Planning a Wedding in Chicago  IL

Chicago Brides' Resource & IL Wedding Planning Guide

Chicago videographer

Chicago photomontgae

Chicago photomontgae

Chicago Wedding Planer

Planning Perfect Wedding

1. After your engagement 2. Six months before your wedding
3. Three months before your wedding 4. Two months before your wedding
5. Six weeks before your wedding 6. One month before your wedding
7. Two weeks before your wedding 8. One week before your wedding
9. The Wedding - Your Big Day!  

1. After your engagement
Return to Top

wedding

Contact your local paper to announce your engagement. This will likely get some response from friends and relatives.

wedding

Choose the date of the big day (and a backup date). If you are determined to have a June wedding, you'll have to make a lot of decisions early, as weddings in June are common.

wedding

Contact your church, synagogue or efficient to select a service and reserve the date.

wedding

Explore pre-marital counseling.

wedding

Start health and fitness plan if you're not already in one!

wedding

Find out what bridal shows are in the area and plan on attending. You will find bridal designers, caterers, photographers, videographers, florists, and many more wedding-related companies at a bridal show. It is a great place to get information for your wedding!

wedding

Decide on size and style of wedding - an intimate gathering at your family home, or a full-scale extravaganza. Draw up a guest list. It is okay if you don't invite everyone you know - people will understand.

wedding

Establish how the wedding will be paid for - either yourselves, your parents, or whomever. Decide on a budget.

wedding

Contact your caterer. Don't be shy about asking for tasting. Ask if they can handle special diets.

wedding

Contact a videographer, separate from the photographer. Combining the two services can split their limited resources.

wedding

Contact your florist, musicians, DJ service and a photographer. Hire people to do it your way, not theirs.

wedding

Consider hiring a wedding planner. Let someone worry about everything for you. You may even save money.

wedding

Plan an engagement party with family and friends. It is a good time to ask friends and family to serve as wedding attendants.

wedding

Shop for your gown and attendants dresses. Make sure to order your dress at least eight months in advance. Also, tell the shop your wedding date is earlier than it is, so any last-minute problems can be fixed before the last minute. And don't forget to think about a veil, accessories, and to schedule fitting appointments.

wedding

Plan your honeymoon. Contact a travel agency to help you plan your special trip.

wedding

Choose your engagement ring and wedding bands.

wedding

Reserve your reception location early. Reception sites often get booked up to a year in advance. If you are not sure about a location ask around, consider alternatives to the obvious: a local art museum, for example, can be a lovely place for a reception.


2. Four to six months before your wedding
Return to Top

wedding

Place your WEB Wedding announcement privately on the Internet to inform friends and family of the details of the upcoming nuptials. Following the ceremony, you can use the same site to share still scenes of your wedding with personal comments from friends and relatives, all over the world. We are now in the 21st century. Use the power and convenience of the World Wide Web.

wedding

Firm up videography, photography, floral, and music arrangements.

wedding

Register for wedding gifts.

wedding

Select the groom's attire.

wedding

Decide what the bridesmaids and ushers are to wear. While the final decision is yours, it's quite important that the bridesmaids like what they will be wearing, or they won't have fun. Listen to them. Reserve wedding-night accommodations. After the busy day you will both be exhausted.

wedding

Make your final decisions about your honeymoon, and contact the travel agency to make your reservations.

wedding

Order invitations, announcements, and thank-you notes that you will be writing when you come back from your honeymoon.

wedding

Call City Hall for information on wedding license requirements.


3. Three months before your wedding
Return to Top

wedding

Select and discuss your color schemes with the florist/decorator of choice for wedding and reception.

wedding

Research and select readings and music selections for ceremony.

wedding

Reserve your wedding day rental equipment.

wedding

Make arrangements for rehearsal dinner.

wedding

Choose men's formalwear.

wedding

Help both mothers coordinate and find their wedding day clothing.

wedding

Select your baker, then choose and order the bride's cake, and the groom's cake.

wedding

Review your contracts with all of your vendors and service providers (*DETAILS*)

wedding

Prioritize, then finalize and alphabetize the guest list (it will be much easier to keep track of responses).

wedding

Hire a calligrapher to address your envelopes. Your stationer can recommend a good one.

wedding

Choose small gifts of appreciation for the wedding party. A personalized Highlights Wedding-Video tape is very unique. Choose your favors.

wedding

Make arrangements for the wedding party's transportation to and from the wedding and reception.

wedding

Do a hair and makeup run-through, and don't panic if you do not like what you see - there is still plenty of time.

wedding

Finalize plans for the rehearsal dinner, the attendants' luncheon, and any other events surrounding the wedding.

wedding

Announce your wedding in the local newspaper.

wedding

Reserve a block of rooms at a nearby hotel for out-of-town guests. Consider arranging for welcome gifts to be in their rooms when they arrive fresh flowers are always appreciated.


