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Contents

Jillian & Zach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Christina & Alex. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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Jordan & Michael. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Cakes & Sweets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Wedding Photo Checklist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Katie & Chris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Jana & Vasant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Atlanta’s Rehearsal Dinner Venues. . . . . 44 Meredith & James. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Taylor & Justin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

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Questions to Ask a Florist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Wedding Dress Shopping Tips. . . . . . . . . . 60 Paola & John. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Styled Shoot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Styled Shoot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Choosing a Venue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Atlanta’s Premier Wedding Venues!. . . . 82

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS OF REAL WEDDINGS Alexis Lunsford Photography Brandy Angel Photography Kayla Duffey Photography McSween Photography Nikki Martin Photo Paris Mountain Photography Peter Togel Photography Sunny Lee Photography Taken by Tate A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Alexander Cross Photography Ama Photography & Cinema C. Baron Photography CamillaRain Photography CHARD Photography Elly’s Photography Frances Photography Ivy Weddings Jonathan Ivy Photography Kaley Elaine Photography Krista Lee Photography Kristyn Hogan Photography Lacy Dagerath Photography Mark Thomas Photography Nyk+Cali Wedding Photographers SD Photography ADVERTISING INQUIRIES Email Nick Thiele at nick@premierweddings.com


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Jillian & Zach Photographer: Paris Mountain Photography

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Featured Vendors photographer / PARIS MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY venue / BERRY COLLEGE florals / NINA’S FLOWER SHOPPE videography / HINDLIGHT MEDIA dj / SCOTT PRODUCTIONS caterer / PAT HYDE CATERING dress / BRAVURA FASHION horse & carriage / ONCE UPON A TIME HORSE AND CARRIAGE cake / BARBARA CAMBRON hair / ALLISON TERRY makeup / CONNOR MULL

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Christina & Alex


Christina & Alex Photographer: Alexis Lunsford Photography

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Featured Vendors photographer / ALEXIS LUNSFORD PHOTOGRAPHY venue / DUNWOODY COUNTRY CLUB tuxedo and mens attire / MENS WEARHOUSE band / THE EMERALD EMPIRE BAND dress designer / STELLA YORK bridesmaid dresses / BRIDE BEAUTIFUL OF ATLANTA floral designer / MARIA SCHENDZELOS DESIGN

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Jordan & Michael


Jordan & Michael Photographer: Brandy Angel Photography

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Featured Vendors photographer / BRANDY ANGEL PHOTOGRAPHY venue / VINTAGE OAKS FARM dj / MEDLIN ENTERTAINMENT cake designer / LAURIE DUNCAN floral designer / JL DESIGNS caterer / MAC THE CHEESE

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Cakes & Sweets

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CAKES & SWEETS


6 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Cake CHECK WITH THE VENUE

THE FROSTING

Some wedding venues don’t allow you to bring in an outside cake. It’s important to check with your wedding venue first, and find out if there’s a fee for not getting your cake through them. You’d be surprised how much it can cost per slice to make arrangements to bring in your own cake.

Buttercream cakes typically taste a lot better than a fondant cake. Fondant cakes are chosen by couples who want that perfect cake look that really adds to the overall look of your wedding. If you’re going for both amazing taste and beauty, then consider first frosting the cake with a buttercream frosting and then add a layer of fondant over the top.

SIZE IT CAREFULLY You should have a good idea of how many guests you expect at your reception. Let your cake decorator know that, as well as how confident you are in that number. You want to avoid getting more cake than you need, but you also don’t want to be short handed. Take the advice of your cake decorator on this topic. They do this for a living!

SHOP IT AROUND

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Wedding cakes are an important part of your wedding, and like everything else, you should shop around for the best service. The best service isn’t always just who has the lowest price. You want to know how easy it is to communicate with the cake decorator. You’ll also want to read ample reviews to know how others feel about their experiences.

