Wedding Planner

The Creative Procrastinator aka No One Of Consequence aka ME is getting married. The decision was made yesterday. There was no proposal. It just kind of came up. I called mom from the parking lot at the grocery store and asked her what she thought about Christmas in Hawaii and “by the way, we are thinking about getting married.” She started looking at rental houses that day and rented one the next morning. So we are getting married. So this is just a list of the things I have come up with so far and a budget to get me started.

Wedding Planning & Budget:

Item Estimate Actual Paid Category Comments Who Pays
Bride’s Shoes 40.00     Attire   Bride & Groom
Bridal Party Manicures & Pedicures 180.00     Attire Susan, Savannah, Kimberly, Mom, Debby, Machaela Manicure & Pedicure Bride & Groom
Groom’s Attire 150.00     Attire   Bride & Groom
Alterations/Cleaning/ Pressing 50.00     Attire   Bride & Groom
Wedding Rings 1000.00     Attire   Bride & Groom
Bride’s Dress 400.00     Attire Potomac Mills Bride & Groom
Bride’s Hair & Makeup 0.00     Attire Bride fixes her own hair! Bride & Groom
Bridesmaids Dresses 200.00     Attire Savannah & Kimberly Bride & Groom
Bride’s Headpiece 20.00     Attire Depends on how I fix my hair. Bride & Groom
Bride’s Lingerie 50.00     Attire Victoria’s Secret Bride & Groom
Officiant 0.00     Ceremony Included in Ceremony Wedding Package Bride & Groom
Ceremony Music 0.00     Ceremony Included. Blowing of the conch? Bride & Groom
Photographer Fee 0.00     Ceremony Included. Additional digital photos Jeffrey. Bride & Groom
Videographer Fee 0.00     Ceremony Nathan? Bride & Groom
Site Fee 0.00     Ceremony Included in Package Bride & Groom
Wedding Package & Coordinator 500.00     Ceremony   Bride & Groom
Bride’s Bouquet 50.00     Floral   Bride & Groom
Bridesmaids’ Bouquets 50.00     Floral Leis for Savannah & Kimberly Bride & Groom
Bridal Party Leis 100.00     Floral   Bride & Groom
Location Maps 0.00     Honeymoon AAA maps & Guidebooks – Ordered Tour Book and State Map 01/08/08 Bride & Groom
Honeymoon Airline Travel 2000.00     Honeymoon Susan, Robert, Savannah & Kimberly Bride & Groom
Spending money 3000.00     Honeymoon   Bride & Groom
Honeymoon Lodging Family 2000.00     Lodging Vacation House Rental Bride & Groom
Honeymoon Lodging 200.00     Lodging Wedding Night Hotel Bride & Groom
Honeymoon Expenses 200.00

Honeymoon Wedding Night & Morning Bride & Groom
Reception Music 0.00     Music Kimberly – Mix CDs or iPod Playlists Bride & Groom
Final Photos Purchased 100.00     Photo   FoB or B&G
Reception Decorations 50.00     Reception Savannah Bride & Groom
Reception Food & Service 500.00     Reception Ideas: At house, luau, boat tour ? Bride & Groom
Cake 50.00     Reception Savannah Cupcakes Bride & Groom
Reception Beverage 200.00     Reception   Bride & Groom
Napkins/Matches etc. 50.00     Reception   Bride & Groom
Favors 50.00     Reception   Bride & Groom
Wedding Glasses 20.00     Reception Beer Mugs? Bride & Groom
Engagement Photos 20.00     Stationery Self Portrait – Prints from Costco Bride & Groom
Announcements & Invitations 100.00     Stationery Save the Date, Announcements, Invitations, Letters, Thank You Cards Bride & Groom
Programs & Itineraries 0.00     Stationery Print at Home with Schedule of Events Bride & Groom
Postage 40.00     Stationery   Bride & Groom
Attendants’ Gifts 100.00     Gifts Savannah & Kimberly Bride & Groom
Grand Total 11300.00     Yikes! I have some saving to do! Bride & Groom

