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First Things First ... • Choose the color scheme and any appropriate style for your ceremony and wedding attire.
• Before announcing your engagement, inform your families. Traditionally, the Bride’s parents are told first, then the Groom’s parents. If they have not yet met, a get-together should be arranged by the Groom’s family.
Nine to Twelve Months Prior
• Establish your budget early, with maximum amounts for each event/activity. Consider hiring a wedding consultant to help with your plans. Determine expense responsibilities for specific events.
• Shop for engagement and wedding rings. If you want cus- tom-made rings, plan this early in your schedule.
• Decide on the style, formality and size of your wedding, then set your tentative wedding date.
• Choose your wedding consultant.
• Prepare your tentative guest list and determine the size of
your wedding events.
• Choose your attendants; get a firm commitment to each
event. Determine all pertinent sizes for each.
• Select your ceremony location and consult with the officiant who will perform the ceremony, then choose a firm wedding date. Begin planning your ceremony, and determine any
pre-marital requirements.
• Choose a reception location.
• Plan rehearsal dates and times with your officiant and
location choices.
• Choose and reserve the location for your rehearsal dinner.
• Begin shopping for the bridal gown, headpiece, and attendants’ attire.
• Schedule fittings, alteration fittings and delivery dates.
• Choose your attendant’s dresses and accessories. Schedule
fittings and delivery dates, and notify your attendants.
• Start the selection process for your wedding professionals: Contact a photographer/videographer early; some are booked as much as a year in advance. Decide your type of entertainment and choose the right professional. Choose your caterer if not included with your reception site. Select
your mode of transportation.
• Begin the selection of your florist, balloonist and/or ice
sculptor. Determine any party rental needs and select an
appropriate professional.
• Select your stationer, style of invitations, thank you notes
and any other stationery.
• Consult a travel agent or visit web-sites for honeymoon
plans.
Six to Nine Months Prior
• Begin compiling guest list names and addresses.
• Locate and choose your gift registry and begin recording
your selections.
• Get engagement photographs taken by your photographer
and set-up your engagement announcement with your local newspaper.
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