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Planning a wedding without stress?  "It's never been done," you stress, as you pour over "literally" hundreds of work lists, checklists and choices with your intended!

To help you maneuver through this maze of foreign terms and tasks so foreign to the your brain, let us direct you to one of the most concise Wedding Planning Timelines on the market these days.

You will need an Acrobat Reader to access it, so if you do not have one downloaded already, make that your first step.

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Click HERE to access Wedding Planner Timeline
from Contemporary Bride Magazine


The Groom's Checklist

Ask That Most Important Question, Then....

  • 12 Months Before The Wedding...

    Talk Location:  Discuss where exactly you would like the ceremony and reception to take place.

    Talk Money:  Discussing who will pay for the wedding is paramount, and it is better to do it sooner than later!  All those who will be contributing to the cost should be consulted, and remember that the actual cost of your wedding is likely to exceed your estimate.  Be honest about your expectation and be prepared to be flexible.

  • 9 Months Before The Wedding...

    Visit The Officiant: 
    The officiant is the person who will actually conduct the service and marry you.  Whatever plans you may have for your wedding, you need to discuss them with the officiant.  He or she may also be able to offer prenuptial counseling, which will give you a chance to discuss anything about the wedding that is on your mind (and will allow you to take advantage of discounts on your marriage license in some states.)

    Write The Guest List:  Begin by listing everyone you would like to invite and combine that list with one made by your fiancée.  This is also a good time to begin thinking about who should sit with whom and how to keep any feuding guests apart.

    Choose The Best Man:  The best man should be someone you can trust to be there for you on the big day if anything goes wrong.  He should also be a great speaker and someone who is able to mingle with the dullest of guests!  You should think of your father first when you are compiling your list of groomsmen.

  • 6 To 3 Months Before The Wedding...

    Talk About Your Honeymoon: 
    Make sure that you and your fiancée both have input in planning your honeymoon destination! 

    Arrange Accommodations For Out-Of-Town Guests:  For family and friends who are coming in for the wedding, make sure to cover the details of where they will be staying.

    Think About Your Formalwear:  This is a big deal!  It is very important you understand that the tuxedo you wear as a groom is dependent on a number of factors including the formality of your wedding ceremony and the time of day and the season. This requires careful planning on your part.   Remember that all the gentlemen in your wedding party will need the same attire.  Don't forget fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, officiant and anyone else who will be included in the photos. 

    Once you have determined what your style will be, call Ambassadors Formalwear by Gilda to schedule an appointment to choose your perfect look.  Ambassadors Formalwear will help you stay on budget and make constructive suggestions to coordinate with the rest of the wedding style.

    To make it easier for you, we have a "Groom & Attendants' Formalwear Planner" you may access by clicking HERE!

    Go Shopping For Wedding Rings:  It is best to start early, because this may take a while.

    Take Dancing Lessons:  Your fiancée will love you for this!  Believe it or not, this will not require a great deal of time, even if you have two left feet!  And it is a great way to spend special time with your beloved as the planning gets more hectic.  A few lessons will make you look like a real prince in the eyes of your princess at the reception!

    Think About The Music:  If you plan on serenading your bride at your wedding, it's probably a good idea to learn the words and make sure you can carry a tune!  Also, consider whether you want live or recorded music, as this will affect your budget.  If you choose recorded, make sure you get a good PROFESSIONAL DJ, because this can make or break a reception!

  • 3 To 1 Months Before The Wedding...

    Write Your Vows: 
    You already know all the things you want to say, so this is just about finding the right way to say them!

    Get A Marriage License:  Contact your county clerk to determine what paperwork you will need to provide.  Be sure to do this ahead of time since there is often a mandatory waiting period between being issued the license and getting married.  You may access www.usmarriagelaws.com for more information.

    Arrange For Transportation For The Day Of The Wedding:  A limousine is a nice touch and a great way to gain some private moments with your bride.

    Choose Your Groomsmen's Gifts:  You have chosen special men to be a part of this unforgettable day.  Help them remember it in a meaningful way.


  • 1 Month Before The Wedding...

    Make sure all your men have been fitted for their formalwear at Ambassadors Formalwear by Gilda!

  • 1 Week Before The Wedding...

    Make sure all your men have picked up their formalwear and confirmed a perfect fit at Ambassadors Formalwear by Gilda.

    Prepare your toast to the bride, family and friends for the rehearsal dinner.


  • On The Day Of The Wedding...

    Stay Calm: 
    DELEGATE...DELEGATE...DELEGATE...and try to allow some time for yourself so you can be the Man Of The Hour!