Studio Wedding Worksheets
PLANNING & GUIDE
following checklist is an "ideal" timetable. Couples
who do not have as much time as show should plan their wedding
in much the same order, using the checklist as a guide. Be sure
to check things off as you complete them.
After the Engagement:
o Discuss a budget and the size and style of the wedding with
your parents. Decide who pays for what.
o If you will be using a wedding consultant, enlist their services.
o Meet with clergy member; schedule pre-marital counseling.
o Reserve wedding and reception sites; make initial catering contacts.
o Register at local bridal registries.
o Contact photographers; hire one.
Months or more before:
o Compile guest list.
o Reserve a block of hotel room for out-of-town guests.
o Choose engagement and wedding rings.
o Send your engagement announcement to newspapers.
o Select and order wedding gown.
o Select the attendants (bridesmaids and groomsman). Choose and
order bridesmaids dresses.
o Select one usher for every 50 guests.
o Check out videographers. Hire one.
o Make arrangement for the music at the wedding and reception.
o Check out bakers. Get estimates. Book the date.
o Plan beauty preparations (nail, diet, hair, skin care, makeup).
o Complete the guest list and confirm final details with the caterer.
o Order invitations (25extra) and personal stationery or "Thank
o Order napkins and purchase any other items needed for the ceremony
and reception. Check with the caterer to see what
o Visit the photographer again to discuss specifics. Use the "photographer
o Get estimates and order flowers and floral arrangements for
wedding and reception.
o Get estimates and order balloons, decorations and favors for
wedding and reception.
o Make all transportation arrangements to and from the wedding
and reception. Consider hiring a limousine. Party
bus, trolley or horse drawn carriage.
o Book room for wedding night.
o Make honeymoon plans.
o Order wedding rings. Allow time for any final engraving.
o Order tuxedos for the groomsmen and fathers.
o Complete all honeymoon plans. If traveling out side the country,
check on visa, passport and inoculations.
o Mail invitation (six weeks before the wedding; eight weeks to
out of town guests).
o Make appointments with the hairdresser for the bride and attendants
or out-of-town guests.
o Buy a wedding gift for your future spouse and gifts attendants
o Finalize arrangements of accommodations for out-of-town attendants
o Choose all accessories, shoes and lingerie for bridal gown and
o Have a final fit for Bridal gown and bridesmaids' dresses.
o Have beauty consultant do a trial run with bride's hair and
makeup. Schedule this appointment on the day the bridal
portrait is take and/or a party planned.
o Have bridal portrait taken.
o Register all tuxedo size with the formal wear store.
o Check with newspapers on wedding announcement requirements.
o Finalize plans for rehearsal dinner.
o Plan setting arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and reception.
o Arrange bridesmaids' luncheon. Often, that is when the bride
gives them their gifts.
o Complete name-change documents.
o Complete change-of-address information for post-office.
o Keep current with "Thank you" notes for shower and
early wedding gifts.
o Get marriage license. Be sure to bring all needed documents.
o Inform or send invitations including exact time and location
to those who will attend the rehearsal and rehearsal
o Inquire about where you and your attendants will dress for ceremony.
o Walk to the entire event in your mind. Consider things like
parking access for handicapped guests etc.
o Confirm all transportation plans.
o Check in with caterer, photographer, videographer, musicians,
DJ, florist, etc. To confirm all arrangements.
o "Break in" Wedding shoes at home.
o Appoint someone to act as an "organizer" to handle
any last minute problems.
o Give a final guest count to the caterer.
o Review final detail for those in the wedding party.
o Confirm honeymoon arrangements.
o Pack for the honeymoon. Know what you'll wear from reception.
o Enjoy a day with your family and friends. Visit a day spar,
have a massage, a facial and relax.
o Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
o Give the rings and clergy member's fee to best man.
o Mail wedding announcements.
o Enjoy the day!