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12-MONTH

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There's plenty to do before saying "I do." So we've put together this 12-month checklist to help you plan the perfect wedding day.

TWELVE MONTHS PLUS

EIGHT TO TEN MONTHS

 Choose the date and time for wedding and rehearsal

 Order wedding gown

 Announce the engagement  Create a wedding email account

 Organize accommodation and transportation for out-of-town guests

 Hire a wedding planner

 Organize accommodation for the wedding night (and night before)

 Draft a preliminary guest list

 Interview and select vendors

 Draft a budget

 Rentals equipment

 Begin bridal registry

 Officiant (if you are not marrying in a house of

 Attend engagement party

 Determine the style and formality of the wedding  Research and select ceremony site  Research and select reception location  Research wedding vendors  Visit clergy/officiant together and reserve date  Arrange time off work

TEN TO TWELVE MONTHS  Choose bridesmaids/groomsmen and ushers  Interview and select vendors:  Caterer (if necessary)  Hire a Photographer  Videographer/cinematographer  Entertainment/music  Florist/event designer  Shop for wedding gown  Upon hiring photographer, schedule an engagement session  Mail or email save-the-dates, if you are having a destination wedding 6

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 Research wedding invitations  Research honeymoon, for example passport requirements  Consider marriage preparation course


SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS

THREE MONTHS

 Mail or email your save-the-dates

 Address and assemble invitations

 Begin planning ceremony

 Research marriage license requirements

 Begin planning reception

 Confirm delivery dates on wedding gown and bridesmaids’ dresses

 Plan the rehearsal dinner

 If writing your own vows, begin now

 Plan pre-wedding and post-wedding parties

 Compile music list for reception entertainment

 Finalize any remaining vendor commitments  Makeup/Hair stylist for wedding day  Make Wine and Get Special Occasion License

 Finalize ceremony details and music selections

 Select wedding cake

 Prepare shoot list for videographer and photographer

 Research other stationery needs (menu cards, place cards, ceremony programs)

 Shop for attendants’ thank you gifts

 Order bridesmaids’ dresses  Help mothers shop for their attire  Select formal wear for the groom, groomsmen, and fathers

 Make arrangements for preserving bridal bouquet  Make arrangements for preserving bridal gown  Get Boudoir Photos done

 Research favour options  Plan and book honeymoon  Get passports, VISA etc.  Ask family and friends to help at ceremony and reception

FOUR TO SIX MONTHS  Finalize guest list  Order wedding invitations and announcements

TWO MONTHS  Mail / email invitations  Develop a system for organizing RSVPs  Attend dress fittings/ alterations  Confirm with bridesmaids that they have purchased lingerie and shoes, and have scheduled/attended their dress fitting

 Determine reception menu

 Schedule wedding day hair and makeup preview/trial

 Select wedding-day transportation

 Arrange rehearsal and dinner plans

 Shop for wedding bands

 Schedule final beauty/grooming appointments for the week of wedding haircut and/or colour, manicure/pedicure, massage, tanning, waxing

 Help mothers select and coordinate their dresses  Shop for bridal accessories (headpiece/veil, lingerie, shoes, jewelry, going away outfit)  Shop for bridesmaids’ accessories (jewelry, shoes, purses)  Order wedding cake and groom's cake

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ONE MONTH

ONE WEEK

 Obtain marriage license

 Pick up gown - try it on at the dressmaker’s for final fit, and do not try it on again at home

 Finalize itinerary with vendors and ceremony/reception locations  Begin making seating plan for reception dinner  Pick up wedding bands  Schedule final gown fittings and date to pick up finished and pressed wedding gown.  Call guests who have not responded to invitation  Start on/complete thank you notes for any wedding gifts already received  Break in your wedding shoes  Arrange lodging for out-of-town guests  Arrange brunch for out-of-town guests morning after wedding before they leave as thanks for coming  Decide on receiving line-where, who

TWO WEEKS  Confirm final guest count to caterer/reception location  Confirm rehearsal dinner guest count  Begin packing for honeymoon

