Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Countdown to Wedding Day

 The wedding invitations have been mailed out, the RSVPs have begun coming back, you are keeping track of them and beginning your seating chart, you have your final dress fitting and....what else? What day is it?
Go ahead let out a scream because its less than 2 months before the big day.
Believe it or not, the last two months before the wedding will be the quickest two months of your life and yes you are bound to forget some things, but not everything, (let's face it, despite the dress, the cake and the ceremony, a wedding is not complete without....drumroll the marraige license!) So if you have the license congrats, but make sure its in a place you will remember it. If you have not, now is the time to get it, go online and see if you can begin filling it out online or check your states requirements and if you need a bloodtest to go along with the form.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, I have attached a checklist of those final two months that will go by in the blink of an eye.

1-2 Months Before The Wedding

____ Schedule your first bridal gown fitting.

____ Schedule the final fitting as well for the formal bridal portrait.

____ If you wish, finalize on ceremony readings & poems.

____ Design your entire wedding programs.

____ Finalize the ceremony procedure with the officiant.

____ Arrange a "Bridesmaid luncheon" and other pre-wedding parties for your guests.

____ Write your vows; remind the groom to do so as well.

____ Set the appointment with wedding photographer for formal bridal portrait.

____ Look up for blood test and marriage license requirements in your state.

____ Discuss & finalize details with the wedding coordinator

3-4 Weeks Before The Wedding

____ Get the marriage license (no earlier than 30 days before the wedding).

____ Arrange for your name change.

____ Send out rehearsal dinner invitations to the guests.

____ Schedule an appointment with your stylist & discuss your hair, makeup, & overall look.

____ Confirm hotel rooms for your out-of-town guests.

1-2 Weeks Before The Wedding

____ Personally call guests who haven't responded to the invitations.

____ Make the payments to all wedding services.

____ Schedule your final wedding gown fitting.

____ Pick up wedding dress and make sure all accessories are together.

____ Reconfirm all wedding plans; ceremony, reception site, florist, photographer, DJ, baker, honeymoon.

____ Give caterer & reception site the final head count.

____ Provide wedding party and out-of-town guests with itinerary and maps.

____ Prepare "wedding emergency kit" with needle, thread, safety pins, tape, mirror, etc.

____ Give someone at home numbers of the honeymoon locations, credit card numbers etc.

____ Prepare place cards.

____ Prepare wedding favors for transportation.

____ Prepare "wedding box" for ceremony accessories.

____ Prepare "reception box" for reception accessories.

____ Finalize the seating chart for reception.

____ Confirm all rental and floral delivery dates and times.

____ Confirm arrival times for all wedding party.

____ Pack for wedding night and honeymoon.

Day Before The Wedding

____ Go through the wedding checklist timeline to see if you haven't left anything out.

____ Choose who is responsible for various wedding payments; make envelopes.

____ Make & hand out assignment lists to ensure everyone knows their tasks.

____ Hand out the ceremony, reception, & favor boxes to appropriate individuals.

____ Give rings to the best man.

____ Arrange your wedding dress and all accessories during the day.

____ Get a manicure, pedicure, & a massage therapy.

____ Rehearse the ceremony with officiant and your wedding party.

____ Ask your fiance to check flight arrangements for the honeymoon.

____ Have the phone numbers of all wedding vendors ready.

____ Go to bed early; you need a good night's sleep.

The Wedding Day
____ Relax ; have a healthy breakfast; drink plenty of fluids.

____ Take a relaxing lavender bath.

____ Wear a button-down shirt while your hairdresser & makeup artists work on you.

____ Remember to take your wedding license along.

If you are still feeling overwhelmed and even though you have utilized all your girls, consider getting day of services from a wedding coordinator. The great thing about having a wedding coordinator step in around this time is that she is a neutral front that will do your checks and balances for you. In other words, make sure that everything is done. A coordinator for the day of (which is pretty much a month before) can start from $350 and up. Yes its another expense, but a well worth expense if it means that you don't have to deal with everything while you are trying to have a good time. A wedding coordinator will take on any obstacle thrown her/his way and make sure it runs as smooth as possible.

Stay blissful!
The Blissful Bride


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