begin shopping for wedding rings.
__ Interview and select professionals: caterer, baker, florist, musicians, photographer, videographer, etc. Remember top professionals are often booked at least one year in advance.Six to nine months:
__ Decide on your color scheme.
__ Select your gown, headpiece and accessories.
__ Choose attire for attendants.
__ Begin planning details of ceremony and reception.
__ Complete arrangements with service professionals. Sign contracts and pay deposits.
__ Begin your health and beauty regimen.
__ Make appointments with beauty professionals to decide on the perfect bridal look for you.Four to six months:
__ Order invitations, announcements, thank-you notes and stationery.
__ Finalize guest list.
__ See that all wedding attire is ordered and fittings scheduled.
__ Mothers should select their dresses.
__ Select and order wedding rings.
__ Shop for trousseau.
__ Select bridal registry.
__ Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests.
__ Make honeymoon arrangements.
__ Begin addressing invitations and announcements.
__ Have a hair and makeup rehearsal with headpiece in place.
__ Mail or email save-the-dates.Two to four months:
__ Sit for formal portrait.
__ Plan bridesmaids luncheon.
__ Grooms family plans rehearsal dinner.
__ Order wedding cake and grooms cake.
__ Review details and scheduling with each service professional.Two months:
__ Review details with service professionals.
__ Review ceremony with clergy.
__ Schedule rehearsal.
__ Make health and beauty appointments.
__ Select gifts for parents, groom, attendants and others (soloist, consultant, etc.).
__ Purchase accessories such as toasting goblets, ring bearers pillow, garter, cake knife, etc.
__ Complete trousseau shopping.
__ Record gifts as they arrive and send thank-you notes.Four to six weeks:
__ Finalize details with the clergy and all service professionals.
__ Set a date to get marriage license and complete other official details; i.e., name change on all credit cards, drivers license, change of address forms, etc.
__ Arrange final fittings for you and your attendants.
__ Ensure that all accessories are in order.
__ Check on mens formalwear.
__ Mail invitations.
__ Complete transportation arrangements.
__ Have groom pick up wedding rings.One week:
__ Review final details with service professionals (florist, baker, photographer, musicians and any others).
__ Give caterer final guest count.
__ Confirm honeymoon reservations and finish packing.
__ Confirm rehearsal dinner plans.
__ Ask someone to help you with last-minute details.Day before wedding:
__ Visit with out-of-town guests.
__ Gather everything you will need for wedding.
__ Share a quiet moment with your fiancé.
__ Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
__ Get a good nights sleep!The wedding day:
__ Allow yourself a moment alone to relax and let any worrying subside.
__ Be pampered have hair and make-up done.
__ Enjoy this beautiful day!More Planning Articles