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Essential Wedding Checklist

Essential Wedding Checklist

Aug 26, 2014

The Great Wedding Checklist
Planning the ultimate wedding celebration? Help yourself out and otherwise make life easier by using the following checklist:Essential-Wedding-Check-List

16 to Nine Months Prior to the Wedding :

  • Start A Wedding Binder. Fill it with pages from wedding and lifestyle magazines–this way you’ll have a ton of great ideas in one place.
  • Create A Budget. Work out a reasonable budget that includes what you and your groom can spend, as well as family contributions.
  • Choose The Wedding Party. Friends and family will start wondering who you’ll pick as soon as you announce your engagement, so choose the party asap.
  • Start The Guest List. Create a head count database to use throughout the planning, Use columns for contact info, RSVPs, gifts and any other necessary info.
  • Hire A Planner. Always a good idea–especially because they have vendor connections and can tell you who’s worth it and who isn’t.
  • Reserve The Date/Venues. Decide if you want two locations for the ceremony and reception and go from there.
  • Book The officient. Find one you love!
  • Research Photographers, Florists. Etc. This also includes DJs, bands and caterers.
  • Throw Your Engagement Party. If you want to have one, that is!

Eight Months Prior :

  • Hire The Photographer/Videographer. You don’t have to get into specifics, just make sure they’ll do what you want.
  • Book Entertainment. Band, DJ, ceremony musicians…you get the idea.
  • Meet With Caterers. Your wedding venue may not feature caterers, so meet with those of interest.
  • Purchase Your Dress. Schedule at least three fittings.
  • Reserve Hotel Rooms. This is necessary for out-of-town guests.
  • Register. Do so with at least three retailers.
  • Launch Your Wedding Website. Use a free provider, then send the link to guests.

Six Months Prior :

  • Select Invites. Purchase them as well–hire a calligrapher if you wish.
  • Plan Your Honeymoon. This includes checking that your passports are up-to-date, if necessary.
  • Shop For Bridesmaids Dresses: Six months is required for any alterations and whatnot.
  • Meet With The Officiant. Discuss the ceremony and ensure you have all the right documents.
  • Mail Save The Date Cards.
  • Reserve Structural/Electrical Necessities. Portable toilets? Outdoor chairs? Anything else?
  • Book A Florist.
  • Arrange Transportation. Mini buses, limos, trolleys, town cars…
  • Make A Day-Of Schedule. This is a good time to create you wedding day itinerary.

Five to Four Months Prior :

  • Book Rehearsal Dinner Venues. Negotiate cost and menu as needed.
  • Check Wedding Invites. Make any necessary revisions before sending them out.
  • Select And Order The Cake. Attend tastings to find out what you like best.
  • Send Guest List To Shower Host. Assuming you know about it, of course!
  • Purchase Wedding Shoes, Start Dress Fittings. Bring shoes to your first fitting so the tailor can make adjustments.
  • Select Hair And Makeup Artists: Make a few appointments, then take pictures of results to compare.
  • Choose The Music. When do you want music played? Make decisions based on this.wedngchcklst

Three Months Prior :

  • Finalize Menu And Flowers: See what’s available since these things are affected by season.
  • Make A List Of “Toasters.” Which people are giving toasts?
  • Finalize Readings? Who are giving readings? Finalize plans with these people.
  • Order Favors. Want favors? Order them now.
  • Purchase Wedding Undies. Also schedule your final fitting.
  • Print Menu Cards And Programs. Only do the cards if you want!
  • Purchase Rings. This allows enough time for resizing and engraving.
  • Send Vendors Your Event Schedule. Provide a first draft now, which allows for adjustments and feedback.

Two Months Prior :

  • Touch Base With Vendors. Ensure they’ve answered all of your questions.
  • Meet With Your Photographer: This is to discuss shots and anything else you want.
  • Review Playlist. Do this with your band or DJ.
  • Send Out Invites: The general rule is to do this about two months before the wedding.
  • Do The Newspaper Announcement. Note newspaper photo rules, if applicable.
  • Have Fun At The Bachelorette Party. You’ve earned it!

One Month Prior :

  • Enter RSVPs. Do this in your guest-list data base.
  • Get Your Marriage License. This can take up to six days.
  • Mail Rehearsal Dinner Invites.
  • Have Your Last Fitting.
  • Stock Venue Bar. Beer, wine. hard liquor…whatever you want!
  • Confirm Hair And Makeup Times With Artists.
  • Assign Seating. The old “table map” is awesome for a reason.
  • Mail Out As Many Final Payments As Possible.
  • Purchase Bridesmaid Gifts. Give them out at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Get Hair Cut And Colored, If Applicable.
  • Write Vows, If Applicable.

Week Of :

  • Confirm Arrival Times With Vendors Yet Again.
  • Assign Wedding Day Tasks. Have someone bustle your dress, carry your things, don’t forget to put someone in charge of gifts…
  • Provide Bridal Party With Your Wedding Day Timeline.
  • Pick Up Your Dress. Or have it delivered.
  • Check In With Your Photographer. Do this one last time.
  • Book A Spa Treatment. Relax, darnit!
  • Break In Your Shoes.
  • Write And Set Aside Vendor Checks.
  • Send Final Guest List To Venues And Caterers.
  • Create Welcome Baskets.
  • Pack For Your Honeymoon!

There you have it! Keep this list with you and enjoy!

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