 Host bridesmaids' party  Attend final grooming/beauty appointments  Call/email venues and all vendors to finalize arrangements, delivery times, and any other details  Prepare tip envelopes and arrange for someone to distribute them the day of  Finalize packing for honeymoon  Confirm travel arrangements; if travelling abroad, purchase small amount of local currency  Confirm transportation details  Review timetables and details with vendors

TWO TO THREE DAYS  Drop off wedding accessories at venue or deliver to wedding planner  Pack a bag for the wedding day  Pick up tuxedos for groom, groomsmen, and fathers. Try on tuxedos - confirm all articles of clothing and accessories have been supplied  Cut cheques for remaining vendor payments

 Break in wedding shoes at home scuff the bottom, walk around in them  Begin to make final payments to vendors (payments due from this point up to wedding day)  Finalize seating plan  Prepare an “emergency kit” for wedding-day mishaps  Meet with photographer and videographer; submit list of must-take shots

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ONE DAY TO GO  Attend ceremony rehearsal  Distribute the wedding-day itinerary to all parents, attendants, and other involved parties  Hand over remaining accessories to wedding planner, church coordinator, or other organizer  Attend rehearsal dinner  Present attendants with their gifts at the rehearsal dinner  Go to bed early so you will be well rested for the amazing day that lies ahead of you

THE WEDDING DAY  Eat breakfast  Arrange to get checked in and have luggage delivered to your hotel  Give vendor payments to planner or best man for distribution  Get beautiful  Get dressed  Switch your engagement ring to your right hand  Marry your love and have a great day!

YOU DID IT

congratulations! POST WEDDING  Leave for honeymoon  Send gown for cleaning and preservation  Complete and mail thank you cards  Thank your parents and attendants (by phone call and/or note)  Thank your vendors (by phone call and/or note)  Change name/or not

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How many hours are included in the rental agreement? Sometimes there are a set number of hours and facilities will charge for each additional hour.

CEREMONIES & RECEPTIONS

Where should the musicians set up? Make sure the space properly accommodates your musicians and that they have access to electricity. Also verify that the dance floor is large enough to accommodate your number of guests.

WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:

Is there a wedding coordinator on staff that will be there the entire time? You will want the person you have been dealing with to be there the whole time to make things run smoothly.

 Your vision for the ceremony & reception  Number of guests  Tentative wedding date  Ideas and pictures  Decision makers that need to be included in tour

what to ask:

What is the facility’s capacity? It should comfortably accommodate the number of guests you expect to attend. Is there a room available for the bride to use? If you want to get ready at the facility instead of the salon or at home, make sure there is a sizeable, well lit place to do so. Will you schedule more than one wedding for our date? If so, you want to ensure they will give your wedding the proper care and attention it deserves.

Who is in control of the sound system? Find out if your facility has someone to man the sound booth or if you need to provide your own professional. How is accessibility & parking? Check out the parking situation to make sure they have enough for your size event and that it is conveniently available. Also make sure the facility is handicap accessible if necessary.

additional questions

FOR OUTDOOR FACILITIES Does the site have any specific restrictions?

Make sure to find out well in advance which rules and regulations apply to your event.

Is there restroom accessibility?

Are there restrictions on what we can do to decorate? Sometimes facilities have restrictions on the use of candles and other decorations. Most commonly there are restrictions on what can be used for the send-off (e.g., rice).

Even if there is accessibility, the restrooms may not be suitable for your affair. Portable restrooms now come equipped with the latest amenities.

Are you planning on any remodels or renovations before our wedding? You don’t want to plan for one colour scheme and find the carpet and walls are completely different than you expected.

Does the facility provide necessities such as chairs, sound system, awnings, tents, restrooms, etc., or will you need to rent your own?

What is the rental fee? Find out what is included, how much the deposit is, and when the balance is due.

Do we need power? Is power provided?

If you’re setting up lighting, a sound system, or have live music, you may need to set up a generator in order to have access to electricity.

What rentals will I need?

What will the site look like when we get married? The appearance of outdoor sites can change dramatically with the season.

Is there an alternate option in case of inclement weather?

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¨ Identify each table at the reception with words such as lines from your favourite story or poem, or locations of cities or countries you would like to travel to. ¨ Place a note card with envelope and pen at each place setting for the rehearsal dinner. Have the mother of the groom invite guests to write notes on the first time they met the bride and groom. The cards may then be sealed, collected and presented to the couple to take along on their honeymoon.

