You're Engaged; Now What? Months 3 Through 1

You can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and your hard work will soon pay off. Your wedding day is almost here! Check out the last details on the list to make your special day a success.

Month 3:
*Arrange rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
*Order wedding rings
*Finalize floral arrangements
*Write out and stuff invitations
*Make arrangements with a moving company, if necessary.
*Go for wedding gown fitting

Month 2:
*Mail your invitations and begin tracking responses
*Finalize reception menu
*Order wedding cake
*Arrange attendants' luncheon
*Write or choose your vows
*Create a "play" list for musicians, photo list for photographer
*Purchase gifts for attendants
*Begin packing to move, if necessary
*Pick up your wedding gown

Month 1:
*Send announcements to newspapers
*Call all vendors to confirm arrangements
*Confirm honeymoon arrangements
*Get a haircut and facial, test hairdos with your veil
*Break in your wedding shoes
*Create ceremony program
*Check on name/status change requirements
*Obtain marriage license
*Send out change of address forms, if necessary

One Week Before Wedding:
*Create the seating plan and write out place cards
*Pack your honeymoon bag
*Confirm the final number of guests with the caterer
*Host your attendants' luncheon
*Make a list of items that must be brought home from the reception
*Create schedule of events for the wedding day
*Review with everyone what their jobs are
*Make gift baskets to leave in hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
*Write toasts
*Address wedding announcements
*Confirm details with vendors

Day Before the Wedding:
*Get a manicure and pedicure
*Pack emergency kit and other items, such as guest book and pen
*Confirm travel arrangements for honeymoon
*Confirm wedding day transportation
*Finalize seating plan
*Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
*Give gifts to the wedding party, if not already done
*Get a good night's rest

The monthly planner list is from The Wedding Workbook by Bette Matthews.

Your big day is finally here, so enjoy it. All of the hard work and late nights finalizing the details is going to pay off. Congratulations and best wishes!

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