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Congrats! You're Engaged! (Now What?)

The Stationer
The Dress
The Ceremony
The Honeymoon
12 – 9 Months
  • Start the hunt! Consider the venue and vibe of your wedding
  • Book appts at bridal salons
  • Spend a few Saturdays holed up in fitting rooms with Mom and your best friend.
  • Reserve a location (if separate from reception).
  • Book officiant
9 – 6 Months
  • Lock in stationer and calligrapher
  • Order dress!
  • Once your dress is purchased, lock in a hair stylist and makeup artist.
  • Consider any accessories you may need (aisle runners, chuppahs, ring pillows).
  • Beach or adventure?
  • Big city or safari?
6 – 3 Months
  • Send out save-the-dates
  • Preview a sample invitation
  • Buy shoes
  • Shop for bridesmaid dresses
  • Go for fitting No. 1
  • Purchase your rings
3 – 1 Month(s)
  • Make sure fiancé has his suit!
  • Go for fitting No. 2
  • Choose readings and music
  • Get marriage license (it's good for 60 days)
  • Book it!
  • If you're changing your name, do it after the wedding. You won't have time to update your passport before taking off.
1 Month – 2 Weeks
  • Track down delinquent RSVPs
  • Remember your veil, jewelry, underpinnings, and shoes for your final fitting.
  • Write vows
  • Pack!
Less than 2 weeks
  • Go for final fitting
  • Pick up dress!
  • Practice vows
  • Rehearsal
  • You survived! Kick back and relax, newlyweds.


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