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IMG_0136aIMG_1274Announce engagement. use formal printed announcements and/or the newspaper. Select a wedding date and time . Choose size and style of wedding ; formal,informal ,special theme. Set a preliminary budget . Schedule a meeting with both sets of parents to openly . Discuss Wedding expectations,cost, and responsibilities. Hire wedding consultant if you plan to use one . Buy a wedding planner or a notebook to remain organized and record decisions . Invite attendants to be in your wedding. Reserve the ceremony location . Choose the officiant for the ceremony. Resreve the reception site, Find out what services are included and available. Interview caterers, florist, me the photographer & videographer, listen to watch tapes of musicians, Ask for references. hire as soon as possible .5_2 Create a preliminary guest list. including addresses, Ask all parents to do the same . include the relationshipDSCF2221sm [friend , uncle] this helps if the list needs to be shortened. Begin planing the wedding ceremony & reception. Write out directions and or a map to be included on a separate card with invitation. Shop for a wedding gown and accessories. Order your dress at least 6-8 months in advance. Choose and order attire and accessories for bridesmaids. keep in mind the time of the year and style of wedding. Start planning the honeymoon . if you are leaving the country, make sure your passport is up to date and verify any visa requirements. Register for wedding gifts. Develop a system for recording gifts as they arrive and for recording when you wrote the thank you note.


13296_1271296830546_1473637416_30730796_7424379_n Finalize guest list. Write each guest’s name and address on a index card and use these to track responses. Order wedding and reception invitations, response cards, place cards, announcements, thank you notes, informals, at home cards, save the date cards and accessories. Always order extra invitations and envelopes to allow for addressing mistakes and surprise guests. It is less expensive to order extras from the start. Send out Save the date Cards so your guests can reserve your special day on their calendar. Address invitations and announcements as soon as possible. Arrange to have someone mail the wedding announcements the day of the wedding. Start making final decisions and arrengements for the ceremony and reception , including food, music , flowers and any rental equipment. Sing contracts and place deposits with caterer, photographer , videographer,florist ,musicians and other service providers if you have not already done so. Plan rehearsal dinner; time, menu and guest list. Arrange for wedding day transportation for important guest and wedding party. Reserve a block of hotel room for out-of -town members of the wedding party and guest. its nice to provide a list of loval restaurants and attractions. Order wedding rings and make arrangements for engraving. Have both mothers select their wedding attire. Confirm the delivery date for the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses. schedule fittings. Chosse and order formal wear for the groom and groommen. Remind men to submit their measurements to your formal wear provider. Finalize honeymoon plans . Shop for trousseau and special attire for parties, showers and honeymoon. Write thank you notes as gifts are received. If you are using preprinted thank you notes to immediately acknowledge that agift was received, be sure to send a hand written thank you on your informal notes within two months after the wedding.


Finish addressing invitations and announcements . Finalize the ceremony details with officiant. Finalize details with caterer, florist, musicians, photographers, etc. Order wedding cake. Finalize plans for bridal luncheon or any other wedding events. Check requirements for medical test and marriage license. Schedule appointment to have a picture taken for newspaper announcement. Ask someone to be responsible for the guest book. Choose small gifts of appreciation for the wedding party. collect the forms necessary to change your name[if you are changing your name.] on your social security card, driver’s license, insurance, etc Continue to write thank you notes.


Mail the invitations [six week is customary ,8 is becoming increasingly common ]. It is not uncommon for guest to mail their response card with- out writing their name. To identify guest if this happens, assign each guest a number . write this number very small on the back of their response card can now be matched to a guest. Use the index cards with each guest’s name and address to track responses. order wedding programs and reception accessories such as napkins, cake boxes , etc. Make final menu decisions. Set rehearsal time and verify with all participants. Have first wedding dress fittings. Schedule to have formal bridal portrait taken two to four weeks before wedding. make sure wedding dress and shoes will be ready. Make sure members of the wedding party have their fitting. Make an appointment with your hairdresser to practice your wedding day hair style. bring headpiece. Have a makeup consultation at the same time. Schedule hair & make up appointment for your self and bridal party on hte wedding day. schedule a manicure for the day before wedding. Give photographer a list of all the pictures you would like taken, including pictures you may want of the tent, flowers, cake, etc. Give videographer list of all shots you would like included in the video. Purchase gift for fiance, if gift are being exchanged. choose thank you gifts for parents and any others who helped with the wedding. Submit wedding announcements and photograph to newspaper. specify date for publishing . Continue to write thank you notes.


