• Check in with your vendors.
  • Prepare final payments.
  • Have an "insurance policy - When your vendors collect your final payments, have each of them sign a note indicating he's received it and have phone numbers with you if a no show the day of.
  • Create tip envelopes.
  • Bring extra cash just in case
  • Drop your luggage off early.
  • Pack for your honeymoon early.
  • Pack properly for your destination wedding.
  • Have wedding items in place before the big day.
  • Put your signature-drink recipes in writing.
  • Name those tunes.
  • Have a discussion with your photographer.
  • Create a wedding-day photography schedule.
  • Create a day-of itinerary.
  • Review printed materials.
  • Make your guests feel loved.
  • Line your cards up.
  • Hydrate your flowers.
  • Plan how to get your gown to your location.
  • Get your limo driver's number.
  • Arrange transportation home for your bridal party.
  • Prepare for rain.
  • Nominate a gift caretaker.
  • Designate a wedding-day supervisor.
  • Give your legal documents to someone responsible.
  • Don't go hungry!
  • Make sure everyone knows when it's over.
  • Pack a big-day emergency kit.
  • Remember to eat and breathe. Don’t go hungry.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and be sure to enjoy every moment.
  • Make sure you do the rounds at your wedding. Greet everyone and thank them for coming.


2 to 3 Months Before

  • All women or Couples? Afternoon or evening? Is there a theme, style or color?
  • The date - a month or two before the wedding.
  • Make the reservations if not taking place in a family home.
  • Make guest list - include regular mailing addresses and emails. Send an early "save the date" email and/or call guests.
  • Meet with bridesmaids to set budget, decide about table linens, flowers decorations, menu, favors, music, activities & make a detailed to-do list and assign tasks.
  • Purchase bridal shower invitations or materials to make them.
  • Order special menu items through the bakery/caterer and linens, coffee urns, and other equipment from a rental company, if necessary.

1 Month Before

  • Assemble, address & mail invitations. (Include couple's registries information & party theme.)
  • Shop for party favors & decorations.
  • If guests are bringing desserts and other treats, call to confirm what they plan to bring.

2+ Weeks Before

  • Place flower order.
  • Buy your shower gift for the bride.
  • Choose your outfit.
  • Make a shopping list for the food and drinks.
  • Purchase spirits, if you're having cocktails.
  • Pick up any baskets, CDs, cake stands, punch bowls, tea services, stereo equipment, or serving platters that friends or neighbors have offered to lend.

1 Week Before

  • Confirm reservations.
  • Confirm orders and delivery times.
  • Confirm RSVPs.
  • Assemble and/or gift-wrap favors.
  • Buy groceries.
  • Create a mental floor plan to facilitate decorating and setting up.
  • Prepare shower games and activities.

1 Day Before

  • Prepare any menu items that can be made in advance (or just do prep work).
  • Receive and set up equipment, assemble decorations and favors, set table(s).
  • Touch base with the bridesmaids -- confirm who's bringing what and ask them to arrive early to help.
  • Run last-minute errands.


  • Write and send thank-you cards.
  • Complete your registry and exchange any unwanted or duplicate gifts.
  • Have your wedding dress cleaned and preserved by a reputable company.
  • Keep in touch with your Photographer/Videographer to work on albums, DVDs, etc.


  • Bride Entrance - Played as the bride walks down the aisle
  • Prelude -Played prior to the beginning of the actual ceremony.
  • Processional - Played as the wedding party and important guests are seated.
  • Interlude - Unity Candle, special music, and transition songs.
  • Recessional - Played as the couple and wedding party leaves the ceremony
  • Postlude - Played while guests leave, after the Recessional.


  • First Dance – Bride and Groom
  • Father/Daughter – Father of the Bride & Bride
  • Mother/Son – Mother of the Groom & Groom
  • Cake Cutting
  • Garter Removal
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Last Dance
  • Anniversary – For married couples


These are just guide lines to tipping vendors, officiants, staff etc. Take a look at your contracts, many may include a 15 to 20 percent tip already built in. Make sure you don’t double tip.If the tip is not in the contract you may want to add it in so it becomes one less item to worry about.
You do not have to tip a vendor who owners his or her own business, but if the vendor has gone above and beyond the call, show your gratitude with a tip.
If you have not received the service you requested you do not have to tip. Put someone in charge of handing out the tips.

Wedding Planner

  • Tip is optional: up to $500, or a nice gift – professional photo of wedding.
  • The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or, she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon

Wedding Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist

  • Tip is expected: 15 - 25 percent, depending upon the quality of service.
  • Tip at the end of your service.

Wedding Delivery and Set-up Staff

  • Tip is expected: $5 - $10 per person.
  • Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can hand out the tip.

Wedding Ceremony Officiant

  • Tip is expected (depending on officiant): Donate $500+ to the church or synagogue, and for the officiant, an optional tip of $50 - $100. Before the wedding day.

Wedding Ceremony Musicians

  • Tip is optional: $15 - $20 per musician.
  • Tip at the end of the ceremony

Wedding Photographer/Videographer

  • Tip is optional: $50 - $200 per vendor.
  • Tip at the end of the reception.

