_____Tell your parents, important family members, and close friends the good news! In short announcing your Engagement
Fun -- Romantic -- Classic -- Unique -- Loving -- Classy -- Tasteful -- Glamorous -- Elegant -- Funky -- Casual -- Relaxed -- Formal -- Themed -- Well-appointed -- Luxurious -- Decadent -- Old-fashioned -- Kitschy -- Preppy -- Sporty -- Morning -- Afternoon -- Evening -- Coordinated -- Cute -- Solemn -- Religious -- Secular -- Traditional -- Other _________________
Red -- Green -- Yellow -- Blue -- Purple -- Lilac -- Amethyst -- Eggplant --
____Set your budget.
____Decide who will pay for the wedding. Will your parents cover it all? Can you contribute? How will expenses be split?
____Select date and time. Have backup dates in mind, in case a key element is unavailable.
___in the summer
___on our anniversary
___on a holiday (Valentine's Day, New Years, Etc.)
___on my parents' wedding anniversary
___on another special date _______________
____Hire a wedding consultant, if you're using one
____Choose and book your wedding officiant
____Choose bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers
____Meet with florists, caterers, and musicians.
____Arrange for a tasting with your caterer
____Sign a contract with your wedding caterer
____Book wedding florist and choose arrangements
____Book your musicians and/or DJ for both ceremony and reception
____Select and confirm your wedding photographer (and your videographer, if you're using one.)
____Plan your honeymoon
____Shop for and order your bridesmaid dresses
____If you're making your own wedding favors, start doing so now.
____Meet with wedding cake designers or bakers and arrange for a tasting (Yum!)
____If you're purchasing wedding favors, do so now
____Start planning your rehearsal dinner. Give the host(s) your guest list
____Examine your beauty regimen. You want to look your best on your wedding right?
____If your caterer isn't doing it for you, reserve any rental equipment you'll need, including dishes, tables, chairs, linens, tents
____Select your wedding cake designer, and order your wedding cake
____Arrange wedding transportation
____Select the groom's tuxedo or other attire, what the groomsmen will wear, and arrange to purchase or rent
____Purchase your wedding rings
____Book wedding night accommodations and accommodations for out-of-town guests.
____Discuss your wedding menu with your caterer
____Meet with your officiant to discuss the wedding ceremony
____Write your wedding vows
____Attend any bridal showers
____Mail your wedding invitations
____Think about your wedding hair and makeup - If you're doing your own, try out hairstyles, purchase any extra makeup, think about having a "makeover party" with your girlfriends.
____Book your hairstylist and/or makeup artist, if you're using them. Meet with each of them to experiment with styles and colors
____Schedule your wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
____Send wedding announcements to local newspapers.
____Apply for your marriage license.
____Have your final gown fitting. It's helpful to have a bridesmaid with you to learn how to bustle your train and fasten any tricky buttons (and help you go to the bathroom, if you've got a big wedding dress!)
____Check with your bridesmaids and groomsmen to make sure they've gotten their attire, confirm arrival times, and answer any last minute questions
____Contact your vendors (caterer, officiant, cake baker, photographer, videographer, florist, musicians, transportation, hotels) to confirm arrival and delivery times.
____Write and print your wedding program
____Create welcome baskets or bags for out-of-town guests
____Write thank you cards as you receive wedding gifts
____Ask your mother or maid of honor to contact any guests who have not RSVP'd
____Give your final head count to your caterer, and confirm any last minute details
____Write toasts for the rehearsal dinner and reception
____Try on your wedding shoes, and wear them on carpeted surfaces around the house
____Pick up your wedding dress
____Attend your bachelor party or bachelorette party, if you're having them
____Finalize seating chart
Wedding Checklist: The Day Before Your Wedding
____Assign responsibilities to your wedding party (handing out corsages and boutonnieres, greeting and seating guests, checking on vendors)
____Confirm wedding day transportation
____Have a manicure and pedicure or other pre-wedding spa pampering.
____Give your wedding party gifts
____Hold the rehearsal dinner
Your Wedding Checklist: Day of the Wedding
____Enjoy your wedding!
Rate the following in order of importance (put a 1 next to the thing that is most important to you, through a 10 next to the thing that is least important to you):
___Aesthetics/Appearance (flowers, decorations, centerpieces, ambiance)
___Family and Friends
When I look back on our wedding, I want to most remember: (choose 1)
___How exciting everything was
___How romantic it was
___How beautiful it was
___How proper everything was
___How smoothly and easily everything went
___How happy my parents and family were