Wedding Tips

How to start planning a wedding right now!

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The answer was “Yes!” and now you’re wondering how to start planning a wedding.

The thought can be very overwhelming if you go it alone. Thankfully you don’t have to.

The Perfect Bride Guide is Totally Promotional’s free and very detailed wedding plan for the soon-to-be-wed.  It walks you through an all-inclusive timeline from save the dates to making the Mr. and Mrs. thing official. You get a month-by-month list of tasks to complete starting more than a year before your wedding date.

Hear those wedding bells?

Your engagement time will slip away faster than you think. If you want a certain church, reception site or photographer for your wedding, you may have to book them more than a year in advance. Then there’s a wedding party to assemble and the search for the perfect bridal gown. You’ll need engagement photos, save the dates, a guest list, caterers, music, florists … are you getting the picture?

To give you a little peek into The Perfect Bride Guide, I’ve greatly condensed the engagement period to highlight the big stuff on your list.

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Planning a wedding in three months

3 months before

  • Select a wedding date. This might depend on the date you can get the wedding venues you want.
  • Draw up a budget. Overestimate costs or allow for “miscellaneous” because surprise expenses always appear at some point.
  • Choose your wedding party.
  • Purchase the wedding gown and select the wedding party’s attire.
  • Book the ceremony and reception venue, as well as an officiant.
  • Hire a photographer/videographer, caterer, florist and musician(s).
  • Establish your guest list.
  • Order favors, wedding party gifts and other wedding essentials
  • Create a gift registry.
  • Make honeymoon plans.

2 months before

  • Order your wedding cake.
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner.
  • Purchase wedding bands.
  • Mail wedding invitations.
  • Obtain a marriage license.
  • Order/buy/make all decorations and signage for the wedding reception venue.

1 month before

  • Write your vows.
  • Confirm details with all wedding vendors and venues.
  • Do final fittings and pick up the bridal gown, bridesmaids’ dresses and groom and groomsmen’s tuxedos.

Wedding Eve

  • Meet with the wedding party, immediate family, officiant and others directly involved in the ceremony to rehearse.
  • Present wedding attendants with gifts such as wedding party can coolers or personalized sunglasses at the rehearsal.

Day of wedding

  • Present parents and each other with gifts.
  • Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honor to hold during the ceremony.

After the wedding

  • Write thank-you notes.
  • Update insurance policies to reflect your new husband and wife status.
  • Complete paperwork for official documents if changing names.

Extensive but beneficial 

The Perfect Bride Guide

This condensed guide may seem big but it has just a smidgen of the pre-wedding to-do tasks most couples will face. Of course, not every detail will apply to your wedding, but in this case more is better. I want your wedding to exceed your expectations and be a day you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.

Put The Perfect Bride Guide to work for you today!

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  • Reply
    Bridal tips and ideas
    April 19, 2021 at 2:52 pm

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    • Reply
      Shelley Grieshop
      April 20, 2021 at 8:10 am

      Thank you for the kind words! I am delighted our blog could help you with ideas for planning a wedding.

      Please visit us again anytime and let us know if we can help you with anything.

      Best wishes,

      Shelley Grieshop
      Totally Promotional/Totally Wedding Koozies

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