Avoiding extra stress during the wedding planning process will play a big part in making the best memories possible surrounding your wedding. You want to look back on this time and remember the joy of choosing the perfect dress, being surrounded by friends and family, and creating the day you always dreamed of.
Attend your shower.
Wedding showers can happen at different times for each bride, so yours may have already happened. If not, it is most likely planned for sometime soon! Enjoy seeing family and friends and celebrating your upcoming marriage.
Groom: Rent men’s formalwear.
Finally something that isn’t on your to do list! Now that you have an idea of what you would like to see your man in on the wedding day, let him rent the formalwear for his groomsmen too. Collect the sizes needed for each groomsman ahead of time to make the process run smoothly.
Hire wedding-day transportation, limousines, and other cars.
How do you want to travel to and from your wedding location? Many people rent a limousine or a high end car for the day. Look into transportation sooner if you’re considering renting streetcars or over-the-top travel.
Finalize menu and flowers.
You’ll want to wait until now to see what will be available since food and flowers are affected by season. Even the best laid plans can be changed by availability. You may also find you can get a better deal if your use more seasonal flowers or menu items and change your vision.
Order favors, if desired.
Some safe bets: monogrammed cookies or a treat that represents your city or region.
Make a list of people giving toasts.
It is always best to have a list to keep things moving. Once made, hand it off to the person you have put in charge of the details on the wedding day.
Finalize the readings.
Determine what you would like to have read at the ceremony, and who will do it.
Purchase your undergarments and schedule a second fitting.
Having your undergarments chosen can seem like a small item on the list, but it can change the fit of your wedding gown. Your second fitting is when those small changes can be made.
Put together your rehearsal dinner guest list.
Who do you want at the rehearsal dinner? Often people will include the wedding party, immediate family, grandparents, or other close family members and friends. If anyone is not attending the rehearsal but you would like them to attend the dinner you will need to let them know in advance.
Print menu cards, if you like, as well as programs.
These items are optional but many brides choose to have them for the wedding day. Choose a design that fits your wedding day.
Purchase the rings.
Buying the rings early will give you time for sizing and engraving. Many brides also choose to have their wedding band soldered to the engagement ring before the wedding day so the rings do not twist away from each other during pictures.
Consider taking dancing lessons if you’re not feeling confident in your dancing abilities.
If you are worried you won’t look as graceful as you would like during the first dance, now is a great time to take a couple dance lessons. It’s also a good way to break in your bridal shoes!