Things to Do 2 to 3 Months Before Your Wedding
Things start to pick up the pace once you're a couple of months away from your big day, but before you know it, all of your planning will come together to bring your vision to life. If you start to feel overwhelmed, don't forget to leave some room in your schedule to relax with your partner without thinking about wedding planning.
We'll help you stay calm and keep the planning process going with these handy checklists. If you need any help along the way with your wedding gown, that's what we're here for at Alexandra's Boutique.
With three months until your wedding, you'll still have a lot to complete, but if you stay organized, it'll all be much more manageable — and fun at the same time. Here's what you need to do:
Finalize and Order the Centerpieces
Since flowers change with the season, you'll have to wait until three months before your wedding to make final decisions. Let your florist know how many guests you expect to have as soon as possible so that you can order the correct number of centerpieces. If you do not want flowers as the focal point, consider other options, and order what you need.
Have you decided to give guests a unique souvenir? If you want to treat guests to favors, now's the time to order them.
Unless you've hired a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator, you'll be in charge of decorating your venue. Consider your venue and what you're allowed to bring, and then get decorations to go with your theme. There are many ways to make your wedding personal and beautiful with decorations, either DIY-style or with a professional touch. If you want someone to take care of this for you, reach out to a day-of coordinator to help you through the final weeks.
Book Hair and Makeup Appointments for Your Wedding Day
If you haven't done so already, set a date for your chosen hairstylist and makeup artist. Make sure to schedule enough time for you and your bridesmaids to get ready. As a general rule, plan at least 45 minutes for each bridesmaid to get their hair done and at least an hour for the bride. Apply the same rule for makeup time.
Get Your Wedding Rings
Purchasing your rings three months in advance gives you enough time for resizing and engravings.
Send out Wedding and Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
It's time to send out the invites! You want to give your guests enough time to figure out their schedules, arrange travel plans and RSVP.
Attend Your First Alterations Appointment
During your first alterations appointment, the seamstress may plan to adjust the neckline, train length or make other minor changes. Depending on the seamstress and number of adjustments needed, you still may need two to three alteration appointments. If you have any questions about the dressmaking process, contact us to learn more.
Purchase Under-the-Dress Essentials
Your first fitting will help you choose undergarments that work best with your gown. Your bridal consultant can advise you on the most flattering lingerie or shapewear for your figure and dress style.
Choose Ceremony Readings
During the ceremony, you might have someone read meaningful passages, poems or essays. You might choose a friend or family member who is not in the wedding party to be a ceremony reader. Choose readings that reflect your and your partner's feelings, or consider letting your readers choose their own.
Start Writing Vows
If you both decided to write your own vows, make sure to leave yourselves plenty of time to do so, and expect to write a few drafts before they feel complete. Need a few vow-writing tips? Jot down all your thoughts first, and highlight your favorite points, as you won't be able to include everything. Make it personal, and let your partner know you'll be there through the ups and downs. Most importantly, don't forget to say, "I love you."
Finalize Reception Song List
Did you finalize your song list and give it to your band or DJ, as well as ceremony musicians? If not, it's time to check this item off your wedding timeline.
With your wedding just two months away, things will start to feel truly real. Here's what to do two months before your wedding:
Select Your Dress Accessories
Still need to choose your shoes, veil and other accessories? Don't wait any longer, because you'll want to leave time to pick the right pieces and break in your shoes. A bridal consultant can help you make the best choices.
Create Ceremony Programs
Create programs that guide guests through your ceremony and match other wedding stationery. While programs aren't necessary, they can be helpful if you're having a traditional or large wedding. They also make lovely keepsakes.
Usually, the cover of a ceremony program includes the names of the bride and groom, as well as general wedding info like date and location. Inside, you'll list the order of events and wedding party members. Feel free to include other elements like a love poem, or directions to the reception venue.
Find Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue
If you want to include this good-luck tradition at your wedding, let your relatives know, or plan to give them to yourself. Usually, brides are given these small tokens from family members or other guests to wear on the wedding day. Here's a rundown of this tradition:
- Something old: A sentimental piece of jewelry or clothing to represent continuity.
- Something new: Anything new, including the dress or veil, to represent optimism.
- Something borrowed: Something borrowed from a happily married friend or family member, such as a piece of jewelry, to bring good luck.
- Something blue: Blue shoes, blue flowers or a blue garter — there are plenty of ways to include blue to symbolize a strong marriage.
Research Marriage License Requirements
Put simply, a marriage license is an application to get married. You'll sign it at your ceremony, send it to your local government, and then receive a marriage certificate.Research the marriage license requirements in your state, so you know what to expect.
Depending on your state, you might receive your marriage license right away if you visit the county clerk's office, or you might have to wait for it to arrive in the mail a few days later.
Confirm Hotel Reservations
Call the hotel to make sure the reservations are still set, just to be on the safe side.
Enjoy Your Bridal Shower
You might have your bridal shower around this time, and if you do, let yourself relax and enjoy the occasion.