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So You're engaged - Planning count down


So you're engaged, follow up for planning needs.

What, when and where should you be doing items to ensure that your wedding is planned for the best success?

12 months before the wedding day

  • Announce your engagement,

  • Choose a wedding theme & style,

  • Work out a basic budget,

  • Determine the # of guests,

  • Look through magazines & on line for attire & decor ideas

  • Meet with 2-3 wedding consultants to make sure that you choose the one that you like & personality similarity's

  • If you decide to plan on your own, so not advised, research wedding pro's i.e. photographer's, videographer's, location(s), bakeries, DJ's, bands, and more.... set up appointments to meet them & listen or visit

11 months prior

  • Select a wedding consultant to meet & discuss details, pay deposit to hold services

  • determine theme & decor scheme for ceremony, cocktail hour & reception

  • Meet with several caterers', arrange tastings

  • select & book caterer by paying deposit

  • reserve musicians for ceremony, cocktail hour & reception by paying deposits and make music selections of "must hear"

  • Book wedding photographer, videographer, - pay deposits for both

  • Research & interview florists

  • Select & reserve your ceremony site or venue and schedule the rehearsal; pay deposit

  • Choose reception venue and pay deposit

  • Secure parking for all guests and/or transportation for your out of town guests to/ from ceremony site & reception if far from hotel; pay deposit

  • visit local bridal stores & browse selection for your perfect gown or gown(s)

  • Choose your wedding party and ask them to participate in your special day

  • determine your honeymoon budget

  • mail save the date notices to all guests & especially if a destination wedding

10 months before wedding Day

  • select and order your wedding gown(s)

  • if your ceremony or reception is to be held outside at a park and some other locations, acquire necessary permits.

  • Discuss attendants duties with maid of honor & bridesmaids

9 months before wedding day

  • Register for gifts

  • coordinate with vendors to incorporate your theme/style into all aspects of your wedding

  • decide on the food and liquor to be served at your reception

  • prepare a play-list of wedding ceremony & reception musical selections

  • select and order your headpiece, veil, gloves & shoes

  • Confirm order of & delivery dates for your wedding attire

  • research airline & rental car reservations for guests

  • locate decor company to assemble, set up & take down decor on wedding day at ceremony & reception. Ensure that they have outside labor to handle your needs. Pay deposit.

8 months before wedding day

  • Go to first gown fitting, invite maid of honor or bring your professional planner

  • choose & order bridesmaids dresses & accessories

  • research a variety of wedding ring styles

  • select florist, discuss wedding theme & style, pay deposit

7 months before wedding day

  • Review and finalize your wedding details with consultant

  • Notify bridesmaids about dress fittings

  • Discuss attire with groomsmen and make referrals to local formal wear store

  • Select attire for flower girl(s) and ring bearer

  • Determine the design, wording, font & paper stock for your wedding invites, stationary, table cards & thank you's, finalize order & pay deposit

  • Arrange a printer or hie a calligrapher for invites & table cards

  • Determine order of ceremony events and choose wording for programs

  • Negotiate rates and book a block of hotel rooms for out of town guests

  • select and order your wedding rings

  • Purchase bridal accessories; i.e. jewelry, lingerie and so on

  • Choose and order something fun or guests to throw after your ceremony - pay attention to requirements at facility

6 months before your wedding day

  • review and approve proofs of invites & stationary

  • discuss the type of honeymoon you want, start by doing research on different locations and consult a travel agent

5 months before your wedding day

  • Order table cards, place print order for programs

  • taste a variety of wedding cakes and select a baker, place cake order & arrange for delivery - pay deposit

  • Make reservations for rehearsal dinner & select menu; pay deposit

4 months before wedding day

  • Prepare entire list of addresses for invites and get to calligrapher

  • choose wedding viws

  • have groom or partner try on tuxedos

  • Purchase groom or partners tuxedo

  • Purchase groom or partner's wedding day accessories

  • Make honeymoon reservations and place all depoists

  • If you plan to have a pre-nupt. Schedule appt's with attorneys

3 months before your wedding day

  • Review & approve wedding announcement & printed programs

  • book venue or secure reservations of post brunch, pay depoist

  • discuss bachelorette & bachelor party plans with attendants

  • plan your bridesmaids' luncheon or dinner

  • make appointment with stylist for hair and make-up to discuss your desires for your wedding day

  • Create hotel information cards and maps to include with invitations

2 months before your wedding day

  • Secure a wedding day dressing room for your bridesmaids

  • weigh and purchase postage for and mail invitations

  • go to final gown fitting; arrange for pick up or delivery of

  • Have grooms or partner's formal wear fitted

  • Discuss attendants giftsarrange transportation for bride, groom & party to, from ceremony, receptionIf you decided to plan your wedding day, locate a "day of" coordinator to relieve your stress by handling the details on the day of

6 weeks before your wedding day

  • Send rehearsal dinner invitations

  • write thank you notes as your receive gifts

  • confirm music selections (play list's) with musicians &/or DJ

  • Select menu for post wedding day brunch

  • purchase a gift for your finance

  • shop for wedding favors

  • purchase honeymoon clothing, luggage & accessories

  • go for practice hairstyling & make up run appointment

4 weeks before your wedding day

  • Confirm floral order & arrange for delivery

  • Meet with ushers & assign duties

  • discuss the details of your ceremony with officiant determine the placement or distribution of programs at the ceremony venue arrange for preparation, storage and break areas for musicians/ DJ at the reception venue

  • Determine seating arrangements for guests schedule wedding day appointment for hair & make up

  • Schedule manicure & pedicure for the day before the wedding finalize details with photographer & videographer finalize honeymoon plans &

  • confirm all reservationsarrange for transportation to and from the airport

  • post announcement and photo on your website

  • arrange for table card set up at reception venue schedule pick up and return of groom's formal wear if you didn't buy

3 weeks before your wedding

  • finalize list of ceremony & reception guests

  • give the final head count to caterer & review details

  • arrange for delivery of flowers and other decorations on the big day & ensure that you have outside labor arranged to install and take down after reception

  • Call anyone who hasn't responded to invite with the RSVP card

1 week before your wedding day

  • Confirm your honeymoon travel arrangements

  • start packing for your honey moon

  • pick up your dress

Wedding Day

  • Eat a good breakfast

  • attend hair style & make up appointment

  • continue to drink water & stay hydrated

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get ready

  • relax & enjoy your self

Post Wedding 3 days to a week after

  • Arrange for transport of gifts

  • have family or friends mail announcements

After honeymoon

  • Take wedding gown & veil to a dry cleaner who specializes in gown preservation

  • submit name change forms for driver's license, passport, social security card, state & federal tax boards, banks, credit cards and so on.

Now if this list of things to do seems just ridiculous to you, then you really need a wedding planner & coordinator. Make your selection wisely, not all planners & coordinators are the same. Some handle most of this list for you, while others, just give advice.

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