Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Big List

     Now that I’m out of school and not so busy, I thought this would be the perfect time to update all of you on wedding plans such as they are.  We knew that having a long engagement would make planning sort of slow, so things haven’t kicked into gear fully…but we’re getting there!  I found this list on Something Blue Book, and I’m just going to walk through it periodically. 
Bold indicates in progress.Strikethrough indicates completed.
After you are engaged…
  • Take engagement pictures. (Here)
  • Send out engagement announcements; announce your wedding in the newspaper if you’d like. – We’re not sending out announcements, but we will put something in the paper closer to the wedding.
  • Have your engagement party. – Not having one.
12 months before your wedding day…
  • Pick a date and time for your wedding.  - June 22, 2013 at about 2/2:30ish
  • Buy a planner with a calendar, to-do list, and place to put all your ideas, coupons, etc. – We have a file folder.
  • Begin to discuss your wedding budget with your fiancé and family. Look at the average costs of some wedding vendors to get an idea of your budget.The ‘rents have this one under control.
  • Research local wedding vendors and write down their contact information. – The bridal show took care of most of this!
  • Start looking for sales and deals for wedding dresses & other wedding-related items. – Always.
  • Make sure you don’t start off on the wrong foot by making these common wedding planning mistakes.I’m not doing any of these…I have a strict no-stress wedding policy.
11 months before your wedding day…
  • Start interviewing wedding planners if you are going to hire one. – Not hiring one.  That’s what my mama is for!
  • Begin a guest list draft. – I have the list from my sister’s wedding, and I keep a running list in my head.
  • Enlist your groom to help. If he’s not interested, read these tips for getting the groom involved.I run pretty much everything by Keith…usually.
  • Pick out your wedding colors. – Work. In. Progress. I know the men are in gray and the women are in navy…as for flowers…it’s up in the air.
  • Begin looking at ceremony & reception sites. – Both will be be at my church.
10 months before your wedding day…
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7 months before your wedding day…
  • Order save-the-date cards or magnets
  • Get all your guests’ addresses
  • Order bridesmaids dresses & accessories
  • Decide on a baker and order your wedding cake. Need help deciding what kind? Take our quiz: What type of wedding cake fits your personality? – I know what baker I want…but that’s about it.
  • Think about what your groom and groomsmen will wear. Suits or Tuxes? – I’m thinking gray.
  • Shop around for invitations and work on the invitation wording
6 months before your wedding day…
  • Make a final selection for a wedding dress
  • Choose your veil and accessories to match your dress
  • Decide what your parents will wear
  • Finalize your honeymoon details
  • Request off work if you need to
  • Send out save the date cards
  • Purchase or rent groom’s and groomsmen’s suits or tuxes
  • Finalize the menu with the caterer
  • Register! All your wedding registry questions are answered here.
5 months before your wedding day…
  • Order or make your wedding favors. Here are some unique ideas.
  • Reserve hotel rooms and make accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Start thinking about your make-up and hair
  • Order your wedding invitations
  • Create a wedding day timeline
  • Make your wedding night plans & reservations
  • Begin thinking about the rehearsal dinner
4 months before your wedding day…
  • Plan your rehearsal dinner; decide on a location, menu, etc.
  • Reserve a car, limo, or your desired wedding transportation
  • Think about your wedding music (first dance song, father/daughter dance song, etc.)
  • Book a hair dresser and make-up artist
  • Help your maid of honor make a bridal shower guest list
  • Shop for your wedding bands
3 months before your wedding day…
  • Have your wedding shower
  • Make sure your dress is tailored
  • Finalize your wedding music
  • Address the envelopes for your invitations
  • Buy your wedding rings
  • Have the maid of honor and best man make sure the wedding party has purchased their outfits and accessories
  • Designate people to give toasts at the reception
  • Make sure you have started an exercise routine and diet if you need to lose a few inches before getting into your dress! Here are some tips to tighten your tummy before your wedding day.
2 months before your wedding day…
  • Buy your wedding party their gifts. Check out some cool wedding party gift ideas.
  • Write your wedding vows if you so desire. Read about the secret to writing great vows!
  • Send your wedding invitation 6-8 weeks before the wedding
  • Start making a final guestlist as you begin to hear back from guests
  • Fill out any documents needed to change your name
  • If you are going to have your rings engraved, do so
  • Fill out any documents needed to change your insurance information after married
  • Create and print wedding programs
  • Buy lingerie or undergarments before final dress fitting
  • Send thank you notes for gifts received at your shower
1 month before your wedding day…
  • Work on your seating chart
  • Make or buy placeholder cards
  • Get anything you need before your honeymoon (passport, shots, etc.)
  • Do a final fitting for your dress; begin a diet and exercise routine if necessary
  • Confirm all the details (arrival time, cost, etc.) with your wedding vendors
  • Get a marriage license
  • Send rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Order alcohol
  • Buy a guestbook
2 weeks before your wedding day…
  • Take care of all the details like what you will use to cut the cake, toasting glasses, etc.
  • Prepare welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
  • Purchase thank you notes
  • Finalize the menu, etc. for the rehearsal dinner.
  • Finalize your seating chart.
  • Give final headcount to caterer, etc.
  • Do a hair and make-up trial run.
  • Plan the activities for the night before your wedding.
  • Help your wedding party plan the bachelor and bachelorette parties if they need it.
1 week before your wedding day…
  • Get checks ready to give your wedding vendors.
  • Make sure you have something old, something new, something borrowed, and (most importantly to us) something blue.
  • Make sure you have a garter.
  • Get a manicure, pedicure, hair cut, eye-brow wax, etc.
  • Pick up your wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses
  • Confirm all the details with your florist.
  • Give the members of your wedding party their tasks for your special day.
  • Pack for your honeymoon!
The day before your wedding day…
  • Go to the spa to get a massage!
  • Hold the rehearsal dinner.
  • Give your wedding party and parents their gifts.
  • Attend the bachelor or bachelorette party.
     Wow…that’s quite a list.  I tried not to delve too far into the sections that were closer than six months (where we are now), because I have plenty of time for those things.  My mother and I went up to the church today to meet with the lady who helps coordinate weddings.  We were able to get a few more details nailed down (yay), and talk about the particulars of the sanctuary and the fellowship hall, times to be there, etc.  Every time we do even a little something I get more and more excited!  I’m not saying I’ll repost this list monthly or anything, but you can definitely expect me to check in more often now that things are in full swing. 
     Well…I’m off to go look at my dress again.
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Not so many pictures lately…I’ll work on it. I promise!

5 comments:

Christi Lynn said...

that is quite the list! but how exciting :)

Madeline said...

I am not going to say I read this whole thing, because I didn't haha but I wanted to say thank you for your comment and I just followed you as well! I'm about to snoop around your blog too :)

Yay! You and your man are so cute by the way :) that part I did see!!

Madeline

Madeline said...

I am not going to say I read this whole thing, because I didn't haha but I wanted to say thank you for your comment and I just followed you as well! I'm about to snoop around your blog too :)

Yay! You and your man are so cute by the way :) that part I did see!!

Madeline

Katie said...

so many thing to do but you are getting through a lot of them! so exciting!

Emma said...

this is a great list! i'm getting married in july so i will definitely be using it. just found your blog and it is adorable :)

-Emma
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