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By Cristina Wilson | Photography by Lindsey Lee Photography

Posted: Wednesday, May. 21, 2014

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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.

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 bearer's pillow, garter, cake knife, etc.

  • Complete trousseau shopping.
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  • Record gifts as they arrive and send thank-you notes.

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 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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