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Your Wedding Planning Calendar

Congratulations on your engagement! This is the time when all your dreams and ideas for your special day become reality.

Planning the wedding of your dreams is easier if you follow a few key guidelines.

Good planning will increase the enjoyment you, your fiancé and your families will have on your wedding day. These guidelines will help you handle the details and limit the chaos of wedding planning.

Today, more than ever, engaged couples are determining their own rules and guidelines, often sharing expenses or incurring most of the costs themselves. Together, you and your fiancé need to discuss the kind of wedding you want and establish a budget for expenses.

After establishing the budget, you can discuss with your families the level of their involvement. The list of expenses in this planner is divided in three sections; the bride and her family, the groom and his family and varying expenses.

OVERALL WEDDING EXPENSES

The Bride and Her Family

  • Wedding invitations, announcements and mailing costs.

  • Wedding dress, veil, accessories and trousseau.

  • Engagement and wedding photographs and video services.

  • Fees for the wedding locations, sexton, organist and soloist.

  • Reception: location, wedding cake, food, drinks, music, decorations.

  • Groom's ring

  • Wedding gift for the groom

  • Gifts for the bride's attendants.

  • Bride's blood test.

  • Lodging for out-of-town bridesmaids.

The Groom and His Family

  • Bride's engagement and wedding ring.

  • Marriage license.

  • Registrar's fee (clergy or ROM).

  • Wedding gift for the bride.

  • Complete honeymoon trip.

  • Gifts for the best man, groomsman and ushers.

  • Lodging for out-of-town ushers.

  • Groom's blood test.

Varying Expenses

  • Attendants Dresses. These are usually purchased by each attendant, but the bride and her family may purchase them if they choose.

  • Bridesmaids' Luncheon or Party. This event is usually given by the bride, but may also be given by the attendants or a family relative.

  • Rehearsal Dinner. Usually hosted by the groom's parents, however it may also be hosted by friends or relatives.

  • Transportation for the Bridal Party. Special means of transportation may be arranged by either the bride's or the groom's family.

WEDDING FLOWER EXPENSES

The Bride and Her Family

  • Flowers for the female attendants.

  • All corsages with the exceptions of the mothers and grandmother's.

  • Flowers for the ceremony, aisle runners and rental equipment.

  • Reception flowers

The Groom and His Family

  • Going away corsage for the bride.

  • Boutonnieres for the men in the wedding party.

  • Flowers for relatives unable to attend the wedding.

Varying Expenses

  • The bride's bouquet. Usually a gift from the groom but may be included in the bride's family expenses as part of her ensemble.

  • Corsages for the mothers and grandmothers. These are traditionally given by the groom's family, however they may be given by the bride's family.

Flowers for the rehearsal dinner. These are usually purchased by the hosts of the party. (Usually, the groom's family hosts the dinner).

| From 18 Months or at least a year before | 6-12 Months Before The Wedding | 2-4 Months before the Wedding | 4 - 6 Weeks Before The Wedding | 2 Weeks Before The Wedding | THE LAST WEEK | THE REHEARSAL DAY | THE WEDDING DAY |

From 18 Months Or at least a year before. . .

  • Announce your engagement.

  • Arrange for both sets of parents to meet (unless they have already).

  • Select a date for your wedding.

  • Determine the type of wedding you want: location, formality, time

  • of day, number of guests, etc.

  • Determine budget and how expenses will be shared.

  • Determine whom you want to have in your wedding party. Make the calls.

  • Make a preliminary guest list.

  • Consolidate all guest lists: bride's, groom's, bride's family, groom's family, and organize as follows:

1) those who must be invited

2) those who should be invited

3) those who would be nice to invite

  • Decide if you want to include children among guests.

  • Send engagement notice with a photograph to your local newspaper.

  • Select a date for the wedding (and, if there will be one, for the engagement party, rehearsal dinner, after-wedding breakfast).

  • Buy a calendar and note all important activities: showers, luncheons, parties, get-togethers, etc.

  • If ceremony or reception is at home, arrange for home or garden improvements as needed.

  • Order passport, visa or birth certificate, if needed for your honeymoon or marriage license.

  • Select and book photographer.

  • Select maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids and ushers (approx. one usher per 50 guests).

  • Work out a budget and promise yourself to stick to it.

  • Review the budget with your folks, if they'll be paying for any part of the event

  • Develop a record-keeping system for payments made.

  • Interview or hire an event planner if you are using one.

  • Decide on the style of wedding you want.

  • Pick out a caterer, a location for the ceremony and reception (and, if there will be one, for the engagement party, rehearsal dinner, after-wedding breakfast).

  • Decide at which a local hotel/motel you want to book a block of rooms for your out-of-town guests. Find out on what date they will be prepared to set aside your rooms (in most cases no more than 12 months in advance).

  • Make arrangements with the persons) who will officiate at your wedding.

  • Interview photographers, florists, musicians, calligraphers and make your choices.

  • Make reservations for vehicles (e.g., limo, carriage).

  • Make plans for your honeymoon.

  • Pick out your wedding gown, accessories and associated events clothing. Set a schedule with the shop for subsequent fittings and pick up. Remember shoes (ballet slippers, sandals) for the reception.

  • Determine your color scheme.

  • Put together directions to be included, as needed, in Save-the-Date cards and/or in your invitations. Take a trial drive to double check distances and landmarks.

  • Send a "Save-the-Date" cards to your "A" list guests (...back)

6-12 Months Before The Wedding

  • Start shopping for each other's wedding gifts.

  • Reserve rental items needed for ceremony & reception.

  • Finalize guest list.

  • Select and order wedding invitations, announcements and other stationery such as thank-you notes, wedding programs, and seating cards.

