Groom’s Planner

Paul Retherford PhotographyA wedding should be planned in stages with every decision made as early as possible.
The groom has plenty that he is traditionally responsible for.

12 Months Before

■ Select engagement ring.
■ Discuss wedding plans and budget with fiancée and all parents.
■ Select attendants and at least one usher for every 50 guests.
■ Decide on ceremony and reception with fiancée.

9 Months Before

■ Arrange a visit with clergymember or justice of the peace to discuss ceremony.
■ Start compiling your guest list.
■ Discuss honeymoon destinations with fiancée; consult travel agent.

6 Months Before

■ Arrange to pay for bride’s bouquet; order boutonnieres and corsages.
■ Visit gift registry with fiancée.
■ Complete honeymoon plans.
■ For travel abroad, update passports, visas and inoculations.
■ Arrange transportation to ceremony and reception for wedding party.

3 Months Before

■ Complete guest list; give to fiancée.
■ After consulting fiancée, order wedding attire for yourself and ushers.
■ Shop for honeymoon clothes.
■ Order wedding rings.
■ After consulting fiancée, reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
■ Plan rehearsal dinner with parents.

6-8 Weeks Before

■ Help fiancée with thank-you notes for gifts.
■ Get legal and religious papers in order.
■ Pick up wedding rings; check engraving.
■ Buy gifts for fiancée and ushers.

2 Weeks Before

■ Go with fiancée to get marriage license.
■ Arrange for transportation from the reception to the airport, if applicable.
■ Attend bachelor party.
■ Double-check honeymoon reservations.
■ Arrange to move belongings to new home.

1 Week Before

■ Remind ushers of rehearsal dinner details (give them the gifts that night).
■ Put officiant’s fee in a sealed envelope and give it to best man to deliver after the ceremony.
■ Explain any special seating arrangements for family members, etc., to ushers.
■ Purchase traveler’s checks.
■ Pack for honeymoon.



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