· Make your 90 day payment.
· Finalize your menu - Schedule your tasting.
· Schedule your bridal portrait.
· Finalize lighting and décor options.
· Finalize lodging and transportation options.
· Start composing a day-of timeline. Draw up a schedule of the event and slot in each component (the cake cutting, the first dance).
· 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.
· 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. And 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. Make sure the venue gets a proof before printing.
· 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.
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