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Wedding Time Table
by Rev. Alexander Baker
Months Before the Wedding:
- Set your wedding date.
- Decide how much can be spent, whether it will
be formal or informal; small or large; where it will be held and at what time;
the number of guests to invite.
Set up a meeting with Wedding Planner or
Coordinators to discuss your wedding details.
Decide where the ceremony will be held. With
your fiancé, decide who will officiate your wedding and what kind of ceremony
Make preliminary arrangements for the reception
– menus, liquor, caterers, musicians, photographer, videographer, florist, ice
Choose maid or matron of honor, best man, ushers
and if you plan to have them, flower girl and ring bearer.
- Draw up invitation lists.
Register with Bridal
Consultant at your favorite store. Select china, silver and crystal patterns.
- Select wedding dress, veil, shoes and
dresses and headpieces.
how the ushers will be dressed.
- Consult travel agent
for ideas about honeymoon plans. If you are planning to go abroad, make sure
passport is in order.
- Pick out wedding rings.
invitations, stationary, thank you cards.
Complete guest list.
Make reservations for
honeymoon transportation and accommodations.
Discuss wedding plans
with attendants, caterers, florist, musicians, photographer, videographer.
Choose cake cutter,
wedding glasses, purse, cake topper, guest book with pen.
- Choose wedding
- Plan for a rehearsal
dinner. Decide on a restaurant and notify wedding party of time and date.
- Address wedding
invitations. Mail them 6 weeks before the wedding.
- Arrange for
limousine to transport wedding party to ceremony and reception.
- Arrange for a
limousine, carriage, etc to take you and your fiancé to the ceremony and
Choose gifts for your
final plans for music, menu, decorations for reception.
flowers for ceremony and reception.
- Choose decorations for reception.
location to discuss a rehearsal time and day.
ceremony with officiant.
Apply for marriage
license. Some states have waiting periods, blood tests, etc, so check with
your state for the laws.
Arrange for final
fitting of bridal gown and bridesmaids’ gowns.
your hair styled the way you plan to wear it for your wedding. Be sure it
goes well with the headpiece.
to have make-up and nails done.
Have wedding portrait
each other’s wedding gifts.
- Start to write
thank you notes for gifts as they arrive.
accommodations for out-of-town guests.
for rehearsal dinner.
Unity Candles and other ceremony items.
Choose music for
ceremony and reception.
Make out final payment
checks for vendors and place them in envelopes. Have
your maid/matron of
honor or best man hand them out the day of the wedding. You will be too busy
to handle it yourself!
Pick up wedding rings.
Arrange for someone to
take gifts home.
Pack for honeymoon.
Make sure best man
knows his speech.
Rehearse your ceremony
at your ceremony location. If your location does not allow a rehearsal, then
gather your wedding party at your house or convenient location to go over the
entrance and exit order, etc.
- Enjoy your rehearsal dinner with family
and wedding party.
Relax and get a good
to Remember on Day of Wedding:
Dress, veil, shoes,
extra stockings, something old, new, borrowed, blue. Bring veil
Unity Candle and
safety pins, hair pins, hair spray.