To Inspire You…

For Your Next Wedding Or Event

Countdown To The Big Day February 19, 2009

Filed under: Resource Alley — genesiswse @ 1:16 am

12 Months…

o Announce you r engagement.
o Choose a wedding theme and style.
o Work out a basic budget, research reception venues.
o Determine number of guests.
o Look through magazines for attire ideas.
o Meet potential wedding consultants; obtain bids.
o Research wedding pros (photographers, videographers, reception bands or DJs, ceremony musicians). Set up appointments, and review portfolios, tapes and recordings.

11 Months…

o Select a wedding consultant and meet to discuss details.
o Determine theme/decorations for your reception.
o Meet with several caterers; arrange for tastings.
o Select and book a caterer.
o Reserve musicians /DJs for reception.
o Determine ceremony musicians and make musical selections.
o Book wedding videographer and photographer; make a list of photos, such as ceremony and reception shots.
o Research and interview florists.
o Select and reserve your ceremony venue and schedule a rehearsal time.
o Choose reception venue; negotiate contract; leave a deposit.
o Secure parking and/or transportation for your guests at the reception location.
o Visit local bridal stores to browse their selection of gowns.
o Choose your wedding party members and ask them to participate in your celebration.
o Meet with your officiant to discuss the ceremony.
o Determine your honeymoon budget.
o Mail save-the-date notices for a destination wedding.

10 Months…

o Select and order your wedding gown.
o If your ceremony or reception will be held in a park or recreational area, obtain necessary permits.
o Discuss attendants’ duties with your maid of honor and bridesmaids.

9 Months…

o Register for gifts.
o Coordinate with vendors to incorporate your theme/style into all aspects of your wedding.
o Decide on the food and liquor to be served at your reception.
o Prepare a playlist of wedding reception musical selections.
o Select and order your headpiece, veil, gloves and shoes.
o Confirm orders or and delivery dates for your wedding attire.
o Research airline, hotel and rental car reservations for guests.

8 Months…

o Go to first gown fitting; invite your maid of honor to attend.
o Choose and order bridesmaid dresses and accessories.
o Research a variety of wedding ring styles.
o Select florist; discuss wedding theme and style.

7 Months…

o Review and finalize your wedding details with consultant.
o Notify bridesmaids about dress fittings.
o Discuss attire with groomsmen and make referrals to local formal wear store.
o Select attire for flower girl and/or ring bearer.
o Determine the design, wording, font and paper stock for your wedding invitations, stationary, table cards and thank-you notes; finalize order.
o Arrange a printer or hire a calligrapher for table cards.
o Determine order of ceremony events and choose appropriate wording for your programs.
o Negotiate rates and book a block of hotel rooms for guests.
o Select and order your wedding rings.
o Purchase bridal accessories; jewelry, lingerie and so on.
o Choose and order something fun for guests to throw after your ceremony (rose petals, confetti or birdseed).

6 Months…

o Review and approve proofs of invitations and stationery.
o Discuss the type of honeymoon you want, start reading up on potential destinations and consult a travel agent for ideas and suggestions.

5 Months…

o Order table cards; place print order for programs.
o Finalize choice of honeymoon destination.
o Taste a variety of wedding cakes a select a baker; place cake order and arrange for delivery.
o Secure reservations for rehearsal dinner and select menu.

4 Months..

o Determine method of addressing invitations and hire a calligrapher; if applicable.
o Print labels, and hand-address – or have a calligrapher address – invitations.
o Write or choose your wedding vows.
o Have groom visit formal wear shops and try on tuxedos.
o Purchase or rent groom’s wedding accessories; including tuxedo, cuff links, shoes, socks, and so on.
o Make honeymoon reservations and place all deposits.

3 Months…

o Review and approve wedding announcement and printed program proofs.
o Book venue or secure reservations for post-wedding brunch.
o Discuss bachelorette party plans with your attendants.
o Plan your bridesmaids’ luncheon or dinner
o Make appointment with stylist and/or hairdresser to discuss your wedding hairstyle.
o Take another look at your registry and update or add items.
o Create hotel information cards and maps to include with your invitations.

2 Months…

o Secure a wedding-day dressing room for your bridesmaids.
o Weigh, purchase postage for and mail invitations.
o Go to final gown fitting; arrange pickup or delivery.
o Have a groom’s formal wear fitted.
o If you plan to have a prenuptial agreement; meet with your attorney to discuss it.
o Purchase gifts for all wedding-party members.
o Arrange transportation for bride and groom from the ceremony site of the reception.
o Purchase ceremony accessories (Unity candle, wineglasses and so on).

6 Weeks…

o Purchase a new camera, if needed.
o Send rehearsal dinner invitations.
o Write thank-you notes as you receive gifts.
o Confirm music selections (“playlist”) with musicians/DJ.
o Select menu for post-wedding brunch.
o Select menu for post-wedding brunch.
o Write newspaper announcement and gather photos.
o Purchase a gift for your spouse-to-be.
o Shop for wedding favors.
o Purchase honeymoon clothing, baggage and accessories.
o Go in for a practice hairstyling and make day-of wedding hair appointment.

4 Weeks…

o Confirm floral order and arrange for delivery times.
o Meet with ushers and assign duties for the ceremony and reception.
o Discuss the details of your ceremony with your officiant.
o Determine the placement or distribution of programs at the ceremony venue.
o Arrange for preparation, storage and break areas for musicians/DJs at the reception venue.
o Determine seating arrangements for guests.
o If you color your hair, make appointment for a touch-up the week before your wedding.
o Go in for a dry run with a professional makeup artist and make a day-of-wedding appointment.
o Schedule an appointment for a manicure and/or pedicure the day before your wedding.
o Finalize details with photographer and videographer, determining arrival times at each nuptial venue.
o Arrange for preparation/storage area for photographer and videographer at each nuptial venue.
o Sign your prenuptial agreement, if applicable.
o Finalize honeymoon plans/itinerary and confirm all travel and hotel reservations.
o Arrange for transportation to and from the airport.
o Make all necessary arrangements for care of pet(s), plants and mail while you’re away on honeymoon.
o Post announcement and photo on your website.
o Arrange for table card setup at reception venue.
o Schedule pickup/return of groom’s formal wear.

3 Weeks…

o Finalize list of reception guests.
o Give the final headcount to the caterer and review details.
o Arrange for delivery and placement of wedding flowers.
o Call anyone who has not responded to his or her invitation.

1 Week…

o Confirm your honeymoon travel arrangements.
o Start packing bags for your honeymoon.
o Get traveler’s checks and/or a small amount of foreign cash.
o Pick up your wedding dress.

Wedding Day…

o Eat a good breakfast.
o Attend hairstyle appointment.
o Give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
o Relax and enjoy yourself.

Post-Wedding – 3 Days…

o Arrange for transport of gifts.
o Have a family or friends mail wedding announcements.
After the Honeymoon…
o Take wedding gown and veil to a dry cleaner who specializes in gown preservation.
o Submit name-change forms for driver’s license, passport, Social Security card, state and federal tax boards, banks, credit cards and so on.

* Sidenote:  Article from original blog.

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