Planning Calendar Checklist

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What day should I do this? What month do I reserve that? When do I need to mail out invites? It’s stressful just thinking about a wedding schedule.

Perfect for a brides-to-be, comes this handy planning calendar checklist that gives you an outline of when anything and everything should be done! (You may want to print this out.) This planning calendar is also available to you at www.LIEVENTPLANNING. com– The online planner allows you to track your planning progress on the internet.

12- 18 months before:

  • Select a wedding date.
  • Set a preliminary budget (expect this to change many times before your big day).
  • Reserve your ceremony and reception location.
  • Reserve your clergy if not provided by ceremony location.
  • Determine the size of your guest list.
  • Start compiling names and addresses of your guests.
  • Schedule engagement portrait and then submit photo to your local paper for announcement.
  • Mail out engagement announcements.
  • Select your musician (band and/or disc jockey).
  • Select your professional photographer.

9-12 months before:

  • Select your bridal party.
  • Plan your color scheme.
  • Register a block of rooms at the Inn at Fox Hollow or another local hotel of your choice for your out-of-town guests.
  • Start honeymoon arrangements.
  • Send out Save the Dates.

6-9 months before:

  • Select your gown and head piece.
  • Select a reliable creative florist from our list.
  • Choose your limousine company.
  • Order bridesmaids’ dresses.

4-6 months:

  • Have both mothers coordinate and select their dresses.
  • Order invitations.
  • Complete the guest list and compile the correct spelling of all of the names and the correct addresses.
  • Shop for wedding rings.
  • Finalize honeymoon plans.
  • If traveling outside of the United States for your honeymoon, apply for or renew your passports if needed.

2-4 months before:

  • Select the men’s wedding attire.
  • Purchase bridal party gifts.
  • Purchase clothes for your honeymoon.
  • Address and mail invitations. Mail invitations 10 weeks prior to your wedding day (unless you are getting married on a holiday weekend then you should mail them 12 weeks prior). Set the RSVP date 4 weeks prior to the affair.
  • Plan trial appointments with your hairdresser and make-up artist.
  • Plan your rehearsal dinner.
  • Purchase gift for fiancé, if gifts are being exchanged.

1-2 months before:

  • Prepare your menu and final details with your facility.
  • Speak to your photographer, florist, limousine company and all other vendors to ensure that all your needs are served.
  • Apply for marriage license. These are usually valid for only 60 days so timing is everything.

1 month before:

  • Have your final fitting for your gown and your bridesmaids.
  • Keep a careful record of all gifts received from your shower (write thank-you notes immediately instead of letting the time slip by.)
  • Make sure you have all the accessories: Toasting goblets, ring pillow, garter, candles you can purchase all of these items at  (www.lieventplanning.com )
  • Make sure you have the wedding rings and that they fit properly.
  • Make sure that you have followed up with any guests that have not responded.
  • Submit request lists with photographer, videographer, and entertainment.

2 weeks before:

  • Attend to business and legal details. Get necessary forms to change names on social security card, driver’s license, insurance and medical plans, bank accounts etc.
  • Prepare wedding announcements to be sent to your local newspaper.
  • Arrange to have possessions and gifts moved to your new home. Complete a change

of address form and submit it to you local post office.

  • Finish addressing announcements to be mailed on the wedding day.
  • Complete the seating arrangements.

1 week before:

  • Give you final count to your facility and set up your final payment appointment.
  • Go over final details with all professional services you have engaged. Inform them of any changes.
  • Finalize your table count, number of bouquets, boutonnieres, etc. with your florist.
  • Give the photographer the list of pictures you want.
  • Give all musicians the list of music for the ceremony and reception.
  • Pack for your honeymoon.
  • Get to bed early the night before the wedding.

Finally… The Wedding Day

  • Be sure to eat something.
  • ENJOY this day that you have worked so hard to get to.