The groom may not have as many wedding tasks as the bride, but his duties are important. The following is a six-month span (minimum amount of time necessary) to plan a formal wedding:
Six Months Before:
- Order bride’s engagement, wedding rings.
- Start making your guest list.
- Make an appointment with your Marriage Officiant.
- Discuss wedding expenses with fiancée and all parents should you decide to share costs.
- Determine how many ushers you will require (approx. one for every 50 guests) together with your fiancée.
- Finalize honeymoon plans with your fiancée and reserve necessary transportation and accommodations.
- Ensure passports are updated, arrange for visas (if necessary) and check on any immunizations needed should your travel take you to a foreign country.
Three Months Before:
- Complete your guest list and discuss with your fiancée.
- Discuss wedding attire with your fiancée and make necessary arrangement to secure all men’s formal wear.
- Decide who will be your best man and ushers and proceed to invite them.
- Inform best man and ushers about their formal wear.
- Complete honeymoon plans and buy tickets.
One Month Before:
- Decide with your fiancée what the bouquet and going-away and mothers’ corsage will be.
- Determine with fiancée boutonnieres for men in wedding party.
- Pick up rings and check if engraving is correct.
- Arrange accommodations for relatives, friends and ushers from out of town.
- Purchase gift for your bride and attendants.
- Be sure all documents are in order. (Legal, medical & religious)
- Order gloves, ties and ascots for ushers.
- Make certain they have all ordered their own attire.
Two Weeks Before:
- Set a time with your fiancée to get the marriage license.
- If you are giving the bachelor dinner, be sure arrangements are in place.
- Ensure that you have prepared the transportation from the reception to the airport with your best man.
- Double-check your honeymoon reservations.
One Week Before:
- Give gifts to your attendants at the bachelor party.
- Prompt your best man and ushers of the rehearsal time and place, filling them in on the rehearsal dinner.
- Let the head usher know about any special seating arrangements.
- Place the Marriage Officiant’s or judge’s fee in a sealed envelope and give it to the best man.
- Have your going-away attire ready for after the reception.
- Be packed for your honeymoon.
- Prepare to move possessions to new home.
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