  • Set the date and time of the wedding and reserve the ceremony location.

  • Select the location for the reception.

  • Discuss honeymoon ideas.

  • Start planning your honeymoon.

  • Select and book all miscellaneous services, i.e. gift attendant, valet parking, etc.

  • Register for gifts.

  • Purchase shoes & accessories.

  • Begin to break-in your shoes.

  • For church weddings visit appropriate clergy members.

  • Choose attendants, honor attendants, and ushers.

  • Shop for attendant's attire and accessories and establish a color scheme.

  • Begin both the bride's and groom's guest list.

  • Determine the size and formality of the wedding.

  • Select and reserve photographer and videographer

  • Select and reserve musicians for wedding and reception.

  • Order your wedding rings.

  • Register for china, silver and crystal patterns and other home gifts.

  • Meet with florists after deciding on your color scheme and choosing dresses. Reserve your date. (...back)

2-4 Months before the Wedding

  • Meet with your florist to give a deposit. Changes can be made at that time.

  • Address all wedding invitations and announcements.

  • Shop for trousseau attire.

  • Confirm date and time of wedding rehearsal.

  • Plan rehearsal dinner.

  • Set date, time and location for your rehearsal dinner.

  • Arrange lodging for out-of-town guests and attendants.

  • Select gifts for attendants and ushers.

  • Make appointment for blood tests.

  • Finalize details with reception coordinator.

  • Select music and meet with musicians.

  • Have your wedding portrait taken.

  • Order the wedding cake. (...back)

4 - 6 Weeks Before The Wedding

  • Mail invitations. Include accommodation choices and a map to assist guests in finding the ceremony and reception sites.

  • Maintain a record of RSVPs and all gifts received. Send thank-you notes upon receipt of gifts.

  • Write thank-you notes for shower gifts and wedding gifts as they arrive.

  • Determine hair style and makeup.

  • Schedule to have your hair, makeup and nails done the day of the wedding.

  • Finalize shopping for wedding day accessories such as toasting glasses, ring pillow, guest book, etc.

  • Set up an area or a table in your home to display gifts as you receive them.

  • Check with your local newspapers for wedding announcement requirements.

  • Send wedding announcement & photograph to your local newspapers.

  • Change name & address on drivers license, insurance policies, subscriptions, bank accounts, memberships, etc.

  • Select and reserve wedding attire for groom, ushers, father of the bride and ring bearer.

  • Select a guest book attendant. Decide where and when to have guests sign in.

  • Mail invitations to rehearsal dinner.

  • Get blood test and health certificate.

  • Obtain marriage license.

  • Plan a luncheon or dinner with your bridesmaids. Give them their gifts at that time or at the rehearsal dinner.

  • Find "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a six pence (or shiny penny) for your shoe."

  • Finalize your menu, beverage and alcohol order.

  • Contact your florist for an appointment to review your order.

  • Send "thank you" flowers or gift basket to the hosts of your pre-wedding parties.

  • Mail your wedding invitations.

  • Have the final fitting of your gown.

  • Call your reception coordinator to finalize last minute details.

  • Meet with photographer and videographer to discuss details.

  • Arrange special transportation for wedding party.

  • Plan the attendants' luncheon or party.

  • Select the groom's gift.

  • Prepare seating chart for reception guests. (...back)

2 Weeks Before The Wedding

  • Make final check with your florist. Double check delivery times and locations.

  • Order "thank you" flowers or gift basket to send to parents after the wedding.

  • Make final check with musicians, organist, photographer, videographer and reception coordinator.

  • Begin name changes on bank accounts and official documents.

  • Keep a list of wedding gifts and their senders as they arrive.

  • Finalize seating chart for reception guests.

  • Make final check with your cake and confirm delivery time and date.

  • Give the final guest count for the reception to reception coordinator.

  • Final payments to all that requires a two week advance payment. (...back)

THE LAST WEEK

  • Pick up wedding attire and make sure everything fits.

  • Do final guest count and notify your caterer or reception site manager.

  • Gather everything you will need for the rehearsal and wedding day as listed in the Wedding Party Responsibility Cards.

  • Arrange for someone to drive the getaway car.

  • Arrange pickup of guests and attendants.

  • Review the schedule of events and last minute arrangements with your service providers.

  • Confirm all honeymoon reservations and accommodations. Pick up tickets and travelers checks.

  • Finish packing your suitcases for the honeymoon.

  • Familiarize yourself with guests' names. It will help during the receiving line and reception.

  • Have the Post Office hold your mail while you are away on your honeymoon.

  • Enjoy the benefits of good planning and a Beautiful wedding day! (...back)

THE REHEARSAL DAY

  • Review list of things to bring to the rehearsal as listed in the Wedding Party Responsibility Cards.

  • Put suitcases in getaway car.

  • Give your bridesmaids the lipstick, nail polish and accessories you want them to wear for the wedding.

  • Give best man the fee and any other checks for service providers. Instruct him to deliver these checks the day of the wedding.

  • Arrange for someone to bring accessories such as flower basket, ring pillow, guest book & pen, toasting glasses, cake cutting knife and napkins to the ceremony and reception.

  • Arrange for someone to mail announcements the day after the wedding.

  • Arrange for someone to return rental items such as tuxedos, slip and cake pillars after the wedding.

  • Provide each member of your wedding party with a detailed schedule of events for the wedding day.

  • Review ceremony seating with ushers. (...back)

THE WEDDING DAY

  • Review list of things to bring to the ceremony as listed in the Wedding Party Responsibility Cards.

  • Give the groom's ring to the maid of honor. Give the bride's ring to the best man.

  • Simply follow your detailed schedule of events.

  • Relax and enjoy your wedding!

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