Wedding Checklist is the best way to keep things in order. Writing
things down is a helpful way to make sure you have included
everything you need to make your wedding day goes as smooth
as possible. Here is a checklist that will be useful in
planning your special day.
What type of wedding? Traditional, Contemporary, Outdoor
Veil or Headpiece
Style and color of attendant's dresses
Shoes, hosiery, lingerie, garter and jewelry accessories
Flower girl's dress
Schedule fittings and alterations
Arrange to having wedding gown picked up. Is it packaged
with tissue in the sleeves, and a bodice mold.
Make arrangements to have your wedding gown taken to a dry
cleaners after the wedding.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
Choose a tuxedo store
Are any special offers or discounts available at the tuxedo store?
Chose your style, color of tuxedo and accessories
Reserve the formal wear 2 - 3 months ahead of time.
What is the damage or Stain policy?
Schedule fittings. If you have any out of town men in your wedding
fitted at their local tuxedo store and have the measurements sent
to your store. Make sure they know the brand name and color of the tuxedo
you have selected.
Pick up your tuxedo and try them on.
Make arrangements to have your tuxedo returned to the tuxedo
Most importantly take care of yourself with nutritious meals and
plenty of rest.
Facial, hair premed, cut or colored 2 -3 weeks before the wedding.
Schedule this 3 - 6 months prior to your wedding.
Treat yourself to a message a week before the wedding. Get a
manicure or a pedicure.
a reputable jeweler and request a written guarantee. Discuss the
prices on the guarantees, exchanges, ring sizing, free jewelry
cleaning, routine maintenance. Is your ring covered by your
insurance policy? Pick a gold setting and bands that are 14K or
18K gold. Anything else is to soft.
Say "Yes" and receive your engagement ring
Order your wedding bands 3 months prior to the wedding.
Arrange to have engraving done.
Arrange to have the best man hold on to the bride's ring.
Arrange to have the maid of honor hold on to the groom's ring.
4 to 6 moths prior to the wedding, you and your finance will want
to meet with a bridal registry consultant. She will be able to
assist through the registry and to help coordinate table patterns
and suggest gifts that fit your lifestyle.
and your finance may want to browse through a bridal magazine or
through a store to determine your preferences. This is the one time
to create your ultimate wish list so look around and see
what is available. Some mortgage companies offer a bridal registry
where your guests can contribute to a down payment of a house. Be
creative and have fun.
6 months to a year prior to your wedding you are going to want to
meet with your caterer. Before hand ask yourself these
type of service are you planning?
time of day?
type of beverages?
is your budget?
a look at your caterer's portfolio. What stands out in your mind
while reviewing his portfolio. How long have they been in
business? Are they willing to meet your requests for the menu? How
many other weddings do they have scheduled on the day of your
wedding? How many trained servers will be assisting them?
You may want to visit one of their venues to see your caterer in
action. Also shop around and compare service along with price.
Most importantly get everything in writing.
Type of cuisine you would like for the rehearsal and reception.
Visit at least 3 caterers before selecting one.
Check out the caterers credentials. Are they a member of the
Association of Catering Executives? Do they have a Certified
Catering Executive designation? Ask for references.
Ask if you can sample a few of their dishes.
Cancellation policy, will your deposit be refunded?
Do they provide provisions for people with special diet needs?
What is done with the leftover food?
cakes come in all shapes and sizes. You can be very creative in
this area. Adorn your cake with fresh flowers or have a
cake made to distinguish your taste and style.
to see your bakers portfolio. This will be helpful in picking out
the style of cake you would like. Ask for a sample. You will want
to taste their work before the finished product. What are their
charges? Ask to see an itemized list of their charges so there is
no surprises. Do they decorate your cake with fresh flowers or do
you have to provide someone for that? How fresh is your cake? You
want to know how far in advance they prepare your wedding
Choose a baker 3 to 6 months prior to the wedding.
Chose the style, shape, color, flavor of your cake.
Groom's cake ordered, if having one made.
Provide the date, time, location to the bakery.
Cake knife server
Arrange to have someone responsible to have the knife server, cake
topper to the baker or to the reception site.
Arrange to have someone cut the cake to be served.
Arrange to have someone take the cake stand back to the bakery.
choosing a florist you must first decide on what type of wedding
you are going to have. The mood, style, time of year, and your
budget will determine what your florist can do for you. You will
want to have your bridal gown and attendant's dresses picked out
prior to visiting a florist. Take some sample
swatches to your florist and they will be able to give you some
suggestions as to what will be appropriate for your style of
questions of your florist. Ask if your date is available? Ask to
see their portfolio or if the have some samples of their work. Do they
offer silk or dried flower arrangements? What are your fees? How
many weddings do you do in an average day? Ask to observe a
wedding that they are doing the floral arrangements for. What time
will they set up the floral arrangements at your wedding? Are you
familiar with the location you have chosen? Other floral displays
you will need: Altar, centerpieces for the reception tables,
sprays for the candelabra, corsages, boutonnières, bouquets.
Select florist 5 - 6 months prior to the wedding.
Are you having fresh, silk or dried flowers?
Pay deposit, sign agreement.
Bring color swatches of your dress, attendants dresses, mothers'
match the color.
Are there any floral restrictions at the ceremony or reception
Provide the florist with names, address and times for delivery.
Do you want your flowers preserved?
Bouquet for the bride and attendants
Flower girl's basket
Flowers for assistants
Mother's, Grandmother's corsage
Boutonnières for the groom, ushers, fathers, and grandfathers
Floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception