A Stepp Above Weddings and Events

"We Run While You Rest"

Countdown to the Big Day

12 months

Discuss with your fiance/fiancee the wedding you've imagined

Hire a wedding coordinator to handle the stressful details. This will ease many of your concerns about your wedding. Your coordinator can assist you with any of the following bold listings

Establish a tentative wedding budget (discuss with all who will be contributing)

Set a wedding date or at least a season (keeping the actual date open can be beneficial when selecting a site)

Compile an initial guest list

Begin visiting ceremony and reception locations.

Go on deposit to reserve as soon as you've made your decision (This will also determine the date and time of your wedding

Eleven months ahead

Start shopping (Yeh!) Find the perfect wedding gown and accessories

Choose your attendants

Shop together for your wedding rings (if you haven't already bought them

Ten months ahead

Interview and engage your photographer and videographer

Decide your color scheme and theme

Choose your bridesmaids' and flower girls dresses

Discuss bridal apparel selections with mothers and assist them with selections

Nine months ahead

Select clergy or officiant and determine any pre-marital counselling requirements

Finalize wedding budget with all contributing people and wedding coordinator

Select florist and decorator

Start a health and fitness program together - it helps relieve stress and gets you looking your best for you wedding day

Eight months ahead

Select musicians/entertainment for ceremony and reception

Plan food tasting session with caterer

Confirm, place deposits and review contracts with the wedding professionals whom you wish to engage

Start collecting wedding accessories as your find the perfect ones (ring pillow, toasting goblets, cake knife, guest book, cake top, candles

Seven months ahead

Select designs of wedding stationary and place orders for invitations, announcements and accessories

Plan cake tastings and select and place deposit on a bakery

Choose and order wedding day transportation

Six months ahead

Complete your wedding registry at a retail store

Select accommodations and transportation for out-of-town guests

Finalize your guest list

Send out

Save this date

 letters and travel information to guests that will need to make travel plans

Finalize your reception menu

Order any additional rental items (linens, china, furniture, decor

Order grooms, groomsmen and ring bearer attire - tuxedos

Visit your travel agent and make your honeymoon plans

Have engagement or bridal portraits taken and ready two weeks before the wedding date

Five months ahead

Select calligrapher

Select liquor caterer, selections and delivery (if necessary)

If giving a wedding souvenir to guests, choose favor and order

Bride - Select hair and makeup artist and schedule trial run

Four months ahead

Write any personal vows to be included in your ceremony

Plan and arrange your rehearsal dinner

Inform your employer that you will be requesting time-off for the wedding and honeymoon

Schedule wedding dress fitting

Consider preservation of bridal bouquet and wedding gown and select preservation specialist

Finalize your theme and decorations with decorator and florist

If your honeymoon is abroad, make sure you have necessary visas, vaccinations and passports

Collect addresses and address invitation envelopes

Three months ahead

Meet with your officiant to discuss wedding ceremony and vows

Select attendants to be in charge of the guest book, gifts and programs

Select and purchase gifts for your wedding party and each other

Choose your music for ceremony and reception and inform musicians

Purchase postage stamps and prepare invitations for mailing

Confirm honeymoon plans

Make appointments for wedding day (massage, manicure, pedicure, hair and makeup

Two months ahead

Get your marriage license and make sure it is in order

Send invitations to guests and wedding party (6 weeks in advance)</li><li>Record gifts as received and send thank-you notes as gifts arrive

Organize gathering for wedding party (bridesmaid luncheon, groomsmen night, etc.)

Purchase any other wedding accessories (ring pillow, toasting goblets, cake knife, cake top, guest book and pen, candles, garter, under garments, jewelry)

Have your final gown fitting

break in your wedding shoes

Arrange for your wedding party to have final fittings

Pick up wedding rings from jeweler and ensure correct size and inscriptions

Prepare list for photographer/videographer of specific special pictures, events or people you would like featured

Purchase disposable cameras (if needed)

One month ahead

Organize seating plan for ceremony (front rows) and reception

Make place-cards (if necessary)

Prepare announcements

Contact your guests who have yet to respond to your invitation

Have your bachelor (stag night)or bridal shower if you are game

Create program, wedding schedule, and movement chart for the wedding day

Handle legal matters (name change, social security, driver's license, insurance, bank accounts)

Two weeks ahead

Place your wedding announcement in the newspaper

Contact all service providers and confirm date, time, locations and expectations

Pick up wedding gown and bridesmaid's dresses

Present wedding party with gifts at gathering (bridesmaid's luncheon)

Inform caterer/reception venue of final guest count and confirm rehearsal

Finalize rehearsal dinner

Confirm tuxedo rental

Assign someone to transport wedding gift from reception to home

Pack for the honeymoon - confirm hotels and flights

Purchase traveler's cheques and ensure you have all the proper travel documents needed

Make sure all wedding attire fits properly

Pack all items to be taken to ceremony and reception site (Two separate marked boxes -reception/ceremony)

Prepare emergency kit for the wedding day (aspirin, nylons, tape, safety pins, etc.)

The Day Before

Send announcements

Get massage, manicure and pedicure

Attend your wedding ceremony rehearsal and dinner

Remind wedding party of time and location of pre-wedding photographs

Give any final payments to responsible person for delivery on the wedding day (coordinator)

Remain calm, try to relax and get a good night of sleep

The Big Day

Give yourself plenty of time

Have hair and makeup done

Eat regular meals

Make sure marriage license, wedding rings, and accessories go to ceremony and reception locations

Take a deep breath, relax and remember to smile (this is fun!)