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Countdown – What to Do When!

(From the January 2012 issue of Bride’s Magazine)

12 months

  • Figure out a budget and who’s going to pay for what.
  • Start looking at dresses in magazines and on websites.
  • Think about the wedding’s style, size, date, and site.
  • Reserve the ceremony and reception venues.
  • Scout for a photographer.

10 months

  • Mail save-the-date cards.
  • Select your officiant.
  • Choose your attendants.
  • Compile a guest list.
  • Hire a planner, if needed.
  • Book a photographer.
  • Scout for a caterer, florist and DJ or band.

8 months

  • Book the caterer, florist and DJ or band.
  • Adjust your budget if needed.
  • Create a wedding website.
  • Order your dress.

6 months

  • Meet with the vendors to plan the details (flowers, rentals, menu, cake,drinks).
  • Order the invitations.
  • Register for gifts.
  • Shop for bridesmaids’ outfits.
  • Order the wedding rings.
  • Reserve the limo.
  • Research and book the honeymoon.

4 months

  • Give the final guest list and invitation envelopes to calligrapher.
  • Schedule the rehearsal dinner.
  • Talk to fiancé about what her the guys will wear.
  • Have the bridesmaids order their dresses.
  • Submit a shot list to your photographer.

2 months

  • Discuss the ceremony readings and songs with the officiant.
  • Check your state’s requirements for a marriage license.
  • Order or make the favors.
  • Do a hair-and-makeup trial.
  • Choose your accessories (shoes, jewelry).

6 weeks

  • Print the programs.
  • Buy gifts for the wedding party.
  • Write the vows and have your officiant approve them.
  • Send the wedding announcement to newspapers.

 2 weeks

  • Go for the final dress fitting.
  • Get the marriage license.
  • Submit the DJ/band playlist.
  • Assemble the favors and programs.
  • Make sure the gift registry still has plenty of options.
  • Write the rehearsal dinner speeches.

 1 week

  • Pick up your dress.
  • Confirm the vendor details.
  • Give the ceremony readings to those who will be doing them.
  • Submit a final guest count to your caterer.
  • Pack for the honeymoon.
  • Write out the seating and place cards.
  • Break in your shoes by wearing them around the house.

 1 day

  • Put the wedding-day tips in envelopes.
  • Reconfirm all pickup times and locations.
  • Go for a manicure and pedicure
  • Hold the rehearsal and dinner.

 Wedding Day

  • Eat small and light meals.
  • Do your hair and makeup.
  • Get dressed 30 minutes before the photographer’s arrival
  • Knock ‘em dead!


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