WEATHER & LOCATION Your options may be limited based on if you’re having an indoor or outdoor wedding.If you’re having your reception in July at a outdoor wedding venue, then you’ll need to avoid buttercream or whipped cream frosting. Nothing is worse than an icky mess that doesn’t hold up in warmer weather.

VENDOR COLLABORATION Many couples choose to put fresh flowers on their wedding cakes. If this is the case, you need to make sure your florist and cake decorator are able to communicate. Make sure you know whether it’s the florist or the cake decorator that’s going to add these final touches.


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Wedding Photo Checklist With the Bride

q Bride alone – close up and full-length q Bride touching up makeup and hair q Bride with mother q Bride with father q Bride with both parents q Bride with grandparents q Bride with siblings q Bride with maid/matron of honor q Bride with groom’s sister(s) q Bride with all bridesmaids q Bride with flower girls q Bride with entire immediate family q Bride with father waiting to walk down the aisle

With the Groom

q Groom alone – close up and full length q Groom with mother q Groom with father q Groom with both parents q Groom with Brothers q Groom with bride’s brothers q Groom with best man q Groom with all groomsman q Groom with ring bearer q Groom with entire immediate family

At the Ceremony Venue

q Officiant q Groomsmen seating guests q Registry attendants & greeters

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q Seating of grandmothers q Seating of mothers q Lighting of unity candle by parents q Groom waiting at alter with best man q Processional of wedding party q Maid/Matron of honor walking down the aisle q Ring bearer walking down aisle q Bride and father before walking down the aisle q Bride walking down aisle with father q Bride being given away q Entire ceremony scene once everyone is present q Bride and groom at the alter q Exchanging of rings q Exchanging of vows q Lighting of the unity candle q Exchanging of the kiss q Announcement of Mr. and Mrs. q Recessional

After the Ceremony

q Bride with register attendants q Bride and groom with greeters q Bride and groom with readers q Bride and groom q Bride and groom with wedding party q Bride and groom with bride’s parents q Bride and groom with groom’s parents q Bride and groom with bride’s family q Bride and groom with groom’s family

PHOTOGRAPHY

During the Ceremony


Wedding Photo Checklist Reception Photos

q Bride and Groom’s entrance to reception q Bride and groom’s first dance – full length q Bride and groom’s first dance – close up q Bride dancing with father q Groom dancing with mother q Bride and groom talking with guests q Toasting q Bride and groom cutting cake q Bride tossing bouquet q Groom taking off garter q Bride with all girlfriends q Groom with all best friends q Candid reception photos q Guests preparing for bride and groom’s “going away” q Bride and groom leaving reception

Miscellaneous

q Wedding cake q Food table q Decorations q Musicians q Gift table q Decorated car q Bride’s bouquet

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Katie & Chris


Katie & Chris Photographer: Nikki Martin Photo

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Featured Vendors photographer / NIKKI MARTIN PHOTO venue / BULLOCK SPRINGS MANOR caterer / BULLOCK SPRINGS MANOR officiant / THE WEDDING OFFICIANT bridesmaid dresses / DAVID’S BRIDAL dress store / IMPRESSIONS BRIDAL cake designer / CAKEHOUSE ON MAIN dj / PREMIER ENTERTAINMENT ATLANTA

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Jana & Vasant


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photographer / PETER TOGEL PHOTOGRAPHY venue / MONDAY NIGHT BREWING event planner / ENVI EVENT PLANNING cake designer / PICASSO CAKES bride’s makeup artist/ ERICA BOGART MAKE-UP ARTISTRY bride’s hair stylist / GUNN GLAMOUR HAIR, MAKEUP AND BRIDAL caterer / AMARA ATLANTA band / NICE ENTERTAINMENT cinema and video / SCOTT BELANGER FILMS design and decor / STERLING DECOR transportation / NOTTINGHAM SHIRE & CARRIAGE dress designer / IMAGE BOUTIQUE SHOP BY SURINDER BEDI bridal party hair & makeup / CRYSTAL NIX BEAUTY

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Choosing the Perfect Rehearsal Dinner Venue The rehearsal dinner is a casual or formal gathering for the wedding party before the wedding that provides an opportunity for both families to get to know one another in a fun, relaxed environment. It’s a time to mingle, do a gift exchange, offer toasts, and provide some lastminute instruction about the actual wedding details. Rehearsal dinners vary as much as the wedding itself. They can be formal banquets or garden parties, casual picnics, or even a BBQ.

