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Countdown to your Wedding Day:

As you walk down the aisle on your wedding day, you want the moment to be one that you will cherish forever. It is essential to manage your time and set goals to avoid overlooking important details so you can feel free to enjoy your day. The following tips and suggestions will make your wedding everything you've dreamed about.

  • Do Your Basic Planning Early...
    • Six to twelve months before your wedding, choose the date.
    • Determine your budget.
    • Decide on the style of wedding you would like to have: formal vs. informal; traditional vs. nontraditional.
    • Reserve locations for the ceremony and reception, and invite your clergy to officiate.
    • Select your florist and your photographer. They will capture the essence of the wedding you have always dreamed about.
    • Look into other contract services you will need, including caterers, musicians, travel agents, a printer, wedding cake specialists, and video and rental companies (tuxedos, limousines, etc.).
    • Determine your guest list.
  • Next...
    • Select your bridal party.
    • Select your color scheme, keeping in mind the personal tastes and coloring of attendants.
    • Choose your dress, as some manufacturers take up to six months to deliver special orders, and decide on your hairpiece and dresses for your bridal party.
  • Four Months Before Your Wedding...
    • Order all other wedding attire, including tuxedos or other clothing for the groom and his party.
    • Finalize guest list, then order invitations and announcements. Start addressing envelopes.
    • Select items for your bridal registry.
    • Make final arrangements for contract services; pay deposits and sign contracts.
    • Select wedding rings.
    • Order cake and finalize menu.
  • Four to Six Weeks Before Your Wedding...
    • Meet with service team members (florist, photographer, caterer, etc.) to finalize details.
    • Schedule wedding rehearsal dinner.
    • Finalize details of the ceremony with a member of the clergy or officiating individual.
    • Schedule your formal portrait.
    • Complete details of your honeymoon.
    • Send out your wedding invitations and announcements.
    • Arrange final fittings for yourself and bridesmaids.
    • Complete all official details such as marriage license, counseling or blood tests (check local requirements).
    • Prepare wedding announcements for local newspapers.
    • Purchase gifts for bridal party.
  • Two Weeks Before Your Wedding...
    • Coordinate plan for receiving gifts.
    • Give caterer your final count and plan seating arrangements for reception.
    • Confirm honeymoon plans.
  • One Week Before Your Wedding...
    • Hold final meetings with contract services.
    • Review responsibilities of the bridal party.
    • Pick up wedding rings and be sure they fit.
    • Make sure everyone's wedding attire fits.
    • Pick up your dress and final accessories.
    • Pack for your honeymoon.
  • Your Wedding Day...
    • Relax, pamper yourself.
    • Forget about minor details - It's too late to change anything!
    • Spend special moments with your family.
    • Enjoy the day.
  • After Your Wedding...
    • Send flowers or a thank-you gift to your parents.
    • Send wedding announcements and pictures to the newspapers.
    • Write and send thank-you notes for the gifts you received.

Consider having a wedding coordinator. They will keep things moving, attend to last-minute details and supervise activities at the reception. Their presence will help you relax and enjoy the wedding you have so carefully planned.

 

Wedding Expenses:

It is important to discuss wedding expenses in the initial stage of planning. Wedding expenses have traditionally been the brides families responsibility. However, today's bride and groom often share the expenses with their parents, and may even choose to pay for the entire wedding themselves. Here are some suggestions for sharing expenses:

The Bride

The Groom

Wedding gown Bride's engagement and wedding rings
Trousseau Marriage license
Groom's ring Bride's bouquet
Invitations and announcements Boutonnieres for best man, ushers and fathers
Flowers for ceremony, reception, bridesmaids Flowers for mothers and grandmothers
Decorations for church Rehearsal dinner
Entire cost of reception and ceremony Transportation for himself and best man to the wedding
Soloist and organist Fee for officiating clergy
Engagement and wedding photography Honeymoon
Wedding video Gifts for ushers and groomsmen
Transportation for bridal party Any other expenses he wishes to assume
Corsages for those assisting
Bridesmaids' gift


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