Nine to Twelve Months
Before: Pick out engagement ring with fiance. Select a wedding date and time. Determine
if you need the services provided by a wedding coordinator. Announce your engagement in the newspaper and with engagement announcements by Carlson Craft. Select
the attendants for your wedding party. Start
compiling the guest list (inform your families to do the same). Determine how many guests may attend. Determine
the type of wedding you want (size, formality, style, color scheme). Establish a preliminary budget. Select and secure your reception location. Select and secure your ceremony location. Select and secure a photographer.
Six to Nine Months Before: Determine who will officiate at the ceremony. Shop for
wedding dress, headpiece, veil, etc. Select and order bridesmaids' dresses. Inform mothers to select their wedding day dresses. Select a caterer if not already provided by the reception
site. Interview and choose your wedding cake baker, videographer,
musicians and florist.
Sign necessary contracts. Choose
and reserve DJ or Band for reception. Schedule Engagement Photo. Reserve
accommodations for guests (block hotel rooms). Send Save
the Date cards.
Four to Six Months Before: Complete the
guest lists. Register with a gift bridal registry in your
favourite store(s). Prepare
all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception. Select
and order Carlson Craft invitations and stationery. Start
planning for honeymoon. Select
and order the mens attire. Confirm
dates with bridesmaids and hostesses for Showers. Finalize the florist details, photographer,
videographer, musicians, etc. Hire
the limousine or other forms of transportation for the wedding.
Two to Four Months Before: Check
requirement for blood test and marriage license in your state. Shop
for wedding rings. Confirm
the menu and provide an estimated number of guests to the caterer. Determine your resources for designing and
printing the program for the ceremony. Buy
ceremony and reception accessories, available through Carlson Craft.
(Guest Books, Unity Candles, Toasting Flutes, etc.) Select
gifts for all your attendants, parents and each other.
Shop Quite Personally! by Carlson Craft. Choose
and reserve location for rehearsal dinner. Confirm
the wedding cake details with the baker. Set
appointments with any hair dressers and/or make-up artists. Plan
the seating for the reception as well as other details for the ceremony and
writing placement cards. See
your Retailer for designing and printing the program for the ceremony.
Six to Eight Weeks Before: Handle business and legal details such as name changes,
address changes, etc. Prepare
the wedding announcement for the newspaper. Mail
invitations and announcements. Do a
rehearsal of your hair and makeup. Create
a wedding day schedule.
Four to Six Weeks Before: Finalize
honeymoon details and make the necessary reservations. Set the
dates and times with the officiate for the rehearsal. Confirm
menu, time & place for rehearsal dinner. Schedule a final fitting for your gown. Make
sure all bridesmaids attire has been fitted. Get
your marriage license and any blood tests which are needed. Confirm
florist details and delivery times. Make
sure all bridesmaids attire has been fitted. Call
any guests who have not responded yet. Select
song for father/daughter, mother/son dance.
Two to Three Weeks Before: Pick up your
wedding rings. Confirm
florist details and delivery times. Make
arrangements to have your wedding gifts moved to yourhome. Make
sure all clothing and accessories for you and the bridal party are ready. Verify
groom's party's measurements and final fittings. Confirm
your honeymoon reservations. Ensure you have any necessary
all the final details with your photographer, videographer, etc. Give a
final head count to the caterer. Confirm
the availability of the musicians and vocalists. Finalize your rehearsal dinner arrangements
and other plans. Prepare
speeches for reception. Write
personal wedding vows.
The Week Before: Start packing
for your honeymoon. Delegate responsibilities to reliable
individuals on your wedding day. Finish
all the place cards for the reception. Get a
manicure or massage to relax yourself.
Rehearsal: Review any
seating details with the ushers. Wrap
and present the wedding party gifts. Give
Best Man officiant's fee. Give
wedding rings to Best Man/Maid of Honor. Give
Marriage License to officiant.
One Day Before: Stay with your
family the night before and go to sleep early. Pack
bag with personal needs and a change of clothes for after the wedding. Rest
and relax with a good bath. Be sure
to eat properly. Prepare
for your hairdresser and make-up appointments. Pick up
The Wedding Day: Make sure the
best man and maid of honor sign the wedding certificate. Allow
yourself plenty of time to get dressed. Be sure
to eat properly.
After the Wedding: Send thank you
notes from Carlson Craft, as soon as possible, after the wedding. Have
bridal gown cleaned and preserved. Change
your name on ID and important documents. Complete change of address cards.