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There are three months to go until the wedding. Some of my friends and family members assume I’m finished with planning at this point. Not true! Sean and I have all the major vendors booked, but there are a lot of details we’ve got to wrap up between now and June 18:
- Finalize the ceremony: We have our officiant and musicians booked, but now we need to plan the ceremony itself. That means selecting the songs we’ll walk down the aisle to, our readings, and our vows.
- Apply for a marriage license: I’m dreading standing in line to fill out legal paperwork, but we can’t get married without a license! Hennepin County Government Center, here we come.
- Draft a day-of timeline: We need to determine what times our ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dance will begin and end. We also need to figure out when our vendors and wedding party members need to arrive.
- Print and mail invitations: We can’t stock the bar or create a seating chart until we know who’s attending our wedding. That means it’s time to send the invitations.
- Conduct hair and makeup trials: Every bride wants to look great on her wedding day—and avoid surprises! I’m completing my hair, makeup, and spray tan trials in April to see how the look will come together and make any necessary adjustments.
- Get my dress altered: I’ve got my first appointment scheduled this month, and I need to set up my final fitting(s) before the wedding.
- Work out regularly: I planned to start my wedding workouts in January, but somehow I didn’t stick to that resolution! With three months to go, I need to get serious about working out. I want to maintain my weight, stay healthy, and reduce stress between now and the big day.
- Finalize pre-wedding events: My showers, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner are approaching. I need to confirm guest lists and other details with the hosts—and write lots of thank you notes!
- Pay bills: Some of our vendors have final payments due a week or two before the wedding, and others will be paid the day of. It’s time to get organized and make sure the vendors get their checks on time.
My advice: If you’re getting married, add these tasks to your to-do list. Do what you can in advance so you can enjoy the final days leading up to your wedding.