Bride’s guide to getting married
– Select a date; come up with several back-up dates too.
– Buy a wedding planner or date book, sign up for a wedding planning Web site.
– Announce engagement in local newspapers.
– Arrange for families to meet, if they haven’t already.
– Consult with fiancee and all parents about the wedding budget, style, colors, location, etc.
– Select your attendants, check availability.
– Decide on wedding location, reserve venue site.
– Choose and book officiant.
– Begin shopping for dress, veil and accessories.
– Agree on number of guests, begin compiling guest lists.
– Talk about honeymoon plans and make reservations.
– Book wedding consultant.
– Book florist, decide on flower arrangements, bouquets, etc.
– Book caterer, decide on menu choices..
– Book photographer.
– Book musicians.
– Choose attendants and groom’s outfits, set deadline to order them, notify attendants.
– Discuss details for rehearsal dinner with fiance and future in-laws.
– Book limousines or other getaway vehicle.
– Reserve rental equippment; tent, tables, chairs, music, dance floor etc.
– Register for gifts.
– Pick and order wedding cake.
– Choose and purchase wedding bands.
– Choose wedding guest favors.
– Choose gifts for attendants.
– Block rooms for wedding guests.
– Reserve rooms for wedding party.
– Shop for getaway/honeymoon outfits.
– Come up with songs for reception.
– Put together music list for reception.
– Decide on and order wedding invitiations, programs, thank you-notes etc.
– Book calligrapher, if necessary.
– Check on state’s requirements for marriage license
– Make appointments for blood tests, if required.
– Finalize menu with caterer.
– Decide and purchase center pieces, decorations etc.
– Discuss ceremony order etc. with officiant.
– Choose readings for ceremony.
– Begin composing vows, if you decide to write your own.
– Make appointments for premarital counseling, if desired.
– Make arrangements for prenuptial agreement, if desired.
– Schedule rehearsal time and dinner, notify your attendants.
– Make appointments for trial runs for hair and makeup.
– Finalize your guest list.
– Address and send wedding invitations.
– Buy wedding gown, accessories and underwear; have first fitting.
– Plan your respective attendants’ parties.
– Buy guest book.
– Have wedding programs printed.
– Settle on hairstylists, make-up artists; make appointments.
– Schedule dance classes and practice a graceful waltz.
– Keep track of RSVP cards as they arrive.
– Write thank-you notes as gifts arrive.
– Try out any new beauty/hair routines now; test for allergies.
– Have final dress fitting.
– Final check with caterer give final reception guest number, go over decorations etc.
– Final check with florist.
– Final check with photographer.
– Final check with musicians, submit your playlists.
– Get marriage license.
– Plan seating arrangements with caterer/consultant.
– Write toasts for rehearsal dinner/wedding reception.
– Break in wedding shoes, practice walking.
– Check with attendants on lodging and other arrangements, go over rehearsal and wedding day obligations, make lists of duties, communicate them.
– Send wedding announcements to local newspapers.
– Confirm your honeymoon reservations.
– Plan your honeymoon wardrobe, as well as your getaway outfit.
– Schedule manicures, pedicures and tanning salon, if necessary.
– Purchase travelers’ checks make final honeymoon preparations.
– Check in with wedding consultants, make final round of vendor checks.
– Keep up with thank you-notes as gifts arrive.
– Final check-in with attendants, tie up any loose ends.
– Pick up dress or have it delivered; have a dress rehearsal and make sure someone close learns the ins and outs of your bustle and other tricky features, if necessary.
– Make appointments for facials, teeth bleachings and any other beauty treatments/haircuts etc.
– Finalize seating charts.
– Have manicures, pedicures, tan or have spray-on tan applied.
– Make sure the wedding bands are accounted for and in the right hands..
– Write checks for tips, assemble tip envelope portfolio, give to the tips person.
– Assemble emergency kit (aspirin, safety pins, whiteout, wet wipes, powder, band-aids etc.), give to kit person.
– Distribute attendants’ gifts along with personal thank-you notes.
– Rehearse ceremony, procession and recession, make sure everyone knows their roles.
– Enjoy rehearsal dinner, give toasts.
– Have a massage in the morning or take a walk with your attendants, relax and set aside time for reflection.
– If necessary, supervise delivery of flowers, food, rentals etc.
– Take ample time to get ready with hair, makeup and other appointments.
– Eat a light snack two hours before ceremony, remember to stay hydrated.
– Get married and have the time of your life, delegate wedding day schedule to an attendant, who will make sure you are on time and in the right place.
– Mail thank-you notes to your parents and parents-in-law; send gifts, if desired.
– Mail all thank-you notes for gifts received so far.
– Have dress, suit professionally cleaned and stored.
– Store, distribute or donate leftover decorations.
– Begin paperwork to change name, if desired.
– Open joint bank account, deposit gift checks.
– Check on availability of photos from your wedding for guests, notify attendants.
– Keep up with thank-you notes.
– Post a final thank-you to everyone on your Web site.
– Contact vendors with any complaints or compliments.
– Forward bills that will not be paid by you, if necessary.
– Make sure all bills are paid.
– Begin scrapbooks for photos, cards and other mementos.
… settle into new life as a happily married couple, you made it!
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