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Wedding Celebrations – Checklist

Checklist

Checklist:

12 Months or More

  • Begin compiling your guest list
  • Plan the Budget
  • Choose wedding attendants
  • Decide on the date and time of wedding and reception
  • Choose colour schemes/theme/style for ceremony and reception
  • Select officiant for ceremony
  • Choose ceremony location and reserve it
  • Choose reception location and reserve it

10-11 Months

  • Select photographer and reserve
  • Select videographer and reserve (if desired)
  • Select florist and reserve
  • Select decorator and reserve/choose decorations
  • Contact Truffles Fine Foods Catering, get quote and reserve
  • Choose Master of Ceremonies

8-9 Months

  • Order/Purchase Wedding Dress
  • Order/Purchase jewelry and attire accessories
  • Order/Purchase bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Order/Purchase flower girl dress(es)
  • Select musicians for ceremony/reception and reserve
  • Select cake designer and reserve
  • Reserve rental equipment
  • Choose audio person for ceremony and/or reception
  • Finalize guest list
  • Send out save the date cards

6-7 Months

  • Order stationery (invitations, RSVP, programs, place cards, thank you cards)
  • Order/book men’s formal wear for groom, groomsmen, ushers and ringbearer
  • Plan transportation needed
  • Plan honeymoon, make travel arrangements, book accommodations, reserve rental car
  • Obtain passport and/or visa if required for honeymoon
  • Start bridal registry
  • Address invitations
  • Select table favors for reception

4-5 Months

  • BOOK CEREMONY TIME AT VENUE
  • Book hotel for wedding night
  • Arrange out-of-town accommodations
  • Mail invitations to out-of-town guests
  • Purchase wedding rings
  • Book makeup artist
  • Book hairstylist
  • Plan ceremony and consult with your officiant

3 Months

  • Mail invitations to local guests
  • Confirm wedding party have purchases/ordered wedding attire
  • Create speech list and ask participants
  • Purchase gifts for your spouse-to-be
  • Purchase gifts for your wedding party
  • Obtain marriage license
  • Purchase special event insurance and liquor license
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans and guest list

2 Months

  • Make party favors and decorations
  • Make welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
  • Hairstylist trail
  • Makeup trail
  • Final dress fitting
  • Discuss details of reception with your MC
  • Invite guests to rehearsal dinner
  • Choose menu for reception

1 Month

  • Music selection for ceremony and reception
  • Finalize arrangements with florist
  • Finalize instructions with photographer, create photo list and plan location for formal pictures
  • Finalize instructions with videographer
  • Finalize transportation arrangements
  • Finalize arrangements with cake designer including when cake is to be delivered
  • Finalize honeymoon arrangements
  • Purchase liability insurance

3 Weeks

  • Finalize the number of guests attending the reception and inform the caterer and all vendors
  • Plan and/or make reception seating chart
  • Plan and/or make ceremony seating cards
  • Inform ushers of ceremony seating arrangements
  • Prepare vendor gratuities and/or any final payments
  • Make arrangements for returning rentals, clean-up and transportation of gifts

On the Day

  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Change engagement ring to the right hand