Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year!!!!

Congratulations to all newly engaged brides. Undoubtedly you are very excited about your engagement and hopefully you are equally excited about planning your upcoming wedding. Here is a wedding timeline for the first "to-do's" on your wedding planning list.

10 To 12 Months Before

Determine who will officiate at the ceremony.
Select a wedding date and time.
Announce your engagement in the newspaper.
Determine how many guests may attend.
Determine the type of wedding you want (size, formality, style, color scheme).
Select and order the bridesmaids' dresses.
Establish a preliminary budget.
Select and secure a photographer.
Select a caterer if not already provided by the reception.
Select and secure your reception location.
Select and secure your ceremony location.
Select and secure your DJ / MC.
Begin choosing your wedding cake baker, videographer, and florist. Sign necessary contracts.
Pick out engagement ring with fiancé

If you are a bride who will marry this year, it is time to fill in the details of your wedding plans and make bookings for any vendors you have not booked yet.

Here is a wedding checklist for the upcoming months

6 To 9 Months Before

Start compiling the guest list (inform your families to do the same).
Select the attendants for your wedding party.
Shop for the wedding dress, headpiece, veil, etc.
Start planning for honeymoon.
Register with a gift bridal registry in your favorite store.

4 To 6 Months Before

Make appointments for a physical exam with your doctor/dentist.
Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state. Click here to check requirements in your state
Shop for wedding rings.
Select and order the invitations and stationery.
Decide where to live after the wedding.
Complete the guest lists.
Begin shopping for trousseau.
Send your engagement announcement to the newspaper.
Inform mothers to select their dresses.
Select and order the men's attire.
Finalize honeymoon details and make the necessary reservations.

Bridal Show are great places to get information and possibly find your needed vendors. Here is a list of upcoming events.

January 11, 2009 - J & B BRIDAL SHOW 2009, Chambersburg, PA, Details

January 11, 2009 - Holiday Inn, Downtown Stamford City Center Bridal Show, Stamford, CT, Details

January 11, 2009 - East Wind Caterers Bridal Showcase, Wading River, NY, Details

January 14, 2009 - Winter Bridal Showcase, Carle Place, NY, Location: Chateau Briand Date: January 14, 2009 Time: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm For reservations please call: 516.625.1777 For directions please call: 516.334.6125

January 16, 2009 - 2009 BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA, Ellicott City, MD, Details

January 18, 2009 - HAGERSTOWN BRIDAL SHOW, Hagerstown, MD, Details

January 25th 2009 - Kern County Bridal Association, Bakersfield, CA, Click here for details

For other states click here

Enjoy the planning and be inspired!!!!

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