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The best laid plans

Counting down the days to your wedding

24 to 18 months prior to wedding date
l Announce engagement.
l Determine wedding style, budget, ceremony and reception site.
l Develop a system to keep track of details.
l Select wedding date.
l Begin compiling guest list.
l Decide on a wedding consultant.
l Visit reception sites; interview caterers and book
your selections.
l Gather referrals for musicians, florists, photographers and other vendors.
l Start shopping for your wedding gown and accessories.

One year to six months
l Discuss honeymoon preferences.
l Determine wedding party size.
l Choose and invite attendants.
l Finalize guest list.
l Shop for rings; order engraving.
l Hire musicians, photographer and videographer.
l Select wedding gown and accessories.
l Start thinking about registry.
l Request time off with your employer.
l Visit your clergyman with your financé if you’re having a religious ceremony.
l Send engagement announcements to magazines
and newspapers.

Six to four months
l Order invitations and thank you notes.
l Book honeymoon reservations.
l Review menu with caterer.
l Arrange lodging for visiting guests.
l Shop for and order formal wear for wedding party.
l Finalize honeymoon plans; make sure documents
are current.
l Arrange limousine transportation.
l Make wedding day hair and makeup appointments.

Three to two months
l Discuss flowers, including bouquets and boutonnieres, with florist.
l Finalize ceremony details.
l Practice hairstyle – with veil – and makeup.
l Plan rehearsal dinner and bridesmaids luncheon.
l Visit your officiant to determine vows, readings
and music.

Ten to eight weeks
l Begin to address invitations or have them addressed professionally.

Eight to six weeks
l Mail invitations for wedding, rehearsal and luncheon.
l Print program for ceremony.
l Prepare songlist for musicians.
l Purchase gifts for bridal party.
l Purchase favors.

One month
l Apply for marriage license.
l Inform wedding party of schedule and responsibilities.

Two weeks
l Confirm guest list with caterer.
l Draw up seating chart; write out place cards.
l Prepare photo list for photographer.
l Confirm delivery dates and times.
l Confirm all wedding day travel and honeymoon reservations.
l Begin writing thank-you notes.
l Send wedding announcements to magazines and newspapers.
l Break in your wedding day shoes.

One week
l Remind guests of rehearsal dinner.
l Give caterer final guest count.
l Pick up formal wear; check for fit.
l Write out instructions for ushers.
l One last confirmation with all vendors.
l Obtain travelers’ checks for trip or confirm that compatible ATMs will be available.
l Seal trips in marked envelopes.
l Relax and enjoy your wedding week!

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