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should begin planning your wedding the day you become engaged. Sound
overwhelming? Don't despair -- just get organized. And remember these details to
stay in step and on time for the most important day of your life.
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2. Encourage the groom's family to
make the first move to orchestrate a meeting with your parents, soon after you
3. Meet with your clergyman, rabbi or
judge to learn the religious and legal requirements you must fulfill for the
4. Discuss a realistic budget with
your groom, your parents and his parents.
5. Send announcements of your
engagement to your fiancÚ's and your hometown newspapers, as well as the
newspaper in the town where you live now.
6. Compile a guest list with the help
of your mother and his.
7. Consider incorporating the
tradition of the unity candle into your marriage ceremony. After the vows, the
bride and groom take two lit candles and together light the larger unity candle
to symbolize their new beginning.
8. Extend invitations to your closest
friends and family members to serve as members of the wedding party.
9. Interview several caterers to
insure the best possible food service at your reception. Establish a written
contract that confirms all details and prices.
10. Secure the services of a
videographer to capture the scenes of your wedding day.
11. Remember music can make the party.
If a live band is in your budget look for a band that has been together
for at least 7 years or more. The
smaller 1 to 2 band offices will generally give you more personalized attention
and more affordable pricing. Make sure that they are a set band that
12. Schedule appointments for all gown
fittings well in advance.
13. Set a date with the caterer to
confirm the final number of guests.
14. Determine if liquor will be served
at your reception and how drinks will be served.
15. Help your mother and your fiancÚ's
mother select dresses for the wedding. The mother-of-the-bride always chooses
her attire first; the groom's mother dresses in a complementary style and color.
16. To insure a proper fit, send the
groomsmen measurement cards, obtained from your formalwear specialist and
returned to the best man who coordinates the fittings.
17. Place a welcome gift or basket in
the hotel room of each out-of-town guest.
18. Confirm your travel and honeymoon
arrangements well in advance. Collect necessary passports and traveler's checks.
19. Select a personal gift for your
groom to be presented during a moment alone before the wedding.
20. Consult with your lawyer to name
your new husband as beneficiary in your will.
21. Present your attendants' gifts
before the wedding, either at a bridesmaids' luncheon or at the rehearsal
dinner. Something that can be engraved is always extra special.
22. Arrange for
transportation from the reception to your wedding night destination, and don't
forget to tuck in a bottle of champagne.
23. Design a wedding program that
describes each part of your marriage ceremony.
24. Ask a close friend to gather your
personal belongings from the dressing area after the wedding and take them to
25. Arrange for a close friend or
family member to transport wedding gifts from the reception site to your home or
your parents' home
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