Twelve Months Ahead

____Set the wedding date. Talk with your family and your fiance about the kind ____of wedding and reception you want: time of day, mood, setting and ____formality.

____ Arrange to introduce your fiance's family to your own, if this has not ____already been done. This step may have to take place closer to the wedding ____date if the two families live far apart.

____ Decide how much you're willing to spend and prepare a budget.

____ Find a clergyman or civil official to perform the marriage.

____ Reserve a place to be married.

____ Select and reserve a location for your reception, if other than the place ____you will be married (Note: A deposit may be required.)

____ Choose a caterer and a menu.

____ Book musicians and/or D.J. for the ceremony and the reception.

____ Choose your music.

____ Choose a florist

____ Hire a wedding consultant if planning to use one.

____ Choose your attendants and check to see if they will be able to participate in ____ your wedding.

____ Shop for your wedding gown.

____ Shop for gowns for your attendants. Ask for measurements and sizes if they ____ live far away.

____ Start your guest list. Discuss with your fiance's parents about the guests they ____would like to invite. Give them a deadline for submitting their list.

____ Send engagement picture and announcement to newspaper.

____ Collect information about a variety of honeymoon destinations.

____ Register with a real estate broker if planning to rent or purchase a place to live ____ after the wedding.

____ Register your gift preferences with a bridal registry at a department or fine gifts ____ store.

____ Interview photographers and videotape services.

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