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Trips booked and confirmation numbers received - need to be paid by March 10

Wedding booked and confirmation number received

Brides dress - ordered and in store - fitting booked for early February

Bridesmaid dresses - ordered

Mother of bride dress - in my closet - needs minor alterations

Father of bride - got his tie - need to get other attire

OOT bags- need to be done - waiting for monogram from daughter then I will order mugs, pens, candles etc.

Groomsmen attire - needs to be done

Rings - needs to be done

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Here is what I found...


6 Months to a Year Before Your Destination Wedding


__x_ Decide on a wedding budget

_x__ Find your wedding style

_x__ Announce your engagement

__x_ Choose a wedding date

__x_ Choose a wedding location

__x_ Research the location, including using online resources, renting books from the library, purchasing books, talking to the local tourist bureau, and talking to friends and family who have been there. Ask resorts for "package deal information", special honeymoon/destination wedding offers, and other informative literature.

_x__ Look into marriage license requirements, and confirm them with the local tourist board

__x_ Find a local wedding coordinator – resorts often have someone on staff or you may be able to find someone through the tourist bureau.

_x__ Put together a wedding guest list

__x_ Send "Save the Date" cards

_x__ Follow up with guests by phone to get a general head count

___ If you want a traditional wedding dress, find it now

__x_ Start considering the groom's attire

_x__ Start considering the wedding party's attire

_x__ Obtain necessary legal documents, including, if necessary, passports, divorce certificates, visas, identification, birth certificates, notarized declarations of never having been married.

_?__ Consider your Bridal Beauty


4 to 6 Months Before Your Destination Wedding


_x__ Work with your wedding coordinator to find a wedding florist, musicians, wedding photographer and wedding officiant. You may also want to find a hairstylist, makeup artist, and/or nail salon.

_x__ Decide on your wedding menu

___ Finalize wedding ceremony and reception details, arrange for signed contracts to be sent to you.

___ Order wedding invitations

___ Register for wedding gifts

___ Buy wedding rings. Consider having your wedding rings engraved.

_x__ Buy your plane tickets

_x__ Negotiate discounts with airlines and hotels

_x__ Create and distribute a wedding website or newsletter to share travel and wedding information

___ Finalize the groom's attire

___ Write and order your wedding invitations


2 to 4 Months Before Your Destination Wedding

___ Mail your wedding invitations

___ Begin choosing or writing your wedding vows

___ Shop for shoes and other accessories

___ Make sure all of the wedding party and other essential people have made their travel arrangements

___ Finalize the bridal party attire


1 to 2 Months Before Your Destination Wedding


___ Order wedding favors and gifts

___ Have your final dress fitting

___ Shop for vacation wear, including swimsuit(s), a rehearsal dinner outfit, sun protection


2 Weeks Before Your Destination Wedding


___ Confirm all details with hotel, chef or caterer, florist, photographer, officiant, musicians and/or DJ, and others involved in the wedding

___ Arrange guest seating, if necessary

___ Assemble favors and/or welcome bags


Upon Arrival


___ Apply for a marriage license

___ Meet with your wedding coordinator

___ Meet with your officiant

___ Visit the ceremony site

___ Distribute welcome bags to guests' rooms

___ Go over last minute details

___ Relax! (Yeah right!!! )


Your Wedding Day

___ Do your best to relax, enjoy yourselves, focus on each other, and have fun with your friends and family.



I guess I'm not too far behind schedule...mostly my dress! :0

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OMG, you all are freaking me out. Ok, I can't even read thru the lists cuz all my wedding info is on my work computer and I am scared to read and see all that I haven't done. But this is the month were I get serious! Going to go have a glass of wine or somethng to calm my racing heart!!!!!!!

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Well, the good news is that it looks like we're all on the same pages... the bad news is we're all freaking out a little!! wink.gif


I just visited my uncle this weekend (who is my officiant) and he was asking me all kinds of details I had NO idea about. Is it sad that I don't know what my province requires for my marriage to be legal on May 9th?? Ya, research project numero uno for tomorrow!!


Anyways, here is where I'm at:


Things I've checked off the list:


* All guests have booked

* BMs dressed have been ordered

* Bought my wedding dress

* Booked and confirmed resort/ceremony/reception/welcome dinner and honeymoon

* Booked flights

* Booked Hair/Makeup

* Hired photographer

* Finalized menu



Things In Progress


* I'm slowly adding songs to my playlists for the reception and welcome dinner

* Actually considering an AHR...

