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    18 Months to One Year Before:

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    • Announce your engagement.
    • Set your date and time for ceremony and reception.
    • Make up your budget.
    • Reserve locations for your ceremony and reception; select the officiate.
    • Decide on size and type of wedding.
    • Decide on guest list, start gathering names and addresses.
    • Choose a professional photographer, florist, baker, videographer, caterer, DJ or band, wedding consultant (if you choose to use one) and transportation.
    • Have professional engagement portrait taken and submit to newspaper.
    • Select attendants, flower girl, maid/matron of honour.
    • Start looking for your gown.
    • Select bridesmaids' dresses, keep color swatch for florist and reception hall color coordination.

    Three to Six Months Before:

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    • Decide reception details: menu, decor, food service, type of bar service, type of cake, type of music during dinner.
    • Finish your guest list.
    • Finalize honeymoon plans.
    • Complete necessary requirements for marriage license.
    • Continue work on ceremony plans.
    • Order personal stationery and invitations.
    • Order bonbonnières for guests.
    • Register for gifts at a bridal registry.
    • Make sure all bridal attire is ordered.
    • Make sure all groom and groomsmen attire is ordered.
    • Arrange for both mothers to coordinate attire.
    • Make plans for where you'll live after the wedding.

    Two Months Before:

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    • Mail out invitations five weeks prior to wedding.
    • Finalize ceremony plans.
    • Finalize plans with photographer, videographer, baker, florist, DJ or band, caterer.
    • Finalize music selections for ceremony and reception.
    • Plan rehearsal dinner.

    One Month Before:

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    • Get marriage license and/or take care of any other legal requirements.
    • Finalize schedule for photographer/videographer.
    • Speak to band or DJ regarding song list.
    • Attend to transportation requirements for your wedding day.
    • Purchase gifts for attendants and bridal party.
    • Start your record of gifts received.
    • Final fittings for bride and attendants.
    • Purchase gift for fiancé.

    Two Weeks Before:

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    • Attend to miscellaneous business and legal details.
    • Check on accommodations for out of town guests.
    • Confirm all honeymoon arrangements.

    One Week Before:

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    • Designate an emergency coordinator from your wedding party and equip them with any and all emergency phone numbers for all suppliers and vendors. Give them a three ring binder with copies of all your wedding day contracts.
    • Insure that the wedding party picks up their attire.
    • Write thank you notes for parents, close friends, or relatives who will receive them on your wedding day.
    • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, distribute wedding party gifts.
    • Make sure you have marriage license and rings.
    • Contact guests who have not R.S.V.P.'d.
    • Give final count to banquet hall or caterer, finalize seating arrangements
    • Reconfirm all honeymoon reservations.

    On Your Wedding Day:

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    Bride & Groom:

    • Eat something in the morning.
    • Don't worry, be happy!! Enjoy!!



    • Allow ample time for makeup, nails, getting dressed, and other details.
    • Ensure one of your girls has your emergency kit.
    • If there are going to be preparation photos by the professional photographer, start them two hours before the ceremony.



    • Give yourself plenty of time to get dressed.

    After The Wedding:

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    Bride & Groom:

    • The day after the wedding, send thank you cards to the bride's parents and the groom's parents with a personal note expressing your gratitude for the wedding and reception.
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