Wow. I can't believe that our wedding is in 73 days! It feels like we just got engaged. Here's a checklist of what Martha Stewart Weddings thinks I should get done this month:
- Purchase accessories for your gown, such as a veil, shoes, undergarments, and jewelry. (Have 3 pairs of earrings, obviously, and my shoes. Making my own Birdcage Veil, but no underpinnings selected yet!)
- Finalize the menu and service details with your caterer. (Will meet with Caterer over Easter weekend!)
- Confirm number of bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces with your florist. (Will also meet with Florist over Easter)
- Design and create favors. Search for a favors vendor if you want specialized favors. (Working on that now...)
Research local marriage license requirements. Schedule a blood test appointment if one is required in your state. Don't forget to check when the license expires and if there is a waiting period. Book your band Book your DJ Book your florist Reserve blocks of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Add accommodations and travel info to your wedding website, so your guests know what to expect Book your invitations vendor Book your ceremony musician
- Finalize your order for event rentals. (Will do this when I meet with Caterer, Day-Of coordinator, & Venue manager at the end of this month!)
Search for a vendor to help with your hair, makeup, or any prewedding pampering. (Using an old friend from elementary school who now has her own salon!) Select your bridesmaid dresses and flower-girl dress, and have your attendants place their orders.
- Choose groom's attire; will you purchase or rent? (We still need to do this! We will be buying him a navy suit...just got to pick out the right one)
Contact out-of-town guests and notify them about the hotel block and other discount travel information. Utilize your wedding website to convey this information. Plan and book your honeymoon, including travel, accommodations, and activities.(Is it bad that I am also counting down the days until our Honeymoon? St. Martin, here we come!) Book your hair and makeup appointment. Finalize the text for your invitations and place the order. Also consider purchasing thank-you notes and wedding announcements from the same vendor. Choose your bridesmaids' accessories (shoes, jewelry, etc.). Purchase or pass along the purchasing information. Choose groomsmen's and ring bearer's attire (including a rental shop if they'll be renting formal attire). Send them the information necessary to purchase or rent.
- Purchase your wedding bands. (We ordered them and mine is at the Jeweler getting made right now!)
- Book your transportation vendor. (We have done most of this, but still haven't finalized our Wedding Party shuttles)
Discuss and confirm party plans for bachelor and bachelorette parties, as well as any shower that is offered, with your maid of honor and best man. For an international honeymoon, begin to get your papers in order (passport, birth certificate, visas, vaccinations, etc.) Ask your readers to be a part of your ceremony. Begin a search for readings, and discuss them with your officiant. If you are handling the bridesmaid dress order, confirm the delivery date. Schedule gown fitting appointments. Your first appointment should be directly after you receive the gown, and the last appointment should fall no later than three weeks before the wedding.(my first fitting is next week! EEE!) Provide guest lists to your maid of honor and best man for your shower, bachelorette party, bachelor party, and other social events. Mail out wedding invitations. If you have guests attending from out of town who are parents, help them by locating babysitting options for them. Order alcohol (wine, champagne, liquor) if they are not included in the catering contract. Discuss with your caterer to determine how it will be transported to the wedding.(Already went to Total Wine & Frugal McDougal's!)
And here's my list for April!
- Track gifts received from guests and send thank-you notes. (Did this already for all gifts we have received so far. Google Docs is my hero!)
- Check on your hotel room blocks to ensure important guests have made their travel arrangements
- Design your ceremony programs and print them. Create menu cards for the reception tables, if you'll be using them.
- Purchase a guest book and a few nice pens.
- Purchase or make gifts for your bridal party and close family. Don't forget ushers, flower girls, ring bearers, and readers!
- Write your vows if you choose to personalize them. Send a copy to your officiant.
- Alert your wedding party to the rehearsal. The rehearsal-dinner host should send rehearsal dinner invitations.
- Obtain a marriage license. Follow your state's guidelines concerning how soon you can apply, and how long the license is valid for
- If you have a DJ, work on a list of 'must-play' and 'do-not play' songs. Be sure you also send them selections for your introductions, first dance, cake cutting, father/daughter dance, anniversary dance, and last dance
- If you have a band, work on a list of 'must-play' and 'do-not play' songs. Be sure you also send them selections for your introductions, first dance, cake cutting, father/daughter dance, anniversary dance, and last dance.
- Determine your ceremony music selections and send the list to your ceremony musicians.
- Shop for all additional accessories like undergarments, jewelry, headpiece, bridal purse, etc.
- Pick up wedding rings and check the inscriptions before you leave the store.
- Create a wedding day schedule. Send the information to your wedding party and vendors.
- Finalize any special preferences, readings, or other ceremony details (in writing) with your officiant.
- At your final gown fitting, bring a friend to learn how the bustle will be tied.