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Announce your engagement

Discuss wedding expenses and set a budget

Pick a date

Start looking for a venue (page 96-97)

Select an on-site wedding planner (page 96-97)

12+ Months Before

Choose your bridal party if you’re having one

Develop your guest list or decide on an elopement

Decide on the style and formality of your wedding

Contract a location and venue. Schedule a site visit if possible (page 96-97)

Research marriage requirements in your location (

Contract a photographer and videographer (page 96-97)

Start wedding dress shopping

Order your save the dates

Send out save the dates

9-11 Months Before

Work with your location to find a caterer and hash out a menu (page 96-97)

Register for gifts and add your registries to your wedding website

Ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be in your wedding party

6-8 Months Before

Take engagement photos (page 96-97)

Shop for bridesmaid dresses

Select and purchase a wedding dress

Select an officiant

Select and book a florist

Select musicians or a DJ (page 96-97)

Begin researching honeymoon locations (M.HAITIOPEN.COM/WEDDINGS)

Set aside a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests (M.HAITIOPEN.COM/HOTELS)

4-5 Months Before

Book airfare for your wedding and encourage guests to book theirs as well

Choose formal wear for the groom and groomsmen

Book the honeymoon (

Do a cake or dessert tasting and choose a dessert (page 96-97)

Choose and order invitations and other paper goods

Book any necessary rentals (M.HAITIOPEN.COM/WEDDINGS)

2-3 Months Before

Mail wedding invitations

Begin wedding dress alterations

Purchase bridal accessories like veils, shoes and jewelry

Finalize details with all vendors and get everything in writing

Finalize readings, music and details for ceremony

Purchase reception decorations and details (page 96-97)

Purchase gifts for wedding party

Select wedding bands (page 96-97)

Book the rehearsal dinner (M.HAITIOPEN.COM/HOTELS

6-7 Weeks Before

Make trial appointments for hair and makeup

Prepare welcome bags for guests

Schedule final dress fitting

Write personal vows and toasts

Celebrate bachelor and bachelorette parties (M.HAITIOPEN.COM/WEDDINGS)

2 Weeks Before

Confirm flight and hotel bookings (M.HAITIOPEN.COM/HOTELS)

Double-check details with all vendors and finalize the number of guests with your caterer (page 96-97

Create a seating chart and place cards

Pick up your wedding dress

1 Week Before

Pack for the wedding

Pack for the honeymoon

Prepare day of payments and tips

Travel to your destination

When You Arrive

Do a walk-through of your ceremony and reception site

Apply for a marriage license

Have trial appointments for hair and makeup

Have your wedding dress steamed to remove any wrinkles from traveling

Day Before

Book a manicure and pedicure

Hold your rehearsal dinner (M.HAITIOPEN.COM/HOTELS)

Visit with family


Wedding Day

Take rings and marriage certificate to the ceremony site

Have your hair and makeup done Say “I do” and celebrate!

Contact a Haiti Wedding Planner for additional help.

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