Sounds Unlimited

Wedding Planner

Here's a "suggested" wedding planner for you:

Nine to Twelve Months Before

  • Select a wedding date and time.
  • Determine the type of wedding you want, size, degree of formality, and setting.
  • Notify your clergy and reserve date and time for wedding and rehearsal.
  • Set a tentative budget.
  • Decide how expenses will be shared.
  • Shop together for wedding rings.
  • Determine the size of the guest list.
  • Plan reception and book reception location.
    (Note: This should be booked as soon as the wedding date is set to assure availability).
  • Select and book reception with Sounds Unlimited DJs: (203) 488-4252.
  • Select and book caterer.
  • Select and book photographer.
  • Select and book videographer.
  • Select and book transportation for wedding day.
  • Compile names and addresses of your guests.
  • Decide on your color scheme.
  • Select wedding attendants, yours and his.
  • Determine sizes for all attendants.
  • Choose your dress and headpiece.
  • Schedule fitting and delivery date.
  • Choose bridesmaids' dresses and accessories.
  • Start planning for your honeymoon.
  • Discuss where you will live after the wedding.
  • Choose music for the ceremony.
Six to Nine Months Before
  • Announce your engagement in the newspaper.
  • Register your preferences at the bridal registries of your choice.
  • Maintain records of all gifts received and send thank you notes immediately upon receipt of your gifts.
  • Select florist and/or balloonist and discuss color schemes.
  • Begin shopping for men's wedding attire.
Four to Six Months Before
  • Start health and fitness program.
  • Order invitations and other related stationery needs.
  • Complete your guest list.
  • Help both mothers coordinate and select their dresses.
  • Ensure that all bridal attire has been ordered.
  • Begin shopping for trousseau.
  • Check blood test and marriage license requirements.
  • Experiment with hair style and cut.
  • Select baker and order wedding cake, groom's cake, and mints.
Two to Three Months Before
  • Choose the men's wedding attire and reserve the right sizes.
  • Start addressing invitations and announcements.
  • Purchase accessories such as goblets, ring pillow, garter, candles, etc.
  • Confirm all details with your hired professionals.
  • Confirm ceremony details with your officiant.
  • Arrange rehearsal details.
  • Plan rehearsal dinner.
  • Plan attendants' parties.
  • Choose responsible person to attend your guest book.
  • Make appointment with your hairdresser.
  • Arrange accommodations for out-of-town attendants and guests.
  • Finalize honeymoon plans.
One Month Before
  • Finish addressing invitations and mail them four weeks before the wedding.
  • Get blood test and marriage license.
  • Have your final dress fitting.
  • Have formal bridal portrait done.
  • Have final fitting for wedding attendants.
  • Purchase gifts for wedding participants.
  • Purchase gift for fiance.
  • Complete shopping for your trousseau.
  • Have attendants' parties.
  • Purchase going-away outfit.
  • Ensure that your accessories are in order -- toasting goblets, garter, candles, ring pillow, etc.
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner details.
  • Make a calendar of events for your wedding day.
  • Draw a map to direct guests to the ceremony and reception sites if necessary.
Two Weeks Before
  • Finalize reception details with your entertainment.
  • Finish addressing announcements to be mailed on your wedding day.
  • Contact guests who have not responded.
  • Pick up the wedding rings and make sure they fit properly and that engraver's inscriptions are correct.
  • Meet with your photographer and give him a list of special pictures you want taken.
  • Meet with videographers and give him a list of special events or people you want in the videotape.
  • Continue writing thank-you notes for gifts received.
One Week Before
  • Provide the caterer with the total guest count and confirm all details.
  • Provide your wedding party and out-of-town guests with timetables, if necessary, for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception.
  • Review details of last-minute arrangements and timetables with all service
  • Plan seating arrangements, if used.
  • Confirm all honeymoon reservations and accommodations, pick up tickets and traveler's checks.
  • Discuss the details of the reception with your host and hostess.
  • Assign tasks to be done on the wedding day to your wedding party.
  • Practice applying makeup and styling your hair and determine the amount of time needed to do this on your wedding day.
  • Make sure you have your marriage license.
  • Pick up wedding attire and make sure everything fits properly.
  • Keep writing thank-you notes for gifts received.
  • Pack your suitcase for your honeymoon.
  • Rehearse wedding ceremony with all participants in attendance.
  • Attend rehearsal dinner.
  • Give the best man the officiants's fee and instruct him to deliver it on the day of the wedding.
  • Get a good night's sleep the night before your wedding day.
On the Wedding Day
  • Remain calm and try to relax.
  • Don't forget to bring your wedding rings and marriage license.
  • Check with florist to ensure flowers will arrive on time.
  • Apply makeup and style your hair slowly.
  • Start dressing 1 1/2 hours before the ceremony; the entire wedding party should be dressed and ready about two hours before the ceremony unless you have a special schedule with your photographer for pre-ceremony photos. If this is the case, be sure to communicate as to what needs to get done and when.
  • Have music start before the ceremony begins.
  • Have guests seated as they arrive by the groomsmen.
  • Groom's parents should be seated five minutes before the ceremony begins.
  • The bride's mother should be seated immediately before the processional and before the aisle runner is rolled out.
After the Wedding
  • Write and mail all thank-you notes as soon as possible.
  • Tip any professionals as appropriate.
  • Take care of business and legal affairs.
  • Change name if necessary on records and legal documents.
Congratulations from Sounds Unlimited DJs!
If there is ANYTHING we can do to help with your planning, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Branford, CT 06405-2879
Phone: (203) 488-4252

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