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How to Plan a Wedding Check List

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Planning a wedding can be tough for the not so organized bride.  But a bride that knows exactly what questions to ask a wedding professional, when to plan what & how to get the best deals is a happy bride.  That's why we're providing this wedding planning checklist for you.  It will help keep you organized as you plan the wedding of your dreams:

12+ months before your wedding

  • Congratulations! Announce engagement.

  • Pick a date.

  • Talk budget and determine  who is contributing what.

  • Decide on wedding style.

  • Choose wedding party: Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, Best Man and Groomsmen, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.

  • Create a wedding website.

  • Get engagement ring insured and consider purchasing wedding insurance.

  • Take engagement photos.

  • Personalize and order your "Save the Date" cards.

  • Begin compiling guest list.

  • Research ceremony and reception venues.

  • Research wedding planner and vendors: photographer, videographer, caterer, and musicians.

  • Research wedding dress and veil styles.

10-12 months before your wedding

  • Mail Save the Dates.

  • Research florists.

  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories.

  • Book ceremony and reception venues.

  • Book officiant.

  • Book photographer, videographer, caterer, musicians, and planner.

  • Purchase wedding dress and veil.

  • Establish a fitness routine.

  • Establish a skin care/beauty routine.

8-10 months before your wedding

  • Research three hotels for out-of-town guests.

  • Finalize guest list.

  • Register at three national retailers.

  • Book florist.

6-8 months before your wedding

  • Research Wedding Invitation designs.

  • Research Favors and Thank You Cards.

  • Research wedding day hair and makeup styles.

  • Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony.

  • Reserve rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor, etc.

  • Begin planning honeymoon.

  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings.

  • Choose groomsmen attire.

  • Book ceremony musicians.

  • Book transportation to and from venues.

  • Purchase wedding bands.

4-6 months before your wedding

  • Choose flowers:  wedding party, venues, cake, attendants.

  • Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.

  • Schedule dress fittings.

  • Prepare {play/do not play} playlists for DJ/band.

  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels.

  • Book room for wedding night.

  • Order wedding cake.

  • Order Wedding Invitations.

  • Order Favors and Thank You Cards.

3 months before your wedding

  • Plan ceremony and reception seating arrangements.

  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist.

  • Finalize readers and readings.

  • Book rehearsal dinner venue.

  • Purchase: toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring-bearer pillow.

  • Finalize reception menu.

  • Order Menu Cards.

  • Order Rehearsal Dinner Invitations.

2 months before your wedding

  • Mail Invitations.

  • Develop system for organizing RSVPs.

  • Begin writing vows.

  • Review ceremony details with officiant.

  • Lay out the content for Wedding Programs.

  • Apply for marriage license: order 2-3 extra.

  • Finalize wedding day timeline.

  • Finalize seating arrangements.

  • Finalize playlists with musicians.

  • Finalize fittings and attire for wedding party and parents.

  • Create “wedding day” schedule  and send to vendors and officiant.

  • Create honeymoon itinerary for family at home.

  • Decide “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.”

  • Book spa and beauty treatments  for you and bridal party.

  • Book wedding day transportation.

  • Purchase gifts for attendants.

1 month before your wedding

  • Call vendors to confirm date, times and location.

  • Final dress fitting.

  • Confirm honeymoon reservations.

  • Pick up wedding rings.

  • Pick up marriage license.

  • Pack for honeymoon.

  • Write Thank You notes as gifts are received.

  • Order Wedding Programs.

2 weeks before your wedding

  • Follow up with guests who haven’t yet RSVP’d.

  • Give final count to caterer.

  • Update registries.

  • Begin breaking in wedding shoes.

  • Make arrangements for the caring of pets and plants while on honeymoon.

  • Get final haircut and color.

  • Get playlists to DJ/Musicians.

  • Delegate wedding day duties:  gift table, guestbook, etc.

  • Delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals and tend to wedding dress.

  • Send directions to wedding day limo/transportation driver.

1 week before your wedding

  • Prepare final payments to vendors + cash tips for service personnel.

  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit.

  • Lay out wedding clothes.

  • Give readers their scripts, if necessary.

  • Give photographer and videographer your image and video requests.

  • Get spa treatments for you and the bridal party.

The Day Before your wedding

  • Deliver welcome baskets.

  • Get Mani/Pedi/Massage.

  • Attend wedding rehearsal.

  • Have fun at the rehearsal dinner.

  • Get to bed at a decent hour!

Wedding Day

  • Eat a good breakfast!

  • Mail wedding announcements.

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.

  • Give wedding rings and officiant fee to Best Man.

  • Congratulations! ENJOY the Day!

After the Wedding

  • Return tuxes, rentals.

  • Get wedding dress to preservationist or cleaners.

After the Honeymoon

  • Send Thank You Cards as soon as possible.

  • Enjoy the rest of your life!

If you need help keeping all of this organized, consider purchasing the Planning a Wedding To Remember Book by Beverly Clark. 

Planning a Wedding to Remember

Beverly Clark's latest edition of Planning a Wedding to Remember includes current wedding trends, important money-saving advice, etiquette advice and exciting ways to personalize your wedding. Whether you want your wedding to be a grand event or a small and intimate gathering, Beverly's planner will save you hours of time and let you move through the entire planning process with confidence and ease.  8" X 10"
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