Tuesday, February 5, 2013

5 Months To Go!

Today, there are officially 5 months, or 150 days until Brendan and I get married! With the time drawing nearer, I am going to do some checklist posts, mostly to help myself organize, but also to be used as a resource for anyone else tying the knot soon. I'll try to make my list items as generic as possible in order to help others find the list useful. I'll list both tasks accomplished and tasks needing to be accomplished. I will also add my general timeline. This doesn't mean things need to be accomplished according to my timeline (not at all), but it might be helpful information for a bride to be.

Tasks Accomplished
At Over 1 Year-11 Months Mark

Secured Date with Venue(s)
Catering Booked (includes waitstaff/bartenders)
Cake Booked
Linens/Place Settings Booked
Day of Coordinator Booked
Ceremony Music Booked
Cocktail Music Booked
Reception Music Booked
Photographer Booked
Hotel Rooms for Out of Town Guests Blocked
Wedding Party Selected
Guest List Finalized
Wedding Registries Created
Wedding Website Made
Engagement Ring Insured
Florist Booked
Wedding Dress Purchased
Engagement Photos Taken
Officiant Selected
Readers Selected
Engagement Celebration

Tasks Accomplished
10-9 Months Mark

Groomsmen Outfits Purchased
Prints of Engagement Photos Framed
Created Save the Dates
Mailed Save the Dates
Started Booking Honeymoon
Purchased Supplies for Personalized Escort Cards
Rehearsal Time Scheduled

Tasks Accomplished
8-7 Months Mark

Bridesmaid Dresses Ordered
Honeymoon Finalized/Booked--Including all Accommodations and Flights
*Get Passports if needed--we don't*
*Make Pet Care Arrangements*
Hair Stylist Booked
Make Up Artist Booked
Videographer Booked
Personalized Items for Reception Ordered
Return Address Labels Ordered
Bridesmaid Gifts Purchased
Bride and Groom's Transportation Booked

Tasks Accomplished
6-5 Months Mark

Bride's Wedding Veil Purchased
Toasting Flutes For Reception Found
Bride's Shoes Purchased
Rehearsal Dinner Venue Booked
Something Borrowed Found
Something Blue Found
Something New Found
Flower Girl(s) gift(s) Purchased
Bride: Hair and Make up Trial 1 Complete
Thank You Notes for Couple's Shower Written and Sent
Have Wedding Guestbook (ours was an engagement present from a friend)
Made and Ordered Wedding Well Wishes Book (for guests to write messages in)
Officiant: Get Certified if needed

Tasks Needing to Be Accomplished

Caterer Booked for Rehearsal Dinner (just need to get our contract in)
Confirm After Party Location
Transportation for Guests Booked
Hair and Make up Trial 2 Attended
Bride: Undergarments for Dress Purchased
Bride: Dress Alterations
Bride: Hair Accessories Purchased
Groom: Find a Suit
Write Ceremony Script
Write Vows
Order Parent Gifts
Order Ring-bearer Gift
Order Groomsmen Gift
Order Favors
Shop for and Stuff Welcome Bags
Write and Copy Note for Welcome Bags
Create invitations for wedding, response cards, invitation for rehearsal dinner, after party, and website card
Address and Mail Invitations
Create Programs for Wedding
Create Personalized Table Numbers
Create Escort Cards
Create Place Cards
Make Seating Arrangements
Walk Through Schedule with Day of Coordinator
Decide on Menu for Reception (after tasting)
Decide on Menu for Rehearsal Dinner
Bride: Purchase Groom's Ring
Groom: Purchase Bride's Ring
Bride: Purchase Groom's Wedding Gift
Groom: Purchase Bride's Wedding Gift
Purchase Alcohol for Reception/Rehearsal Dinner
Hire Bartender/Security for Rehearsal Dinner
Purchase Marriage License
Officiant: File Marriage License
Get Something "Old" (I asked my grandmother about this)
Get Sixpence for my Shoe (Supposed to bring us financial success in our marriage--worth a shot!)
Purchase Garter
Purchase Supplies for Exit
Get Cake Serving Set
DIY Signs
Photo for Guest Book Table
Purchase Pens for Guest Book

Well...I'm probably forgetting a thing or two (or ten!), but that's the best I can do as of now. We are definitely getting so excited...11 (11!) friends and family have booked plane tickets to be at our wedding. The hotel block is starting to get lots of bookings...we're really happy that so many of our friends and family will be with us to celebrate. I think we're both really ready to be married. It's hard to wait, but we know it will be worth it to us when so many of our loved ones are able to be at our side.

If the last 259 days is any indication, the next 150 are going to fly by!

Here's to Wedding Bells Ringing!
<3 S, B, L&Z

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