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Yay! Engagement!

—— Insure engagement ring

—— Take engagement photos

—— Plan engagement party

Pre-planning

—— Settle on wedding budget

—— Finalize wedding theme/colors/style

—— Create a wedding guest list

—— Choose “best” people

—— Pick wedding date

—— List family traditions to incorporate

—— Submit engagement announcement to

the newspaper

The majors

—— Hire a wedding planner

—— Set wedding venue

—— Set reception venue

—— Hire a photographer

—— Hire a florist

—— Hire DJ/band

—— Hire caterer

—— Hire videographer

—— Book officiant

—— Hire ceremony musicians

—— Order wedding desserts

—— Find rental supplier for chairs, linens, etc.

—— Book transportation

—— Book wedding night accommodations

—— Send save the dates

—— Other arrangements

—— Make hair/makeup appointments

—— Book honeymoon

What to wear

—— Buy wedding bands

—— Buy wedding dress

—— Settle on wedding party outfits

—— Schedule gown fitting appointments

—— Schedule tux fitting appointments

Pre-wedding celebrations

—— Finalize venue and caterer for rehearsal dinner

—— Schedule ceremony rehearsal

—— Discuss and confirm “best” people events and

bridal shower(s)

For the guests

—— Register for gifts

—— Create wedding website

—— Send invitations

—— Reserve block of hotel rooms for

out-of-town guests

The minors

—— Decide on guest book

—— Design and create favors

—— Create ceremony program

—— Buy bridal party gifts

—— Create seating chart

—— Assemble welcome bags

—— Create place settings

—— Decide on centerpieces and bouquets

Paperwork

—— Sign prenuptial agreements

—— Apply for marriage license

—— Send thank-you notes for any gifts received

in advance

—— The ceremony

—— Write ceremony

—— Confirm participants

—— Write vows

—— Prepare toasts

Last-minute confirmations

—— Order alcohol

—— Set up “must play” and “do not play” music lists

—— Finalize ceremony in writing with officiant

—— Create a wedding-day schedule

—— Call guests who have not RSVP’d

—— Give caterer a final head count

—— Confirm delivery details with wedding

dessert provider

—— Decide on receiving line order

—— Determine and confirm any wedding-day tasks

with friends and family

—— Confirm floral delivery

—— Confirm final payment with all vendors

—— Pick up marriage license

—— Put together tip envelopes and designate some

one to hand them out

Style

—— Break in wedding shoes

—— Get final haircuts

—— Get final spa treatments

—— Make emergency bridal kit

—— Plan night-before activities

—— Post wedding

—— Dry clean and preserve wedding gown and veil

—— Preserve wedding bouquet

—— Write thank-you notes within eight weeks

—— Change all insurance policies to include spouse

—— Complete name-changing paperwork

—— Check on outstanding registry items

This article originally ran on newspressnow.com.

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