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November 7, 2016  TAGS:  RESOURCES

Wedding Planning Checklist - Part 2

 This is a four part series of posts courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique on being organized and planning checklists in the months leading up to your wedding. 

Wedding Planning Checklist - Eight To Six Months Before Your Wedding | Niceties & Nuptials Boutique | Vermont Bride Magazine

The first of our series of Wedding Planning Checklists covered the periods of “Sixteen-to-Twelve Months” and “Eleven-to-Nine Months” in Advance of Your Wedding. 

This blog posting will address the periods of “Eight-to-Six Months” and Five-to-Four Months” in Advance of Your Wedding.

EIGHT-TO-SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR WEDDING:

  • Review Wedding Guest List: Review your guest list; reducing final head count as necessary based upon your budget.
  • Save-the-Date Mailing: Mail your Save-the-Date Notifications to wedding party and guests.
  • Officiator Meeting: Schedule a meeting with the officiator to discuss ceremony plans; outlining plans as agreed upon.  Establish that you have all official wedding documents required as they differ from religion and location.
  • Wedding Invitations/Stationery: Select and purchase your wedding invitations and matching stationery; including wedding invitations and response cards, save-the-date cards, reception menus, table placement cards, thank you cards and location direction cards.  Prior to order completion, request that samples be provided for your review and revision if necessary.   If desired, arrange for or hire a calligrapher to handle invitations; handling yourself can be very time consuming.
  • Bridal Shoes and Accessories: Order your chosen bridal shoes and accessories.  NOTE:  Be sure to browse Nuptials & Niceties Boutique’s website (nuptialsandnicetiesboutique.com) for a wide assortment of veils and bridal accessories in addition to a broad arrangements of personalized gifts for the bridal party, family and friends.
  • Order Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Order bridesmaids’ dresses; allowing up to at least six months for their arrival and required time for fittings and alterations if necessary.  Obtain color swatches to coordinate with groomsmen’s attire.  As with the bride’s wedding dress, it is important to bring along your wedding undergarment and shoes in order to assure a perfect fit and proper gown length; especially if a floor-length gown.   Also be aware, that getting in and out of vehicles can be difficult if wearing a straight-length gown.
  • Groomsmen Attire: Purchase or rent groomsmen tuxedos/suits; coordinated with bridesmaids gowns.
  • Name Change: Arrange for your name change if applicable on all appropriate documents.
  • Rental Reservations: If required, make and confirm rental reservations for decorations, tables, chairs, linens, lighting, fixtures, portable toilets, etc.  Obtain rental contracts and assure that everything is included as requested.  Establish the exact times and dates for pick-up/delivery and returns in order to avoid additional rental charges. 
  • Transportation Booking: Contract for necessary transportation to and from venues with back-up arrangements; be it by limos, minibuses, antique/town cars, trolley cars or horse-and-carriages. 
  • Wedding Day Events Scheduling: Begin outlining your choice of wedding day events; i.e., time of wedding, bridal party reception, wedding party photography to follow, guest versus wedding party arrival times, reception bridal party introductions, the first dance request, cake-cutting ceremony, etc. 
  • Hair/Makeup Styles: Explore wedding day hair and makeup styles for both bride and bridesmaids.
  • Early Gifts: Upon receiving early gifts, be sure to mail thank you cards on a timely basis.

FIVE-TO-FOUR MONTHS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR WEDDING:

  • Bride’s Wedding Accessories: Purchase your wedding veil, undergarment, shoes and accessories.  NOTE:  Be sure to browse Nuptials & Niceties Boutique Website (nuptialsboutique.com or nuptialsandnicetiesboutique.com) for a great selection of wedding veils and accessories as well as wonderful personalized gifts for your bridal party, family members and friends.
  • Bride’s Wedding Dress Fittings: Schedule your wedding dress fittings.  Be sure to bring along your wedding undergarment and shoes in order to attain an accurate fitting and proper gown length.
  • Wedding Night Accommodations: Be sure that a room accommodation has been made for your wedding night at either the Make a hotel reservation for your wedding night; preferably at same location of your reception.
  • Honey Moon Flights/Hotels: Make your honey moon flights and hotels reservations.
  • Wedding Cake Selection: Confirm your wedding cake choice with your contracted baker(s).  Be assured of sufficient cake for all invitees.  Also include a one-year anniversary cake with your order if desired.
  • Rehearsal Dinner Invitees: Decide upon and assemble your rehearsal dinner guest list.  Be sure to include entire wedding party along with family members and close friends of choice.  Consider inviting the wedding officiant as well as out-of-town guests who have traveled a long way to attend your wedding.
  • Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Book or request that rehearsal dinner reservations are made.  Select the menu and be sure to negotiate the per person cost; obtaining an agreed upon written contract.  Assure that appropriate arrangements are made for all invitees.  NOTE:  If hosting a day-after brunch for guests, consider booking at same location as well.
  • Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Order your rehearsal dinner invitations.
  • Welcome Baskets: Arrange for welcome baskets at selected hotels for your out-of-town guests.
  • Music List: Prepare a DJ/band “play/do not play” music list for both your ceremony and reception.  Provide directions as to what you want played for introduction of the wedding party, during dinner, for the bride/groom’s first dance, for the bride/father’s dance, and throughout the evening.  Consider obtaining song requests from your guests.  And request that the music be kept at a reasonable level.
  • Check Wedding Invitations: Request the stationer for a sample of your ordered invitations; allowing you to revise as needed.
  • Hair/Makeup Artists: Schedule a few appointments with local hair and makeup artists to try them out.  Take photo of results to aid in your selection.  Upon making a decision, contract for wedding day appointments for yourself and bridesmaids.  Be sure to allow sufficient time for appointments.
  • Bridal Shower: If aware of your bridal shower, provide a suggested guest list to the host of it.
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Book your rehearsal and rehearsal-dinner venues.  Consider hosting post wedding brunch at same location.  Be sure to negotiate costs for both rehearsal dinner and day after wedding brunch.
  • Wedding Cake: Order decided upon wedding cake.
  • Flower Order: Order decided upon flowers for entire wedding party, attendants, decorations, venues and cake, etc.
  • Honeymoon: Finalize your honeymoon plans and ensure that flights, hotels and all documents are in order.
  • Out-of-town Wedding Guest: Order/make up wedding baskets for out-of-town wedding guests.
  • Music List: Prepare and provide Musician/Band/DJ your list of selected music to be played at ceremony and reception; at start of ceremony, during ceremony, for wedding party announcement, for first dance, during dinner, after dinner, etc.
  • Honeymoon: Finalize your honeymoon plans and ensure that flights, hotels and all documents are in order.
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Finalize rehearsal dinner guest list and order rehearsal dinner invitations.
  • Rehearsal Dinner Menu: Establish that the rehearsal dinner menu has been arranged with venue or caterer.  Usually the groom’s parents take responsibility for the rehearsal dinner.  If not the case, it will be up to you to handle. 
  • Finalize Wedding Guest List: Finalized your wedding guest list; hoping to be within your budget allowance.

In our next blog posting, we will address the Checkpoint Periods of “Three-to-Two Months” and “One Month” in Advance of Your Wedding.