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What started as a simple, “will you marry me?” can turn into a lot of work before you both say, “I do” on your wedding day. To better prepare yourself for all of the details that need to be ironed out between engagement and honeymoon, it pays to work with a reputable Fall River wedding planner. However, if you are on a budget and would like to do some of the work yourself, the best thing you can do is to get organized.
Start by reviewing this sample countdown schedule and list. Use mobile apps or three-ring binders to keep track of everything and keep a calendar handy at all times so you won’t miss an important deadline or payment date. Your mileage may vary, as some couples set longer or shorter engagements than what is listed here. But don’t stress, because once you find the perfect dress and book your MA wedding and banquet facility for your Swansea wedding reception, everything else will start falling into place.
12 Months to Wedding
Share your good news with friends and family. Start discussing a wedding date and select a range of dates that works for you and most important people on your guest list. Check with the venue where you want to host your wedding reception in Swansea, MA for availability. Try to decide the type of wedding you want, whether it will be formal or casual, indoors or outdoors, close family and friends only or everyone you know. These are some of the critical decisions that will set the tone for the rest of the wedding. Remember that most venues and vendors charge “per head” based on your guest list, so choose wisely.
Sit down and create a budget. Your budget can come from savings, support from parents or grandparents, and personal loans. Avoid maxing out credit cards and try to keep costs consolidated into one payment option for greater control. Tour the MA wedding and banquet facility and book all of the details through the venue to secure your date and all of the extras that you want to be included in your custom wedding plans. Ask the venue about recommended or pre-vetted vendors, which can make it easier to pick the best options for your special day. Start interviewing photographers, bakers, dress makers, and establish a solid guest list so you can make plans to purchase invitations and ensure that there is enough food and cake to go around at your Swansea wedding reception.
9 Months to Wedding
Schedule a meeting with the officiant, whether you are using your minister, priest, rabbi, or other religious leaders. Make sure to sign-up for and attend any required pre-marriage counseling classes with the venue for your ceremony. This is a good time to place an announcement about your engagement in the local newspaper. If you are having an engagement party, you should do it at this stage in the planning before things get hectic. Begin approaching friends and family about being in your wedding party and make sure they know the date of your wedding and what this committment will entail. Begin creating lists and saving images of ideas that you want to incorporate into your wedding if you haven’t already started to do so.
6 Months to Wedding
Meet with all vendors in-person to make final decisions. You should have already contacted the pre-vetted vendors from the list at the MA wedding and banquet facility. Schedule a cake tasting with the baker and make sure that you get the flavor, size, and style of cake that you want to go with your wedding theme. If you have a Fall River wedding planner, they can help you finalize some of these details and schedule appointments. Work with the caterer to firm up the menu and start talking with the florist about the bouquets and centerpieces you want to create. Finalize your guest list at this point and mail out the “save the date” cards to your guests. Shop for your gown and the wedding party attire, choosing the bridesmaids dresses and the groomsmen’s formalwear. Schedule fittings for everyone and stay on top of them to make sure they get it done. Double-check with the venue for your wedding reception in Swansea, MA about all of the tables, linens, chairs, lighting, and other items that you want to be included for your wedding reception. Register for gifts at two to three different places.
2-4 Months to Wedding
Arrange the rehearsal dinner and schedule any beauty treatments that you want done before the wedding. Purchase wedding rings and finalize honeymoon plans. Choose and order wedding favors and buy thank-you gifts for the wedding party. Contact the venue for your Swansea wedding reception to confirm all arrangements and contact all vendors as well. Make sure there are no misunderstandings and that everyone knows what they need to do. Mail out wedding invitations and send out any additional cards or menus to be printed or to the calligrapher if you are having them hand-written. Plot out all of the seating for the reception, schedule a wedding rehearsal date and begin checking off RSVP cards as you receive them. Figure out what you need to do for your marriage license and make a list of photos you want the photographer to take.
On the Big Day
Hopefully, you have stayed organized throughout this entire process and are ready to get married and celebrate at our MA wedding and banquet facility. For more scheduling, countdown tips, and organizing ideas, scroll through our blog at Venus de Milo. For over 50 years we have proudly served the Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island area by providing a well-appointed space for weddings, parties, corporate events, and celebrations. If you would like to learn more about our venue for your wedding reception in Swansea, MA, give us a call at 508-678-3901.