The Bride's Year Ahead - 3rd Edition: The Ultimate Month by Month Wedding Planner

The Bride's Year Ahead - 3rd Edition: The Ultimate Month by Month Wedding Planner


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The Bride's Year Ahead Third Edition offers an innovative and intrinsically useful approach to wedding planning. Unlike other wedding planners that are arranged by subject, this book is organized in a progressive, month-by-month fashion that begins one year before the event. Comprehensive guidance about what to do during each month is provided. The Revised and Expanded Third Edition promises to be as indispensable as the original edition with a multitude of new and updated checklists and information to systematically organize and plan the wedding of your dreams on time and within budget. This new edition has a fresh new look which includes color edging on the text block.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416246367
Publisher: Sellers Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 583,607
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marguerite Smolen was editorial director of New Jersey Bride magazine, Editor-in-Chief of Philadelphia Bride magazine, and contributor to Seacoast Bride and Victoria magazines. She also authored The Mother of the Bride: A Practical Guide and an Elegant Keepsake.

Claudia Cryvatz Copquin is a broad-based newspaper and magazine human interest and lifestyle feature writer for Newsday, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. She contributes to and and has her own column in

Carol Ross has been an iconic photo journalist and well-renowned wedding photographer for many years. A resident of New Hope, PA, she is a weekly contributor to local newspapers capturing the social and civic scenes of historic Buck's Country. Her photographs continue to grace her nationwide line of greeting cards. Grandchildren and gardening, along with two Persian kittens are her passions.

Table of Contents

Twelve Months Ahead 10

Determine who will officiate your wedding

Set the wedding date

Create a preliminary guest list

Book a reception hall

Book a caterer

Determine your wedding style

Eleven Months Ahead 40

Announce your engagement

Select invitations and other communication pieces

Choose your wedding party

Book a photographer

Book a videographer

Ten Months Ahead 62

Create your personal improvement plan

Assemble your experts

Register for gifts

Nine Months Ahead 74

Choose your wedding theme and decor

Select music and entertainment

Eight Months Ahead 90

Shop for your bridal gown

Order the gown and schedule fittings

Shop for wedding party attire

Choose the groom's attire

Seven Months Ahead 134

Make your floral choices

Shop for wedding cakes

Select sweets

Shop for favors

Six Months Ahead 156

Finalize the guest list

Plan wedding party events

Plan toasts

Five Months Ahead 182

Plan a honeymoon

Attend to legal matters

Attend to business matters

Four Months Ahead 192

Secure accommodations for out-of-town guests

Book wedding day transportation

Three Months Ahead 198

Choose wedding rings

Select bridal jewelry

Mail your invitations

Learn to dance

Two Months Ahead 212

Compile your program book

Plan and book the ceremony rehearsal and dinner

Keep up with thank you notes

One Month Ahead 238

Plan your wedding day itinerary

Organize the reception seating chart

Apply for a marriage license

Three weeks ahead up to the the final day of the wedding

Twelve Months Ahead 10

Questions to Ask an Officiant

Questions to Ask a Nondenominational Officiant

Questions to Ask a Reception Hall Vendor and Caterer

Caterer Comparison Worksheet

Final Reception Hall Choice

Final Caterer Choice

Wedding Budget Worksheet

Eleven Months Ahead 40

Invitation Worksheet

Wedding Attendants and Participants and their duties

Wedding Photography and Videography Checklist

Wedding Photography Estimates

Wedding Videography Estimates

Ten Months Ahead 62

Expert Resource Worksheet

Medical Checkup Worksheet

Registry Chart

Nine Months Ahead 74

Decor Supplier Worksheet

Music Budget Worksheet

Music Quote Worksheet

Eight Months Ahead 90

Bride's Measurements

Bridal Gown Worksheet

Final Gown Choice

Bridal Attendants' Measurements

Bridal Attendants' Shopping Worksheet

Groom's Shopping Worksheet

Seven Months Ahead 134

Flower Review

Floral and Decor Budget Worksheet

Floral Bid Worksheet

Cake Bid Worksheet

Six Months Ahead 156

Guest List Organizer

Sample Wedding Toasts

Live Months Ahead 182

Honeymoon Budget

Travel Checklist

Four Months Ahead 192

Three Months Ahead 198

Wedding Ring Shopping Worksheet

Invitations Checklist

Dance Lessons Worksheet

Two Months Ahead 212

Program Book Planner

Ceremony Rehearsal Planning Worksheet

Rehearsal Dinner Planning Worksheet

Wedding Gift Organizer

One Month Ahead 238

Wedding Day Itinerary Worksheet

Reception Seating Chart Pianner

Three Weeks Ahead Task list

Two Weeks Ahead Task List

One Week Ahead Task List

The Day Before Task List

On the Day of the Wedding Task List

At-A-Glance Month-By-Month Financial Overview 260

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