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Are Your Wedding Plans on Track?

(FeatureSource) A wedding is often a strange mix of happiness and distress. But proper planning can tilt the balance toward the positive.

Weddings don't just put themselves together, says Becky Long, author of Something Old, Something New: 701 Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding-Meadowbrook Press.

Unfortunately, some brides and grooms think that because they have a few months left, they have plenty of time.Long says. But if you want a summer ceremony, you should have a pretty good idea of what's going on by late winter.

From her book, Long offers the following checklist to make sure that your wedding planning is going well. These are all the things that you should have accomplished ó or be well on the way to doing by the three-month mark before your wedding. Are you on pace? Or do you need to move faster?

  • Write your vows.
  • Select your wedding rings.
  • Confirm the ceremonyís content.
  • Secure all tuxedo rentals and obtain menís measurements.
  • Choose bridal accessories. This is where something old, new, borrowed and blue comes in.
  • Determine the clothing of the mothers of the bride and groom.
  • Order invitations, announcements and thank-you notes. Be sure to order extras of everything in case of mistakes and for mementos.
  • Design maps that show the location of the ceremony, reception and hotels.
  • Meet with the musicians who will play the ceremony or reception.
  • Order the wedding cake.
  • Arrange transportation for the wedding party.
  • Complete the gift registry.
  • Determine the logistics of your ceremony. This includes reserving pews, arranging the processional and recessional order and arranging the receiving line. It also means figuring out the layout of the reception room, determining the gift and cake tables and identifying parking options.
  • Meet with the cater, florist and photographer.
  • Arrange wedding-attire fittings.
  • Plan bachelor and bachelorette parties.
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner details.
  • Secure necessary rental items.
  • Secure unity candle, toasting glasses, guest book, ring pillow, flower girl basket and cake knife.
  • Send newsletter or update to the wedding party.
  • Buy honeymoon attire.
  • Confirm lodging for out-of-town attendants.
  • Hire videographer.
  • Make or order wedding party gifts.

    Some of these tasks may not be relevant to your wedding, Long says. But for those that are, itís time to make decisions and finalize the details. It will all be worth it on your wedding day.

    Author: FeatureSource Staff

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