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Destination Wedding Countdown Calendar

Planning a destination wedding requires a whole separate timeline. Here, learn how to get everything done for your wedding with time to spare.

Stay on track with this month-by-month guide:

 

12-10 MONTHS

  • Set a budget. Factor in the number of guests and determine how much you can afford to spend.
  • Decide on a place. Consider your wedding style and choose a first, second and third choice. Consider travel time and distance.
  • Research resorts in your country/location of choice and compare what each offers. Shop for packages and consider all-inclusive packages. Compare prices and inclusiveness as well as recommendations, ratings and references.
  • Research airfare and each resort’s room rates.
  • Look into the marriage legalitiesin the locations you’re considering.
  • Notify family and friends of decision to marry away; select a date.
  • Decide on your wedding attendants.
  • After selecting a resort, make travel arrangements for a visit.
  • Have the location’s on-site wedding coordinator give you a list of preferred local vendors such as the photographer, florist and band.

9 MONTHS

  • Visit the resort and meet with the on-site wedding coordinator and local vendors. Look into a group discounton room rates.
  • Begin your search for your honeymoon locationif you will not be honeymooning at your wedding destination. If you’re getting married during a peak holiday season such as Christmas, you may need to book your honeymoon 9 months in advance.
  • Start gown shoppingand begin registering for gifts.
  • Put together your guest list.
  • Set up your wedding website. Start with your wedding date and location, adding travel info and other relevant logistics as you go.

6 MONTHS

  • Send out save-the-datesto give your guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements.
  • Get a rough head count; reserve a block of rooms.
  • Contact your officiant. For most religious ceremonies, you may be required to attend pre-wedding counseling. Civil ceremonies may require permission to be married in the location.
  • Review and finalize pros’ contracts.
  • Buy travel and wedding insurance.
  • Reserve a block of rooms at two hotels in different price ranges and direct your invitees to your wedding website for the details.
  • If your wedding will take place in another country contact a travel agent to see if you can reserve a block of seats with an airline. Many carriers offer discounts to passengers with groups over ten.
  • Book your own honeymoon/travel
  • Select and order your gown and bridesmaid dresses.
  • Make final selections for your flowers, decor, menu and cake.
  • Select musicfor the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
  • Make arrangements for any transportationat the location such as a shuttle for guests to and from the airport.

4 MONTHS

3 MONTHS

  • Make sure website is updated with most recent information.
  • Write welcome letterto guests and itinerary of events to include in gift bag. Have both printed and ready to take with you or ship to resort.
  • Order brochures of local activities along with area maps to include in the gift bag.
  • Review documentation for a legal ceremony with your coordinator.

2 MONTHS

  • Set up a seating chart, get all RSVPs from guests.
  • Test a spray tan if you plan on gettiing one for the wedding.

3-6 WEEKS

  • Confirm travel reservations; release any rooms not needed.
  • Finalize detailswith wedding coordinator and local vendors.
  • Determine an order of events schedule with your coordinator.
  • Finalize ceremony details: write vows, finalize music.
  • Ask guests to RSVP for group activities via e-mail.
  • Ship gift bag items, printed materials (programs etc.) to site.

2 WEEKS

  • Finalize guest headcount and confirm group activities.
  • Ensure all paperwork is in order (passports, documents needed for marriage license, wedding and travel insurancepolicies).
  • Print your wedding programsto take with you.
  • Confirm your honeymoonreservation and any speacial requests.
  • Address any wedding announcements, stamp and arrange for mailing on your wedding day.
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  • Finalize the seating plan; give catereryour final guest list count.
  • Pack what you need for the wedding and honeymoon; pick up tuxes.
  • Put together an emergency kit(spot remover, band-aids, asprin, etc).
  • Determine photo schedule and shot listfor your photographer.
  • Confirm final meeting with vendors for when you arrive.

Day Before Departure

  • Go over final details with coordinator; update website.
  • Contact the wedding party and make sure they know how to reach you.

3-4 days

  • Arrive at location and meet with on-site coordinator, officiant, and vendors to review final details.

Wedding Countdown Calendar

Get everything done for your wedding with time to spare.

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10 Surprising Wedding Trends You’ll Be Excited to See in 2017

by Anne Chertoff

Every year brides, grooms and their wedding vendors come up with exciting new ways to decorate and execute weddings. We’ve seen the signature drink evolve into a themed bar, wedding cakes turn into cupcake towers and even wedding dresses turn from pure white into shades of pink. WeddingWire reached out to some of the country’s most creative wedding vendors to find out what they have planned for 2017 weddings. Continue reading

Wedding Gifts for Grooms: A Tradition Brides Shouldn’t Ignore

The answer is: Yes, it’s expected.

