Timeline for Planning Charleston Wedding

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12+ Months Prior

  

~ Determine your budget

~ Choose your wedding date and time

~ Hire Charleston Wedding Photos for    your wedding photography AND SC Officiant
~ Hire a wedding planner

~ Choose your venue(s), and if available pay deposit(s)

~ Plan your Guest List

~ Book Ceremony Venue and Reception Venue

~ Ask friends and relatives to be in the wedding party

~ Have an engagement party if you choose

8-10 Months Prior

 ~ Bride should start shopping for and order gown.

~ Decide on your colors and wedding theme

~ Decide on floral decors

~ Start planning reception food types, type of entertainment you want -

DJ or band?

~ Think about your floral decor.

~ Research and reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests

~ Register for gifts.

~ Make a wedding website

~ Contact rental companies if you need to rent anything for the ceremony or reception

6-8 Months Prior

~ Book ceremony musicians.

~ Order bridesmaid dresses.

~ Start planning honeymoon.

~ Send save-the-date cards (FREE DESIGN when Charleston Wedding Photos do your Engagements! This is a particularly good idea if you're marrying during a tourist or holiday season or having a destination wedding.

4-6 Months Prior

~ Attend pre-wedding counseling, if required.

~ Shop for and order invitations and wedding rings.

~ Shop for formal wear.

~ Renew or get passports, if necessary.

~Book a cake designer.

3 Months Prior

~ Order wedding cake.

~ Hire a calligrapher, if you want your invitations professionally addressed.

~ Attend your shower. (It may be earlier, depending on when your hosts decide to have it.)

~ Groom: Rent the men's formal wear

~ Hire wedding day transport: limousines, other cars

2 Months Prior

~ Mail your invitations.

~ Write your vows.

~ Purchase gifts for parents, attendants and each other

~ Book your stylist and try out wedding day hairstyles.

~ Book a makeup artist and go for a trial run

The Time is Near

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One Month Prior

~ Apply for your marriage license

~ Bride: Have final gown fitting. Bring your maid of honor to learn how to bustle your dress

~ Call all bridesmaids. Make sure they have their gowns ready for the wedding.

~ Make last-minute adjustments with vendors.

~ Create a wedding program to hand out to guests.

~ Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.

2 Weeks Prior

~ Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent a response.

~ Deliver just-have shot lists to your photographer and videographer. 

~ Include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken.

~ Deliver final song list to your DJ or bandleader. Include special song requests and songs you don't want played.

~ Bride: Get your last pre-wedding haircut and color.

1 Week Prior

 ~ Give reception site/caterer final guest head count. 

~ Include vendors, such as the photographer or band members, who will expect a meal. 

~ Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare.

~ Supply location manager with a list of vendor requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed for a florist.

~ Plan reception seating chart. 

~ Print place and table cards, or finalize list with the calligrapher you've hired.

~ Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements.

~ Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.

~ Groom: Get your hair trimmed.

~ Attend bachelor/ette parties.

2-3 Days Prior

~Bride: If you need to, have your gown pressed or steamed.

~Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear. 

~Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.

~Determine wedding party positions during the ceremony and the order of the party in the processional and recessional.

~ Hand off place cards, table cards, menus, favors and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer and/or reception site manager.

~ Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions.

~ Call the limousine or car rental company for pickup times and locations.

~ Arrange for guests without cars to be picked up from the airport or train station. 

~ Ask friends, attendants or relatives to help.

~ Deliver welcome baskets to the hotel concierge; include names and delivery instructions.

Day Prior

~ Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.

~ Write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts (usually your parents, if not you) about any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.

Night Prior

~ Rehearse ceremony. Meet with wedding party, ceremony readers, immediate family and your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out the details

~ Bring unity candle, aisle runner, yarmulkes or other ceremony accessories to the site

~ Give your marriage license to your officiant

~ Attend rehearsal dinner

~ Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner. You'll want to do this especially if the gifts are accessories to be worn during the wedding.

Wedding Day and Day After

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Wedding Of

~ Present parents and each other with gifts.

~ Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honor to hold during the ceremony.

~ Give best man the officiant's fee envelope, to be handed off after the ceremony.

~ Introduce your reception site manager to your consultant or maid of honor for questions or problems during the reception.

~ Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer's contact so he/she knows who's who.

Post Wedding

~ Have someone return your rentals

~ Preplan for attendants to take the bride's gown for cleaning and return the groom's tux to the rental shop

~ Write and send thank-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful

~ Go to your State DMV office to change your Drivers License. Be sure to take your Marriage License with you, Change this ID FIRST.

~ Go to Social Security Office with your NEW DRIVERS LICENSE to change your Name on Your Social Security Card