WHERE TO HAVE IT A sit-down dinner at a hotel ballroom or nice restaurant is the norm, but there’s no right or wrong when you plan your rehearsal dinner. Restaurants are ideal for many because couples can focus on the more meaningful details - knowing that the food is taken care of! However, relaxing in a nice backyard, at an art museum, or even on the beach are perfectly acceptable locations. It just depends on your style and budget.

WHO TO INVITE Turn the dinner into a fabulous welcome party - if your wedding is mostly local friends and family but a few key people traveled far to come to your wedding, extend the invitation to them as a thank you for their extra effort. If you’re throwing a destination wedding or a party where at least half of the guests are from out of town, show your appreciation by inviting everyone to some kind of night-before festivity.

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HOW TO INVITE YOUR GUESTS If your rehearsal dinner will be a fancy affair with lots of out-of-town guests in a hotel banquet room, a country club, or someplace similarly dressed up, you should send formal invitations. You’ll also want people to RSVP so you have a head count for the caterer. If, on the other hand, your rehearsal dinner will be fairly lowkey or small—a party at a restaurant or an intimate gathering at your future in-laws’ home, then you don’t need to be as formal with your invitations. You can send e-vites, use DIY invites, or call to personally ask people to join you. Just make sure it’s clear to your guests where they need to be and when. If you’re sending out invitations, get them out with, or shortly after, your wedding invitations to help everyone keep their schedules straight, book their travel plans, and ensure timely RSVPs. Give far-flung attendants the basic plans far in advance so they can book flights with the proper arrival time.


Atlanta’s Premier Rehearsal Dinner Venues Get to know some of the TOP-RATED rehearsal dinner venues in Atlanta!

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Preferred Vendors Restaurant Eugene Atlanta, GA 2277 Peachtree Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30309 Phone: (404) 355-0321 www.restauranteugene.com

Other Reputable Venues to Consider! Aria | 490 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 Phone: (404) 233-7673 | Web: aria-atl.com Babette’s Cafe | 573 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307 Phone: (404) 523-9121 | Web: frenchrestaurantatlanta.com Bacchanalia | 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 Phone: (404) 365-0410 | Web: starprovisions.com/bacchanalia/ Canoe | 4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339 Phone: (770) 432-2663 | Web: canoeatl.com King + Duke | 3060 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 Phone: (404) 477-3500 | Web: kinganddukeatl.com Restaurant Eugene | 2277 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 Phone: (404) 355-0321 | Web: restauranteugene.com South City Kitchen | 1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 Phone: (404) 873-7358 | Web: midtown.southcitykitchen.com

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Meredith & James


Meredith & James Photographer: Peter Togel Photography

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Featured Vendors photographer / PETER TOGEL PHOTOGRAPHY venue / HIGHTOWER FALLS cinema and video / MSA ENTERTAINMENT musicians / LARK CHAMBER MUSIC band / THE CONNECTION BAND floral designer / ROCKMART FLORIST & GIFT SHOP caterer / THE STEAK HOUSE

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Taylor & Justin


Taylor & Justin Photographer: Sunny Lee Photography

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Featured Vendors photographer / SUNNY LEE PHOTOGRAPHY venue / CHATEAU ELAN WINERY & RESORT bridesmaid dresses / LULUS dress / DAVIDS BRIDAL florals / DESIGN HOUSE WEDDINGS makeup / INTENSIFY BY PATIENCE

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Questions to Ask a Florist 1. How much experience do you have doing weddings? 2. Have you done weddings at my chosen venue before? 3. Will my flower choices be in season? 4. Do you have a porfolio of your work? 5. Who is responsible for setup and delivery? Is there a delivery fee? 6. How long do you need to setup? 7. How do you price your floral arrangements? 8. What recommendations do you have to help maximize my budget? 9. How would you describe your design style? 10. When is payment due?

