Events Planning

A Time of New Beginnings and Starting Over Again

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The theme for this week is about "New Beginnings". I started with a new blog, re-designed my Facebook page, created a new logo for the business and learned a couple of  things. 

Aside from doing this "new beginnings" and "starting over again" with all these things I love to do, I have been busy with the wedding preparation of a colleague. J & S is about to get married in two days and I am just about to finish polishing their timelines for the day and did some "printing works" for the wedding program.

J&S will be using these standees in their couple's table during the reception

Last year, I told myself that I will be retiring from the "wedding scene". Yes, planning and coordinating a wedding is tiring and stressful at the same time. But how you can say "No" to friends who already asked for your  help a year in advance?

So for those of you thinking of getting married soon or getting married again (hehehe!), I would like to share with you the Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist.

12 Months before
- Start a wedding folder or binder
- Work out your budget 
- Pickup your wedding entourage
- Start the guest list
- Hire a planner if desired
- Reserve your dates and venues
- Book your priest / officiant
- Research photographers, bands, florists and caterers

8 Months before
- Hire the photographer and the videographer
- Book the entertainment / bands / singers / choir (if any)
- Meet caterers
- Meet gown designer for your bridal gown
- Reserve hotel room for your bridal suite
- Launch a wedding website "wedsite" (if you wish)

7 to 6  Months before
- Select and purchase invitations
- Start planning a honeymoon
- Send save the date (STD) cards  or  video
- Meet with the priest
- Book a flourist
- Arrange transportation
- Start composing a day-of timeline

5 to 4  Months before
- Check on the wedding invitations
- Select and order the cake
- Send your guest list to the host of your bridal shower
- Purchase wedding shoes and start dress fitting
- Schedule hair and make-up artists (HMUs)
- Choose your music

3  Month before
- Finalize the menu and flowers and over all set-up of the reception
- Order favors
- Make a list of the people giving toasts
- Finalize the readings
- Purchase your undergarments and schedule for second fitting
- Finalize the order of the ceremony and the reception
- Print menu cards, if you like, as well as the programs
- Purchase the rings
- Send your event schedule to the suppliers

2 Month before
- Meet again with all your suppliers to finalize 
- Meet with the photographer for your pre-nuptial photos
- Review the playlist with the band or DJ
- Send out invitations
- Submit a newspaper wedding announcement

1 Month before
- Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database
- Get your marriage license
- Mail the rehearsal-dinner invitations (if there is)
- Visit the dressmaker for the last dress fitting
- Send out as many final payments as you can
- Confirm call times for hair and make up and all suppliers
- Email and print directions for drivers of transport vehicles
- Assign seating
- Purchase bridesmaids' gifts
- Write vows, if necessary

Week of the Wedding
- Reconfirm arrival times with suppliers
- Delegate small wedding-day tasks
- Send timeline to the bridal entourage
- Pickup bridal gown
- Check in one last time with the photographer
- Send the final guest list to the caterer and all venues hosting your wedding-related events
- Break in your shoes
- Pack your honeymoon

Give. Celebrate. Enjoy!