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Wedding Checklist

Are you planning your wedding or helping a loved one plan their wedding? The key is to start planning early. The secret to the perfect wedding is planning. Use the following checklist as a guide to help make your day one to remember.

The year before your wedding

  • Announce your engagement
  • Plan an engagement party and order engagement invitations
  • Plan a budget
  • Decide on a date
  • Decide on the type of wedding and reception you want to have (traditional, destination, formal)
  • Decide on the location for your ceremony and reception and make reservations
  • Consult your clergy person to set up the date and time for the ceremony
  • Reserve a caterer and have taste testings early if having a home wedding
  • Determine the number of guests you are able to invite
  • Choose the members of your wedding party and ask them to serve
  • Make out the guest list
  • Order your wedding gown and those of your wedding party
  • Order Save the Date announcements
  • Ask around for recommendations on wedding professionals
  • Set up interviews with wedding professionals

3-6 months before your wedding

2 months before your wedding

  • Hire limousines for transporting if necessary
  • List your selections for your gift registry
  • Make detailed arrangements with the manager of your reception site as far as centerpieces, decorations, parking etc.
  • Order wedding programs
  • Make hair and make-up appointments
  • Select wedding rings with your groom
  • Mail wedding invitations
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner arrangements
  • Send rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Order ceremony accessories, such as unity candle, flower baskets, ring bearer pillow, etc.

1 month before your wedding

  • Have formal bridal photographs taken once you have the final fitting of your dress
  • Make sure you make arrangements for the marriage license
  • Make final arrangements with the professionals you are working with
  • Make your seating arrangements
  • Arrange the details of the bridal and bridesmaid's luncheon if you wish to have one

The morning of your wedding

  • Make sure any items not being delivered are picked up
  • Have your hair and nails done
  • Have your make-up done
  • Have your bridesmaids arrive early to assist you with dressing and any last minute details
  • Relax and have fun!

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