* BD pictures done for Aaron's gift, I've created the album it just needs finishing touches



Things that are desperately awaiting the checkmark


* Order all OOT bags and fillers

* Purchase groomswear

* Research some possible excursions

* Purchase wedding bands

* The dreaded seating chart

* Figure out centerpieces

* Get bm's gifts

* Decide on bouqets

* OOT bag welcome letter

* Info doutang to send to guests ahead of time

* Write Vows (yowza!)

* Create luggage tags for OOT bags

* Make programs (not sure if I'm doing this or not)

* Figure out what I need to do to be legally married in my province!

* Purchase cake topper (not sure if I want/need this)

* Create welcome dinner slideshow

* Purchase wedding day accessories

* Find welcome dinner dress

* Make guestbook (as inspired by Nicole's polaroid guestbook!)


I feel like I've done more, but I can't think of anything else. Lately I've done a lot of honeymoon stuff. I still can't believe how quickly this wedding is sneaking up on me! My goal is to have everything completed by March, so that April is left to tie up the loose ends. We'll see how well that goes! wink.gif

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Well you are all ahead of me. I haven't even booked my room at the resort. :) I do have my wedding dress, flights booked, bridesmaid dress ordered and church booked. Hence I have a lot to do! But I work best under pressure and things just always seem to work themselves out. I am going back down to Cancun for a second site visit in less than two weeks. Hopefully after that trip I won't be so far behind. I hope to book the photographer, DJ/musicians, florist, etc.


I think I was just waiting to get past the holidays before I really buckled down!! That darn ticker always has a way of reminding me though that I am running out of time.

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OMG!! I am very far behind right now, but plan to do some serious catching up!



* Bought dress

* Confirmed reservations for resort & flights (for us and guests)

* Deposits for flowers and reception (Evitas Restaurant)

* Reception menu selected



In Progress:

* Accepting RSVPs and Payments from guests

* Invites

* OOT bags & favors


To do:

* BMaid & BMan outfits

* Groom outfit (He wants to shop for it himself!) smile41.gif

* Have all guests pay half their trip by 2/14!

* Dress assessories, viel, etc.

* Finalize plans for photography/videography

* PASSPORTS (renewal for me & new one for FI!!!)

* Plan ceremony (vows, etc.)

* Select music, etc.

* Buy FI's wedding band!

* Buy cute outfits for wedding weekend and honeymoon

* Programs, menus, etc.

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smile124.gifI hope I haven't cause too much panic! Thanks for posting your lists, they are very helpful in figuring out all I still need and have forgotten. Also, helpful in writing down what I have accomplished, makes me feel a little more productive, lol. Here is my list- I know I've forgotten a lot but here goes...



Date and Time of wedding is set

Resort Booked for FI and I (thru Tammy-host)

Air Booked for FI and I

Resort Booked for family (thru Tammy-host)

Air booked for family

Attire chosen for Groom, and all male family- tan pants, white shirt

-need to purchase for FI

Created a mood board for colors- the flavor of the week is: Pinks, Red, Pale Blue, Whites, Green

Narrowed down wedding bands- need to order

Purchased basic note card for DIY-embellished invites

Sent Save the Date info letter

In process of booking photographer

Decided on Having Dinner at World Café (buffet)



Compile info for Invitation inserts: Resort, Travel, Safety, Timeline, ect.

Print Invites

Dress Shopping ( hopefully next weekend, and off the rack)



Need to let family know color scheme +what they should wear

Purchase Rings

Undecided on Videographer

Honeymoon Attire

Purchase Parasols and Fans (Oriental Trading finally has Paint your Own White ones in stock :) )

Purchase OOT gifts

Send WC pics of bouquet and bout

Call WC and get answers to all my questions

Dinner Décor

Music list

Makeup shopping, trials

Hair trials (dependent on Veil choice and awful haircut growing out)

Arrange Dog Sitter

Oh yeah and get my bum off the couch and loose some weight (20+ would be a start)




For good measure, I've added my At home reception as well:



Booked Location

Theme decided

Purchased print yourself invitations

FIâ€s parents got us Champagne Flutes engraved with names and dates



Print Invites

Decide on caterer (food)



Print Thank You Wedding Picture on Moo Cards

RSVP card

Postage stamps


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