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Wedding Planning 101: Timeline!

19 Apr

No matter where you are in your wedding planning, staying organized is important.  Part of being organized is to refer to a timeline and checklist to make sure you don’t have a last-minute wedding crisis on your hands.  If you have a wedding coordinator they should be assisting you with creating an outline of the planning process, and helping you stay on track.  There are many wedding planning resources and tools out there, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Depending on how far out your wedding date is, you should be able to space out the time-line so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.  Word of advice: ask your fiance to help you with the parts that he can help you with because it is his wedding too! If he can’t help you then look to your friends and family because chances are they are pretty excited for you and would love to help.

Below is a checklist that we found online, and thought it was very helpful.  Depending on how large or small your wedding is, some of the items may or may not apply.  Click here to download or print this checklist.

Check back for next weeks article, “Wedding Planning 101: Wedding Budget”

9-12 months before the wedding

  • Officially announce your engagement
  • Decide on who pays for what and set an overall budget
  • Set a wedding date (consult with registry office and officiant)
  • Decide on the type of wedding (formal, semi-formal, informal…)
  • Book reception site (liability insurance necessary?) and arrange parking
  • Book ceremony location (liability insurance necessary?)
  • Decide whether you need/want pre-marital counseling
  • Get some useful wedding checklists or prepare your own ones
  • Hire wedding planner if you wish
  • Start first draft of your guest list

6-9 months before the wedding

  • Announce wedding date (especially for out-of-town guests)
  • Start shopping for wedding dress, shoes, jewelry etc.
  • Decide on bridesmaids dresses
  • Organize (flower) decoration and bouquets
  • Hire catering service
  • Hire wedding photographer/videographer
  • Hire DJ/band
  • Choose officiant and discuss ceremony process
  • Start thinking about gift registry options
  • Reserve hotel rooms (in varying price ranges) for out-of-town guests
  • Have an engagement party if you wish
  • Book honeymoon

4-6 months before the wedding

  • Select and order wedding invitations and stationery
  • Choose wedding cake
  • Discuss menu ideas with catering service
  • Arrange for rental items (arches, candelabras, china, crystal, flatware…)
  • Buy wedding rings
  • Organize groom’s tux and decide what groomsmen will wear
  • Make sure bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories
  • Look for wedding favors
  • Confirm dates for bridal shower and bachelorette parties
  • Start registry (before sending bridal shower invitations)
  • Get ideas for wedding hair and makeup
  • Organize helpers (readers, musicians, guest book attendant etc.)
  • Organize additional management staff, babysitters etc.
  • Give guest list to shower hostesses
  • Decide whether you want wedding insurance

2-4 months before the wedding

  • Finalize guest list and send invitations
  • Select place for rehearsal dinner
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans
  • Finalize menu
  • Select music for ceremony, reception etc.
  • Book makeup artist and hairstylist
  • Check tuxes for groom and groomsmen have been ordered
  • Organize wedding transportation (for you and your guests)
  • Order wedding favors
  • Find gifts for each other, your attendants, shower hostess, parents etc.
  • Purchase bridal party gifts
  • Purchase wedding accessories (candles, baskets, ring pillow etc.)
  • Check registry regularly (there always have to be enough options left)
  • Joint bank accounts, insurance, merging of money…
  • Start preparations for honeymoon
  • Send invitations 8 weeks before wedding date

1-2 months before the wedding

  • Have first bridal gown fitting
  • Schedule a final fitting for your gown so it can be ready for formal bridal portrait
  • Finalize ceremony readings, songs, etc.
  • Design wedding programs
  • Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony
  • Arrange “Bridesmaid Luncheon” and other “Pre-Wedding Parties”
  • Write vows
  • Set appointment with photographer for your formal bridal portrait.
  • Prepare photo and video shot list
  • Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state
  • Discuss and finalize details with wedding service providers

3-4 weeks before the wedding

  • Get marriage license (normally no earlier than 30 days before wedding)
  • Arrange name change
  • Mail rehearsal-dinner invitations
  • Meet with stylist to discuss makeup and hair
  • Confirm hotel arrangements for out-of-town guests

1-2 weeks before the wedding

  • Call guests who have not responded to invitation
  • Make final payments for all services that require payment
  • Have final wedding gown fitting
  • Finalize wedding-day schedule and share with attendants, parents and all vendors
  • Pick up wedding dress and make sure all accessories are together
  • Reconfirm all wedding plans: ceremony, reception site, florist, photo/videographer, musicians, DJ, baker, honeymoon
  • Give caterer/reception site final head count
  • Provide wedding party and out-of-town guests with itinerary and maps
  • Prepare emergency kit with needle, thread, safety pins, tape, mirror, etc.
  • Give someone at home emergency numbers of honeymoon locations, credit card numbers etc.
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Prepare place cards
  • Prepare “wedding box” for ceremony accessories
  • Prepare “reception box” for reception accessories
  • Prepare wedding favors for transportation
  • Complete seating plan for reception
  • Confirm all rental and floral delivery dates and times
  • Confirm arrival times for attendants
  • Pack for wedding night and honeymoon

The day before the wedding

  • Prepare payment envelopes, choosing who is responsible for each one
  • Hand out assignment lists and checklists to ensure everyone knows their tasks
  • Hand out ceremony box to appropriate person
  • Hand out reception box to appropriate person
  • Hand out favor box to appropriate person
  • Give rings to best man
  • Gather wedding dress and all accessories
  • Get a manicure, pedicure, massage
  • Rehearse ceremony with officiant and wedding party
  • Confirm flight arrangements for honeymoon
  • Compile an emergency list of all wedding vendors with phone numbers

The wedding day

  • Try to eat breakfast
  • See hairdresser
  • Have makeup applied
  • Don’t forget rings (if you haven’t given them to best man) and wedding license
  • Take a relaxing bath

After wedding

  • Get wedding gown cleaned and preserved
  • Preserve bouquet
  • Write and send thank-you notes
  • Complete process of name change
  • Finalize gift registry
  • Meet with photographer/videographer to finalize albums/video

(Photo Credit: weddingbycolor.com/Timeline Courtesy of http://www.myweddingchecklist.net/wedding-timeline-checklist)

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On the road to ‘I Do’ Lisa and Justin

7 Apr

Lisa and Justin are one those fun couples that are always up for an adventure and they are definitely the life of the party.  That’s why we know their wedding will be no exception, and we know the couple will be dancing the night away. Did we mention that the groom can do the worm? Just ask him and he will show you!

Justin literally proposed to Lisa under a waterfall in Burney Falls and of course she said yes! So after 5 years of dating, this couple is on their way down the altar.   They have set their date to August 13, 2011 and will be getting married in Chico, CA.

The ceremony will be held outdoors at Chico’s Bidwell Mansion followed by the reception at the nearby Arroyo Room, flowers will be arranged by Chico Florists.

Her bridal party will be wearing black tea-length Alfred Angelo gowns with pink accents,  and the groomsmen will be wearing black tux’s with a pink accent to follow her theme.

We will be highlighting Lisa’s progress in her wedding plans so check back for updates!

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