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The ring's on your finger! Now what?

Just engaged? Wondering how to plan the big day? Here is a little planner to get you started.

12+ months before
Date:
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  • Imagine what would the perfect wedding be for you and draw up a budget.
  • Get your glam brigade in order and yes hire a wedding consultant. (hint, hint!:)
  • Pick a date and time! Select at least 3 – 5 options, you don’t want to lose the perfect venue just because you choose the highest season dates!
  • Start planning the guestlist. Remember to count EVERYONE in. You will be making several changes to it in the next 12 months.
  • Look at several wedding venues and reception sites.
  • Start inviting family and friends to your big day and see which of your dates are most favored.
  • Have an engagement party and yes register beforehand for gifts.

8–10 months before
Date:
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  • Bride & Glam Squad: Think about, shop for and order your dresses, yes there will be several occasions to look pretty and prettier.
  • Decide your reception menu.
  • Decide what type of entertainment you want. A pianist for the cocktail hour, strolling violinists, a DJ or band?
  • Think about your floral décor. Do you have a favorite flower or color theme?
  • Finalize photographer, videographer, reception band or DJ, and floral displays.
  • Get an event cancellation insurance policy to protect your deposits.
  • Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests.
  • Register for gifts.
  • Decide and book custom chairs, tables etc and benefit from early booking discounts.

6–8 months before
Date:
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  • Finalise ceremony musicians and playlist.
  • Start planning honeymoon.
  • Send save-the-date cards. This is a particularly good idea if you're marrying during a tourist or holiday season or having a destination wedding.

4–6 months before
Date:
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  • Finalise invitation designs.
  • Finalize wedding dresses.
  • Renew or get passports, if planning on travelling for your honeymoon.

3 months before
Date:
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  • Order wedding cake
  • Hire a calligrapher, if you want your invitations professionally addressed.
  • Attend your shower. It may be earlier, depending on when your hosts decide to have it.
  • Groom: Rent the men's formalwear.
  • Hire wedding day transport: limousines, other cars. Look into transportation sooner if you're considering renting streetcars or over-the-top travel.

2 months before
Date:
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  • Mail your invitations
  • Purchase gifts for parents, attendants and each other.
  • Book your stylist and try out wedding day hairstyles.
  • Book a makeup artist and go for a trial run.

1 month before
Date:
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  • Apply for a marriage license if applicable (Check with the local marriage court in the city where you'll wed).
  • Bride: Have final dress fitting. Have the dress pressed and bring it home.
  • Call all bridesmaids. Make sure they have their dresses ready for the wedding.
  • Make last-minute adjustments with vendors.
  • Create a wedding program to hand out to guests.
  • Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.

2 weeks before
Date:
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  • Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent a response.
  • Send must-have shot lists to your photographer and videographer. Include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken.
  • Send final song list to your DJ or bandleader. Include special song requests and songs you don't want played.
  • Bride: Get your last prewedding haircut and color.

1 week before
Date:
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  • Give reception site/caterer final guest head count. Include vendors, such as the photographer or band members, who will expect a meal. Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare.
  • Supply location manager with a list of vendor requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed for a florist.
  • Plan reception seating chart.
  • Print place and table cards, or finalize list with the calligrapher you've hired.
  • Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements.
  • Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.
  • Groom: Get your hair trimmed.
  • Attend bachelor/ette parties.

2–3 days before
Date:
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  • Bride: If you need to, have your gown pressed or steamed.
  • Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear.
  • Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
  • Determine wedding party positions during the ceremony and the order of the party in the processional and recessional.
  • Hand off place cards, table cards, menus, disposable cameras, favors and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer and/or reception site manager.
  • Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions.
  • Call the limousine or car rental company for pickup times and locations.
  • Arrange for guests without cars to be picked up from the airport or train station. Ask friends, attendants or relatives to help.
  • Deliver welcome baskets to the hotel concierge; include names and delivery instructions.

Day before
Date:
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  • Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.
  • Write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts (usually your parents, if not you) about any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.

Night before
Date:
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  • Rehearse ceremony. Meet with wedding party, ceremony readers, immediate family at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out the details.
  • Attend rehearsal dinner.
  • Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner. You'll want to do this especially if the gifts are accessories to be worn during the wedding.

Day of
Date:
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  • Present parents and each other with gifts.
  • Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honor to hold during the ceremony.
  • Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer's contact so he/she knows who's who.

Post wedding
Date:
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  • Prearrange for someone to return any rentals.
  • Preplan for attendants to take the bride's dress for cleaning.
  • Write and send thank-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful.

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