Things To Do

! To-Do (click for detail) Date Due Comments  
    Consult with fiance about budget Sat, Jan 12, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Begin guest list – get apx. head count Sat, Jan 12, 2008    
    Order wedding rings & engraving Mon, Jan 28, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Select and buy engagement ring Mon, Jan 28, 2008    
    Locate & book wedding venue Mon, Jan 28, 2008 Kona Great Ideas!
    Locate & book reception venue Mon, Jan 28, 2008 Kona Luau? Great Ideas!
    Take engagement photos Sat, Feb 2, 2008    
    Send Save the Date Cards Mon, Feb 25, 2008    
    Finalize Airline Tickets Sat, Mar 1, 2008    
    Select attendants Fri, Mar 21, 2008 Savannah & Kimberly Great Ideas!
    Select photographer Tue, Mar 25, 2008 Can use our camera – Jeff? Great Ideas!
    Select videographer Tue, Mar 25, 2008 Can use our camera. Nathan? Great Ideas!
    Register for gifts Fri, Mar 28, 2008 Seriously? Great Ideas!
    Reserve wedding night accommodations Wed, Apr 23, 2008 Kona Hotel  
    Complete honeymoon plans with fiance Wed, Apr 23, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Engagement Party Fri, May 30, 2008 At Moms?  
    Select attendants’ dresses and accessories Sat, Jun 7, 2008 Assign to Savannah Great Ideas!
    Pick bridal accessories, veil, shoes, etc. Sat, Jun 7, 2008    
    Purchase wedding dress Sat, Jun 7, 2008 Need Savannah Great Ideas!
    Passports Just In Case Sat, Jun 21, 2008    
    Decide on invitations & announcements Mon, Jul 28, 2008 Thank you cards, napkins, matches, more envelopes Great Ideas!
    Schedule fittings for bridal attire Wed, Aug 6, 2008 Depends on delivery dates of attire.  
    Sample cakes & cupcakes Sat, Aug 16, 2008 Savannah to bake. Great Ideas!
    Select ceremony music Tue, Aug 26, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Arrange for Flowers Tue, Aug 26, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Plan reception, decorations, theme, etc. Sun, Aug 31, 2008 Savannah Great Ideas!
    Tuxedo rentals & fittings for groom & groomsmen Mon, Sep 15, 2008 Or coordinate suits to be worn  
    Arrange for speakers at reception Wed, Sep 17, 2008    
    Take dance lessons if desired Sat, Sep 20, 2008    
    Make appointment with hairstylist (bride) Sun, Sep 21, 2008    
    Finalize ceremony with officiant Tue, Sep 23, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Check state requirements for blood tests Tue, Sep 23, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Do maps and directions for out-of-town guests Wed, Sep 24, 2008 Include with invitations  
    Finalize guest list – compile addresses Thu, Sep 25, 2008    
    Arrange rehearsal dinner Tue, Sep 30, 2008    
    Address invitations Sun, Oct 5, 2008    
    Have portrait taken Tue, Oct 14, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Plan recording and displaying of wedding gifts Wed, Oct 22, 2008    
    Get the marriage license Sat, Oct 25, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Mail invitations Thu, Oct 30, 2008    
    Record gifts & send thank you’s as received Sun, Nov 2, 2008 Same for showers & other wedding related parties  
    Choose gifts for attendants and ushers Tue, Nov 4, 2008    
    Send announcement to newspapers Thu, Nov 6, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Plan bridesmaids’ party Sat, Nov 8, 2008    
    Decide on reception favors Sun, Nov 9, 2008    
    Pick up wedding rings Mon, Nov 10, 2008    
    Buy accessories, ring pillow, goblets, candles etc Fri, Nov 14, 2008 Don’t forget cake knife and server  
    Make photographer list of pictures you want taken Wed, Nov 19, 2008    
    Music Sat, Nov 22, 2008    
