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The 12 Month Guide to the Perfect Wedding

the WEDDING PLANNER A 12-MOnth guide to all of your planning milestones BE MY M.O.H.? Find a vision for your wedding and establish a budget Decide on a wedding date Have a few options available Make a rough estimate of your guest count Book ceremony, reception site and caterer Find a meaningful way to ask friends to be your bridesmaids PLANNING TIP # 1 Haven't quite stowed away $20.000 for your dream wedding? Start saving now. Open a savings account with your fance that can directly deposit a set amount, perhaps 10-20% of your income. into the account each month 12 MONTHS BEFORE PLANNING TIP # ? 8-10 MONTHS BEFORE Create a collage of wedding dress styles you Ike before you go shopping Do your makeup and hair similar to how youll want it for the big day so youll get a better idea of what you will look like walking down the aisle INSURANGE Research shop for, and order your gown Interview vendors to see who fits best photographer. videographer and your D Purchase a wedding insurance policy to protect your deposits Help reserve hotel accommodations for out-of town guests Build your gift registry at your favorite retail stores Cle Order bridesmaid dresses. s or have the girls pick them out Look hing honeymoon kup early deals on Start p Contact rental companies about chairs tables, tents. Send out your "Save the Date" cards flights and hotels for your destination PLANNING TIP # 3 6-8 MONTHS BEFORE If your chosen venue doesn't provide everything needed for the celebration, check out the International Special Events Society You can search more than 6.000 professionals and you'll find experts in every area PLANNING TIP #4 If you aren't sure of the proper way to word your invitations, or are dealing with a situation like divorced or deceased parents, consult Crane's Wedding Blue Book for 4-6 MONTHS BEFORE r invitarion a nguidelines YOU'RE INVITED Attend pre-wedding counseling. if required Choose your invitation design or make invitations yourself Order invitations Pick out wedding rings Find a good deal when buying them together Renew or order passports if necessary for your honeymoon or wanted Have a bridal shower (This could be earlier in the timeline) Have the groom and groomsmen rent the men's formalwear. Hire wedding -day transport f necessary limousines. town cars ete Order the wedding cake PLANNING TIP # 5 The groom can wear anything of his choice as long as he can be distinguished from the groomsmen. The three most common choices are a tuxedo for formal late afternoon a MONTHS BEFORE PLANNING TIP #6 morning suit standard business suit in black, gray or brown with a cutaway jacket or a If you are writing your own vows, use a tone that fits you Don't include deep passages just because you think it's how it's supposed to sound Feel free to add a touch of humor. MONTHS BEFORE 1 vow to become less cranky in the morning Write your vows revise them over the next two months to make them perfect Design, purchase and print wedding programs Book your hairstylist and decide on a hairstyle Book a makeup artist and test some romantic looks Mal the invitations Cle Apply for a marrage icense Contact the local bureau in the town where you wil be married Have final gown fitting Bring your maid of honor along to learn how to bustle your dress Purchase gifts for your parents. bridal party and each other Make sure the bridesmaids Contact vendors and have their gowns ready for the wedding confirm that everything is on schedule PLANNING TIP # 1 MONTH BEFORE When you have your final fitting, bring along your undergarments. shoes jewelry, veil and any other accessories you plan to wear If you're deciding between a few different sets of accessories, bring along a camera as well PLANNING TIP # 8 To ensure that your photographer gets the best shots, give him examples of good and bad photos of both of you prior to the wedding so helshe knows which angles work for you and which ones don't WEEKS BEFORE RSVP Get final pre wedding haircuts and colors Finalize the RSVP list and call guests who have yet to send a response Determine poses for portrats and send a list of shots to the photographer and videographer. Plan your reception seating chart Give caterer final head count Find out how many extra Deliver final song requests to the D or wedding band Print place cards and table cards for the reception Supply location manager with a list of vendor requests Attend bachelor and bachelorette parties meals will be prepared if any. PLANNING TIP # 9 You and your fiance should sit down and select not only the first dance song. but the tone of the party with all of your favorite tunes Make sure to include a "do-not-play list so the "Electric Slide doesn't pop u WEEK BEFORE PLANNING TIP # 10 up out of nowhere. Ideas for figuring out the order of your wedding party without causing any tension by height. by alphabetical order. by how long you have known them without regard to how close you are. or leave the decision up to the wedding coordinator and have nothing to do with it BAYS BEFORE Have the gown pressed or steamed The groom should go for his final fitting and pick up the formalwear Determine wedding party positions during the ceremony and the order of Reconfirm final details with all vendors Confirm pickup times and locations with car rental or other transportation company the party in the recessional Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the big day Write checks and pay off all balances with vendors Rehearse the ceremony and attend rehearsal dinner. Give your marriage Icense to your officiant PLANNING TIP # 11 The rehearsal dinner can be less formal than the wedding reception, so have fun with it! Invite your close family. your wedding party their dates, as well as out-of-town guests who have travelled a long way to be with you It's a great way to introduce everyone before the actual ceremony THE DAY BEFORE. PLANNING TIP #12 After a year of planning and prepping, the ittle details won't seem to matter because, by the end of it. you married the person you love. Try to take in and remember how you felt over everything else THE BIG DAY! Get married Introduce the reception site manager to the maid of honor for questions or problems Give wedding bands to the Present parents and each other with gits best man and the maid of honor to hold for the ceremony Shane Co DIAMONDS - RUBIES SAPPHIRES PEARLS Sources: Van Ogtrop. Kristin. "Weddings." Real Simple Magazine Winter 2013. 21, 46. 89, 101, 125. Print.

The 12 Month Guide to the Perfect Wedding

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A 12 month guide to the perfect wedding. Everything from planning the actual event to tips on shopping for the gown .


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