Marriage 101: Last Minute Bridal Checklist

Now, this is just the final stretch. It’s not too early to start shopping for a dress 1 year in advance, or, if time does not allow we always have beautiful designer gowns that can purchased off the rack. Also, get your venue booked as early as possible. Spring dates fill up quickly as well as photographers.

1 Month Before
•Finalize and confirm all ceremony & reception plans.
•Finalize rehearsal dinner details. – If groom is planning this event, talk over final details with him and/or his parents.
•Go over song lists and requests with your band or DJ. Make sure you name the “first” dance song – if you’re going to have a special dance with your father, etc.
•Give your photographer a “must-have list” – a list of posed photographs you want taken.
•Confirm when final payments need to be made to vendors.
•If you have special seating at your reception, sit down with both families and draw up seating arrangements.
•Have a “practice” session with the hairstylists and make-up artists you will use on your wedding day. There are some very good hairstylists and make-up artists locally – a drive to the metroplex is not necessary. Make sure you have appointment for wedding day for hair and makeup.
•Plan a date with your fiancé to get your marriage license.

Oklahoma Marriage Requirements
Age: 18
Cost of Marriage Certificate: $50 - cash
Waiting Period: None
Valid For: 10 Days
Identification Required: Yes
Blood Test Required: No
Residency Required: No

Texas Marriage Requirements
Age18 w/o parent consent; under must have
Cost of Marriage Certificate: $67 w/$counseling; $7 with counseling
Waiting Period: 3 Days or have waiver signed by District Judge
Valid For: 30 Days
Identification Required: Yes *
Blood Test Required: No
Residency Required: No
Other: * Identification & Social Security Card

•Confirm with formal wear shop that they have received all measurements of guys in wedding party.

2-3 Weeks Before
•Pick up rings from jeweler if you were having rings sized, engraved, etc.,
•Confirm all arrival times with vendors.
•If you have hotel reservations for out of town guests you will need to confirm those.
•Contact the store where you purchased your gown and confirm time to take your dress for final pressing. We offer that service complimentary for our brides.
•If you do not have a coordinator, ask a friend or family member – that is not in the wedding party – to be your “go to” person the day of the wedding. That person can have your “ER Kit”, vendor names and numbers, etc. for any last minute details.

1 Week Before
•Give the caterer your final guest count.
•Pack your bags for the honeymoon. Don’t forget passports if your leaving country!
•Last minute phone calls to vendors for any questions, confirm details, etc.
•Make sure all flight arrangements have been confirmed for the honeymoon.

1-2 Days Before
•Pick up dress that has been pressed – have designated place to hang before wedding day.
•Pick up any rented items for ceremony and/or reception if you are not having those delivered to venue.
•Get a manicure and/or pedicure.
•Put together a bridal emergency kit for your wedding day including extra pair of hose, sewing kit, safety pins, etc. (will have kit to show)
•Have all men, boys that have been fitted for tux go for final fitting. Designate person that will return all on Monday.
•Hand out disposable cameras at rehearsal dinner to wedding party. Your photographers can’t be everywhere all the time so have fun pictures taken all day long.

Get plenty of rest before the big day!

Your Wedding Day (finally)!
•EAT SOMETHING – no matter how nervous. Drink lots of water. You don’t want to faint!
•Get your hair and make-up done early.
•Have your coordinator or “go to “ person check the church or venue – just to make sure everything is as should be.

Most Importantly... If anything doesn't go according to plan, don't worry, your guests probably won't even notice the difference. it will still be a beautiful wedding and it will be something you will laugh about later – enjoy this time.

Bridal Elegance
1630 Texoma Pkwy
Sherman, TX 75090
(903) 868-2156
1630 Texoma Pkwy
Sherman, TX 75090
(903) 868-2156


Sherman 4201 Texoma Pkwy (903) 892 -8123 Ardmore 2624 S. Commerce (580) 223-0946
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