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Wedding Dress Shopping Tips Bridal dress shopping can be the ultimate girl time or a stressful experience. Even if you are a seasoned shopping aficionado, shopping for a wedding dress is a completely different experience. Fortunately, your bridal appointment will be successful if you remember these shopping tips.

DO: YOUR RESEARCH Build your confidence before shopping by gathering basic knowledge of wedding dresses. Do some simple research on dress styles and silhouettes, designers whose aesthetic matches yours and the colors you like best (yes, there are actually many shades of white). If you can communicate with your sales rep in her language, your appointment will be more successful.

DO: START SHOPPING EARLY Some brides will not start shopping until they have lost 10 more pounds. This is a mistake! The process can be stressful, and the added pressure of a tight deadline adds unnecessary drama. Try to begin shopping 9-12 months before your wedding. Pro Tip: If you are worried about a swing in weight, find a corset style gown.

DO: BRING A STRAPLESS BRA & PAIR OF HEELS If you want to see exactly how the dress will look, have these items handy. Some dresses will look completely differently with a good foundation or when they are lifted just an inch or two with a pair of heels. Photo Credit: Kristyn Hogan Photography


You have always dreamed of a ball gown, but may be pleasantly surprised at how elegant you feel in a mermaid or A-line. Trust your bridal consultants and try on anything they suggest. Your dream dress may be homely on the hanger but gorgeous on you.

DO: YOUR RESEARCH Build your confidence before shopping by gathering basic knowledge of wedding dresses. Do some simple research on dress styles and silhouettes, designers whose aesthetic matches yours and the colors you like best (yes, there are actually many shades of white). If you can communicate with your sales rep in her language, your appointment will be more successful.

DO: START SHOPPING EARLY Some brides will not start shopping until they have lost 10 more pounds. This is a mistake! The process can be stressful, and the added pressure of a tight deadline adds unnecessary drama. Try to begin shopping 9-12 months before your wedding. Pro Tip: If you are worried about a swing in weight, find a corset style gown.

DON’T: GET HUNG UP ON SIZE It is just a number. Wedding dresses do not run the same as your typical clothing sizes. Don’t let a tiny number in the tag stand between you and your dream dress. Remember your dress will probably require some alterations. It’s about the fit, never about the number.

WEDDING DRESS

DO: TRY ON DIFFERENT STYLES


DON’T: BRING YOUR ENTOURAGE Bring your trusted advisors--your friends and family that are encouraging yet honest. Do not bring a huge entourage because you do not want to hurt feelings. In this case, the appointment usually leads to confusion and conflicting opinions. It will be hard to focus on your true feelings on each dress.

DON’T: TRY ON A DRESS YOU CAN’T AFFORD It is worth repeating. Do not try on a dress that is outside of your budget, even if it is just to get a feel for a style or size. A $2,000 dress will never be able to compete with a $7,000 dress. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Stick to your price range. Pro Tip: If you are working with a low budget, go for a more simple gown and glam it up with a quality beaded sash or accessory.

DON’T: FORGET ABOUT ACCESSORIES AND ALTERATIONS Invest some time in choosing just the right accessories to complement your ensemble and of course, don’t forget to budget for them. Some brides put so much time and energy finding just the right dress and the rest of the details are just an afterthought. You may want a veil, ower crown or hair piece, jewelry, and a pretty sash or belt. Don’t forget about your shoes! You will de nitely need cute and comfy shoes! Your best experience will happen at the best bridal shop. Ask for suggestion to find a shop that offers a great selection in your price range, and helpful bridal consultants.

