Staying organized, staying sane

A wedding checklist

Throughout the wedding planning process, you will discuss and ultimately decide on many details with your partner, vendors, friends and family members. Keep track of the information in a notebook or binder. Use or create tabs to organize it by sections so you can easily find what you need when you need it. Make it a size that’s easy to transport, as it will likely not leave your side until after the wedding. Following is a standard checklist to start with — you may want to add your own special details to the list. Six months or more prior n Announce your engagement to family and friends. n Create a budget. n Set a wedding date or season. n Select the wedding party. n Choose invitations. n Select gowns and tuxedos. n Register a name for your wedding website. n Visit ceremony, rehearsal dinner and reception sites. n Interview caterers, photographers, videographers, florists, performing artists and musicians. n Order passports and check immunization if leaving the country. Three to six months prior n Contact photographer, caterer, cake baker, florist, musicians, performing artists and transporters. n Schedule fittings for you and attendants. n Finalize rentals and site for ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. n Select wedding rings. n Finalize music selection. n Start selecting flowers. n Finalize honeymoon and transportation plans (commercial or private). Get it in writing so no one is confused and late. Two to three months prior n Register for wedding gifts at the stores of your choice. n Send invitations. n Complete guest list. n Reserve block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. n Update your website with directions and hotel information. n Set hair, nail and makeup appointments for wedding day and bridal portrait. n Arrange care for pets if necessary. n Get marriage license and get forms for name change if necessary. One week prior
n Complete ceremony and reception seating. n Pack for honeymoon. n Provide “special request” photo and music lists for photographer, videographer and ceremony and reception musicians. n Remind attendants to pick up their formal wear. n Finalize guest list and give to caterer or reception management. n Assign transportation of gifts, guest book, personal belongings and return of groom’s tuxedo. n Arrange for post office to hold mail. n Make spa appointment for wedding party for massage, manicures and pedicures. Wedding Day Eve n Distribute wedding day schedule to wedding party. n Attend wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. n Nap, rest easy because all is well.


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