Of course, the first item on your list is setting the date. But be aware that some venues may not have your “in mind” date available. So, have a couple dates ready when visiting venues. You should also consider selection your wedding party. That’s important! So, put on your thinking caps and get that task out of the way. Besides picking your wedding party, you would think the next items on your list would be your ceremony and reception location. But if you are not quite sure of the best venues in your area, especially for your reception, you should consider a wedding planner or consultant. These people know the information on all the hottest venues in town. Planners can do the leg work for you when choosing a venue and bring the information to you to make the final decision. It’s as simple as that! In fact, they can help you through the entire process.
Some wedding consultant packages include wedding financial planning, along with making the arrangements for all airline and hotel reservations for out of town guests. In other words, they take care of most everything for you. This includes managing your invitations and responses, working the contracts with all your vendors that you’ve chosen, etc. Your wedding planner can take on most of this work for you. But you need to be able to meet with her/him to discuss progress. This is much better than working with each vendor individually.
There’s a lot to do to plan for a wedding and its always better to start early. When looking for your ceremony and reception venues, consider your guest list. You’ll need to know if the venue will hold all your guests. Don’t wait too long to hire the caterer, musicians, photographer, and videographer. These professionals should be booked early in the process. Always do some food tastings to get an idea of what kind of food you want to serve at your wedding. The same is true for the musicians and photographer. Make sure you go see their work and check them out. Your wedding planner can make arrangements for you to visit.
Brides always have the need to go wedding dress shopping. I am all for this! You can’t start too early to find the perfect dress. But I would wait until about six weeks to a month before the wedding to do your alterations. By this time any weight loss should be completed. Did I mention I do in-house alterations? I also do embroidery for last minute Bridesmaid gifts. If this helps you, make sure you review my services.
Next you need to look for your florist, cake designer and transportation. Your planner can help with choices for these professionals, since they work with many of the best in the local market. There is a huge difference in both florists and cake designers, so always make an appointment to see the florist’s designs and arrange for a cake tasting.
About six months out you need to sign up for your registry. People may start sending gifts and if completed, this task will be out of the way. You should also book your honeymoon at this time. No matter where you go, your planner can help with this project. Another item to do is to book rentals that will be needed for the wedding day. You should go over all these items with you planner to decide which rental company to hire.
Invitations come next. Your consultant can give you some insight as to what kinds of paper, printing, and verbiage is available. You should also select and order your flowers about five months before your wedding. This will guarantee the correct flowers will be available at the time of your wedding.
Four months before the wedding is a very personal month. This is the time the bride and groom talk to many of the people in their wedding party. They arrange for speakers, talk with the Maid or Matron of Honor about the bridal shower and Best Man about the bachelor party. If you have a planner, it’s a good time to review the budget and see if you are still on track. This might also be the time to select your wedding rings (if not done so already) and arrange for engraving.
The readers should be selected, any traditions should be reviewed, and finalization of time and location of rehearsal should be completed at three months before the big day. The Bride should make appointments for her hair, make-up, and manicure/pedicure. At this time, the caterer should be given the food/menu and beverage selections.
This checklist is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other items to get completed by three months before your wedding. My full and partial package covers the above items, plus so much more.
If you are looking for “Day-of Wedding” or “Day-of Wedding Plus”, give me a call or send an email. I have pages of details that I can help you with to make your wedding extraordinary. I’ve been known to take a huge amount of stress out of the wedding planning process, especially the actual wedding day.
I know you can do all this yourself. But why not enjoy your wedding day, instead of worrying about every little detail? The wedding planner you hire can do this for you. This person's crew works very hard to make your day something you will never forget.
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