Having your final wedding dress fitting. Verify that all members of the wedding party have had their final fitting. Get blood test and obtain your marriage license. Make sure you have all accessories toasting goblets, cake knife, ring pillow, guest book, etc. Create a detailed wedding schedule for all attendants. list all event participants are expected to attend. Include date, time, location and any responsibilities. Give attendants the schedule two weeks before the wedding. Give musisians final music list for the ceremory and reception. Specify any music you do not want played. Have the music start 30 minutes before the ceremony. Prepare your wedding toasts. Pick up and try on your wedding bands. Confirm honeymoon reservations.


Confirm final details with all wedding professionals you have hired. confirm wedding night hotel reservations. Give caterer your guest count. Finalize seating chart for reception. Submit names for place cards to calligrapher or write them out yourself. Give a wedding day schedule to all attendants. Finish addressing announcements. Pick up wedding dress. Have your bridal portrait taken. Break in your wedding shoes. Fill out a change of address form at the post office. Arrange for someone to collect gifts brought to the ceremony and bring them to your home.


IMG_27 Verify final details with all service providers. Inform them of any changes. Finalize the guest count’ making necessary changes to seating chart. Confirm transportation for the wedding party. Confirm that the photographer understands the list of pictures you have requested. Confirm that the videographer understands your specific requests. Verify that all wedding attire has been picked up and fits. Confirm that all attendants know when to arrive at the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and the wedding ceremony. Confirm that all attendants have a copy of the wedding schedule you created. Pack for your honeymoon . Stop Mail and newspapers during Honeymoon. Pay bills that will be due while your away. Continue to write thank you notes.if possible. Pick up your Marriage license.weddings8


Be sure that both of you eat something. Try to relax and enjoy the day. If anything goes differently than planned, chances are you are the only ones who will notice.



MaxDear Client : In the many years that I have been in business I’ve encountered countless happy brides & grooms. Not all of them were calm. This is the most important & special day of your life and with careful planing & organization you can increase your enjoyment of not only your ”big day” but all the days leading up to it . file745

templetecopyOur hope is that this information will help all brides & grooms better plan their wedding & make it one of the most perfect memories of their life.




wedding3ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS ; Because of school ,military service or other plans , your wedding date maybe far in the future. If you want people to know you are engaged, plan an announcement using the wedding Invitation format. file577WHY IT’S PROPER; Either formal or informal copy is proper to let people know your exciting news. WEDDING INVITATIONS WITH ENVELOPES ;

Used for anyone you want to attend the ceremony [ even if they are ill or too far away to actually come. ] Always lists who is getting married, on what day, of what year [ spelled out in full ], at what time and the location. WHY IT’S PROPER ; An occasion this important rates more than a casual invitation. Elegance is enhanced by coordinating with lined inner envelopes. IMG_0106a

