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Work out your budget: Establish your top priorities-where to save/where to splurge.
Find ideas: Start browsing bridal blogs and magazines to identify your wedding style and color palette.
Compile your preliminary guest list.
Choose your wedding party-who do you want by your side at the altar?
Venue: For your ceremony and reception, and reserve your date. Find a Dress.
Find a Service: Assemble an all-star vendor team. We’d start with:
Continue researching, interviewing and booking vendors
Decide on arrangements with your Floral Designer.
Do a tasting and choose your wedding cake with your Cake Designer –
Contact Us. Hire the DJ/Entertainment for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
Discuss the style and wording of your wedding invitations with a Stationer.
Create your gift registry
Arrange hotel room blocks for out-of-town guests and book your own suite for the wedding night.
Shop for bridesmaid/flower girl dresses and give your attendants clear instructions on how to place their orders.
Arrange and book any necessary transportation.
Go over bridal shower/bachelorette details and the guest list with your Maid of Honor/hostess.
Book the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner location –
Venue. Put together your rehearsal dinner guest list.
Make childcare arrangements for your guests’ kids.
Reserve all necessary party rentals and linens.
Order wedding favors for your guests.
Shop for and reserve men’s formalwear.
Concentrate on finalizing the:
Guest list. Get everyone’s mailing address.
Invitation wording. Confirm your invitation text with the Stationer, and consider additional stationery (programs, menu cards, place cards, thank-you cards, etc.). Schedule a pickup date for your invites.
Ceremony readings and vows.
Menu, beverage and catering details with
your wedding caterer. Timeline of the reception formalities.
Do a Makeup & Hair trial and book your stylists.
Shop for and purchase your wedding rings.
Finalize honeymoon plans and obtain all necessary documents.
You’re getting close… Mail out those invitations! Have a game plan for recording the RSVPs and meal choices.
Touch base with your vendors to confirm date, deposits and details.
Start researching marriage license requirements and name-change paperwork.
Begin your dress fittings. Be sure to buy the appropriate undergarments beforehand.
So you think you can’t dance? Consider taking a dance lesson with your fiance a good way to break in your bridal shoes!
Give the wedding party a nudge-make sure they’ve ordered all necessary attire.
Write thank-you cards for shower gifts and any early wedding gifts received.
Send out rehearsal dinner invitations. If your get-together will be informal, feel free to send an Evite.
Finalize and confirm:
Wedding vows and readings with your Officiate.
Shot list with your Photographer/Videographer.
Song list for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception with your DJ and/or Band/Musicians.
Timeline for the reception and who’s giving the toasts – Patricia Catering offers suggestions!
Wedding night and honeymoon accommodations.
Obtain marriage license and complete name-change documents, if applicable.
Pick up your wedding rings and proofread any engraving!
If you’re the traditional type, do you have something old, new, borrowed and blue?
Purchase your guest book, toasting flutes, cake servers, unity candle, and all that good stuff.
Have your final dress fitting. Bring your shoes and accessories for the full impact.
Hunt down whoever hasn’t RSVP’d yet.
wedding caterer and venue the final guest count. Arrange seating and create the seating chart and/or place cards.
Pick up your gown. Swoon.
Confirm arrival times and finalize the wedding timeline with vendors and the wedding party-make sure your MOH has a copy, too.
Put together your own Bridal Emergency Kit.
Speaking of emergencies: Check the weather report, and if things look iffy contact your venue to make sure a contingency plan is in place.
Start packing for your honeymoon. (See “weather report” above.)
In desperate need of a facial or massage? Now’s the time to squeeze one in.
Make sure all wedding-day items are packed/laid out and ready to go! (Don’t forget the rings and marriage license!)
Figure out tips and final payments for vendors. Put them in clearly marked envelopes and give them to the Best Man or another person you trust to hand out at the reception.
Assign someone to pack up your gifts/belongings after the reception (don’t forget the top tier of your cake!).
Thank your BFF for agreeing to return your groom’s tux and other rental items the day after the wedding.
Enjoy a mani-pedi.
Attend the rehearsal and dinner. Now’s the time to give out wedding party gifts.
Try to go to bed early…you need your beauty sleep tonight.