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Wedding Planning

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Planning a wedding is a huge endeavor and more brides and grooms are opting to plan their wedding day without the help of a wedding planner. Whether you decide to plan your big day with our without the assistance of a wedding planner, the wedding planning checklist provided below provides your to-do list for wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions for the months preceding the wedding.

6 plus months out

  • Decide on the type of wedding you will have. Formal, or informal? Large or Small? Garden wedding or beach wedding? Destination wedding? Also decide what time of year you would like it to take place.
  • Set a budget
  • Order wedding dress, shoes, veil, gloves, purse, etc.
  • Compile a guest list including mailing addresses
  • Hire a wedding planner at this time, if you are hiring one.
  • Choose the wedding ceremony site and the wedding reception site.
  • Finalize the wedding date
  • Choose the attendants including your wedding party
  • Hire a wedding officiant, caterer, florist, music, photographer, and videographer
  • Choose the wedding cake
  • Plan and book your honeymoon!

4 to 6 months out (wedding planning)

  • Send Save-the-Date cards
  • Order your stationary including wedding invitations, thank you cards and book a calligrapher for table name cards if necessary.
  • Reserve any rental equipment including tables, chairs, tents, etc.
  • Arrange transportation for your wedding day
  • Register for wedding gifts
  • Purchase wedding rings,
  • Choose and reserve/buy wedding attire for groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer, etc.
  • Choose favors. (See wedding ideas)
  • Buy gifts for wedding party and parents.
  • Reserve block of rooms or other accommodations for overnight guests
  • Book a room for wedding night and sign up for dance lessons
  • Write thank you notes as wedding gifts begin to arrive.

2 to 4 months out (wedding planning)

  • Choose menu and hors ‘d oeuvres
  • Discuss details of the ceremony with the wedding officiant, including readings, vows, special requests, etc. (see ceremony options)
  • Write wedding vows if need be
  • Schedule the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for day before the wedding
  • Select make-up and hair stylist and do a trial run with each.
  • Mail out wedding invitations
  • Contact local vendors for wedding announcements in local listings

1 to 2 months out (wedding planning)

  • Print programs
  • Buy a guest book
  • Take blood tests if required by your state
  • Obtain marriage license as well as certified copies. *Pay attention to requirements for your state.
  • Change of address and name change to post office, and prepare necessary documents. (Many brides wait until after the honeymoon to do this to ease travel preparations, especially if leaving the country)

The above lists those items that must be done in the months preceding your wedding day. Please view our next blog in the Alternative Custom Weddings section for checklists required for the weeks preceding the big day!

For more information on how to create the perfect wedding ceremony or if you are in need of a wedding officiant, please contact us at Minister Services.



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  1. [...] Wedding planning is one of the most stressful yet fun things that one can have the pleasure of doing in their lifetime. Times are tough these days and so many couples cannot hire a wedding planner to help plan their wedding day. Many people are relying solely on the information they find online and through the help of friends and family’s referrals. In today’s article we discuss wedding tips as they relate to the wedding invitations in hopes that it can answer some of the most common questions. [...]

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