Stillwater Bridal Showcase January 2019 - Page 12

Timeline the CHECKLIST 9-12 Months B efore the Wedding o Officially announce your engagement o Decide on who pays for what and set an overall budget o Set a wedding date (consult with registry office and officiant) o Decide on the type of wedding you want to have (small, formal, semi-formal, informal) o Book reception site (liability insurance necessary?) and arrange parking o Book ceremony location (liability insurance necessary?) o Decide whether you need/want pre-marital counseling o Hire wedding planner if you wish o Start first draft of your guest list 6-9 Months B efore the Wedding o Announce wedding date (especially for out-of-town guests) o Start shopping for wedding dress, shoes, jewelry etc. o Decide on bridesmaids dresses (Here are some ideas). o Organize (flower) decoration and bouquets o Hire catering service o Hire wedding photographer/videographer o Hire DJ/band o Choose officiant and discuss ceremony process o Start thinking about gift registry options o Reserve hotel rooms (in varying price ranges) for out-of-town guests o Have an engagement party if you wish o Book honeymoon 4-6 Months B efore the Wedding o Select and order wedding invitations and stationery o Choose wedding cake o Discuss menu ideas with catering service o Arrange for rental items (arches, candelabras, china, crystal, flatware…) o Buy wedding rings o Organize groom’s tux and decide what groomsmen will wear o Make sure bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories o Look for wedding favors o Confirm dates for bridal shower and decide bachelorette party themes o Start registry (before sending bridal shower invitations) o Get ideas for wedding hair and makeup o Organize helpers (readers, musicians, guest book attendant etc.) o Organize additional management staff, babysitters etc. o Give guest list to shower hostesses o Decide whether you want wedding insurance 2-4 Months B efore the Wedding o Finalize guest list and send invitations o Select place for rehearsal dinner o Finalize rehearsal dinner plans o Finalize menu o Select music for ceremony, reception etc. o Book makeup artist and hairstylist o Check tuxes for groom and groomsmen have been ordered 12 - Stillwater Bridal Showcase 2019 o Organize wedding transportation (for you and your guests) o Order wedding favors o Find gifts for each other, your attendants, shower hostess, parents etc. o Purchase bridal party gifts o Purchase wedding accessories (candles, baskets, ring pillow etc.) o Check registry regularly (there always have to be enough options left) o Joint bank accounts, insurance, merging of money… o Start preparations for honeymoon o Send invitations 8 weeks before wedding date 1-2 Months B efore the Wedding o Have first bridal gown fitting o Schedule a final fitting for your gown so it can be ready for formal bridal portrait o Finalize ceremony readings, songs, etc. o Design wedding programs o Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony o Arrange “Bridesmaid Luncheon” and other “Pre-Wedding Parties” o Write vows o Set appointment with photographer for your formal bridal portrait o Prepare photo and video shot list o Check requirements for blood test and getting a marriage license in your state o Discuss and finalize details with wedding service providers 3-4 Weeks B efore the Wedding o Get marriage license (normally no earlier than 30 days before wedding) o Arrange name change o Mail rehearsal-dinner invitations o Meet with stylist to discuss makeup and hair o Confirm hotel arrangements for out-of-town guests