4. Two months before your wedding
Return to Top

wedding

Mail out invitations and announcements. Update your WEB Wedding site.

wedding

Make an appointment with your doctor for a complete physical and blood test.

wedding

Have groom choose gifts for his best man and ushers.

wedding

Record gifts and begin writing thank-you notes.

wedding

Start fittings on your gown, as well as your attendants. Earlier fittings will not take into account physical changes.

wedding

Make appointment with photographer to set timetable & schedule formal wedding portrait.

wedding

Arrange attendants' parties.

wedding

Finalize all honeymoon plans.


5. Six weeks before your wedding
Return to Top

wedding

Mail the invitations.

wedding

Record RSVPs as they arrive, and write thank-you notes as gifts are received, but don't mail them until after the wedding.

wedding

Submit a song list to the band. It's just as important to tell them what you don't want to hear.

wedding

Decide on ceremony music.

wedding

Rehearse the first dance. Make it a fox trot; a rumba, a waltz, even a tango. Take some quick lessons if you do not know how.

wedding

Make a list for your photographer and of the photographs you want taken. Make a list of the people you want in the table interviews for your videographer.

wedding

Purchase a wardrobe for your honeymoon.


6. One month before your wedding
Return to Top

wedding

Obtain your marriage license.

wedding

Have your attendants' parties.

wedding

Create a calendar of events for the wedding day.


7. Two weeks before your wedding
Return to Top

wedding

Change name on all necessary documents.

wedding

Make final check with florist for delivery times and fees.

wedding

Time for your final dress fitting. Remember to try it on with the undergarments, jewelry, and shoes you'll be wearing to the wedding.

wedding

Prepare announcements now, so they'll be ready to be mailed right after the event.

wedding

Make sure all attendants have a copy of the wedding-day schedule.

wedding

Go over final arrangements with caterer, photographer, clergyman, and DJ service. Confirm everything: efficient, hotel, florist, videographer, photographer, band, clergyman, DJ Service, caterer, and anyone else you're depending on.

wedding

Give your caterer the guest count, and if you're having a seating chart, give the calligrapher a list of names for place cards.

wedding

Pick up your wedding rings and make sure that the engravings are correct and they fit.

wedding

Contact the guests who have not responded to your invitations.


8. One week before your wedding
Return to Top

wedding

If you can, take the week, or part of the week off from work!

wedding

Pick up gowns and accessories.

wedding

Wrap attendant’s gifts.

wedding

Give the bridesmaid luncheon.

wedding

Pick up tuxedos - check sizes and accessories

wedding

Start packing for your honeymoon, as you will not have time later. Purchase travelers checks, and confirm honeymoon reservations.

wedding

Break in your wedding shoes. You'll be on your feet for hours.

wedding

Finalize guest count and make any necessary changes to the seating chart.

wedding

Don't forget: guest book, cake knife, attendant's gifts, place cards, and programs.

wedding

If professionals are doing your hair and/or makeup, determine the time they will need.

wedding

Confirm transportation for the wedding party.

wedding

Have your wedding ceremony rehearsal.

wedding

Instruct your wedding party on what they will be doing on the day of the wedding.

wedding

Have your rehearsal dinner.

wedding

Give the best man the amounts your vendors are to be paid on the day of the wedding.


9. The Big Day! Your Wedding Day
Return to Top

wedding

Allow at least two hours for dressing.

wedding

Allow plenty of time to apply your makeup and style your hair.

wedding

If photographs are to be taken before the ceremony, allow plenty of time for that!

wedding

Remember to bring the rings and marriage license.

wedding

Seat guests as they arrive.

wedding

The groom's parents should be seated about 5 minutes before the start of the wedding.

wedding

Mother of the bride is normally seated last.

 


Congratulations!

We wish you much happiness in your future life together.

Sincere Regards and Best Wishes,

Paul Meyers
President
Azure IX Media
Wedding Video
Productions
847/843-1089

Chicago Weddings Wedding Planning

Azure 9 wedding

Wedding Vendor Sitemap
©2006-2017
| Azure 9 Brides | Chicago Weddings with Style!
Website Design Services

High Definition Wedding Videographer

Chicago Wedding Vendor - Schaumburg Wedding, Naperville Wedding, Orland Park Weddings, Joliet Weddings
Chicago Style Wedding services in the suburbs!

Bride Chicago - Best Wedding Resource - My Chicago Wedding - Chicago Wedding Love Stories - HD Wedding Video
Chicago Wedding Resource