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Paola & John


Paola & John Photographer: Taken by Tate

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Styled Shoot


Styled Shoot

Photographer: Kayla Duffey Photography

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Styled Shoot


Styled Shoot Photographer: McSween Photography

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Featured Vendors photographer / MCSWEEN PHOTOGRAPHY venue / THE CATOR WOOLFORD GARDENS cake designer / A JOY CAKES dress store / CTO BRIDAL rentals / NUAGE DESIGNS invitation designer / GRACEFULLY MADE ART makeup artist / MAKE UP BY JAE R JOSEPH hair stylist / VENYAH BEAUTY floral designer / INTRIGUE DESIGNS decor / TEA AND OLD ROSES equipment rentals / SOUTHERN VINTAGE planning & design / HEATHER BENGE EVENTS

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CHOOSING A VENUE

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CHOOSING A VENUE


Important Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue SCHEDULING AND ACCOMMODATIONS 1. Is my wedding date available? 2. How many other weddings are scheduled that day? 3. How many people can the venue accommodate? 4. How long will I have use of the event space(s) 5. I reserve? Is there an overtime fee if I stay longer? 6. Can I hold my ceremony here, too? If so, is there an additional charge? 7. Is there a bride’s changing area? 8. How much time is allocated for the rehearsal? 9. Is there room for a band and/or dancing? 10. Are there adequate bathroom facilities? 11. Is there a coat check? 12. Is the site handicap accessible? 13. Is there parking on site? If so, is it complimentary? Do you offer valet parking?

MONEY MATTERS 1. What is the venue fee and what is included in that price? 2. Is there a discount for booking an off-season date or Sunday through Friday? 3. How much is the deposit, when is it due, and is it refundable? 4. What’s the cancellation policy? 5. What’s the payment plan for the entire bill?

GENERAL QUESTIONS 1. Is there a backup plan for rain or inclement weather? 2. Who is responsible for setting up and tearing down the decor, and when will it be completed? 3. Does the venue have liability insurance? 4. Will there be security guards on site, or do I need to make my own arrangements?


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Important Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue VENDORS AND SETUP 1. Must I use in-house caterers, or choose from a preferred vendor list? 2. If I hire my own caterer, are kitchen facilities available for them? 3. Can I bring in a cake from an outside cake maker or must I use a cake made on the premises? Is there a cake-cutting fee? If I use a cake made on site is the fee waived? Do you provide special cake-cutting utensils? 4. When can my vendors arrive for setup? 5. Are there any decoration limitations? 6. Are candles permitted? 7. Are tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware and glassware provided? If so, is there an additional charge? 8. Can I move things around and decorate to suit my purposes, or do I have to leave everything as is? 9. Does the venue own sound equipment, or do I need to rent my own?

FOOD AND BEVERAGE 1. Are you licensed to provide alcohol service? If so, is alcohol priced per person? 2. By consumption? Are there additional charges for bar staff? 3. What is the food & beverage cost on a per-person basis? What is the tax and service charge? 4. Can I bring my own wine, beer or champagne, and is there a corkage fee if I do? 5. Can I bring in other alcohol?

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Atlanta’s Premier Wedding Venues! Get to know some of the TOP-RATED venues featured in this issue!

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Preferred Venues section on the following page are PREFERRED VENUES that we trust to offer you the BEST POSSIBLE SERVICE!

Please check them out before making your final decisions!


