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Gay Weddings: A Checklist

by GLPages.com May 4, 2023

PHASE 1: 6-2 months prior

❏ Set the date and time of day

❏ Establish priorities and set goals

❏ Discuss finances and crate a preliminary budget

❏ Set up the wedding planning organization system

❏ Tell friends and family

❏ Explore locations for the ceremony and reception

❏ Draw up a guest list

❏ Start getting estimates for caterers, florists, photographers, videographers, musicians, and invitations

❏ Send out Savethedates

❏ Select Officiant

❏ Figure out preliminary legal steps to take to formalize our relationship

PHASE 2: 3-4 months prior

❏ Order or create invitations

❏ Shop for rings

❏ Determine wedding attire

❏ Choose wedding party

❏ Register for gifts

❏ Decide on locations

❏ Contact caterer/make food and drink arrangements

❏ Shop for a wedding cake

❏ Adjust the budget

PHASE 3: 2-3 months prior

❏ Mail invitations

❏ Finalize arrangements with the caterer, florist,photographer, videographer, and musicians

❏ Meet with Officiant to work on the ceremony

❏ Order the wedding cake

❏ Solidify modes of transportation

❏ Purchase wedding attire

❏ Record gifts as they arrive and mail out thank you cards

❏ Adjust the budget

PHASE 4: 12 months prior

❏ Decide on specific music selections to give to the DJ

❏ Arrange the rehearsal dinner

❏ Finalize ceremony

❏ Work on ceremony announcement to be mailed to the press after the wedding

❏ Arrange for accommodations for out of town guests

❏ Finalize honeymoon plans

❏ Do attire fittings

❏ Buy gifts for attendants and for each other

❏ Buy wedding day items (guestbook, bird seed, etc)

❏ Meet with photographer to go over shot requests

❏ Final consultation with caterer concerning an menu changes

❏ Talk through the day and list potential snags

❏ Adjust the budget

PHASE 5: Final 2 weeks

❏ Reconfirm all services

❏ Make arrangements for final payments and gratuities

❏ Pick up wedding attire

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