{two} months to go!

June Brides!  Well, the planning is quickly coming to a close and (as if you didn’t have enough on your mind), here we come with another nagging list of to dos.  Well although it’s quite a bother, the {TO DOs} are a necessary nuisance to get to the {I DOs}.  SO, if you haven’t taken care of these items just yet, let’s get started on your 2 month checklist and make this as painless as possible, shall we?

{Select readings/songs for Ceremony; ask people to do the honor}: Be sure that your musical selections reflect the personalities of you and your fiancé.  Don’t forget, of course, to speak with your church or temple officials to ensure that all selections are in keeping with the rules and regulations.   In fact, in most cases, the selections need to be first approved by your officiate.  When selecting close friends or family members to participate, we always tell our brides to be sure that you select someone who is special to you.  This will make your day all the more memorable!

{Write your vows (if desired); review vows with officiate}: Now this is usually an item that is usually avoided like the plaque (especially by our wonderful grooms).  However, if done right, this can add one of the most precious and beloved moments of your entire day.  The key words are “done right” and this can be accomplished much easier than most would imagine.  All you have to do is speak from the heart and have everything written on small note cards (embellished in a very cute way with your wedding colors, of course!)  I know you’re crazy busy, but take a moment with your fiancé, turn off the cell phones, fix a nice romantic candlelight dinner and reminisce on the what, why, when and how of it all.  Write down the 10 things you love most about each other and your vows should flow easily onto paper from there.

** WARNING** this could lead to other things so be very, very careful…or not 😉

{Finalize Ceremony details with officiate}: Your ceremony should be also be a reflection of you and your fiancé.  If you are music lovers, incorporate selections that you absolutely LOVE!  If you love poetry, incorporate a reading of your favorite poem(s) by having each member of your bridal party read a portion.  This will add a bit of variety and it will be unique.  After you’ve decided what elements your ceremony will consist of, review it with your officiate and ask for any additional suggestions and/or any traditional items that you may have missed.

{Select songs for reception highlights-1st dance, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc}: Now for the fun part!  The selections for your reception should be memorable.  This is the time to be as creative as you’d like.  Be sure to also speak with your band or DJ to be sure they already have the selections within their collection.  If not, please request that they download/purchase these selections at least 2 weeks prior to your wedding date.  Make sure to schedule a final meeting with them to review the list and listen to the songs to ensure it is the version/rendition you were hoping for.

{Send out invitations}: Invitations should be mailed at least 8-10 weeks prior to your wedding date.  If you have guests who live abroad, you will want to mail them at the 10-12 week mark.  If you are working with an A and B list, only the A list invites should be mailed at the 8 week mark with an RSVP set at 4 weeks prior to the wedding date.  At the 4 week mark, you should follow up with the A list guests who have not responded.  At this point, you should update you’re A list, count the number of regrets and send out your B list invites to cover all of the regrets with an RSVP set at 2 weeks prior to the wedding date.  This usually helps to reduce the number of empty seats at your reception.  Be sure to quickly follow up with your B list guests who have not responded as your final count will more than likely be due during that same week as well.

{Purchase guest book and all other decorations}: If you have not done so already, be sure to purchase all items for the ceremony and reception.  This includes your guest book, unity candle set or sand ceremony set and any other miscellaneous items you would need.

{Meet with hairstylist and makeup artist to try out wedding day look with/ headpiece}: This is the time to review all of the pictures you have gathered from pinterest, magazines and online, select your top 3 and take them to your hairstylist and let him/her make you beautiful.  If possible, you could also make arrangements with your makeup artist to come to the hair salon to conduct your make up trial as well.  Now you can’t waste that gorgeous look on just anyone, so call your fiancé and set up that romantic dinner I talked about earlier.  Why not cap the night off with dancing and drinks to remind him of what a beautiful person he is getting ready to spend the rest of his life with. 😉

{Schedule wedding day beauty appointments}: While at the salon with the hairstylist and makeup artist, be sure to make your appointments for the wedding day for you, bridesmaids and other family members.

{Send hotel, transportation and area attraction info to out of town guests}: This information should be sent out with your invitations to all out of town guests.

{Attend Bridal Shower}: Be sure to relax and remember have fun!

{Shop for Honeymoon and going away outfits}: No need for any further explanation.  Shop til you drop!

{Finalize all Honeymoon arrangements}: At this point, all honeymoon plans should be finalized.  Use this time review your passports, plane tickets and itinerary and ensure all names match and arrival/departure times are correct.  You should also reconfirm with the airline company that no flight times have changed.

{Make arrangements for Wedding Rehearsal}: Be sure to hire a coordinator, or contact your planner to schedule and manage your rehearsal.  Your planner and/or coordinator should communicate at least 2 weeks in advance to all ceremony participants the date, time and location of the rehearsal.  Please be sure to include your hostesses and ushers as well.

{Decide on guest list for Rehearsal and Dinner}: This guest list should include everyone that participated in the rehearsal as well as any out of town guests and any other close friends and family who you would like to share this intimate setting with.

{Get name change forms for SS, DL, bank and so on}: In most cases, you will need to wait until you return from your honeymoon to visit the Social Security office, Secretary of State and bank in person.  Don’t forget to also obtain the necessary documentation to update your passport as well.

In our next post, we will outline your one month items.

Happy Planning!

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