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Countdown to a Fascinating Wedding

Getting Started

• Discuss finances with everyone contributing to the event and set a budget.

• Set the date and ceremony/reception locations.

• Establish a guest list.

• Start thinking about the style and theme of your wedding.

• Start shopping for a gown.

6-9 months in advance

• Mail out Save-the-Dates.

• Interview and book your vendors; don't forget to get a signed contract.

• Choose your attendants; shop for their dresses.

• Order your stationery.

• Start looking into honeymoon locales.

• Register for gifts.

4-6 months in advance

• Book your hair/makeup help for the big day.

• Plan the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

• Shop for wedding bands.

• Reserve a block of hotel rooms for your guests.

• Finalize your honeymoon plans.

2-4 months in advance

• Buy attendants' gifts.

• Get the men's fashions in order.

• Choose readings/music for the ceremony.

• Check marriage-license requirements.

• Meet with your caterer to discuss menu and drinks.

• Order the cake.

• Pick out favors.

• Plan and shop for welcome bags.

• Arrange party rentals, if necessary.

• Book your wedding-night room.

4-8 weeks in advance

• Mail out your invites.

• Do a hair/makeup run-through.

• Discuss insurance/bank account changes you'll need to make.

• Send ceremony programs and reception menu and place cards to be printed.

2-4 weeks in advance

• Submit a shot list to your photographer and setlist to your DJ.

• Finalize the seating chart and prepare escort/place cards.

• Confirm details with your vendors.

• Get your final dress fitting.

1 week in advance

• Give your caterer the final head count.

• Pick up your dress; break in your shoes.

• Pack for your honeymoon.

• Organize your payments and decide who will distribute them.

1 day in advance

• Get a mani-pedi.

• Enjoy the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

• Get plenty of sleep.

Good luck!