Vaughan's Jewelers
Shoppes at Brentwood
2801-3E Ward Blvd
Wilson, NC 27893
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Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday: Closed

Bridal Checklist

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Once you’ve gotten engaged, it’s time to plan for the big event: Your Wedding Day!

The staff at Vaughan’s Jewelers wants to assist you with this handy checklist to make sure your wedding comes together seamlessly.

12 to 18 months ahead of the wedding

  • Determine your budget and the type of wedding (formal,informal)
  • Choose a location for the wedding (banquet hall, church, etc)
  • Visit your officiant (church) or clergyman/woman with your fiance
  • Agree with your spouse-to-be and your family on your wedding date
  • Plan and attend several bridal shows for ideas
  • Choose your attendants (wedding party/guest list)
  • Hire a wedding planner/coordinator, if you choose
  • Write up a tentative invitation list, for number of guests
  • Select your entertainment: band or disc jockey (DJ)
  • Choose your location for the reception; call around compare prices and services
  • Plan the reception. Most services will require a deposit
  • Plan and agree upon the rehearsal site
  • Pick your date, determine day or evening, color schemes, etc.
  • Enroll with a bridal registry at your local department store
  • Look for your dress, veil, accessories; allow time for alterations/fittings
  • Call up and select the bridesmaids
  • Select your bridesmaid’s dresses
  • The groom consults with a formal wear specialist
  • Agree on a date to order bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Choose a beautiful place for your honeymoon
  • Select photographer and/or videographer
  • Select a florist or floral supplier, determine fresh or artificial flowers
  • Shop for a caterer
  • Apply for passports and/or acquire appropriate proof of citizenship if needed

Four to six months ahead of the wedding

  • Shop for and order invitations, calligraphy, announcements & thank you notes
  • Order napkins, matchbooks and personalized favors
  • Plan accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Arrange for your rehearsal dinner
  • Select a baker for your wedding cake. Decide the configuration of the cake(s)
  • Make airline & hotel reservations for the honeymoon
  • Fine tune the guest list
  • Shop for and order wedding favors
  • Draw a time line for the wedding reception
  • Call the photographer to set up a time for the bridal portrait
  • Book a limousine company for transportation on your wedding day
  • Shop for a Party rental place and make reservations for any rentals
  • Agree on a caterer, a florist and place an order for the wedding cake
  • Share and discuss the reception time-line all parties involved

Two to four months ahead of the wedding

  • Address, stuff and seal wedding announcements
  • Draw up a seating plan for invited guests
  • If you’re planning on a custom-made wedding cake top, order at this time
  • Select music for your church service (if any)
  • Choose and purchase gifts for your attendants (bridal party)
  • Buy your wedding rings together
  • Make a date to get your marriage license
  • Make a map to the church and reception hall, for local and out-of-town guests
  • Mail wedding announcement to guests living abroad

One to two months ahead of the wedding

  • Buy wedding gift for your future spouse
  • Make appointment with hairstylist, manicurist, etc.
  • Have final dress fitting, bride and bridesmaids
  • Groom verify all groomsmen have been fitted for their outfits
  • Mail all other invitations
  • Visit the photographer to have formal wedding portrait taken
  • Pick up your wedding rings
  • Confirm with all hired professionals correct dates and times
  • Discuss with the officiant the specifics of the wedding ceremony
  • Set a date and time for the rehearsal dinner
  • Choose gifts for the groom and the attendants
  • Make final alterations and fittings for the wedding gown
  • Contact out of town guests and make necessary hotel reservations

Two weeks ahead of the wedding

  • Send your wedding announcement and photo to local newspaper
  • Review seating plan for reception
  • Confirm your honeymoon arrangements
  • Meet with DJ to select music and special events during the reception.
  • Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon.
  • Send reminders to the rehearsal dinner attendees about the location & time
  • Fill out and submit application for the marriage license
  • Finalize music list and no-play list with band or DJ
  • Attend showers

One week ahead of the wedding

  • Have final consultation with caterer and florist
  • Write checks (or get cash) for hired professionals, give to best man to distribute
  • Verify tickets and seating (if flying), make sure all travel documents are handy
  • Start packing for your honeymoon – try to do most of it
  • Discuss final details of the ceremony and reception with the pertinent parties
  • Get final guest counts to necessary hired service professionals

The day before…

  • Visit the beauty salon for manicure and pedicure
  • Attend the rehearsal and dinner
  • Make sure the ushers have the final guest list

The wedding day…

  • Make sure you eat something
  • Visit the beauty salon for hair styling & make-up (bring veil/headpiece)
  • Make sure your wedding gown is pressed and steamed
  • Bring a change of clothes if you are leaving for your honeymoon
  • Try to relax… unwind yourself… and savor your special day