The Ultimate Wedding Checklist - What To Start Planning 2 Months Out
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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING CHECKLIST - 2 Months Out
Only a few months to go until your wedding day! Month two is the last month where you can focus on just a few tasks on the checklist. In the month leading up to your wedding you will have a lot to do, so it is important that you complete the tasks this month and you wrap up any other tasks that you have been putting off. That way, you can focus on the multitude of tasks that are to come.
Start Assembling Bridal Party and Other Gifts
Last month you focused on getting favors ready for your guest. Although these small tokens of appreciation are a good start, they aren’t really personal. That’s why it’s important to do something extra special for your bridal party.
There are a few things you will want to keep in mind. You want their gifts to be more personal than the favors you get your other guests, but that doesn’t mean everyone should get something different and completely unique. It could encourage hurt feelings if one member of your bridal party likes the gift someone else got better.
Instead, consider purchasing the same type of item and customize it. Beer mugs with engraved names are popular for groomsmen, while jewelry to wear the day of the wedding is popular with bridesmaids.
Although you don’t want to get everyone something different, you may decide to get a special maid of honor gift or best man gift. If you have a higher budget for these gifts, consider giving them their gifts in private.
You should also consider other members of your bridal party, as well as important family members. You may want to get your flower girl a special stuffed animal or your ushers hand engraved tie bars. Make sure you at least write a meaningful note to parents and grandparents, but grandma is sure to love a hand embroidered handkerchief while a jewelry dish with a meaningful saying will be appreciated by the mother of the bride.
Don’t forget other people who made your day special! For example, event planner gifts are sure to be appreciated by your coordinator and others who went above and beyond to help make sure your day is planned perfectly. Now is also a good time to assemble tips for vendors, if you haven’t done so already, to show your appreciation for their services.
- Purchase the same item and customize it for each member of your bridal party to avoid hurt feelings.
- Consider getting something special for the maid of honor and best man, but give them their gifts separately.
- Don't forget to get gifts for other members of your bridal party, like your flower girl and ushers.
- Try and do something special for parents and grandparents.
- Consider getting gifts for event planners and coordinators.
- Assemble tips for vendors, if you haven't done so already.
Get Thank You Cards Ready
There was once a time when guests brought their gifts for the bride and groom directly to the wedding. Some guests opt to do things this way, so it’s still a good idea to have a table for cards and gifts at your wedding, but it’s also true that many people today send wedding gifts to the happy couple ahead of the wedding. Make sure you’re ready to receive packages over the upcoming months by getting your thank you cards ready.
You can purchase thank you cards that match your wedding invitations, but that isn’t necessary. Any kind of thank you cards will do. Make sure that you have as many cards as you have guests that were invited to your wedding, plus a few extras just in case you make a mistake.
It’s most appreciated when you send out thank you cards right away, which means you could be writing thank you cards every few days for the next couple of months. However, most guests understand that planning a wedding is a hectic time, so there isn’t likely to be any hurt feelings if they don’t receive their thank yous until later. Consider setting aside one evening a week to write thank yous as gifts come in the mail. After the wedding is over, make sure you get all of your thank yous in the mail within a week or two after your big day.
Getting your thank you cards ready also means getting a system of recording who got you what ready. A simple list with the name of the gift giver and their gift is helpful so you don’t have to remember who got you what as things are arriving on your doorstep. Simply cross out their name when you drop their thank you in the mailbox.
Don’t think thank yous have to take you hours to write! A few simple sentences expressing your gratitude is enough. Just make sure you mention the gift you received in your thank you note, as it will feel much more personal to the recipient than a generic thank you message.
Do you have to send thank yous to people who attended your wedding, but didn’t get you a gift? The short answer is yes. A quick note thanking them for being part of your big day will be much appreciated, especially if they had to travel to be at your wedding, as the expense of traveling could be the reason why they didn’t get you a gift.
Do thank yous have to be sent in the mail? Although text messages, emails, and phone calls are better than nothing, most people still expect a thank you in the mail after a wedding. It’s best to put your thanks on paper.
- Make sure you order as many cards as there are guests at your wedding, plus a few extras just in case.
- Set aside at least one day each week to write thank yous as packages start arriving in the mail.
- Make sure all thank yous are in the mail within two weeks after your wedding day.
- Plan a system of recording who got you which gift so you can cross off their name when you have sent a thank you.
- No need to write long letters—a few meaningful sentences will do.
- Send out thank yous to everyone who attends your wedding, even if they didn't get you a gift.
- Send out written thank yous in lieu of text messages, emails, or phone calls.
There is an amazing amount of stuff you need for a wedding, but you haven’t finished assembling items yet! Now is the time when you pick up all the extras that you haven’t really thought much about.
For example, it’s time to order a guest book for your wedding if you haven’t already. A traditional guest book works just fine, but don’t be afraid to be a little more creative if you want. Have guests sign the leaf of a tree on canvas that can be hung on your wall, guests can sign pieces of a Jenga puzzle, or they can write their well wishes and advice on small cards that are placed in decorative apothecary jars.
You should also start looking for things like toasting flutes, cake toppers, a cake knife, and a garter, just to name a few.
Don't forget about signage! Wedding signs are a great way to decorate your ceremony and reception spaces, but they can also help guests. Consider signs that point guests in the direction of the bathroom, signs that tell people where to sit at your ceremony, and signs that display signature cocktail options at the bar.
Cute and clever signs can also be used at your wedding. Think signs that the flower girl and ring bearer carry down the aisle, or signs that warn guests not to use their phones during the ceremony.
- Consider doing something creative when you order your guest book.
- Additional items you will have to get include toasting flutes, cake toppers, a cake knife, a garter, and more.
- Consider ordering or making wedding signs that assist guests, as well as funny or clever signs to decorate your ceremony and reception spaces.
Now is the time to try on your dress, if you haven’t done so already, to make sure everything fits perfectly. If it doesn’t, you still have time to make any final alterations that are needed ahead of your wedding day. Just make sure you do your final alterations sooner rather than later. You don’t want to be scrambling to have your dress fixed a few weeks before your wedding.
Not only should you try on your dress to make sure it fits perfectly, you should also try on your dress with all of the accessories you plan on wearing on your wedding day. That includes your veil, jewelry, shoes, and undergarments. If you’re wearing a garter, put that on too. You may discover that the necklace you thought you wanted to wear doesn’t look right or your underwear rolls down every time you sit. Putting everything on and moving around in your dress ahead of your big day can help you identify potential problems before you have to deal with it when you should instead be enjoying your new titles as Mr. and Mrs.
- Make sure your dress fits perfectly, and if it doesn’t, schedule the necessary alterations right away.
- Try on your dress with all of the accessories you will be wearing the day of your wedding.