¨ Tight budget? Consider a late ceremony followed by a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres & wine. Remember to state on the invitations “Cocktail Reception” so guests do not expect a full dinner. ¨ Use floor-length table linens or custom linens with decorative overlays to accent centerpieces, flowers, and lighting. ¨ Mix up the shapes and sizes of your guest tables.They don't all have to be round, they don't all have to seat the same number of people.

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flowers initial consultation

considerations

WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:

Picture of your wedding gown

Picture of bridesmaids gowns

Idea of your colour combo, fabric swatches

Idea of the theme or “feel” you want

Photos of arrangements that have caught your eye

Your save the date, photo of invitation if already chosen

Quantity of corsages and boutonnieres you need (and whether moms and grandmas want wrist or pin-on corsages)

Quantity of reception tables

Photos of the ceremony site (including pews and the altar) and reception site

Which baker you will hire (so you can coordinate flower placement on cake, if desired)

bring personality to your wedding: the colours, scents, & styles all work together to create a statement that is uniquely you.

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photography Long after your wedding day is over, your photos will provide lasting memories.

initial consultation

WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:

¨ Tentative timeline of your day ¨ General idea of budget ¨ Style of photography you like ¨ How interactive you want your photographer to be (e.g., actively posing people or unobtrusively documenting) ¨ End products you are interested (album, portraits, book, digital files, etc.)

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• Can we look at your sample albums, guest books, online galleries, etc? • When do I get the digital files? • Will I have rights to the digital files? • What is the process for album design? • How many weddings have you photographed? With that in mind, you not only need to find a photographer that you feel comfortable with but you also need to know what photo options are available and what shots should not be missed. No other vendor will have as lasting role in your wedding as your wedding photographer.


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entertainment: music/DJ'S

Choosing music for your special day is a way to make tribute to the soundtrack of your life with songs that will remind you of your ceremony and reception for years to come.

what to ask:

•Where can I hear you perform? •Do you have recordings I can listen to? •How many years of experience do you have? •Can we make special requests? How many? •Will you provide a sound system? •What kind of backup equipment/instruments do you have? •Do you have any events before or after ours? •What is your cancellation policy? •What kind of overtime fees do you charge in case we want to run late? •How many breaks do you require? Do you have recordings to play during breaks?

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THE CEREMONY Start planning the music for the ceremony first by meeting with the officiant to discuss any restrictions, the order of the ceremony, and how music should be incorporated. Usually, couples choose music for the following parts of the service, but are not limited to the following: PRELUDE Music played during the seating of guests that usually lasts for ten to fifteen minutes. SEATING OF THE PARENTS This usually consists of one song and is sometimes a vocal solo with special meaning for the bride and groom. PROCESSIONAL A song, usually instrumental, played while the bridesmaids and bride proceed down the aisle. SONG FOR THE BRIDE & GROOM This is usually a vocal song of special significance to the bride and groom, and is most often sung immediately after the vows are made. RECESSIONAL The music played after the ceremony while the bridal party exits.

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What is the fee for rental? Can you show me print samples? Do you have scrap book services? How many hours of photo booth ‘running time’ is included? Is there a delivery charge? Does a rental include an attendant during the event? Do we get a digital copy of the photos? Do we get custom graphics on the photos? How many photos can we take?

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wedding SUPPLIES/RENTALS Rental companies offer everything you need to make your wedding the perfect event. First, check with your ceremony and reception venues to make a comprehensive list of what items they offer and where you may need to supplement.

initial consultation

WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:  Ceremony and reception venues 

what to ask:

• Should I order extras? Round up your guest list when estimating some service items.

• Is a security deposit required? How much? When is it refundable?

• Who sets up? Find out if you, your venue’s staff, or the rental company is responsible for set up. There is often a fee to have the rental company set up, however they know precisely how things are put together and are adept at completing it in a timely, efficient manner.

• What is the delivery fee? The fee varies depending on when and where it will be delivered.

What your ceremony and reception venues are already providing

• When do items need to be returned?

Number of guests

Idea of wedding style

• Is there a fee for broken pieces / or damages?

