Bride’s Planner

RJ Scott PhotographyA wedding should be planned in stages with every decision made as early as possible. Begin by setting deadlines, then check off each task as you complete it.

6-12 Months Before

■ Choose the kind of wedding you will have, date and time.
■ Discuss the budget, and who will pay for what.
■ Make arrangements with the officiator.
■ Reserve the wedding and reception locations.
■ Select your wedding dress, veil and accessories.
■ Choose the bridesmaids, groomsmen,
ushers and honored roles.
■ Have formal black/white photo sitting for announcements.
■ Send announcements of your engagement to bride’s and groom’s local and hometown newspapers.
■ Meet with the florist, photographer, caterer, videographer and DJ or entertainment to discuss budgets and options.
■ Draw up the guest list with fiancé and families.
■ Plan reception music and reserve band or orchestra.
■ Contact rental coordinator for equipment reservations.
■ Discuss honeymoon and reservations. (Traditionally the groom makes all the honeymoon arrangements.)
■ Arrange for time off work if necessary.
■ Buy a good, sturdy notebook to store brochures and notes.
■ Develop record-keeping system for invitations, RSVPs, gifts and thank-you notes.

4-6 Months Before

■ Plan new living arrangements and home furnishings.
■ Select and register wedding gifts and patterns.
■ Select color scheme.
■ Order dress and accessories.
■ Order bridesmaids’ dresses, shoes and accessories.
■ Contact men’s formalwear specialist for men’s attire.
■ Have parents select attire.
■ Order wedding cake.
■ Order invitations, announcements, programs, napkins, matchbooks and thank-you notes.

2 Months Before

■ Choose wedding bands and engraving.
■ Check marriage license requirements.
■ Plan ceremony, reception, menus, master of ceremonies and music.
■ Plan rehearsal dinner and bridesmaids’ luncheon.
■ Complete guest list and address invitations.
■ Make arrangements for lodging for out-of-town guests.
■ Purchase gifts for attendants and groom.
■ Plan reception seating if necessary.

1 Month Before

■ Confirm all arrangements and contracts.
■ Mail invitations so they will arrive three weeks before the wedding.
■ Pick up wedding rings.
■ Arrange for transportation to ceremony and from ceremony to reception.
■ Attend final fittings.
■ Have your hair and makeup done as your would like to have it on your wedding.
■ Schedule any tanning, manicures, etc.
■ Purchase guest book and keepsake album.
■ Contact your insurance agent about naming your fiancé as beneficiary on your life insurance, will and auto policies, and about buying homeowners’ and floater insurances to protect wedding gifts.
■ Open joint checking and savings accounts.
■ Decide on a budget and savings program. Discuss them with your financial representatives.
■ Write thank-you notes as gifts are received.

2 Weeks Before

■ Get marriage license.
■ Give caterer final guest count. Don’t forget the wedding party, photographer and DJ.
■ Arrange to have your own gown pressed and delivered.
■ Arrange to change your name on driver’s license, Social Security card, credit cards, bank accounts, insurance, etc.
■ Make arrangements for moving into your new home.

1 Week Before

■ Pack for honeymoon.
■ Give bridesmaids’ luncheon/party, give attendant gifts.
■ Confirm directions, housing, timetables with attendants.
■ Brief head usher of any special seating arrangements.
■ Arrange for rental returns.

1 Day Before

■ Pack the “going-to-church” bag and “emergency” bag.
■ Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
■ Find a quiet moment to give your fiancé his wedding gift.

The Wedding Day

■ Have a nice, relaxed breakfast.
■ Have hair and makeup done.
■ Relax, and let the planning take care of itself.



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