_____ Think about the kind of wedding you would like ~ formal or informal, indoor or outdoors and your wedding theme.
_____ Create your budget ~ consider how much you have to spend, based on your families’ contributions and your own.
_____ Choose your wedding date ~ a meaningful date to you; also consider your wedding theme, weather, budget and holidays.
_____ Start a wedding binder or folder ~ this is where you can keep all of your inspirational pictures, contracts, ideas and notes.
_____ Select your wedding party ~ there is no right or wrong way to select your wedding party, but do consider availability, personality and responsibility.
_____ Start your guest list and collecting email and mailing addresses ~ slightly more than 20% of invited guests will not attend a destination wedding.
_____ Start researching venues and suppliers ~ keep their information in your folder or binder.
_____ Shop for your dress ~ keep in mind the weather and terrain if you are having an outdoor wedding. Keep in mind it can take up to 8 months to select, order, fittings and delivery.
_____ Decide if you will use a Wedding Planner ~ good planners are booked far in advance so start selection process early. Wedding planners will coordinate the details and ensure your wedding is flawless.
_____ Launch your wedding website ~ include all the basic information and remember to share your excitement; have fun with it!
_____ Create your gift registry ~ select several retailers.
_____ Send out ‘Save the Date’ announcements with your website address.
_____ Hire your photographer / videographer ~ if your wedding is during a popular wedding time book your photographer early.
_____ Choose your officiate ~ don’t forget to research marriage requirements and timelines.
_____ Reserve your date and your venues with deposits ~ will the ceremony and reception be at the same location or separate?
_____ Reserve a block of hotel rooms for guests ~ decide if you’ll stay at same location.
_____ Reserve your wedding night hotel room.
_____ Book your entertainment.
_____ Choose your caterer, menu and cake.
_____ Select your florist ~ florists can have several weddings on same day
_____ Order wedding invitations.
_____ Purchase wedding rings.
_____ Shop for grooms wedding attire.
_____ Select bridal parties dresses ~ make sure everyone orders their dresses on time.
_____ Finalize transportation ~ book your flights if needed and reserve wedding day transportation (consider limo’s, trolleys and mini-buses.)
_____ Buy your shoes, headpiece, jewelry and wedding accessories.
_____ Select your wedding activities ~ will you have a rehearsal dinner, group outings, welcome receptions or a day-after brunch?
_____ Start your wedding day timeline ~ this will be your schedule of events on your wedding day.
_____ Schedule your hair and makeup artists ~ schedule pre-appointments and take pictures to select your best look.
_____ Purchase your welcome bag gift items.
_____ Purchase your bridesmaids gifts.
_____ Purchase your fiance’s wedding gift.
_____ Confirm details with all your wedding suppliers.
_____ Mail your wedding invitations.
_____ Review playlist with the band or deejay.
_____ Plan your honeymoon.
_____ Keep up on your wedding website!
_____ Get your marriage license.
_____ Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database.
_____ Prepare welcome letter and assemble wedding gift bags.
_____ Have your final wedding dress fitting.
_____ Write your vows, if necessary.
_____ Send out as many final payments as possible.
_____ Review and reconfirm all details with suppliers
_____ Confirm your flight and hotel reservations
_____ Update your wedding website
_____ Create seating chart and place cards
_____ Start packing
_____ Pick up your wedding dress
_____ Delegate arrival and day-of tasks
_____ Send wedding day timeline to wedding party
_____ Send final guest count to appropriate suppliers
_____ Book a spa treatment and manicure & pedicure for day before wedding
_____ Do a walk through or rehearsal at your ceremony site
_____ Confirm details with your wedding officiant
_____ Have your dress steamed or pressed to remove wrinkles
_____ Relax and have fun!
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