Wedding Reception Staff /Catering Company

  • Tip is expected: 15 - 20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200 - $300 for the maître d'. Chef $100.
  • Tip before your wedding day when the contract is signed or at the end of the evening.

Wedding Reception Attendants

  • Tip is optional: based on contract - $20 - $25 per bartender or waiter; $1 per guest for coat room and parking attendants; $1 per car.
  • Tip at the end of the event, but you could distribute them at the beginning of the evening, to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

  • Tip is optional, yet preferred: $20 - $25 per musician; $50 - $150 for DJs.
  • Tip at the end of the night by the best man.

Wedding Transportation

  • Tip is expected: 15 - 20 percent of the total bill.
  • Tip at the end of the night by the best man.


Protect yourself and peace of mind on your big day. Below are suggestions to think about to insure your day runs as smoothly as possible.
Wedding Insurance: To cover everything from cancellations, vendors, wedding rings, wedding attire, photographs, flowers, cake, transportation and the honeymoon and more.
Vendors: Before buying insurance check to see how well your vendors are covered. It may also be a good idea to see their standing with BBB.
Pay with Credit Cards: Added protection with a paper trail and if you need to put a hold on any disputed charge.
Written and Signed Contracts: Make sure to include specific dates, products, and prices and signed by all parties involved. Also include cancellation policies, details regarding refunds and returns on deposits, before they can be charged. If these items are not in the contract insist that all the above is added before you sign.


When purchasing your engagement ring and wedding bands be sure to ask your jeweler for advice on caring for your precious metals and gemstones as they may be treated

Engagement Rings

(Drawn Stone shapes to help bridal couple find their perfect cut)

When purchasing your engagement ring and wedding bands be sure to ask your jeweler for advice on caring for your precious metals and gemstones as they may be treated

  • Asscher
  • Cushion
  • Emerald
  • Heart
  • Marquise
  • Oval
  • Pear
  • Princess
  • Radiant
  • Round
  • Square


When purchasing your engagement ring and wedding bands be sure to ask your jeweler for advice on caring for your precious metals and gemstones as they may be treated

  • Amethyst
  • Coloured Gemstone
  • Crystal
  • Diamonds
  • Emerald
  • Pearl
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Topaz


Choosing your wedding bands metal type:

  • Cobalt Chrome
  • Gold (Green/Pink/Rose/White/Yellow)
  • Platinum
  • Stainless Steel
  • Sterling Silver
  • Titanium
  • Tungsten


A drop down with “Where to Start”. Listed -STYLES, FABRIC, LENGTH, NECKLINE, SLEEVES
(How to choose the correct wedding dress for your body type)


  • A-Line
  • Ball Gown
  • Column
  • Dropped Waist
  • Empire Waist
  • Fit And Flare
  • Mermaid
  • Pencil
  • Peplum
  • Plus Size
  • Princess
  • Sheath
  • Trumpet


  • Fish Cut
  • Lehenga Saree
  • Barbie Still
  • Straight


  • Batiste
  • Brocade
  • Charmeuse
  • Chiffon
  • Crepe
  • Damask
  • Duchesse Satin
  • Dupioni
  • Faille
  • Gabardine
  • Georgette
  • Illusion
  • Jersey
  • Lace
  • Moire
  • Organdy
  • Organza
  • Peau de Soie
  • Pique
  • Polyester
  • Rayon
  • Satin
  • Silk
  • Silk Gazar
  • Silk Mikado
  • Silk-faced Satin
  • Shantung
  • Taffeta
  • Tulle
  • Velvet


  • Cocktail
  • Floor
  • Short
  • Tea


  • Halter
  • High Neck
  • Illusion
  • Off-The-Shoulder
  • One Shoulder
  • Scoop
  • Sweetheart
  • Square
  • V-Neck


  • Cap
  • Long
  • Sleeveless
  • Spaghetti Strap
  • Three-Quarter


  • At an Aquarium
  • At a Stadium
  • On a Mountain Top
  • In a Museum
  • In a Forest
  • In a Library
  • On a Sailboat
  • At the Zoo
  • On a Roof Top
  • On a Chartered Cruise
  • Conservatory or Botanical Garden
  • Theatre
  • A Park


  • Get married on a weekday, not the weekend!
  • Focus on Priorities
  • Consider Non-Traditional Venues
  • Go Small Town Instead of Big City
  • Hold Ceremony and Reception at One Venue
  • Have a Morning Wedding
  • Use Your Negotiation Skills
  • Ask to Pay in Full for a Discount
  • Get Married Off-Season
  • Have a Small Reception and a Party Later
  • Get an All-Inclusive Package
  • Get Married in Your Backyard.
  • Shorten the Reception
  • Don’t Over-rent Space
  • Find Somewhere New
  • B.Y.O.B


To use with paper invitations or in place of paper invitations. The online invitations would list all events each guest is coming to. Guest can RSVP on line. Budget Idea.


Create “thank you” notes for wedding gifts and so on - to be emailed. Personalize them with handwritten print, lovely backgrounds. Budget Idea.