If you’re planning a summer or fall wedding, you may be feeling the pinch to get quite a bit accomplished right now.
Maybe you got a late start or maybe you’re ahead of schedule. Either way, here’s what Real Simple suggests you should be crossing off your “To-Do” list two to three months from your big day:
Three Months Before:
- Finalize the menu and flowers. You’ll want to wait until now to see what will be available, since food and flowers are affected by season.
- Order favors, if desired. Some safe bets: monogrammed cookies or a treat that represents your city or region. If you’re planning to have welcome baskets for out-of-town guests, plan those now too. If you’ve got the time and the talent, check out Pinterest for amazingly creative wedding favor ideas.
- Make a list of the people giving toasts. Which loved ones would you like to have speak at the reception? Ask them now.
- Finalize the readings. Determine what you would like to have read at the ceremony—and whom you wish to do the readings.
- Purchase your undergarments.
- Schedule your second fitting.
- Finalize the order of the ceremony and the reception.
- Print menu cards, if you like, as well as programs. No need to go to a printer, if that’s not in your budget: You can easily create these on your computer.
- Purchase the rings. This will give you time for resizing and engraving.
- Send your event schedule to the vendors. Giving them a first draft now allows ample time for tweaks and feedback.
Two Months Before:
- Touch base again with all the vendors. Make sure any questions you or they had on your first draft have been answered.
- Meet with the photographer. Discuss specific shots, and walk through the locations to note spots that appeal to you.
- Review the play-list with the band or deejay. Have your wish list prepared.
- Send out the invitations. The rule of thumb: Mail invitations six to eight weeks before the ceremony, setting the RSVP cutoff at three weeks after the postmark date.
- Submit a newspaper wedding announcement. If you’re planning to include a photograph, check the publication’s website: Some have strict rules about how the photo should look.
- Enjoy a bachelor/bachelorette party.
We can’t complete the above check list for you, but we’re here as a resource for all your Bridal Gown & wedding attire cleaning needs before and after the wedding. And, If you’ve gotten an invitation to attend a wedding this year, our guide on What to Wear to a Wedding will help you determine proper attire even if the invitation doesn’t specify.