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Venue on the Lake’s Wedding Checklist

-Venue on the Lake’s Wedding Checklist-

A guide to help you plan for the big day!

12 Months Before

□ Announce your engagement to family and friends and plan an engagement party

□ Sign up for a wedding website to keep your guests informed about event details, area information, etc.

□ Work on the budget

□ Consider purchasing wedding planning software to organize everything, or hire a wedding planner to help secure contracts, etc.

□ Choose a wedding date – select a few days in case your first choice is booked

□ Begin a rough guest list and compile current addresses

□ Choose a location and reserve your ceremony and reception site(s)

□ Decide on who you’d like to have as your attendants, including your maid of honor and best man

□ Begin shopping for your wedding gown

□ Attend a local bridal show or two and jot down notes about any vendors you really liked

□ Purchase a wedding planning organizer or calendar to keep track of important dates and appointments (fittings, showers, etc.)

6-9 Months Before

□ Research and choose one or more bridal gift registry

□ Order your wedding gown and buy undergarments that you will wear with it (bring these to all fittings)

□ Order other bridal accessories – shoes, gloves and veil

□ Begin shopping for bridesmaid’s dresses

□ Find an officiant who will perform your ceremony

□ Research local vendors and book ceremony musicians, a wedding band/DJ, photographer, videographer, caterer and florist

4-6 Months Before

□ Select and order your wedding invitations, invitation envelopes and thank-you cards

□ Hire a calligrapher, if desired (check with a local stationery store for referrals)

□ Select and purchase wedding favors and wedding favor accessories – boxes, personalized wedding ribbon, labels, etc.

□ Purchase any desired ceremony and reception decorations – unity candles, vases, aisle runner, etc.

□ Start researching local bakeries for your wedding cake

□ Book your honeymoon and verify that you have any necessary travel documents including passports and visas

□ Book a room for your wedding night, if you will be leaving for your honeymoon the next morning

□ Book hotel rooms or arrange other accommodations for out-of-town guests

□ Finalize your guest list and send out save-the-date cards, if using

□ Compile a list of area information and things to do for out-of-town guests

□ Reserve transportation for you and your wedding party as well as a bus or trolley for your guests (if necessary)

2-4 Months Before

□ Find out what your state’s requirements are for obtaining a marriage license and get blood tests done, if required

□ Order tuxedos for the groom and groomsmen

□ Meet with your caterer to discuss the menu and your bar/liquor needs

□ Meet with your officiant to discuss ceremony details, wording and wedding vows

□ Select wedding readings

□ Order your wedding cake

□ Buy thank-you gifts for your attendants, flower girl and ring bearer

□ Shop for a gift for your new spouse-to-be

□ Select and purchase wedding rings, and have them engraved, if desired

□ Coordinate and choose a location for the rehearsal dinner

□ Contact party rental companies for tents, tables, arches, etc. if necessary

□ Book any other specialty services – ice sculptures, photo booths, etc.

1-2 Months Before

□ Mail invitations out to everyone eight weeks prior to the wedding date and send accommodation info to your out-of-town guests

□ Compile and complete name change documents or purchase a bridal name change kit online

□ Fill out a change of address form at the post office, if necessary

□ Have ceremony programs printed

□ Purchase a guest book, pen and other wedding accessories including toasting glasses, cake knife, ring pillow, etc.

□ Keep your wedding website updated with directions and event details

□ Choose your hair and makeup stylists and schedule a trial for both; also book appointments to have your hair, make-up and nails done on the day of the wedding

□ Review insurance information with your fiancé and check with employers to see what documents need to be updated once you are legally wed (car, home, medical, etc.)

2 Weeks to 1 Month Before

□ Create a seating chart for the reception and make table numbers and place cards (or have your calligrapher work on these)

□ Contact your caterer with a final guest count

□ Print out a timeline of events for your wedding party and vendors – include contact information and cell phone numbers

□ Meet with your photographer to finalize your wedding photo list of any must-have photos

□ Contact your florist to confirm your final flower order (bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, etc.) and go over any decor details or venue logistics for the big day

□ Finalize your ceremony and reception music and song lists for your wedding band or DJ

□ Confirm lodging reservations for out-of-town guests

□ Plan a bridal luncheon, brunch or dinner with your bridesmaids

□ Pick-up wedding bands and make sure the fit is good

□ Schedule a final wedding dress fitting

□ Apply for your marriage license

□ Write rehearsal dinner toasts

1 Week Before

□ Write out final checks to your wedding vendors (each organized in an envelope) and let your wedding coordinator or family member to distribute at the wedding

□ Pick up your wedding gown

□ Pick up your marriage license

□ Confirm limo or other transportation reservations

□ Pack for your honeymoon and confirm travel arrangements

□ Treat yourself to a spa day – you deserve it!

The Day Before

□ Welcome out-of-town guests as they arrive

□ Attend the rehearsal and enjoy the rehearsal dinner!

The Wedding Day

□ Set aside some time before the festivities to share gifts with your bridesmaids or close family members

□ Eat a healthy breakfast – you’ll need your energy for the big day ahead!

□ Enjoy it; it’s finally here and everything will be wonderful… Congratulations!!