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FIVE TO FOUR MONTHS BEFORE • Schedule hair and makeup artists. Make a few appointments with local experts to try them out. Snap a photo at each so you can compare results. • Choose your music. What should play when the wedding party is an- nounced? During dinner? To kick off dancing? Keep a list of what you want — and do not want — played. • Check on the wedding invitations. Ask the stationer for samples of the finished invitations and revise them to suit your needs. • Choose your music. What should be playing when the wedding party is announced? During dinner? To kick off the dancing? Keep a running list of what you want — and do not want — played. • Book the rehearsal and rehearsal- dinner venues. Negotiate the cost and the menu. If you’re planning to host a day-after brunch for guests, book that place as well. • Finalize the menu and flowers. You’ll want to wait until now to see what will be available, since food and flowers are affected by season. • Make a list of the people giving toasts. Which loved ones would you like to have speak at the reception? Ask them now. • Finalize the readings. Determine what you would like to have read at the ceremony — and whom you wish to do the readings. • Purchase your undergarments. • Finalize the order of the ceremo- ny and the reception. • Print menu cards, if you like, as well as programs. No need to go to a printer if that’s not in your budget. You can easily create these on your computer. • Purchase the rings. This will give you time for resizing and engraving. If you want custom rings, talk to your jeweler about the time line. • Send your event schedule to the vendors. Giving them a first draft now allows ample time for tweaks and feedback. • First alterations fitting needs to be scheduled. Make sure you inform your seamstress if you are going to have pre-wedding bridal portraits done. • Touch base again with vendors. Make sure questions you or they had have been answered. • Meet with the photographer. Discuss specific shots and walk through the location. • Review the playlist with the band or deejay. Though you prob- ably won’t be able to dictate every single song played, you should come prepared with a wish list. • Send out the invitations. The rule of thumb: Mail invitations six to eight weeks before the ceremony, setting the RSVP cutoff at three weeks after the postmark date. • Submit a newspaper wedding announcement. • Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database. Phone people who have not yet responded. • Get your marriage license. The process can take up to six days, but it’s good to give yourself some leeway. If you are changing your name, order several copies. • Mail rehearsal-dinner invitations. • Visit the dressmaker for your last dress fitting. • Stock the bar. Now that you have a firm head count you can order ac- cordingly. • Send out as many final payments as you can. • Confirm times for hair and makeup and all vendors. • Email and print directions for drivers of transport vehciles. This gives the chauffeurs ample time to navigate a route. • Assign seating. Draw out table shapes on a layout of the room to help plan place settings. • Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts. You’ll present them at the rehearsal dinner. • Write vows, if necessary. • Get your hair cut and colored, if desired. • Plan bridal portraits. Allow ample time for dress cleaning if you are do- ing them outdoors. • Enjoy a bachelorette party. This task generally falls to the maid of honor. • Reconfirm arrival time with vendors. • Delegate small wedding-day tasks. • Send a timeline to the bridal party. • Pick up your dress. • Check in one last time with the photographer. • Set aside checks for the ven- dors. • Book spa treatment. • Send the final guest list to the caterer and all venues hosting your wedding-related events. • Break in your shoes. • Assemble and distribute wel- come baskets. THREE MONTHS BEFORE TWO MONTHS BEFORE ONE MONTH BEFORE WEEK OF THE WEDDING Dream Weddings 7