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Weddings: Helpful Hints

Calendars and Time Schedules:
To keep your wedding party informed and on schedule, give calendars to all your attendants several months before your wedding. On each calendar note important dates and times, such as showers, dress and tuxedo fittings, and the rehearsal dinner. To ensure everyone understands the wedding day’s schedule, hand out more detailed time tables beginning as early as 9:00 am and extending until your departure after the reception. Give copies of the schedule to your parents as well, so they may locate and assist you throughout the day.

Out-of-Town Guests
Create a warm welcome for out-of town guests by placing baskets filled with fruit, small bottles of champagne and scented soaps in their hotel rooms. Arrange for special hotel service, such as newspaper delivery in the morning accompanied by a tray of pastries, fresh orange juice and champagne compliments of the bride and groom.

In addition to adding luxurious style and elegance to your celebration, using this spacious form of transportation will also protect your wedding dress. The larger passenger area of a limousine saves on wrinkles to keep your gown looking fresh for the ceremony and photographs. An attentive chauffeur may also keep your gown from being stepped on or crushed in car doors, helping to preserve it.

Guests Who Could Not Attend
Send videotapes of your wedding preparation, ceremony and reception to those special people who were unable to attend your celebration, such as friends abroad or relatives too ill to travel. A hospitalized grandparent or friend away at school will love being able to participate in your joyous occasion in this way. For an added touch, include a pressed flower from your church or reception hall, a wedding program, a printed appreciation scroll, a wedding favor, a place card and a snapshot of you at your wedding. Absent guests will feel as if they didn’t miss a thing.

Timeline Checklist:
Upon Engagement
  • Determine wedding style (formal or informal)
  • Reserve ceremony and reception sites
  • Select photographer
  • Choose attendants
  • Determine wedding colors
  • Select bridal gown
  • Begin guest list

    6 Months Before the Wedding:
  • Purchase wedding rings
  • Make appointment with officiant
  • Choose bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Select caterer
  • Arrange for engagement portrait

    4 Months Before the Wedding:
  • Order invitations, announcements and other wedding stationery
  • Purchase guest book, toasting glasses, cake knife, cake top, garter and other accessories
  • Meet with florist

    2 Months Before the Wedding:
  • Select formal wear for groomsmen
  • Order wedding cake

    6 Weeks Before the Wedding:
  • Address Invitations
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Order flowers

    2 Weeks Before the Wedding:
  • Confirm guest list
  • Inform caterer of final count
  • Address announcements
  • Arrange name changes
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