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Helpful Tips...
First things first... Congratulations on your engagement! You have found your partner, got engaged and picked a date, now here are a few tips on what to do next.  

~ Many couples have an engagement party to formally announce their happy news, while others simply have engagement pictures done and send out engagement announcements.

~ Start looking for your wedding and reception venue before the good ones are taken. Most venues are booked six (6) months to a year prior to the wedding date.

~ Set your budget. Keeping track of your expenses and keeping your budget on track is very important! It can be very overwhelming if you don't know where you stand financially.

~ Start looking for that perfect dress, shoes and accessories.

~ Start looking for bridesmaids dresses.

~ You may want to start a wedding website so that out of state family and friends can share in your progress from where ever they may be.

~ Start your guest list.

About 8 to 10 months before your wedding - 

~ Hire a consultant (if you are going to).

~ Choose and book your wedding officiant​.

~ Choose your bridesmaids, groomsman and ushers.

~ Meet with florists, caterers and musicians.

~ Arrange for a tasting with your caterer.

~ Find a photographer.

~ Plan your honeymoon.

~ Meet with your wedding cake designer/baker.

About 4 to 6 months before your wedding - 

~ Send out save-the-date announcements with the final date and location of your wedding.

~ Start planning your rehearsal dinner.  

~ If your caterer isn't reserving your tables, linens, chairs and flatware for you now is the time to start doing this, also any tents that may be needed.

~ Register for gifts.

~ Select your groom's tuxedo or other attire, what the groomsmen will wear and make arrangements to purchase or rent.

~ Select and purchase your rings.

~Book any hotel accommodations for the wedding weekend for yourself and book or send hotel information to out of town guests.

About 2 to 3 months before your wedding - 

~ Give a list of any "must have" pictures to your photographer.

~ Discuss your wedding menu with the caterer

~ Meet with your officiant to discuss the ceremony.

~ Write your wedding vows (if you plan on writing your own).

~ Mail your wedding invitations.

~ Attend your bridal shower (if any).

~ Schedule your rehearsal dinner.

The month of your wedding - 

~ Apply for a marriage license. 

              Riverside County - http://riverside.asrclkrec.com/SVmarriage.asp
              San Bernardino County - http://www.sbcounty.gov/arc/marriage_info.htm
              San Diego County - http://arcc.co.san-diego.ca.us/services/marriage_licenses.aspx
              Los Angeles County - http://www.lavote.net/Clerk/Marriages.cfm
              Orange County - http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Clerk-Recorder%20-%20Tom%20Daly/Services/Marriage%20Services
              Ventura County - http://recorder.countyofventura.org/marriage.htm
              Santa Barbara County - http://sbcvote.com/ClerkRecorder/MarriageLicenses.aspx
              Imperial County - http://www.co.imperial.ca.us/Recorder/PDFDocuments/092111IMPERIALCOUNTYCLERKFEES.pdf

~ Schedule your final gown fitting.  

~ Contact your vendors (caterers, officiant, bakery, photographer, florist, musician, transportation, hotels, etc.) to verify times for arrival and delivery.​

~ Verify with your wedding party to verify that they have got their attire and have confirmed arrival and delivery times.

~ Write and print your wedding program.

The week of - 

~ Arrange seat plans and write place cards.

~ Give your head count to your caterer and confirm any last minute details.

~ Pick up your wedding dress.

~ Attend your bachelor/bachelorette parties.

The day before - 

~ Relax, go to the spa for mani/pedi (you may want to avoid any new facials in case of an allergic reaction) with some out of town guests.

~ Rehearsal/rehearsal dinner.

~ Give any wedding party gifts.

~ Confirm any wedding day transportation.

Wedding day! -

~ Give any thank you gifts to your parents.

~ Enjoy your day!!