Carolina Bride

March 30, 2009

Wedding timetable

A checklist for planning your wedding.

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. __ Groom’s family plans 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. __ 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, driver’s license, change of address forms, etc. __ Arrange final fittings for you and your attendants. __ Ensure that all accessories are in order. __ Check on men’s 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 night’s 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!

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