It's wonderful to hear that
you are planning a wedding.
EncorENTERTAINMENT congratulates you and your fiancé
and we are happy to provide you with this wedding checklist. It
will make planning this special event much easier.
Most of the important details
you will need to consider are included on the list. Even so, each
wedding is unique in its family traditions, personal preferences
and ethnic and religious heritage. You may wish to modify the
checklist to suit your own needs and desires.
Planning is everything when
it comes to the real important events in life. As your plans unfold,
look to us to make your wedding memorable.
EncorENTERTAINMENT specializes in providing the best
in entertainment to fit all kinds of party plans. Please feel
free to contact us at 508-993-1999 to assist with your
Six to Twenty-Four Months Ahead
Inform your families and close friends of your decision. Traditionally,
the bride's parents are informed first (the groom may or may
not ask her father's permission), then the groom's parents. However,
if either of you have children, they should be the first to know.
Once all parties are informed, send an official engagement notice
to your hometown newspapers.
Determine your budget and the kind of wedding (informal, formal,
etc.) you desire, also decide where the ceremony will take place.
Consult your priest, rabbi, minister or other official to choose
a date and time for the ceremony. There may be some restrictions
on the date (e.g. no weddings during Lent) or time of day (e.g.
Jewish weddings held on Saturdays must be delayed until one hour
after sunset). If a civil ceremony is being planned, a license
can be obtained much later.
Remember to call EncorENTERTAINMENT for just the right music
during your ceremony.
Plan your reception. It is best to sit down, in consultation
with both families and decide on the time and place of the wedding
reception. While together, you should also draw up a preliminary
list of guests and an invitation list.
Contract a caterer if your reception site does not offer a catering
service. Decide on your budget, style of service and menu.
EncorENTERTAINMENT can refer you to excellent catering services.
Choose your attendants (Maid of Honor, Best Man, Ushers, etc.).
Enroll with the bridal gift registries of all your favorite
department and/or specialty stores.
Select your dress, veil. accessories and bridesmaids' dresses.
Select a men's formalwear specialist.
Select photographer and/or videographer, florist, musicians.
EncorENTERTAINMENT provides highly professional musicians. From
jazz to big band, classical to rock, EncorENTERTAINMENT tailors
the music to suit your needs. And, EncorENTERTAINMENT offers
excellent DJ's, karaoke, as well as professional video and photography.
Four to Six Months Ahead
Order your invitations, personal stationary, notepaper and thank-you
Discuss and finalize the guest list with both families.
Plan accommodations for out-of-town guests.
Arrange for your rehearsal dinner.
EncorENTERTAINMENT will be happy to arrange musical entertainment
with a classical ensemble, harpist, jazz trio or music of your
Make formalwear rental arrangements for groom, fathers and the
Consult travel agent and plan your honeymoon.
Have mothers choose their dresses.
Visit your doctor for a complete physical exam, set date for
Two to Four Months Ahead
Start making plans to acquire your marriage license.
Select your wedding reception music.
EncorENTERTAINMENT will plan music and songs to suit your musical
Contact your jeweler and buy wedding rings; order engraving.
Pegasus Jewelry will design your wedding rings and customize
wedding bands. Call for details.
Meet with stationer and place your order for invitations and
stationery. This should allow you plenty of time for corrections,
addressing, mailing, receipt by guests and responses. If you
are inviting many guests from out-of-town, you will want to send
out invitations sooner.
Meet with your priest, rabbi, minister or other clergy to plan
your wedding ceremony.
Plan transportation for you (and possibly the wedding party)
to the ceremony, reception and wedding night destination.
Make sure all overnight accommodations for out-of-town guests
have been arranged and confirmed.
One to Two Months Ahead
Mail out invitations
Select and purchase gifts for attendants.
Select and purchase a gift for your groom/bride.
Consult beautician and/or hair stylist about possible styles,
beauty concerns and appointments for you and your bridal party.
Have final wedding dress fittings.
The best man should coordinate the final fittings for the groom
and ushers and arrange for picking up the rental garments.
Finalize arrangements with:
-Reception &/or Caterer (confirm final number of guests
and draw up seating plan)
Contracting EncorENTERTAINMENT ensures a perfect party. Throughout
the planning, we are always available to help you complete your
Start planning your honeymoon wardrobes and luggage needs. If
you are going abroad, make sure that you both have valid passports
and any immunization shots necessary.
Pick up wedding rings.
Purchase wedding license.
One to Two Weeks Ahead
Arrange to pick up bridal ensemble (dress, veil, shoes, etc.).
Send your wedding announcement to your hometown newspapers.
Prepare announcements to be mailed immediately after the wedding.
Prepare envelopes with payments for ceremony officials (priest,
rabbi, minister, altarpersons, musicians, etc.).
Have final consultation with:
-Photographer &/or Videographer
Hold bachelor party
Call EncorENTERTAINMENT for surprise entertainment: belly dancers,
costumed singing telegrams such as a French Maid, Blond Bombshell
or Lady Gorilla. Always fun-filled and in good taste.
Hold bachelorette party.
EncorENTERTAINMENT adds zest and good-natured humor to your
party by providing a costumed male dancer . Performer appears
dressed as a Policeman. Construction worker, Cowboy, etc.
Confirm rehearsal plans with clergy and attendants.
If you plan to change your name on Social Security, driver's
license, credit cards and/or bank accounts, contact the necessary
officials to obtain the required forms.
The Night Before
Finish packing for the wedding night and honeymoon.
If you are having a rehearsal party, arrive with gifts for the
You can be sure all details will be in place when EncorENTERTAINMENT
is hired for music. A harpist, jazz duo, classical ensemble,
DJ or the music of your choice will create the right mood.
Entrust the payment envelopes to the best man for delivery after
Relax, you're almost there!
Your Wedding Day
-Marriage License (if not already given to the priest, rabbi,
-Keys to your home
-Change of clothes
If a limousine is driving you to the wedding ceremony, plan
to have someone drive your car to the reception site with your
honeymoon luggage in the trunk.
Be dressed and ready for the photographer at the time agreed.
The bride should transfer her engagement ring to her right hand.
Enjoy your day and Congratulations!
EncorENTERTAINMENT wishes you a wonderful, love-filled life
together. We look forward to helping make this special day one
you'll treasure forever.