Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wedding Checklist- 7 weeks out

8 weeks ahead

Prepare a budget Still 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, still working on it
Set a date April 19th everybody- that is 48 days from now
Schedule temple time and endowment time, if necessary I can't schedule an endowment until I have that recommend, so no. 
Select and reserve a place for reception check
Decide on a color scheme still fail
Schedule a photographer for engagement photos (immediately), bridals, wedding day (we used 3 different people)  engagements=done; wedding...we have options
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?  i did talk to BYUH Print Services, and cousin Aprihl is willing to get me cheaper paper if can.  Megan has somewhat agreed to design them 
Shop for wedding dress and all accessories  avoiding like the plague
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)  this is a today thing.
Arrange for a florist Patti's petals.  Spencer's mom is a florist. 
Take engagement photos CHECK!
Order cake ummm...cupcakes anybody? or TED's pie....or...sheetcake...or... I really don't wanna
Reserve caterer, if using dude, I have to know the guest list first
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....haven't looked at it in a while
Reserve rental items (backdrops, decorations, etc.)  this means absolutely nothing to me.
Find a place to live when married square 1.
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! idea, delegating that out to anybody who wants it.  
By March 7th I need to have all the facts ready for invitations and have a set design for invitations
Planning to go dress shopping here
5 weeks ahead
Finish compiling guest lists
Start addressing invitations  I would like to have the invitations in hand by March 12th; and all addresses finalized and in my possession by the 14th. 
Plan honeymoon and transportation and make arrangements haven't even looked at it.
Arrange for health and auto insurance no car! health insurance...crap
Purchase temple clothes

4 weeks ahead
Have bridal portraits taken  n/a I think.  
Finish addressing invitations
Register for gifts I have no idea how to do this.
Determine menu and order supplies if needed wouldn't this be done with the caterer?
Determine what help you need on wedding day (servers, table clearers, kitchen help, pick up food), ask people well, it's a good thing I have visiting teachers. 
Schedule temple recommend appointments  aka, camp in front of Hannemann's office and then MacArthur's
I can get a marriage licence starting the 20th. 

3 weeks ahead
Mail invitations early in the week- I would like the invitations to be mailed by the 21st, and absolutely no later than the 28th.
Make sure wedding party clothing is completely purchased (jewelry, shoes, etc.)
Arrange for time off work- assuming you have jobs
Get marriage license absolute last day to do this is the 12th of April, because it has to be done at least a week in advance apparently. 
Purchase or order accessories such as cake knives and servers, garter, guest book and pen plastic-ware; ordered a picture guestbook yesterday.
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, in all likelihood, we're not
Get manicures, pedicures, wax your eyebrows nude colored nail polish, hopefully borrowed from my roommate
Arrange for moving in to your new place easy, my contract ends on the 15th
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


  1. hey i dont know where youre compiling addresses for this whole "send out invitations" thing...but i figured, since youve gotta have that ready in like a week, id give you mine now :) if you make a facebook group or something ill put it on there too...anyways, here it is! im so excited for you! and so happy for you! and just ahhhhhhh!

    Megan Thorne
    154 South 3rd West Apt. 6
    Rexburg, ID

  2. I should have checked blogs before. Here I've been trying to go over this list with you when we're talking and you keep putting it off. I would say yes to the bridal portraits--and those typically would be in your wedding dress. You want a wedding cake of some sort--you have to cut the cake and keep the top layer in the freezer for your first anniversary (so it's great if it's a really small top layer). You sort of dismissed the "determine what the bridal party is wearing" . .. that is SO not figured out and we sort of need to know your dress before we can really do that. The premarital exam--yes absolutely, I have been going to talk with you about that--and sadly your parent's insurance is crap unless you live in the same city we do so . . . . sorry. I do however have you on the cancellation list for a dental check and cleaning once I got the dates you'll be in town. And I've been THINKING about the names and addresses from here and have made SOME progress. Hopefully I won't be TOO far off your deadline. Music playlist is one thing, but you need to have someone sort of MC the event(s), too. And by my countdown it was 50 days on March 1. Apparently you are not counting inclusively. I actually counted the days backwards on our calendar though so I think I'm right. I started with "1" on the 18th because that would be 1 day left. Yay for continual progress!