It's the most important day of your life.....
The following is a guide intended to assist brides to be with the all important task of planning
Using this time line will assist in determing when things should be taking place in preparing for your speceal day.
Eighteen to Twelve Months away from the wedding, you should:
- Decide on a wedding date. Make and appointment with your clergyman or officiates.
- Discuss with your fiancée and your family how much you want to spend. Assemble your wedding guest list in consultation with both families
- Pick a reception venue and make the necessary reservations.
- Shop for the engagement ring.
- Consider working with a professional wedding planner.
- Book your music or entertainment
Eight to ten months before the wedding:
- Shop for your wedding dress and veil. Several fitting are usually required.
- Select china, crystal and silverware patterns and register them in the Wedding Gift Registry at you favorite store
- Select your bridesmaids.
- Set the date to order dresses for the bridesmaids and attendants.
- Pick a honeymoon destination. Check to see if your passports need to be renewed and if any inoculations are required for foreign destinations.
- Hire a photographer and inform him/her of the location of the wedding, reception, and any other functions you want photographed.
Six to eight months before the wedding:
- Finalize your guest list and compare it with your fiancés. Divide the list into those receiving invitations and those receiving announcements only.
- Order your invitations and announcements. Your invitations should be mailed four weeks before the wedding.
- Order your personal stationery and thank-you notes.
- Decide on a color scheme four your wedding and inform your mother and your fiancés mother so they can find compatible colored dresses and hem lengths.
- Talk to a florist about which flowers will match the color scheme you've chosen.
- Arrange the transportation for all the members of your wedding party to and from the ceremony and the reception by reserving limousines or other transportation.
Three months before the wedding:
- Order your wedding broom and coordinating broom favors
- Confirm the delivery date of your gown and make the final selection of the attendant's dresses.
- Make an appointment for your bridal portrait.
- Order your wedding cake, if it is not to be made by the reception caterer.
- Inform your clergyman or officiates of all the details of your ceremony including flowers, music, photographs, canopies, carpets, etc.
- Discuss the details of your wedding with the caterer and/or hotel manager.
- If you're renting any equipment reserve it now.
- Order/Confirm any and all rental items (i.e. tables, linens, candelabras, back-drops, etc.) With the respective rental companies.
One Month before the wedding:
- Mail the invitations
- Have the final fitting for your gown and confirm the date for your bridal portrait.
- Select and order gifts for the attendants. Bridesmaids usually receive the same gift, for the maid or matron of on get something a little more special.
- Choose the wedding bands
- Make room reservations for out -of-town attendants.
- Make necessary arrangements for the bridesmaid's luncheon or dinner.
- Discuss plans for the rehearsal dinner with the hosts.
- Keep up with your correspondence. It's a good idea to addressing your announcements now so they can all go out together the day after the wedding.
Two weeks before the wedding:
- Go with your fiancé to fill the necessary forms for your marriage license.
- Plan with your hairdresser for a wedding hair-do. Bring your headpiece and veil, and make your appointment if you want your hair done on the day of the wedding.
- If you are changing your name, arrange to change your name and address on official documents (drivers license, bank accounts, insurance and health policies.)
- Deliver your wedding announcement to the local papers society director.
One week before your wedding:
- Start your honeymoon packing.
- Check to see wedding announcements are all addressed, stamped and ready for your parents to mail the day after the wedding.
- Have the luncheon or dinner for the bridesmaids.
- Schedule your rehearsal for one or two days before the wedding.
- Inform participants of the exact time and place.
- Wrap and present gifts to your attendants at the bridesmaids' party.
- Inform the caterer of the exact number of confirmed guests.
- Go over the final details of the ceremony and reception with all of the parties involved.
- Relax take a day off just before the wedding and pamper yourself with a facial, pedicure, manicure and massage. It's the perfect way to prepare for the big day.