Wedding Checklist

THINGS TO DO AFTER THE ENGAGEMENT:

  • Set a date
  • Book church & minister
  • Book reception hall
  • Book photographer

CHURCH:

  • Wedding banns/marriage license (publish/purchase)
  • Time of rehearsal (who needs to be there)
  • Time of ceremony
  • Time to decorate (flowers/pew bows)
  • Transportation to church
  • Who will usher in guests
  • Who will hand out programs
  • Order to walk in
  • Organist/soloist – choose music/hymns
  • Readers – choose readings
  • Order to walk out
  • Receiving line
  • Photographs
  • Transportation to reception hall
  • Payment

RECEPTION HALL:
[The Harbour Restaurant: 549-4440]

  • Time for cocktails/dinner/buffet
  • Choose/sample menus (food/beverage)
  • Choose linens/table settings
  • Tables for guest book, gifts, cake
  • Area for DJ/band & time to set up
  • Time to decorate (flowers/bows/balloons etc)
  • Time to set up wedding cake
  • Seating plan/place cards
  • Time for wedding party to arrive
  • Photographs
  • Receiving line
  • Choose a Master of Ceremonies (MC)
  • Decide who will say grace
  • “Kissing ideas”
  • Decide who will say speeches
  • Time for the dance to start/finish
  • Time to cut cake
  • Time to throw bouquet/garter
  • Time for bridal couple to leave
  • Payment

WEDDING CAKE:

  • Design/cake topper/flavours
  • Time to deliver
  • Payment

DECORATIONS:

  • Flowers/pew bows/candles/balloons etc. for
  • cars, church and hall
  • Guest book & pen

GIFTS:

  • Gifts for the wedding party
  • Gifts for other helpers
  • Gifts for the guests

REGISTRY:

  • Choose stores with gift registries
  • Choose china, flatware, crystal
  • Choose everyday items

HAIR/MAKE-UP APPOINTMENTS:

  • Consultation with headpiece
  • Appointments for bride, bridesmaids, flower girl etc.
  • Payment

WARDROBE:

  • Bride: wedding gown, headpiece/veil, crinoline, nylons, shoes, garter, jewellery (remember: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!)
  • Bridesmaids/Flower girl: dresses/suits, shoes, nylons, hair pieces, jewellery
  • Groom, Ushers & Ringbearer: tuxes, cummerbunds/vests, ties, shoes

REHEARSAL PARTY:
[Megalo’s Restaurant: 531-9788]

  • Decide on time after church rehearsal
  • Decide who to invite
  • Place to have the rehearsal party

GIFT OPENING:

  • Decide on time and place (remember: everyone will have been up late the night before)

GUEST LIST:

  • Finalize guest list for dinner
  • Finalize guest list for dance

PHOTOGRAPHER:

  • Decide on locations for photographs
  • Specific poses
  • Time to start/finish
  • Payment

VIDEOGRAPHER:

  • Book a videographer
  • Decide what parts of wedding to video
  • Time to start/finish
  • Payment

TRANSPORTATION:

  • Groom. Ushers and Ringbearer to church
  • Bride, Bridesmaids, Flower girl and Bride’s parents to church
  • Bridal couple and wedding party to location for pictures and then to reception hall
  • Bridal couple to destination after reception
  • Payment

DISC JOCKEY:

  • Choose styles of music to play
  • Pick 1st, 2nd, & 3rd dances
  • Time to set up
  • Time for dance to start/finish
  • Payment

FLOWERS:

  • Choose flowers/colours
  • Bouquets for bride, bridesmaids, flower girl & throw away bouquet
  • Corsages for mothers of bride and groom; grandmothers
  • Boutonnieres for groom, ushers, ringbearer, fathers of bride & groom; grandfathers
  • Arrangements for the church/reception; time to set up
  • Payment

HONEYMOON:

  • Decide on a destination
  • Valid passports if necessary
  • Make arrangements through travel agency
  • Medical insurance
  • Pack according to climate
  • Payment

WEDDING STATIONARY

WEDDING INVITATIONS:

  • Choose invitations/wording
  • Order invitations for dinner/dance guests
  • Order invitations for dance guests only
  • Payment
  • Maps/lists of hotels
  • Addresses for guests
  • Stamps

REPLY CARDS:

  • Choose reply cards/wording
  • Order reply cards for dinner/dance guests
  • Decide on a reply date
  • Payment
  • Stamps

PROGRAMS: CHURCH/RECEPTION:

  • Decide on what is to go into the program
  • Order programs 1-2 weeks before wedding
  • Payment

TICKETS:

  • Order tickets for Jack & Jill, Stag & Doe etc.
  • Payment

GIFT TAGS/SCROLLS:

  • Choose tags or scrolls/wording
  • Order tags or scrolls 1-2 weeks before wedding
  • Payment

PLACE CARDS:

  • Write or have printed after reply cards are returned

THANK YOU CARDS:

  • Supply for shower gifts
  • Supply for wedding gifts