IMG_9811smRECEPTION CARDS ; Traditionally a Reception Card is only used when a select number of the guest invited to the ceremony are invited to the reception . Nowadays a Reception Card is included with the invitation, even when everyone invited to the ceremony is invited to the reception. This invitation says, ”You are special.”Mailed a long the invitation ,this card announces the time & location of reception. IMG_8665 copySAVE THE DATE CARDS ; Mail them three to four months in advance of the wedding. WHY ITS PROPER ;Its a good idea to give family & friends as much notice as possible of the coming event. This is especially true if you have many out of town guests. RESPONSE CARDS WITH SELF-ADDRESSED RETURN ENVELOPES ; A must in today’s busy times, or you simply won’t know who is planing on attending. plus, you will end up chasing down guests who do not send a handwritten reply. WHY ITS PROPER ; The response Card has become an accepted part of the wedding etiquette. Including one with your invitation is a thoughtful way to ease the guest’s responsibility to reply to formal invitations. As a courtesy to your guests, you should put a stamp on your self-addressed response envelopes.IMG_1136 WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS ; If your cirlce of friends & relatives is larger than the list you intend to invite to the ceremony,or if you have a private wedding,you will want to send an announcement of your wedding. WHY ITS PROPER ; Wedding Announcements include the wedding date , but never the time or location of ceremony. Mail the day of the wedding. AT HOME CARDS ; If you are moving to a new home & want to inform family & friends of your new information. WHY IT’S PROPER ; Informs family & friends of your new address and lets them know whether your are keeping your maiden name. Usually mailed with the announcement or mailed separately after the wedding. IMG_1301 THANK YOU NOTES ; A perfect proper time-saver for those very busy days leading up to the wedding & immediately following the wedding. WHY IT’S PROPER ; It’s a thoughtful way to let gift givers know their gift was received . Always write a personal thank you note later. send within two months of wedding. IMG_0855a INFORMALS ; With or without the name of the groom, this personalized stationery is needed to hand write thank you notes to those who gave a wedding gift. WHY IT’S PROPER ;People who took the time to pick out a wedding gift deserve a personalized thank you note. Also excellent for many other occasions where only brief correspondence is needed. IMG_0003 WEDDING PROGRAMS ; A great way for guests to follow the ceremony & learn who is in your wedding party. Enables you to share a special message or poem with your guests. WHY ITS PROPER ; Provides guests with a nice memento of your special day. PLACE CARDS & THANK YOU CARDS : Makesit-down meals less chaotic if people have assigned seats, or at least assigned tables. WHY ITS PROPER ; Place cards list the guest’s name & the table & are often displayed on a table outside the tent or reception room. Table Cards list a table outside the tent or reception room. Table Cards list a table number inside the folder & the guest’s name appears on the outside of the folder. IMG_1701IMG_1052 CEREMONY CARDS ; Used when everyone is invited to the wedding reception but only a limited number are invited to the ceremony. WHY ITS PROPER ; This invitation says, ” You are special .” Mailed along with the invitation,this card announces the time & location of ceremony.

IMG_9041sm WEDDING EXPENSES The expenses listed below are divided according to tradition. There maybe variations due to local customs or special circumstances. BRIDE or her family Wedding invitations [ including Response Cards, Reception Cards etc. all stationery and announncements. Wedding consultant Wedding cake Wedding gown , accessories and trousseau Engagement and wedding photographs Ceremony expenses { excluding officiant’s fee } Reception expenses Flowers for ceremony, reception and bride’s attendants Transportation of wedding party to ceremony and reception site Lodging arrangements for out-of-town bridal attendants Groom’s ring Gifts for bride’s attendants and groom Bridal luncheon { optional }

Bride’s engagement and wedding rings Personal wedding attire and traveling expenses Marriage license Officiant’s fee Transportation of groomsmen and groom to ceremony ; bride and Groom to ceremony Rehersal dinner expenses Bride’s bouquet and going away corsage; corsages for both mothers . Boutonnieres for groomsmen Gift for groomsmen and bride All honeymoon expenses Lodging arrangements for out-of-town groomsmen Bachelor’s dinner [optional]

IMG_9094ATTENDANTS Wedding attire Traveling expenses Wedding gift BRIDE AND GROOM Thank you gift for parents and others who helped with the wedding

Thanks to Garden State Photography ,Blessed Sounds and my Agent Robert & Orville for booking me in these lovely weddings,

and the staff at Triboro Printing !!!image001


Jerry Martinez

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