Idea of color palette

Pictures of themes and decoration schemes that you like

Idea of budget

Typically companies need items returned the Monday following the event.

Find out the rate for replacing broken pieces.

• Is there anything I am forgetting to order? Your professional will go over everything you might need. Commonly forgotten items include tablecloths for the gift table and cake table, glassware, and adequate power for the photobooth, caterer, and band.

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For All Your Special Occasions

We carry a variety styles of tables and chairs including the vintage x back and mahogany wood folders, beautiful linens processed in house so we can promise you top quality plus a huge selection of catering ware.

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beauty, HEALTH

& FITNESS Looking amazing on your wedding day with a beaming smile, silky hair, glowing skin, with some serious bridal pampering.

initial consultation WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:

 Have clean, dry hair, a clean face, and a button up shirt  Pictures of hair styles you like  Hair piece or veil if you have one  Picture of your bridal gown WHAT TO ASK: • How long will the appointment be? • What should I bring to the wedding day appointment?

grooms & MALE ATTENDANTS:

• Waxing should be a week before so irritations will subside • Get final haircuts the week of the wedding (beard & mustache included!) • Because of close-up photography, It’s not unusual for grooms to get manicures too.

get started now!

4-12 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING: Consult your dentist to discuss how get your most confident smile. 6 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING: GET IN SHAPE: Keep up with a fitness routine that you can live with until your wedding day. PLAN YOUR LOOK: as soon as you’ve found “the dress,” decide how you want to wear your hair and makeup. With any drastic cut or colour changes, do it now – and leave time to get used to your new do. 3–6 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING: HIRE YOUR PROS: If you love your stylist and are getting married locally, make sure he or she is available on your date; otherwise, start auditioning stylists for the big day. Book your makeup appointment and consultation. GET A FACIAL: To ensure positively glowing skin on your wedding day, start a regimen of monthly facials.

W E D D I N G FAV O U R S F O R Y O U R G U E S T S

Make your big day extra special with unique, all-natural party favours. We can help you create your own signature scent or find something that showcases your love

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FORMAL WEAR When it comes to weddings almost anything goes. Whether you purchase or rent your tuxedos or suit make sure it complements your bride and bridesmaid fashion. Traditionally the best man, groomsmen and attendants pay for their own formal wear. Most formal wear rental stores do offer package deals for the entire bridal party, saving everyone money.

frequently asked questions

WHEN SHOULD WE ORDER TUXEDOS FOR OUR WEDDING? at least 3-4 months prior

to the wedding is recommended WHO SHOULD WEAR TUXEDOS?

traditionally the groom, groomsmen, ushers, fathers, and ring bearer will all be in tuxedos.

• Custom clothing available from • Shop NOW for shoes, vests, suspenders, bow ties, cuff links, funky socks and underwear • Rentals supplied by You will be professionally measured & fitted.

WHEN IS THE FINAL FITTING? usually a day or two before the wedding so any needed adjustments can be taken care of before the wedding. WHEN DO THE MEN HAVE TO BE MEASURED FOR THEIR TUXEDOS? suit

measurements should be in no later than 4-6 weeks prior to the wedding. WHAT ABOUT OUT-OF-TOWN GROOMSMEN? suits should be ordered

in the city where the wedding is taking place and members of the wedding party living out of town should be professionally measured at their local formalwear or menswear store. The measurements can be called in, sent in, or submitted online so that the suits/tuxedos will be ready for the final fitting when your groomsmen come to town for the wedding.

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IS AN APPOINTMENT NECESSARY? it’s a good idea to call ahead and schedule an appointment.

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AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENT... BEGINS WITH A BEAUTIFUL SETTING

Eat Drink

& BE MERRY The ceremony makes it official, but the reception is where your friends and family gather to wish you well as your married life begins. Make it a reflection of your interests, personality and style, and show your guests a great time while you're at it. Think of the reception tables as your canvas. You can create any mood you want if you choose your 'paint' wisely. Considering serving just one or two signature cocktails along with wine and beer. Search for a recipe that works with your wedding's tone. Cutting the cake is a highlight of the reception. If you've chosen cupcakes or a nontraditional dessert, most bakers will provide a small, special cake for the traditional first cut.

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