Hi, I just got married in July. The biggest thing to remember is the little things you stress about will not matter when the day comes. Trust me, dont stress yourself.
One of my girlfriends got me a Brides Checklist book - that was really helpful. Also lots of bridal magazines have little checklists. But the main things include:
- Book your venues, ceremony and reception, asap, they book up fast.
- Shop for dress and bridesmaids dresses early, to allow plenty of time for alterations and problems. (also get your shoes early and BREAK THEM IN, choose shoes you think will be comfortable, if you dont normally wear heels dont buy them, its such a long day you'll be in so much pain. If you want to wear fat babies do it - I did)
- Book photographer, minister/justice of the peace, DJ, videographer, florist, caterer asap, because they too book fast.
- Buy centerpieces, unity candles/coloured sand/coloured water for the family joining ceremony thing if you are doing that, flowers or decorations for the chairs, guest book, pen for guestbook, pen for signing register, table favors, disposable cameras for tables, if you are doing that.
- Do trial run of your hairstyle for the day - check to see veil will work with it.
- Also give your emcee plenty of notice, we left asking ours too late and she backed out.
That is about all I can think of right now. I've heard lots of people have gotten lovely flowers from costco. ? And we had kind of a garden wedding, and it was pretty laid back so we didnt have programs, I dont think you have to. Everyone involved gets introduced at dinner anyways. But just be prepared that something will go wrong, be prepared for little mix ups, not a big deal. It helps to have a good team of helpful people - and helpful moms! Hope that helped a little. Good luck - its an awesome day, but it flies by!
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