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Remarriage: Bride's Wedding Checklist

Photo: Corbis Photography/Veer

Just because it's not your first time down the asile doesn't meaning that there's any less planning involved! We've compiled a must-read checklist to get you ready for your walk down the aisle.

12 OR MORE MONTHS BEFORE:

  • Decide on your wedding size and start drawing up your guest list.

  • If you have children, ask them to be part of your wedding party -- a great way to involve them in your union.

  • Start searching for ceremony and reception sites.

  • Draw up a budget (check out The Knot Wedding Budgeter).
  • 8-10 MONTHS BEFORE:

  • Start shopping for your dress. If you'll be wearing something that requires few alterations or doesn't need to be ordered, you can wait until six months before.

  • Book a photographer and videographer. If your wedding will be casual, have relatives bring their own cameras and video equipment.

  • Book your florist.

  • Envision the entertainment. Will you book a band or DJ? Full orchestra or quartet? Perhaps your uncle's Polka band?
  • 6-8 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Decide on a menu. For an informal affair, have a barbecue or luncheon at "your" restaurant.

  • Let your attendants pick their own dresses -- you choose the color.

  • Start planning your honeymoon (and arrange a babysitter for the kids).

  • Start working on a song list. For a backyard bash, make a tape of your favorites.
  • 4-6 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Attend pre-wedding counseling (if needed).

  • Start shopping for invitations (including children in the wording is a thoughtful touch).

  • Start shopping for wedding rings.

  • Choose the groom's attire -- it can be as casual as chinos and a golf shirt or as formal as a tux.
  • 3 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Hire wedding day transportation.

  • Order wedding rings (inscribe your names and your children's names on the inside).

  • Order family medallions (placed around the neck of each child during the ceremony to symbolize the creation of a new family).

  • Finalize your guest list.

  • Attend parties in your honor (have a joint shower with a cool theme like wine tasting!).
  • 2 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Mail invitations.

  • Writing your own vows? Start now.
  • 1 MONTH BEFORE

  • Make last-minute adjustments to flowers and music.

  • Make wedding programs detailing how you met and who your families are.

  • Have final dress fittings if necessary -- make sure your attendants do this, too!
  • TWO WEEKS AND COUNTING

  • Apply for a marriage license in the town where you'll wed.

  • Bride, get one last haircut or trim before the big day.

  • Make a list of songs you want to play and songs you can't bear to hear.

  • Call guests who haven't returned their RSVPs.
  • 1 WEEK BEFORE

  • Give caterers a final head count.

  • Make a seating chart (consider sitting with the kids rather than with your attendants).

  • Confirm all arrangements.
  • 2-3 DAYS BEFORE

  • Get a manicure (If either of you has a daughter, take her, too).

  • Reconfirm your flower order (where and when they will be delivered).

  • Write checks for final balances.

  • Enlist someone to return rented supplies after the wedding.

  • Assign someone the task of dealing with questions or problems during the party.

  • Make sure all professionals have an emergency phone number to call you on wedding day.

  • Make sure your dress is pressed and ready to go; ditto for the groom's attire.
  • NIGHT BEFORE

  • Attend the rehearsal dinner.

  • Get a good night's sleep!
  • DAY OF

  • Primp.

  • Relax.

  • Enjoy yourselves!
  • -- The Knot

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