June 4, 2019

So, You Just Got Engaged...(Part II)

The Wedding Checklist (Part II)

3 Months Before

  • Create or plan menu
  • Brainstorm guest favors and gift bags
  • Write your vows
  • Meet with officiant
    • Select readings
    • Invite to rehearsal
  • Start crafting any DIY items
  • Arrange a photo booth rental
    • Check with venue to see if they have one

2 Months Before

  • Send invitations
    • Make sure RSVP's are due 1 month before
  • Send rehearsal dinner invitations
  • First dress fitting
  • Pick up marriage license
  • Purchase wedding-party gifts
  • Do a floral mock-up with florist
  • Give song selections to DJ or band
  • Buy all small items
    • Table numbers, guest book, card box
    • Cake topper, cutting utensils, cake stand
    • Ring-bearer/flower-girl accessories
    • Garter, cute hanger for dress
    • Welcome, guest book, and bar menu signs

1 Month Before

  • Assemble gift bags
  • Pay vendors in full
  • Create a seating chart
  • Order or make place cards
  • Have a final venue walk through
  • Break in wedding shoes
  • Practice dancing

Final Week

  • Last minute touches
    • Refresh hair color
    • Get eyebrows done
    • Manicure/pedicure
    • Eyelash extensions
    • Spray tan
  • Final dress fitting
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Clean your rings
  • Deliver a final head count
  • Practice vows out loud
  • Write your partner a note
  • Arrange breakfast/lunch for wedding party the day of wedding

Night Before

  • Eat a healthy meal
  • Pack a small bag of necessary personal items
  • Get a good night's sleep
  • Put any boxes, suitcases, and survival kits to bring to venue in the car
  • Distribute itineraries

Day of Wedding

  • Stay off your feet as much as possible
  • Eat breakfast
  • Drink water
  • Take all dresses (and veil) out of bags and steam if necessary
  • Lay out items to be photographed
    • Rings, other jewelry, invitations, shoes, etc.
  • Exchange notes with your partner
  • Arrange for someone to pick up leftover belongings from venue the next morning
  • Say thank you to everyone
  • Get married!