Planning a wedding can be a stressful time.
So many decisions to make!
Cake flavors, whom to invite, who will be in your wedding party, DJ or Band?
Even trying to decide what under garments to wear on the big day can make you want to just elope!
I’ve compiled a list of things to do before the big day.
Print it out and refer to it from time to time.
Hopefully it will help you keep track of the many little details involved in making your wedding day the special day you've dreamed about for years!
Twelve Months Before The Big Day
__ Announce your engagement.
__ Choose a wedding date.
__ Sit down with your parents and get a rough number of people to invite.
__ Discuss with your fiancé about the type of wedding you want. Plan a budget.
__ Visit a clergy person or judge to reserve ceremony site, ask about any specific guidelines that would apply such as music, decorations, etc. There might be pre-marriage classes to attend.
__ Reserve reception site and caterer and ask about any decorating guidelines.
__ Select and reserve your wedding professionals such as photographers, videographers, limos etc.
__ Start to look for your wedding gown.
__ Plan the color scheme for your wedding.
__ Choose your wedding attendants. Also think about asking people to hand out programs at the wedding ceremony, pass out bubbles after the ceremony, and any other little tasks that might require some help.
Nine Months Before The Wedding
__ Select and order your dress and accessories, such as jewelry, veil and shoes.
__ Make wedding day transportation arrangements.
__ Select and order attendants dresses and accessories.
__ Register with the bridal gift registries at your favorite stores.
__ Visit your local travel agent for your information honeymoon destinations.
Six Months Before The Wedding
__ Meet with the wedding professionals you have hired to go over details & confirm dates and times.
__ Complete guest list.
__ Order your wedding invitations, thank-you cards, ceremony programs, etc.
__ Make honeymoon reservations.
__ Shop for and order wedding rings.
__ Assist Mothers in shopping for wedding attire.
Three Months Before The Wedding
__ Check state requirements for blood testing.
__ Call bridal shop to verify the delivery date of all dresses and accessories.
__ Have your first fitting.
__ See that attendants have arranged fittings.
__ Get birth certificates.
__ Order wedding cake.
__ Select wedding attire for the groom, groomsmen and Fathers.
__ Address and mail your invitations.
__ Decide on floral arrangements, bouquets and corsages.
Six to Eight Weeks Before The Wedding
__ Select gifts for attendants and groom.
__ Pick up your wedding rings from the jeweler.
__ Submit your wedding announcement to newspapers.
__ Make appointments for yourself, bridesmaids & mothers at beauty salon for day of wedding.
__ Write thank-you notes for shower gifts.
__ Arrange for lodging for out-of-town guests.
__ Book a room for your wedding night.
__ Write a list of whom you will need to inform of your name change; banks, insurance agencies, landlords, etc.
__ Decide on whose health insurance, car insurance and any other policies you will share and look into adding that person to the policy after the wedding.
Two to Three Weeks Before The Wedding
__ Go for your final dress fitting, don't forget to bring your shoes and under garments.
__ Go with your fiancé to get your marriage license.
__ Consult with your hair stylist about your wedding day hairstyle.
__ Give request lists to the photographer, videographer, musicians, etc.
__ Finalize rehearsal dinner plans.
__ Finalize wedding day transportation arrangements.
__ Decide on seating arrangements for reception.
__ Write out place cards.
__ Finalize and double-check all arrangements.
__ Decorate party favors for reception.
One Week Before The Wedding
__ Supply caterer with final count of dinner guests.
__ Confirm rehearsal dinner's dates, place and time with your bridesmaids.
__ Begin packing for your honeymoon.
__ Buy traveler's checks for honeymoon.
__ Get last minute facials, haircuts, brow shaping etc.
__ Organize your payments for vendors in marked envelopes.
__ Make an emergency bag for the wedding day. Some things to put in it brushes, combs, make up, aspirin, clear nail polish, extra panty hose, eye drops, tissues, mints, handi wipes.
The Day Before The Wedding
__ Finish packing for honeymoon.
__ Transport favors, guest book, flutes, cake topper, decorations, & other items needed to the reception venue. __ Bring gifts for the attendants, officiate, and parents to the rehearsal dinner.
On your wedding day:
Please remember to eat something. Many brides forget to and it can cause headaches, foul moods, and sometimes even fainting.
Also, scuff the bottom of your brand new shoes so you don’t slip down the isle or on the dance floor.
In some areas it is customary to give the bride and groom money as a wedding gift. Appoint someone to keep on eye on the cards whether they are on a table, in a card box, or in a bag.
When the planning gets stressful, just remember that a wedding is a day, a marriage is for life. :-)