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Final countdown checklist

PHOTOGRAPHY by Heather Cook Elliott Photography

1-2 Months

- Mail invitations four to six weeks prior to wedding.

- Call contracted services to confirm arrangements.

- Final dress fitting with shoes, accessories and lingerie.

- Final attendants’ fittings.

- Confirm honeymoon and trip reservations.

-Select ceremony accessories – unity candle, ring pillow, guest book, etc.

- Have programs printed

- Begin seating plan and write or order place cards

-Select personal accessories – handbag, garter, engraved goblets, guest mementos.

- Arrange bridesmaids’ brunch or luncheon.

- Buy marriage license and request certified copies.

- If changing your name, prepare the necessary documents.

- Send wedding announcement to local newspapers.

PHOTOGRAPHY by Front Room Photography

2 Weeks

- Schedule appointments for hair stylist, facial, manicure, massage.

- Invite wedding party and guests to rehearsal dinner.

- Review reception seating and order place cards.

- Confirm lodging for out-of-town guests with reserved hotels.

- Record gifts as you receive them. Write thank-you notes accordingly.

- Schedule caterer for gift-opening party.

- Arrange for gown cleaning and bouquet preservation after wedding.

- Give final guest count to reception facility and caterer.

- Write toasts for rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.

- Break in wedding shoes at home.

- Arrange for someone (ushers, parents, groomsmen) to gather and transport cards and gifts to the next day’s gift opening.

PHOTOGRAPHY by Front Room Photography

1 Week

- Finalize seating plan.

- Pick up wedding rings, check engravings and sizes.

- Final consultations: caterer, florist, musicians, photographer, videographer.

- Remind men to pick up formal wear and shoes – check for fit.

- Make a wedding day schedule and give everyone copies at the rehearsal dinner.

- Assign responsibilities such as handing out corsages and boutonnieres to members of your wedding party.

- Pick up dress.

- Give your honeymoon itinerary to a friend or family member in case of emergency.

1 Day

- Give announcements to an attendant for mailing after the wedding.

- Have a manicure and a pedicure.

- Attend ceremony and rehearsal dinner.

- Distribute gifts to the wedding party, special attendants and parents, to thank them for their support.

- Prepare tip and payment envelops for officiant and vendors and make arrangement for someone to distribute them.

- Keep personal appointments; finish honeymoon packing.

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