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A wedding checklist

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Throughout the wedding planning process, you will discuss and ultimately decide on many details with your partner, vendors, friends and family members. Keep track of the information in a notebook or binder. Use or create tabs to organize it by sections so you can easily find what you need when you need it. Make it a size that’s easy to transport, as it will likely not leave your side until after the wedding.

Following is a standard checklist to start with — you may want to add your own special details to the list.

Six months or more prior

n Announce your engagement to family and friends.

n Create a budget.

n Set a wedding date or season.

n Select the wedding party.

n Choose invitations.

n Select gowns and tuxedos.

n Register a name for your wedding website.

n Visit ceremony, rehearsal dinner and reception sites.

n Interview caterers, photographers, videographers, florists, performing artists and musicians.

n Order passports and check immunization if leaving the country.

Three to six months prior

n Contact photographer, caterer, cake baker, florist, musicians, performing artists and transporters.

n Schedule fittings for you and attendants.

n Finalize rentals and site for ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner.

n Select wedding rings.

n Finalize music selection.

n Start selecting flowers.

n Finalize honeymoon and transportation plans (commercial or private). Get it in writing so no one is confused and late.

Two to three months prior

n Register for wedding gifts at the stores of your choice.

n Send invitations.

n Complete guest list.

n Reserve block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.

n Update your website with directions and hotel information.

n Set hair, nail and makeup appointments for wedding day and bridal portrait.

n Arrange care for pets if necessary.

n Get marriage license and get forms for name change if necessary.

One week prior

n Complete ceremony and reception seating.

n Pack for honeymoon.

n Provide “special request” photo and music lists for photographer, videographer and ceremony and reception musicians.

n Remind attendants to pick up their formal wear.

n Finalize guest list and give to caterer or reception management.

n Assign transportation of gifts, guest book, personal belongings and return of groom’s tuxedo.

n Arrange for post office to hold mail.

n Make spa appointment for wedding party for massage, manicures and pedicures.

Wedding Day Eve

n Distribute wedding day schedule to wedding party.

n Attend wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

n Nap, rest easy because all is well.

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