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Wedding Planning Checklist

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We know how much goes into planning a wedding and that is why we created this handy wedding planning checklist. Of course we’d love to help you with any of the details – please contact us if you need to book your photography or would like referrals to great wedding vendors in the Twin Cities area and beyond.

9-12 months Before Your Wedding

[ ] Announce Engagement

[ ] Select Wedding Date

[ ] Hire wedding consultant/coordinator

[ ] Determine type of wedding: location, theme, # of guests, formality, time of day

[ ] Determine budget and how expenses will be shared

[ ] Buy a binder to keep track of appointments & events

[ ] Develop a record keeping system for payments

[ ] Create an approximate number guest list

[ ] Decide if you will be inviting children or not

[ ] Select & reserve ceremony site

[ ] Select and book your photographer for your wedding photography & set a date for your engagement shoot

[ ] Select & book reception location

[ ] Select & order bridal gown

[ ] Determine color scheme

[ ] If ceremony or reception is at a home, arrange for any home improvements

[ ] Obtain passports, visas, birth certificates, any documents needed for travel and/or marriage licenses

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6-9 months Before You Get Married

[ ] Select & book caterer, if needed

[ ] Select & book Officiant (Minister, Priest, Rabbi, other)

[ ] Select wedding party

[ ] Give wedding party a list of their responsibilities

[ ] Select & buy attire for bridesmaids and flower girl

[ ] Select & buy attire for mothers of the bride & groom

[ ] Select & book ceremony musicians

[ ] Select & book live band or DJ for reception

[ ] Select & book videographer

[ ] Select & book florist

[ ] Register for your wedding gifts (this can be done sooner)

4-6 months Ahead of Time

[ ] Schedule fittings for custom made bridesmaids gowns

[ ] Arrange marriage prep-courses, if necessary

[ ] Reserve rental items

[ ] Select & book decorator

[ ] Finalize an A & B list of guests

[ ] Select & order invitations & other wedding stationery

[ ] Set date, time & location for rehearsal dinner

[ ] Select & book honeymoon night suite

[ ] Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests

[ ] Start planning your honeymoon

[ ] Shop for your wedding gifts to each other

[ ] Shop for your wedding gifts for your wedding party

[ ] Shop for your wedding gifts for your parents

[ ] Buy shoes, lingerie & accessories for the bride

[ ] Buy shoes & accessories for the bridesmaids

[ ] Select & order wedding bands

2-4 months Before Your Wedding

[ ] Take engagement photos

[ ] Select & order wedding cake

[ ] Order party favors

[ ] Select & order decorations

[ ] Purchase honeymoon attire & luggage

[ ] Select & book wedding day transportation

[ ] Start addressing your invitations

[ ] Plan activities for out-of-town guests (optional)

[ ] Go on trials & book wedding day hair & makeup

[ ] Send out your invitations

[ ] Select ceremony readers

[ ] Select ushers to seat your guests

[ ] Select guest book attendant

[ ] Select your MC

[ ] Mail invitations to shower

[ ] Get photography permit, if needed

6-8 weeks In Advance

[ ] Record RSVPs & early wedding gifts

[ ] Record shower gifts & send thank-yous

[ ] Purchase ceremony & reception accessories: guest book, toasting glasses, ring pillow, etc.

[ ] Select & reserve groomsmen’s wedding attire

[ ] Mail invitations to rehearsal dinner

[ ] Plan bridesmaid luncheon

[ ] Select something old, new, borrowed, blue

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2-6 weeks Before Your Wedding

[ ] Finalize all food & beverages for wedding

[ ] Finalize all ceremony details with Officiant

[ ] Finalize all rehearsal arrangements

[ ] Finalize all floral arrangements

[ ] Final fittings for yourself & bridesmaids

[ ] Make a wedding day itinerary & give a copy to your wedding party & vendors

[ ] Finalize all details with all your vendors

[ ] Decide order of receiving line & head table setting

[ ] Contact guests who haven’t replied

[ ] Pick up wedding rings

[ ] Visit reception site for floor plan & create reception seating plan

[ ] Give musicians a list of your music selections

[ ] Inform attendants when & where to pick up attire

[ ] Print out seating cards

1 week Before the Big Day

[ ] Give caterer/reception venue final tally of guests

[ ] Pack for your honeymoon

[ ] Wrap reception favors

[ ] Arrange mail collection while you are on honeymoon

Rehearsal Dinner Checklist

[ ] Drop all wedding accessories & decor off at ceremony & reception locations

[ ] Make sure you bring all gifts that will be handed out at dinner

[ ] Make sure you have all final payments in envelopes for wedding day

[ ] Pack over night bag for honeymoon suite

[ ] Make sure wedding party has their itinerary

[ ] Make sure the gentlemen have the right color socks

[ ] Review VIP seating with ushers at ceremony location

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Day of Wedding Checklist

[ ] Eat breakfast

[ ] Pack anything remaining on your “To Bring” list in cars

[ ] Make sure Maid of Honor & Best Man have the rings

[ ] Make sure you have your marriage license, photo permit &

[ ] Special Occasions Permit, if needed

[ ] Put your engagement ring on your right hand

[ ] Remember to take a moment to enjoy the details of the day you planned so long & hard for

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