    Do name change paperwork, licence, banks, ss#, etc Sun, Nov 23, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Make sure homeowner’s insurance covers ring/gifts Sun, Nov 23, 2008 Also may want to check on life insurance policies  
    Final dress, headpiece & all clothing fitting Mon, Nov 24, 2008    
    Confirm details with florist Mon, Nov 24, 2008 bouquets, boutonniere’s, mothers’/fathers’ corsage  
    Check & change insurance policies Tue, Nov 25, 2008 Household, life,car, etc. Great Ideas!
    Hairstyle, makeup, headpiece trial run Wed, Nov 26, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Design and print ceremony program Sun, Nov 30, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Address wedding announcements Thu, Dec 4, 2008 Mail after wedding  
    Arrange for dress cleaning & flower preservation Thu, Dec 4, 2008    
    Arrange for day of wedding errand runner Fri, Dec 5, 2008 Friend or hired hand for last minute details  
    Break in bridal shoes – wear around house Tue, Dec 9, 2008 Don’t want sore feet …  
    Try on wedding bands for fit Tue, Dec 9, 2008 Just in case…  
    Try on wedding attire for all participants Wed, Dec 10, 2008    
    Make reception seating plans & place cards Thu, Dec 11, 2008 Use EZ Wedding Planner Seating Program Great Ideas!
    Pick up honeymoon tics, travelers checks, etc. Fri, Dec 12, 2008    
    Groom & groomsmen get haircuts Fri, Dec 12, 2008 gentle reminder  
    Double check ALL arrangements Fri, Dec 12, 2008    
    Confirm transportation plans Tue, Dec 16, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Confirm rehearsal plan with officiant & attendants Wed, Dec 17, 2008    
    Finalize count for rehearsal dinner Wed, Dec 17, 2008    
    Review duties with wedding participants Wed, Dec 17, 2008    
    Give photo wish list to photographer Thu, Dec 18, 2008    
    Pack for honeymoon Thu, Dec 18, 2008 It’s getting close…  
    Last minute details with all service providers Thu, Dec 18, 2008    
    Label envelopes with fees for officiant, dj, etc. Fri, Dec 19, 2008    
    Give gifts to attendants Sun, Dec 21, 2008 Can be done at rehersal or earlier  
    Finalize reception count with caterer Mon, Dec 22, 2008    
    Finish packing for wedding night and/or honeymoon Tue, Dec 23, 2008    
    Give wedding rings to best man & maid of honor Tue, Dec 23, 2008 May be done on wedding day  
    Bridal Party Manicures and Pedicures Tue, Dec 23, 2008 Relax, enjoy …  
    Wedding rehearsal Tue, Dec 23, 2008    
    Pick up rental wedding attire Tue, Dec 23, 2008 Earlier can’t hurt; no surprises.  
    Bride & attendants have hair done Wed, Dec 24, 2008   Great Ideas!
    Eat a light, nutritious breakfast & perhaps lunch Wed, Dec 24, 2008 You’ll need the energy, trust me.  
    Pay officient, musicians, etc. Wed, Dec 24, 2008 Have envelopes prepared.  
    Sign & witness marriage license Wed, Dec 24, 2008    
    Pay balance due to service providers Wed, Dec 24, 2008 some may require earlier payment Great Ideas!
    Someone take bouquet to be preserved Thu, Dec 25, 2008 Or hang upside down to dry  
    Someone take dress/veil to be cleaned/preserved Thu, Dec 25, 2008 Make sure cleaner is experienced in wed. dresses  
    Send gift thank you cards Thu, Jan 8, 2009 Or when back from honeymoon – within 2 mo of wed.

Blue Hawaii


About Susan Warren Utley

Susan Warren Utley is a wife and mother living and writing in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her stories are inspired by the unexpected twists and turns of real life and by her muse, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier who occasionally answers to the name of Lucy. View all posts by Susan Warren Utley

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