Just in Time
By Cristina Wilson | Photography by Lindsey Lee Photography
Posted: Wednesday, May. 21, 2014
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 your 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 stationary.
- Finalize guest list.
- See that all wedding attire is ordered and fittings are scheduled.
- Mothers should select their dresses.
- Select and order wedding rings
- Shop for trousseau.
- Select bridal registry.
- Arrange accomodations 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.
- Plan rehearsal dinner.
- Order wedding cake and groom's cake.
- Review details and scheduling with each service professional.
- 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 bearer's pillow, garter, cake knife, etc.
- Complete trousseau shopping. <
- Record gifts as they arrive and send thank-you notes.
- 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 the wedding.
- Share a quiet moment with your fiance.
- Attend rehearsal dinner.
- Get a good night's sleep!
The wedding day
- Allow yourself a moment alone to relax.
- Be pampered: have hair and makeup done.
- Enjoy this beautiful day!
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