Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wedding checklist.

I'M GETTING MARRIED!   We're all very happy and excited, and it's happening in 8ish weeks, so mom found me a checklist.

8 weeks ahead (hopefully you have more time!)

Prepare a budget working on it.
Talk to family members about any date conflicts   check
Meet with the in-laws to discuss date and how expenses will be shared ummmm
Set a date check
Schedule temple time and endowment time, if necessary check
Select and reserve a place for reception check
Decide on a color scheme fail
Schedule a photographer for engagement photos (immediately), bridals, wedding day (we used 3 different people)  check on the engagement
Schedule hair dresser, if using dude, I pro-braid my hair myself.  
Schedule invitation appointment. Order invitations as soon as possible  what the heck is an invitation appointment?  postcards people.  postage is $.28 instead of $.49
Shop for wedding dress and all accessories  fail
Schedule temple preparation classes as needed  check, but who 'schedules' these things?

7 weeks ahead
Begin compiling guest list and addresses (determine temple, luncheon, and reception guests)  crap, forgot to ask mom about that
Arrange for a florist Patti's petals.  signed, sealed, delivered
Take engagement photos hopefully by 2/21
Order cake ummm...cupcakes anybody? or TED's pie....or...sheetcake...or... I really don't wanna
Reserve caterer, if using talk to the thai lady for the family dinner and
Determine bridesmaids and bridal party, invite them CHECK- go sisters!
Determine what the wedding party will wear (including groomsmen) and begin shopping CHECK- hooray for brothers.

6 weeks ahead
Select and purchase groom's ring still deciding....
Reserve rental items (backdrops, decorations, etc.)  like what?!?!?
Find a place to live when married check(ish)
Make appointments for premarital exam, dental work, eye doctor, etc. before insurance runs out  assuming you have fantastic insurance anyway, and now marriage doesn't kick you off your parent's insurance.  thank you Obama.
Order or purchase supplies for favors and for decorating: tablecloths, centerpieces, everything! umm...bamboo and flowers from Patti...and around the town.  

5 weeks ahead
Finish compiling guest lists
Start addressing invitations
Plan honeymoon and transportation and make arrangements
Arrange for health and auto insurance no car! health...crap
Purchase temple clothes

4 weeks ahead
Have bridal portraits taken  n/a I think.  we can wait for those.
Finish addressing invitations
Register for gifts I have no idea how to do this.
Determine menu and order supplies if needed
Determine what help you need on wedding day (servers, table clearers, kitchen help, pick up food), ask people
Schedule temple recommend appointments  aka, camp in front of Hannemann's office and then MacArthur's

3 weeks ahead
Mail invitations early in the week- so should be done before this
Make sure wedding party clothing is completely purchased (jewelry, shoes, etc.)
Arrange for time off work- assuming you have jobs
Get marriage license
Purchase or order accessories such as cake knives and servers, garter, guest book and pen plasticware
Evaluate the tables and decorations at the reception, make sure you have EVERYTHING

2 weeks ahead
Talk to photographer/videographer about special shots you need
Make sure music playlist is ready PANDORA ALL THE WAY
Complete anything you are making, framing, or sewing for the special day or just focus on my recital
Double check all reservations (temple, place of reception, florist, hair stylist, caterer, photographer, cake, rental items, honeymoon)
Gather any borrowed items
Make freezer meals to feed out-of-town guests during wedding week

1 week ahead
Pack for honeymoon assuming we're going somewhere for an extended period of time...which we're not
Get manicures, pedicures, wax your eyebrows nude colored nail polish
Arrange for moving in to your new place easy, my contract ends.
Groom's haircut-  ah, good point.
Final guest counts
Purchase food
Compile fix-it kit-safety pins, needle and thread, ibuprofen, bobby pins, mints, nylons, makeup

Wedding Day
Don't forget breakfast
Give yourself a lot of time to get ready
Be sure to have temple recommends, rings, marriage license

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