Wedding Countdown Calendar
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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