Wedding Timeline

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Tessmer of Fairfax wins Best of Show

At the recent competition for professional photographers in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia Master Photographer Joseph (Joe) Tessmer won best of show, two prints tied for first place and his 4th print won a 2nd place ribbon.

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Wedding timeline

8 To 12 Months Before The Wedding

Select a wedding date and time.

Decide the type of wedding you would like to have (size, formality, and setting). Begin your guest list.

Consider possible color schemes.

Explore pre-marital counseling.

Start health and fitness plan.

Select your professional: photographer, caterer, florist, consultant, music, etc. Shop together for your wedding rings.

Decide upon your budget. Determine who will pay what expenses.

Book your wedding location(s).

Choose your attendants. Select dress and headpiece, and set a date for fittings and delivery.

Select your bridesmaids' dresses and accessories.

Give thought to your honeymoon location.

Determine who will officiate at your wedding.


5 To 8 Months Before The Wedding

Check the requirements for marriage license.

Select and discuss your color schemes with the florist and/or balloonist of choice.

Again consider pre-marital counseling.

Reserve your wedding day rental equipment (tables, chairs, china, gazebo, etc).

Decide upon a gift registry and select your gift choices.

Begin your record of gifts received.

Send thank you notes as soon as possible. Order your invitations and related stationary needs.

Start shopping for the mens' wedding attire.

Announce your engagement in the newspaper.

Decide where you will live after the wedding.


3 To 5 Months Before The Wedding

Finalize your guest list.

Decide upon and order your favors.

Select your baker, then choose your cake, groom's cake, and mints.

Help both mothers coordinate and find their wedding day clothing.

Review your written agreements forms/contracts with all of your professionals (photographer, caterer, D.J., site coordinator, transportation, etc).

Make sure all bridal attire has been ordered.

Have both mothers coordinate and select their dresses.

Have engagement portraits taken.

Address invitations and announcements.


2 To 3 Months Before The Wedding

Place your engagement announcement in the newspaper.

Mail out invitations and announcements.

They should be mailed at least 4 to 6 weeks before the wedding.

Decide on the mens' wedding attire.

Arrange and plan your rehearsal dinner.

Purchase your wedding day accessories.

Arrange attendants' parties. Bridesmaids' luncheon/tea etc.

Book a beverage caterer for the reception and make selections.

Order your wedding cake if not provided by the caterer.

Prepare accommodations for out-of-town attendants and guests.

Consider a hairdresser and/or makeup artist and book appointments.

Finalize all honeymoon plans.


2 To 4 Weeks Before The Wedding

Final wedding dress fitting.

Final fitting for your wedding attendants.

Obtain marriage license.

Provide your photographer with a list of the people/events you want photographed.

Have your attendants' parties.

Purchase your going-away outfit.

Draw a map to direct your guests to the site(s), if necessary.

Create a calendar of events for the wedding day.

Make sure your accessories are in order (rings, pillow, garter, etc)

Attend to Business and legal details. Get the necessary forms to change your name on your Social Security card, driver's license, insurance and medical plans, bank accounts etc. Make a will.

1 To 2 Weeks Before The Wedding

Finalize arrangements with the entertainer(s) and provide a list of music you would like played during special events such as first dance, garter removal and bouquet toss.

Pick up your wedding rings and make sure that the engravings are correct and they fit properly.

Contact the guests who have not responded to your invitations.

Arrange to have possessions and gifts moved to your new home.

Give a change of address card to the post office.


1 To 7 Days Before The Wedding

Make sure your marriage license is in order.

Prepare seating arrangements, if necessary.

Purchase travelers checks, confirm honeymoon reservations.

Pack your baggage for your honeymoon.

Have your wedding ceremony rehearsal.

Instruct your wedding party on what you would like them to do on the day of the wedding. We suggest that you tell your wedding party to work with your professionals to insure that the day goes smoothly.

Attend the rehearsal and your rehearsal dinner.

Make sure all wedding attire fits properly at least two days before the wedding.

Give the best man checks for professionals to be paid on the day of the wedding.

Inform your caterer of the total guest count.

Confirm out-of-town guests have transportation and sleeping accommodations.

Check with your florist and/or balloonist to make sure they will arrive when scheduled.

If you are using Tessmer of Fairfax for your wedding photography, we will need an hour of your time, to discuss last minute changes.


Your Wedding Day

Relax, enjoy yourself, and remain calm! Allow at least two hours for dressing. Allow plenty of time to apply your makeup and style your hair. If professionals are doing your hair and/or makeup, ask them in advance how much time they will need.

If photographs are to be taken before the ceremony, allow at least two hours, three hours is even better.

Be sure that either you or one of your parents bring a checkbook.

Remember to bring the rings and marriage license.

Seat guests as they arrive.

The groom's parents should be seated about 5 minutes before start time, the mother of the bride is normally seated last.

Take a deep breath, don't worry, and SMILE! MOST IMPORTANTLY... HAVE A GREAT TIME!!!


The Day After

Go on your honeymoon and have a ball!

If you are using Tessmer of Fairfax, your original files should be ready when you retrun.