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Made Easy 24 – 12 ms prior to Your Ceremony

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Set Date! Create working Budget Reserve ceremony & reception sites; interview other top-priority vendors (DJ, Musicians, Officiant, Photographer, Videographer) Select Event Coordinator Begin Guest List Research seasonal restrictions regarding butterfly or dove releases Engagement Photos!

12 – 6 ms prior

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Refine Budget Meet & set pre-counseling sessions w/Officiant Create your wedding webpage Register for gifts Pre-plan for Honeymoon (and consider a Honeymoon Registry) Fitness Plan Set appointment with Lawyer; research Marital Laws in your state If customizing, pick out & order Rings Explore options for guest accommodations Select Invitations

6 – 4 ms prior

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Order Invitations & Stationery Send out save-the-date cards & options for out-of-towners’ accommodations (if using email e-vites, be sure to look for definite confirmation of receipt!) Have fun beginning to plan Honeymoon and Shower/s Finalize arrangements with chosen Vendors, Rental Companies, etc. Begin composing original Music or choosing music selections If you haven’t yet, select your Wedding Rings

Apply for passports; reserve honeymoon travel tickets, etc. Consider a personalized caketopper (these still can be hard to find for gay & lesbian couples, so plan ahead!)

8 – 6 wks prior

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Mail Invitations Create Vows Plan / Make Favors & additional Decorations Final Ceremony overview with Officiant Finalize Passports & other documents Fashion & Ceremony Accessories (guest book, goblets, etc.) Engagement Announcement to news outlets

One month prior

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Final Fittings, Beauty & Style Appts Shower/s! Purchase thank-you gifts Confirm Reservations – remember out-of-town Guests Pick up Rings Prepare any Toasts or Speeches Plan Seating Arrangements and Name Cards Shop for Honeymoon – surprise your sweetie! Pre-pay Officiant & other Vendors to avoid carrying checkbook on Your Day

Finale!

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Rehearsal & Dinner Remember just-in-case supplies: aspirin sewing kit, tissues, extra cosmetics & hosiery, snacks/water, important phone numbers • Keep Honeymoon Itinerary handy • Bring the Rings! • Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

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The 2011 LGBT Wedding Planning Guide (Vol. 6, Is. 1)  

An expanded issue of the nation's first Gay and Lesbian Wedding Magazine. This issue features the latest tips and trends for 2011 along wit...

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