Wedding To Do Checklist

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					The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

12 MONTHS
BRIDE
Announce the engagement to family, friends and in the
newspaper.
Set a wedding date & decide on the type of wedding.
Make a venue selection, and book The Rotunda at The Bay Hotel.
Make an appointment with the ceremony official to discuss the
service.
Find out about religious & legal requirements for your ceremony.
Consider taking out a wedding insurance policy.
Get both families together to discuss the budget, and who will pay
for what.
Decide on the number of guests and make sure you check with
both families.
Start a wedding file to keep your notes and paperwork together.


8 MONTHS
BRIDE
Get going with your wedding dress. Keep in mind that a few fittings
may be required.
Select your bridesmaids and appoint the speakers at the
wedding.
With your Groom, select your ideal honeymoon destination and
make reservations.
Select a photographer/videographer.


6 MONTHS
BRIDE
Design wedding stationary – invitations, RSVP cards, thank-you
cards, etc.
Choose your wedding colour scheme. Also remember to tell
your mother & your fiancé’s mother so they can find dresses in
harmonizing colours.
Select a florist and discuss flowers that will match your colour
scheme.
Select music for the ceremony and the reception.
3 MONTHS
BRIDE
Finalize the guest list and double check that all the names are
spelled correctly and the addresses are complete.
Decide on your bridal registry & mail the invitations.
Confirm the delivery date of your wedding dress.
Make your final selection on the attendants’ dresses and assist the
mothers.
Order your wedding cake.
Start your health and fitness program. Make an appointment with
your family doctor.
Brief your ceremony official and check that the documentation
required is in place.
Buy a guest book.
Choose gifts for the attendants.
Begin writing thank-you notes for gifts received early.
Make or order wedding favours.
The Rotunda - Discuss the details of your reception with the co-
ordinator – menus, drinks, etc.


GROOM
Talk with your Bride about the level of formality of the wedding
and then order your attire. Discuss the attire of the
best man and ushers.
Finalize honeymoon arrangements – passports, insurance,
vaccinations, travellers’ cheques.
Shop for wedding rings.
Arrange transportation for the Bride and Groom, and the guests.
Assist out-of-town guests with accommodation.
Decide how you will organize your financial affairs with your Bride
– make an appointment with a bank.


1 MONTH
BRIDE
Follow up on unanswered invitations.
Have the final wedding dress fitting to make sure you are going to
look picture-perfect.
Buy bridal accessories – veil, shoes, jewellery, etc.
Make appointments with your make-up artist and hair stylist
(remember the trials).
Make arrangements for an attendants’ luncheon/dinner & hand
out their gifts.
Schedule a ceremony rehearsal. It should take place one or two
days before the wedding.
If you’ve decided to exchange gifts with your fiancé, now is a
good time to choose that special present.




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GROOM
Arrange for the rehearsal dinner with your parents, if they are hosting
it.
Pick up the Bride’s ring, and double check the engraving.
Pick up your best man & ushers’ gifts.
Ensure that all wedding attire is ready.
Select a gift for your Bride. Make it something personal that will be a
lasting memory.


2 WEEKS
BRIDE
With your fiancé, take the time to go and fill out the necessary forms for
your marriage license.
Phone the editors of your local newspapers to find out what information
is required for you to place a wedding announcement.
Arrange to change your name and your address on official documents
such as driver’s license, bank accounts, insurance and health policies,
etc.
Draw up a wedding-day time sheet and circulate it to all the necessary
people.


BEST MAN
It’s your responsibility to organize the Bachelor Party. Don’t let things
get out of hand.


1 WEEK
BRIDE
Pack for your honeymoon.
Practice putting on your wedding dress and break in your shoes.
Have one of your attendants call all your suppliers to verify they will be
on time, at the right location and with everything you’ve ordered.
Be good to yourself. This week especially, put your feet up for at least
an hour each day. If you can, take a day off just before the wedding
and pamper yourself with a facial, pedicure, manicure and massage.
It’s the perfect way to prepare for a beautiful wedding.


GROOM
Brief your head usher on any special seating instructions.
Put the religious donation in a sealed envelope and give it to the Best
Man who will hand it to the ceremony official just before or after the
ceremony.
Get a hair cut.
Move personal things to your new home. Help her do the same.
Check that all speeches are prepared.
Make final payments.


BEST MAN
Discuss all details with the Bride and Groom well before the ceremony
and brief the ushers’. Remember, you are also in charge of handing
out service sheets, mass books, boutonniéres, etc.



                                                          3
THE DAY
BRIDE
Have a massage to start the day off feeling great. Get dressed 2 hours
before the ceremony. Relax and enjoy the day – remember to pause
once in a while to take it all in – it’s the details what make it all so
special.


MAID/MATRON OF HONOUR
Take an emergency kit with you – things a Bride may need such as a
needle and thread, hairpins, nail polish, aspirin, water, etc.


BEST MAN
Check the Groom’s outfit. Put the marriage license safely in your
pocket. Make sure the rings are in one of the Groom’s safe pockets.
Call the ushers to make sure they arrive at the ceremony on time and
that they know their duties.
Remember you’re in charge here.


THE CEREMONY
The wedding official takes his / her place at the front of the church. The
Groom and Best Man stands ready (The Best Man stands to the right of
the Groom). The organist begins the procession music. You and your
father start slowly walking down the aisle. Following the ceremony, the
Maid of Honour, escorted by the Best Man, goes with the Bride and
Groom to participate in the signing of the marriage registry.


AFTER THE CEREMONY
The Best Man helps organize the wedding party for the photographs
after the ceremony.
He also makes sure all the guests have transportation to the reception
party. He escorts the Maid of Honour to the reception.
Now is when the Best Man takes over as the Master of Ceremonies.
He is responsible for overall timing, replying to the Groom’s toast, the
Best Man makes his speech, reading messages or cards from absent
friends.


AFTER
Ask your mother to send your gown to be cleaned.
Send thank-you letters.
Make sure all the bills have been paid.
Have a wonderful honeymoon.


Planning a wedding is a formidable task but, fortunately, no
one expects you to do it on your own.
So delegate, delegate, delegate…




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