But it’s also a chance for all you brides out there to truly show you know that not everything is about you on your wedding day. That there really is another person involved (that would be the groom) who deserves a bit of recognition, too.

We’re talking wedding presents — specifically, yours to your husband-to-be. Continue reading

Choosing the right engagement ring can help make your big moment memorable.

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An engagement ring symbolizes your promise to love and cherish your partner forever, and shows the world your commitment to your fiancée. Many women dream about their engagement ring their entire lives, so choosing the right style is of utmost importance.

Here are some tips to ease the pressure of finding the ring and proposing:

It’s Not Only About the Diamond

A ring’s setting is as important as its diamond because the setting is what displays and secures the stone. Platinum provides an ideal setting as it is stronger than other precious metals, which means that you don’t have to worry about losing the center stone with everyday wear. Also, platinum is a naturally white metal, allowing the diamond to sparkle even brighter. Continue reading

The Man’s Guide to Selecting Wedding Bands

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full_0412_f1_3Congratulations to all you soon-to-be grooms. Now that your wedding is only months away, your jewelry collection — just a watch, huh? — is about to increase by as much as 50 percent.

Meaning, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of wedding band you want for yourself.

Wedding bands have become the norm for men in recent years

— 97 percent of grooms in The Knot Market Intelligence’s “2011 Engagement & Jewelry Study” opted for one — so even if you have any doubts, your bride will probably set you straight. That means your only real decision is what kind of band best suits you.

To hear CNNMoney.com tell it, there are basically two camps: those who “don’t want to compromise” when it comes to quality (platinum bands), and those who feel they cannot afford the best and therefore need to settle (bands made from alternative metals). But, as jewelry expert Michael O’Connor points out, that doesn’t really give the whole picture.

“It’s true that platinum is so rare — 30 times more so than gold — that if all the world’s supply were melted and poured into an Olympic-size pool, it would barely reach your ankles,” O’Connor says. “But men’s platinum bands start at $500.” Continue reading

8 Wedding Etiquette Rules You Can’t Break—Period

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Fiona Tapp

ALWAYS RETURN YOUR RSVP

It’s alarming how many guests simply don’t return an RSVP card. Couples base the entire day on their guest count so it really is unacceptable to turn up without notice. ‘Send your RSVP in as soon as possible,’ advises Larissa Banting, wedding specialist and creator of The Lazy Bride Blog. ‘Nothing is more frustrating to a couple than having a number of guests MIA. Once you commit, you have to show up, short of being on death’s door. And don’t forget to write your name on the RSVP card! It’s amazing how many blank cards couples receive and they have no idea who just RSVP’d!’ Ivy Jacobson, planning editor from The Knot warns, ‘Don’t be one of the five percent of guests that sends in their RSVP one week or less before the big day.’ (Find out the etiquette rules every bridesmaid should follow.)

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Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know

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Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.

Yes, for those wondering, if you’re planning on popping The Big Question — marriage, that is — a diamond engagement ring can also count as her Christmas or Hanukkah present. “If a guy’s gonna pop the question eventually, he might as well use the opportunity to avoid shopping for a holiday gift and kill two birds with — ahem — one stone,” the Washington Post declared.

And you won’t be alone: While 39 percent of all marriage proposals occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, what sane-thinking male wants to be the one who waited till February to give his girlfriend a ring she was expecting in December? Continue reading

Let Go of These 7 Things for a Happier Marriage

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Kaitlin Menza

The couples on the show Married at First Sight have a lot of work to do to make their relationships succeed. Like, say, learning each other’s last names and whether or not they’re actually attracted to each other. As the title suggests, the participants agree to marry whomever a crew of relationship experts set them up, and at the end of six weeks of living together, they have to decide whether or not to stay together. Continue reading

12 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO FOR A DIY WEDDING

40X80 Tension Foster's - 3There is no denying how expensive weddings are: Even if you plan on having a low-key, relaxed wedding with just your closest family and friends, the price of everything will soon add up to an astronomical sum. So it’s no surprise that DIY weddings have rapidly grown in popularity. Brides and grooms (and their families) are now attempting to tackle every part of the wedding set-up and hosting themselves: Everything from the cake, to the invitations, to the bride’s bouquet are often now “homemade” in order to save money. But which parts of a wedding are really feasible to DIY… And which parts aren’t? Let’s have a look at the parts of a DIY wedding that should really be avoided, regardless of the cost. Continue reading