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  • Our general checklist can help you take charge of your special day. Visit us at AdamPressleyFilms.com for additional checklists and worksheets to help with your wedding budget, honeymoon, stationery, and more.

    E N G A G E M E N T T O 1 2 M O N T H S B E F O R E

    Start a folder or file box with a calendar and notebook to keep track of information.

    Consider planning resources:

    checklists like this one

    planning software

    a professional planner/coordinator

    Create an itemized wedding budget. (visit our website to request wedding budget workbook)

    Decide how to finance each part of the wedding.

    Choose, with alternates:

    a wedding date

    a rehearsal (and rehearsal dinner) venue

    a ceremony venue

    a reception venue

    Schedule a consultation with Adam Pressley Films to find out how we can create an

    Find a local photographer who specializes in wedding photography. Schedule a

    exceptional wedding video.

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    Attend your engagement photography session.

    View engagement photo proofs. Select and order your favorites, including a digital copy

    if you’d like to use one in your announcements.

    Make a list of friends and family members who might appreciate an engagement

    announcement.

    Find a local print shop specializing in wedding stationery.

    Select a wedding announcement design and order enough announcements and

    envelopes for your needs. Include an engagement photo, if available.

    Start looking at invitations for mailing, and remember to think about:

    driving directions to the ceremony

    gift registry information

    engagement photos

    a ceremony program

    reply cards

    separate reception invitations if your reception is smaller or larger than the ceremony

    separate driving directions likewise

    reception menu reply cards

    hotel information for out-of town guests

    a list of restaurants and attractions in the area for out-of-town guests

    place cards and table numbers for the reception

    session for engagement photos.

  • thank-you cards

    envelopes

    postage

    Start thinking about who you’d like in your wedding party (bridesmaids and groomsmen).

    Begin a list of people to invite, including addresses.

    Attend a local bridal show or two and take notes about what you like.

    Research wedding etiquette.

    Start thinking about a honeymoon.

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    Pick up your printed engagement photos.

    Pick up your announcements from the printer.

    Mail the announcements to friends and family.

    Place an engagement announcement in the local newspaper.

    Choose a wedding party:

    Maid of Honor

    Best Man

    bridesmaids

    groomsmen

    Choose a flower girl and ring-bearer, if you’d like.

    Finalize the invitee list and gather any addresses you don’t have.

    Find a hotel for out-of-town guests and make preliminary reservations.

    Visit potential venues and book them for the:

    rehearsal and dinner to follow

    ceremony

    reception

    Begin interviewing:

    a legally ordained officiant to perform your ceremony

    one or more photographers to capture the day in pictures

    a florist to provide bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, as well as table

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    a catering company to provide food and servers for the reception

    a baker to provide a wedding cake

    musicians or a DJ to provide music at the reception

    one or more musicians to perform at the wedding, unless you prefer the ceremony

    venue’s sound system

    Ensure your homeowner’s/renters insurance covers the engagement ring, or consider

    alternate jewelry insurance

    Start shopping for wedding dresses.

    Start shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses.

    arrangements for the reception

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    If you want a wild night out with the ladies, have your Maid of Honor plan a bachelorette

    party. If you’d prefer a more sophisticated outing, make it a bridesmaids’ luncheon.

    Find a formal wear outlet in your area with a good selection for the groom and groomsmen.

    Buy any undergarments you might need for fitting wedding attire.

    Recruit the Best Man to plan a bachelor party for the guys.

    a videographer

    a florist

    a catering company

    a baker

    musician(s) or a DJ

    Decide if you’ll write any or all of your own vows. If so, begin drafting them.

    Meet with your officiant to discuss vows and the style of the ceremony. Get to know

    him/her, and share about yourselves.

    Shop for wedding dresses; try on your favorites, and order one. (You should order no later

    than 7 months before your wedding date). Remember accessories, if desired:

    shoes

    veil

    gloves

    undergarments

    Select and order a set of invitations and related materials:

    driving directions to the ceremony

    gift registry information

    a ceremony program

    reply cards

    separate reception invitations

    separate driving directions likewise

    reception menu reply cards

    hotel information for out-of town guests

    a list of restaurants and attractions in the area for out-of-town guests

    thank-you cards

    Choose music (and book musicians, if necessary) for the ceremony:

    Prelude (when guests are being seated)

    an officiant

    a photographer

    Choose one to three wedding gift registries at stores physically and monetarily

    accessible to your guests.

    Select and book:

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    Complete the steps required in your area to obtain a marriage license.

    Meet again with your officiant. Discuss vows and readings, and make a specific plan

    for the ceremony.

    If you’ve chosen to write your own vows, finalize them with help from close friends,

    family members, and the officiant.

    Meet your baker and order a wedding cake.

    Get fitted for wedding rings and order them.

    Plan a rehearsal dinner and provide the information to its attendees.

    Schedule an appointment to see your dentist before the wedding.

    Prepare gifts for your wedding party members.

    Send your wedding invitations. Remember:

    ceremony invitations

    driving directions to the ceremony

    reception invitations

    driving directions to the reception

    reply cards

    reception menu reply cards

    gift registry information

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    Processional (when the wedding party enters, followed by the groom, followed

    by the bride and her father, traditionally)

    Solos (performances for the occasion)

    Recessional (when the bride and groom leave, followed by the wedding party)

    Postlude (when guests file out and enter the receiving line to greet the bride and

    groom and wedding party)

    Book your honeymoon and order or renew your passports as necessary.

    Visit your videographer to make final plans, sign a contract, and provide a deposit.

    Determine your state’s requirements for obtaining a marriage license and start the process.

    Meet with the caterer to discuss the reception menu, beverage, and place setting materials.

    Meet with the florist to discuss bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids and table

    arrangements for the reception.

    Select and order formalwear for the groom and groomsmen. Confirm bridesmaids have

    been fitted and ordered their dresses.

    Arrange transportation for the wedding party between the ceremony and reception.

    Keep working on your vows, if you’ve decided to write your own.

    Finalize a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.

    Choose readings for the ceremony (and their readers, if not your officiant).

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    hotel information for out-of-town guests

    a list of restaurants and attractions in the area for out-of-town guests

    Finalize your guest list, allowing room for minor last-minute changes.

    Give your reception venue and caterer the final guest count and confirm arrangements

    for seating and dinner, respectively.

    Make a seating chart for the reception and order place cards and table numbers from

    your printer.

    Visit your bridal shop for a final dress fitting.

    Pick up the wedding rings and put them in a safe place you’ll remember.

    Prepare toasts to friends and family for the rehearsal dinner.

    Make appointments to have your hair and nails styled prior to the rehearsal.

    Visit your dentist for a whiter wedding smile.

    Confirm hotel reservations for your out-of-town guests, and make sure they’ve been

    able to book their rooms.

    If you don’t have a wedding coordina