Monday, October 26, 2009

Less than 6 Months

In less than 6 months, I will be a

# G

 So with 6 months left, I decided I would figure out what else needs to be done.

WeddingManor's Wedding Day Check List

6 - 12 months before the big day
Decide on a date
Make an appointment with Clergyman / Officiant Determine a budget
Compose a guest list
Set time, location of Ceremony, Rehearsal & Reception Venue
Choose Professional Photographer / Videographer / DJ
Shop for wedding gown: Several fittings will be required
Obtain Floral & Music estimates; book services if possible
Register with gift registry
Select bride maids
Pick a honeymoon destination: (renew passports & inoculations if required.)
Begin selection of a Caterer.
Set a date to order dresses for bridesmaids.

5 months before the big day
Finalize guest lists.
Order invitations & announcements.
Order personal stationary & thank you notes.
Plan reception.
Choose florist.
Men choose attire.
Make honeymoon plans. (Honeymoon Gift Registry will save you $$)
Confirm delivery of bridal gown.
Make appointment for bridal portrait.
Order wedding cake and or grooms cake.
Arrange transportation for all members of bridal party to & from ceremony & reception locations.
Go over details of reception with caterer / hotel manager.
If you are renting any equipment, reserve it now. (tent, chairs, arch, floral, pillars etc.)

2 months before the big day
Inform clergyman of all the details of your ceremony.
Keep a gift diary - send thank you notes as gifts arrive.
Fine tune guest list.
Plan rehearsal dinner.
Select attendants' gifts, grooms gift.
Final gown fitting.
Bridal portrait setting.

1 month before the big day
Choose wedding bands.
Mail invitations.
Make room reservations for out of town guests.
Check wedding party apparel.
Confirm music arrangements & check selections.
Make reservations for bridesmaids' luncheon.
Discuss rehearsal dinner with hosts.
Attend showers.
Marriage license.

2 weeks before the big day
Plan your wedding day hair style. (bring headpiece & veil).
Schedule hair appointment for day of wedding.
Final check on bridal party clothing.
Notify newspapers.
Arrange for name & address change. (Name Change Kit)
Check with caterer / reception venue with any last minute changes.

1 week before the big day
Remind rehearsal dinner guests of time / location.
Start honeymoon packing.
Wrap groom's & attendants' gifts.
Check wedding announcements, stamped & ready to mail day after wedding.
(Personalize your postage with custom stamps!)
Bridesmaids' luncheon.
Schedule rehearsal for 1 - 2 days prior to wedding.
Remind wedding party of exact time & place.
Go over final details of ceremony & reception with all parties involved.
1 day before the big day
Have manicure & pedicure done.
Attend wedding rehearsal & dinner.
Give ushers guest list.

Wedding Day
Hair and make-up.
Check wedding dress. (pressing / steaming)
Appoint family member to check ceremony & reception for left behind items.
Change of clothes. (if leaving for honeymoon).
Breath ! Enjoy your day.

Just looking at this list makes me want to cry. I know that I have been pretty good with planning the wedding in the timeline that we have but sometimes I look back on the 6 months since we have been engaged and I realize that I should have planned more during that time!

In the upcoming 6 months, other than wedding stuff, J and I are:

October: Family Pictures and Halloween
November: Start Bachelorette parties, 3 exams for school, closing on the house, start remodel, pack, move, thanksgiving break, working on thanksgiving, finish home project, and register for Spring 2010 classes.

December: 3 Finals for school, Anniversary, Britt's birthday, wrap up school, Chrismas Eve (working), Christmas Day (working), Joey's birthday

January: New Years Eve (working), New Years Day (working), sign up for all Spring 2010 class, start spring classes
February: Bachelorette party in Vegas, Victoria is due
March: Bridal shower
April: One month before the wedding and I have a feeling, I will be going crazy!
May: Wedding!

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