Preferred Venues Hightower Falls Cedartown, GA 771 Hightower Falls Road, Cedartown, GA Phone: (770) 748-8588 info@hightowerfalls.com www.hightowerfalls.com

Pepper Sprout Barn Jackson, GA 562 Old Bethel Rd, Jackson, GA Phone: (678) 752-1550 events@peppersproutbarn.com www.peppersproutbarn.com

Other Venues Featured in This Issue Bullock Springs Manor | Phone: (770) 456-5552 | Web: bullockspringsmanor.com Featured on Pages 34-36 Chateau Elan Winery & Resort | Phone: (678) 425-0900 | Web: chateauelan.com Featured on Pages 50-52 Dunwoody Country Club | Phone: (770) 394-4492 | Web: dunwoodcc.org Featured on Pages 16-18 Monday Night Brewing | Phone: (404) 352-7703 | Web: mondaynightbrewing.com Featured on Pages 38-40 The Cator Woolford Gardens | Phone: (404) 377-3836 | Web: catorwoolfordgardens.org Featured on Pages 72-74 The Stables at Thompson Farms | Phone: (678) 763-6269 Web: thestablesatthompsonfarms.com | Featured on Pages 68-70 Vintage Oaks Farm | Phone: (770) 725-1999 | Web: vintageoaksfarms.com Featured on Pages 20-22

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PLANNING GUIDE

Advice from the pros to help you plan your perfect day!


WEDDING TIMELINE CHECKLIST YOU’RE ENGAGED!

q Determine Budget

q Start Compiling Guest List q Determine Possible Dates q Research Wedding Venues q Create a Wedding Website

12 MONTHS

q Hire a Photographer

q Begin shopping for wedding dresses q Choose your bridal party q Finalize date after considering venue and photographer availability q Book a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests

11 MONTHS q Plan wedding decor q Research floral design & book florist q Book caterer q Choose stationary vendor q Consider hiring a wedding planner

10 MONTHS

q Finalize guest list q Register for gifts

q Choose an officiant

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q Compile music list for ceremony & reception

9 MONTHS

q Order wedding dress

q Order Save the Dates!

8 MONTHS

q Order accessories

q Plan and book honeymoon (for international excursions)

7 MONTHS

q Choose and order wedding invites q Hair and makeup trial q Order bridesmaids dresses q Send out Save the Dates

6 MONTHS

q Order rental items (tables, chairs, etc.) q Arrange for additional sound equipment, if necessary

5 MONTHS

q Choose groom’s attire

q Purchase shoes, lingerie, and garter q Plan and book honeymoon (local excursions)


q Book wedding night accommodations!

2 MONTHS

q Mail Wedding Invitations q Finalize catering menu (don’t forget the alcohol)

6 WEEKS

q Purchase wedding bands q Confirm # of bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres

2 WEEKS

q Obtain marriage license q Create a wedding day itinerary to give to vendors and attendants q Give final head count to caterer q Finalize seating chart q Confirm vendor arrival times

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THE COUNTDOWN!

3 MONTHS


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ESTIMATE ACTUAL

Venue & Rentals Catering Beverages Cake Miscellaneous

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Site Fee Officiant Flower Girl’s Basket Ring Pillow Miscellaneous

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Save the Date Cards Invitations & RSVPs Seating & Place Cards Menu Cards Thank You Notes Postage Bridal Party Gifts Favors Miscellaneous

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Bride’s Ring Groom’s Ring

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“Determine your overall budget first and allocate your dollars per category. This will help determine the max number of guests that you can afford to entertain.” “Nix plus ones for your friends who are in casual dating relationships. If your bridesmaid begins dating someone a couple months prior to the wedding and you approve of the guy then invite him for cocktails and dancing after dinner.”

-- NATALIE DAWLEY - Houston, TX

“Weddings are an investment. Your guest on your guest list should be invested in your relationship as a couple and supportive in starting your new life together. If people end up on the guest list because you were invited to their wedding, or they go to your church, that is not a good enough reason.”

-- ANGELA PROFFITT - Nashville, TN

“Couples should know the approximate number of guest before settling on a venue. Be selective with your guest list because cost per guest will most likely be one of your biggest expenses. ” -- SHARON PEOPLES, Houston, TX

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