February 26, 2020 - Lethbridge Sun Times/Shopper - page 17


12+ months before the wedding q Work out a budget q Consider hiring a wedding consultant q Pick a wedding date and time q Choose a wedding theme and style q Start planning the guest list q Research ceremony and reception sites q Research wedding pros (photographers, videographers, bands or DJs, ceremony musicians) and review portfolios

q Look through bridal magazines for attire ideas

9 - 11 months before the wedding q Book reception and ceremony venues q Select and book a caterer q Bride: Shop for and order your gown q Determine theme/decorations for your reception q Reserve musicians/DJ for reception q Book wedding videographer and photographer q Choose your wedding party members and ask them to participate in your celebration

q Decide on the food and liquor to be served at your reception

q Research airline, hotel and rental-car reservations for out-of-town guests

6 - 8 months before the wedding q Meet with your offi ciant to discuss the wedding ceremony

q Register for gifts q Choose and order bridesmaid dresses and accessories

q Send save-the-date cards q Finalize guest list q Select fl orist q Shop for men’s formal wear q Determine the design, wording, font and paper stock for your wedding invitations, stationery, table cards and thank-you notes

q Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

4 - 5 months before the wedding q Order invitations and wedding rings q Arrange honeymoon, get any required vaccinations, get or renew passports

q Order fl owers q Select a baker, place order, and arrange for delivery

2 - 3 months before the wedding q Hire wedding-day transportation q Mail your invitations q Finalize reception menu q Write or choose your wedding vows q Purchase gifts for all wedding party members and your parents

q Bride: Book your hair stylist and makeup artist and go for a trial run

q Secure reservations for rehearsal dinner and select menu

q Purchase ceremony accessories q Send rehearsal dinner invitations q Write thank you notes as you receive gifts q Confi rm music selections with musicians/DJ

1 month before the wedding q Apply for a marriage license q Bride Have fi nal gown fi tting

q Schedule pickup/return of men’s formalwear q Create a wedding programme to hand out to guests

q Order plan in-room welcome baskets for. out-of-town guests

q Confi rm fl oral order and arrange for delivery times q Determine seating arrangements for guests q Arrange for table and setup at reception venue q Bride: Schedule an appointment for a a manicure and / or pedicure the day before your wedding

q Contact anyone who has not responded to his or her wedding invitation

1 - 2 weeks before the wedding q Bride Get your last per-wedding haircut and color q Confi rm all wedding vendors q Pack for your honeymoon q Groom: Get your hair trimmed

2 - 3 days before the wedding q Bride if you need to have your gown pressed or steamed

q Reconfi rm fi nal detail with all vendors q Hand off centerpieces and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer or reception site manager

q Bring ceremony accessories to the site q Give gifts to you attendants

Wedding day q Eat a good breakfast q Give yourself plenty of time to get ready q Relax and enjoy yourself!




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