I’m Engaged! Now what? You might want to consider using a utah wedding planner. You are probably thinking, I have so much to do and don’t even know where to start. Here at Opus Productions, a professional DJ service company, we want to help you NOT stress out and keep calm when moving forward with a wedding.
Wedding Elite has been nice enough to produce a check-list that will aid you in planning a successful event and one that everyone will remember because you did what you needed to do and didn’t forget anything.
Below, you will find a check list. Use this as much as possible because it will keep you together through this whole process! If you find it hard to keep track of all of this, contact us and we’ll help you find a utah wedding planner that can meet your needs.
Nine to Twelve Months Before
[ ] Propose. Say “Yes.” The rest is easy. 🙂 [ ] Download Wedding Elite Magazine on your favorite digital device, or pick up a print copy at your local Barnes & Noble. [ ] Set an initial budget. [ ] Select a wedding date and time. [ ] Secure the entertainment for your wedding, but book early because the best will get booked quickly. [ ] Consider hiring a wedding coordinator. [ ] Announce your engagement in the newspaper, wedding website, or “Save the Date” cards. [ ] Determine the type of wedding you want (day/night, indoor/outdoor, formal/casual). [ ] Research availability of reception locations. [ ] Select and book your reception location, or get a tent if that is what you decided upon. [ ] Find a caterer if not already provided by the reception facility. [ ] Research availability of ceremony locations, if not included with your reception site. [ ] Select and book your ceremony location. [ ] Determine who will officiate at the ceremony, if not provided with the ceremony location. [ ] Determine how many guests you wish to invite. [ ] Decide if you want a bridal party, and if so, then how large. [ ] Set aside blocks of hotel/motel rooms for out-of-town guests. [ ] Start to research your bridal gowns. [ ] Start to research the grooms formal wear/tuxedo. [ ] Start to research bridesmaids’ dresses. [ ] Start to research formal wear for the groomsmen. [ ] Compare and find a photographer. [ ] Compare and find a videographer. [ ] Find local florists and set appointments to look at their work. [ ] Be sure that you get contracts from all the professionals you choose. [ ] Create a bridal registry and/or an engagement registry. [ ] Visit bridal shows. Check the schedule of upcoming bridal shows in your areas. ______________________________________
Six to Nine Months Before
[ ] Start compiling your guest list (ask your families to do the same). [ ] Select the attendants for your wedding party. [ ] Purchase the bride’s gown. [ ] Purchase the groom’s tuxedo. [ ] Purchase bridesmaids’ dresses. [ ] Arrange for your groomsmen to be measured and reserve the tuxedos. TIP: If your groomsmen do not live close to the formal wear shop you choose, tell them to go to a local shop – most shops will measure them as a courtesy. [ ] Shop for the wedding dress, headpiece, veil, and other accessories. [ ] Start planning for honeymoon, research you destinations. Will it be a Caribbean Island, the South Pacific, Hawaii, a cruise, or a trip through Europe. Whatever you decide, research thoroughly. Be sure to make sure your passport is current if traveling internationally. [ ] Choose and reserve your florist. [ ] Order the wedding cake, if not provided by the caterer or reception hall. [ ] The parents of the groom should begin to arrange the Rehearsal Dinner and reserve a restaurant as well as other arrangements. [ ] Arrange for transportation for the wedding: Limousines, Horse & Carriage, vans, etc.______________________________________
Four to Six Months Before
[ ] Make appointments for a physical exam with your doctor/dentist. [ ] Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state. [ ] Shop for his wedding rings. Hopefully he already bought yours. [ ] Select and order the invitations and stationery. [ ] Make sure all the men’s attire has been ordered. [ ] Decide where to live after the wedding. [ ] Complete the guest lists. [ ] Begin shopping for trousseau. [ ] Remind mothers to select their dresses if they haven’t already. [ ] Finalize honeymoon details and make the necessary reservations. ______________________________________
Two to Four Months Before
[ ] Confirm the menu and catering details with the caterer. [ ] Prepare all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception. [ ] Select your wedding rings. [ ] Buy a wedding guest book. [ ] Set the dates and times with the officiant for the rehearsal. [ ] Plan the bridesmaids’ luncheon and any other parties. [ ] Determine your resources for designing and printing the program for the ceremony. [ ] Schedule meetings to finalize the details with the DJ, florist, photographer, and videographer. [ ] Arrange the necessary accommodations for out-of-town guests. [ ] Plan a rehearsal dinner, time and place. [ ] Confirm the wedding cake details with the baker. ______________________________________
Six to Eight Weeks Before
[ ] Mail invitations and announcements. [ ] Prepare a portrait for the newspaper. Check your local newspaper for details and timing. [ ] Set appointment with photographer if you want a formal bridal portrait. [ ] Select gifts for all your attendants. [ ] Set appointments with any hairdressers and/or makeup artists. _______________________________________
Four to Six Weeks Before
[ ] Finalize your menu for the reception. Estimate the expected number of guests. [ ] Buy a gift for the groom. [ ] Schedule a final fitting for your gown so it can be ready for your formal bridal portrait. [ ] Purchase a going away outfit. [ ] Pick up your wedding rings. [ ] Purchase (borrow) all wedding accessories such as the ring pillow, goblets, garter belt, candles, etc. [ ] Confirm florist details and delivery times. [ ] Plan the seating for the reception as well as other details for the ceremony and reception. [ ] Start writing placement cards. [ ] Make sure all bridesmaids’ attire has been fitted. [ ] Buy a gift for the bride. [ ] Meet with your DJ to finalize all the details for the events and music of your ceremony and reception.______________________________________
Two Weeks Before
[ ] Make arrangements to have your wedding gifts moved to your new home. [ ] Handle business and legal details such as name changes, address changes, etc. [ ] Prepare the wedding announcement for the newspaper. [ ] Reconfirm your guests’ accommodations. [ ] Make sure all clothing and accessories for you and the bridal party are ready. [ ] Get your marriage license and any pending blood tests. ______________________________________
One Week Before
[ ] Review any seating details with the ushers. [ ] Make sure all wedding attire fits. [ ] Finalize the seating arrangements. [ ] Reconfirm your honeymoon reservations. Ensure you have any necessary plane tickets. [ ] Start packing for your honeymoon. [ ] Call any guests who have not responded yet. [ ] Finish all the place cards for the reception. [ ] Review all the final details with your photographer, videographer, etc. [ ] Give a final head count to the caterer. [ ] Confirm the availability of the musicians and vocalists. [ ] Delegate responsibilities to reliable individuals on your wedding day. [ ] Wrap and present the wedding party gifts. [ ] Finalize your rehearsal dinner arrangements or other plans. ______________________________________
One Day Before
[ ] Get a manicure or massage to relax yourself. [ ] Stay with your family the night before and get to sleep early if you can. [ ] Review and rehearse all the details of your participants. ______________________________________