Don't be the last minute brides! Get everything done for your wedding with time to spare. Order BRIDESMAID DRESSES at least 6-8 weeks ahead of the wedding date.

1/ Announce your engagement.

2/ Choose a wedding theme and style.

3/ Work out a basic wedding budget; research reception venues.

4/ Determine number of guests.

5/ Look through bridal magazines for attire ideas.

6/ Meet potential wedding consultants; obtain bids.

7/ Research wedding pros (photographers, videographers, reception bands or DJs, ceremony musicians). Set up appointments and review portfolios and recordings.

1/ Select a wedding consultant and meet to discuss wedding planning details

2/ Determine theme/decorations for your reception

3/ Meet with several caterers; arrange for tastings

4/ Select and book a caterer

5/ Reserve musicians/DJ for reception

6/ Determine wedding ceremony musicians and make musical selections

7/ Book wedding videographer and photographer; make a list of photos, such as must-have photos of the bride and groom, fun bridal party ideas, and traditional bridal, ceremony and reception shots

8/ Research and interview florists

9/ Select and reserve your ceremony venue and schedule a rehearsal time

10/ Choose reception venue; negotiate contract; leave a deposit

11/ Secure parking and/or transportation for your guests at the reception location

12/ Visit local bridal stores to browse their selection of gowns

13/ Choose your wedding-party members and ask them to participate in your celebration

14/ Meet with your officiant to discuss the wedding ceremony

15/ Mail save-the-dates for a destination wedding

1/ Select and order your wedding gown.

2/ If your ceremony or reception will be held in a park or recreational area, obtain necessary permits.

3/ Discuss attendants' duties with your maid of honor and bridesmaids.

1/ Register for wedding gifts

2/ Coordinate with vendors to incorporate your theme/style into all aspects of your wedding

3/ Decide on the food and liquor to be served at your reception

4/ Prepare a playlist of wedding-reception musical selections

5/ Select and order your headpiece, veil, gloves and shoes

6/ Confirm orders of and delivery dates for your wedding attire

7/ Research airline, hotel and rental-car reservations for out-of-town guests

1/ Go to first gown fitting; invite your maid of honor to attend

2/ Choose and order bridesmaid dresses and accessories

3/ Research a variety of wedding ring styles

4/ Select florist; discuss wedding ideas, theme and style

1/ Review and finalize your wedding details with consultant

2/ Notify bridesmaids about dress fittings

3/ Discuss attire with groomsmen and make referrals to local formalwear store

4/ Select attire for flower girl and/or ring bearer

5/ Determine the design, wording, font and paper stock for your wedding invitations, stationery, table and escort cards and thank-you notes; finalize order

6/ Arrange a printer or hire a calligrapher for table cards

7/ Determine order of ceremony events and choose appropriate wording for your programs

8/ Negotiate rates and book a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests

9/ Select and order your wedding rings

10/ Purchase bridal accessories: jewelry, lingerie, etc.

11/ Choose and order something fun for guests to throw after your ceremony (rose petals, confetti or birdseed)

1/ Review and approve proofs of wedding invitations and stationery

2/ Discuss the type of honeymoon you want, start reading up on potential destinations and consult a travel agent for ideas and suggestions.

1/ Order table and/or escort cards; place print order for programs

2/ Finalize choice of honeymoon destination

3/ Taste a variety of wedding cakes and select a baker; place cake order and arrange for delivery

4/ Secure reservations for rehearsal dinner and select menu

1/ Determine method of addressing wedding invitationsand hire a calligrapher, if applicable

2/ Hand-address — or have a calligrapher address — wedding invitations, or print labels.

3/ Write or choose your wedding vows

4/ Have groom visit formalwear shops and try on tuxedos

5/ Purchase or rent groom's wedding accessories, including tuxedo, cuff links, shoes, socks, etc.

6/ Make honeymoon reservations and place all deposits

1/ Review and approve wedding announcement and printed program proofs

2/ Book venue or secure reservations for post-wedding brunch

3/ Discussbachelorette party plans with your attendants

4/ Plan your bridesmaids' luncheon or dinner

5/ Make appointment with stylist and/or hairdresser to discuss your wedding hairstyle

6/ Take another look at your registry and update or add items

7/ Create hotel information cards and maps to include with your wedding invitations

1/ Secure a wedding-day dressing room for your bridesmaids

2/ Weigh, purchase postage for and mail wedding invitations

3/ Go to final gown fitting; arrange for pickup or delivery

4/ Have groom's formalwear fitted

5/ If you plan to have a prenuptial agreement, meet with your attorney to discuss it

6/ Purchase gifts for all wedding-party members and your parents

7/ Arrange transportation for bride and groom from the ceremony site to the reception

8/ Purchase ceremony accessories (Unity candle, wine glasses, etc.)

1/ Purchase a new camera, if needed

2/ Send rehearsal dinner invitations

3/ Write thank-you notes as you receive gifts

4/ Confirm music selections ("playlist") with musicians/DJ

5/ Select menu for post-wedding brunch

6/ Write newspaper announcement and gather photos

7/ Purchase a gift for your spouse-to-be

8/ Shop for wedding favors

9/ Purchase honeymoon clothing, luggage and accessories

10/ Go in for a practice hairstyling and make day-of-wedding hair appointment

1/ Confirm floral order and arrange for delivery times

2/ Meet with ushers and assign duties for the ceremony and reception

3/ Discuss the details of your wedding ceremony with your officiant

4/ Determine the placement or distribution of programs at the ceremony venue

5/ Arrange for preparation, storage and break areas for musicians/DJ at the reception venue

6/ Determine seating arrangements for guests

7/ If you color your hair, make appointment for a touch-up the week before your wedding

8/ Go in for a dry run with a professional makeup artist and make a day-of-wedding appointment

9/ Schedule an appointment for a manicure and/or pedicure the day before your wedding

10/ Finalize details with wedding photographer and videographer, determining arrival times at each nuptial venue

11/ Arrange for preparation/storage area for photographer and videographer at each nuptial venue

12/ Sign your prenuptial agreement, if applicable

13/ Finalize honeymoon plans/itinerary and confirm all travel and hotel reservations

14/ Arrange for transportation to and from the airport

15/ Make all necessary arrangements for care of pet(s), plants and mail while you're away on honeymoon

16/ Post announcement and photo on your wedding website

17/ Arrange for table card setup at reception venue

18/ Schedule pickup/return of groom's formalwear

1/ Finalize list of reception guests

2/ Give the final headcount to the caterer and review details

3/ Arrange for delivery and placement of wedding flowers, candles and other decorations on the day of the ceremony

4/ Contact anyone who has not responded to his or her wedding invitation

1/ Confirm your honeymoon travel arrangements

2/ Start packing bags for your honeymoon

3/ Get traveler's checks and/or a small amount of foreign cash

4/ Pick up your wedding dress

1/ Eat a good breakfast.

2/ Attend hairstyle appointment.

3/ Give yourself plenty of time to get ready.

4/ Relax and enjoy yourself!.

1/ Arrange for transport of gifts

2/ Have family or friends mail wedding announcements

1/ Take wedding gown and veil to a dry cleaner who specializes in gown preservation

2/ Submit name-change forms for driver's license, passport, Social Security card, state and federal tax boards, banks, credit cards, etc.

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