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Wedding Guide



6-12 Months Before Your Wedding:
  • Discuss Budget
  • Hire wedding coordinator
  • Compile guest list
  • Engagement photos (to be included in newspaper or save that date card)
  • Save-the-date cards ordered and mailed to out-of-town guests
  • Book your vendors to include:
    • Ceremony site
    • Officiate
    • Reception site
    • Caterer
    • Rehearsal dinner site
    • Limousine transportation
    • Florist (ceremony, reception, bouquets, boutonnieres, etc)
    • DJ, Band
    • Photographer
    • Videographer
    • Wedding Cake designer
    • Rental Company (chairs, tents, linens, trees, candelabras, etc.)
    • Wedding gown
    • Bridesmaid dresses
    • Mothers’ dresses
    • Decorations (Ice Sculptor, Balloons etc.)
  • Discuss Reception
    • Style: Sit Down, Buffet, Food Stations, etc.
    • Formal, semi-formal, informal, traditional, non-traditional
    • Theme: Colors, Favorite Décor idea (hearts, flowers, etc.)
  • Plan Honeymoon
4-6 Months Before Your Wedding:
  • Finalize guest list
  • Order and address wedding invitations
  • Wedding bands
  • Gift registry
  • Groom, Groomsmen, Father’ Tuxedos
  • Beauty appointments (hair, nail, facials, waxes, etc.)
  • Reception Site:
    • Location of tables (cake, gifts, guestbook, reserved tables, assigned seating, food stations, buffet tables, photo backdrops etc.)
    • Bathrooms – Favor baskets or attendants
  • Rehearsal Dinner Site:
    • Discuss rehearsal times with officiate
    • Compile a guest list
1-3 Months Before Your Wedding:
  • Meet with coordinator and begin agenda (Go over details)
  • Marriage license
  • Order wedding programs
  • Finalize guest list for rehearsal
  • Order rehearsal invitations and mail
  • Final wedding gown fittings
  • Buy gifts for attendants, parents, etc.
  • Orders favors and assemble, if necessary – beverage napkins, cameras, bubbles, unity candles, place cards, personalized ribbon/boxes, foam coolies, etc.
  • Child care services – adult reception/out-of-town guests
  • Mail wedding invitations (6-8 weeks)
  • Choose Music:
    • Ceremony (prelude, processional, bride entrance, readings, unity candle, recessional)
    • Reception (cocktail hour, introductions, first dance, father/daughter, mother/son, bridesmaids, cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss, champagne toasting, etc.)
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