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Spring 2012 (1 year + to wedding):
Set up account on bestdestinationwedding.com
Find travel coordinator
Book block of rooms
June 2012 (11 months):
July 2012 (10 months):
Find a wedding dress
Buy wedding dress
August 2012 (9 months):
Find out about travel documents, visas and vaccinations
Tell bridesmaids about their dresses
September 2012 (8 months):
Book catamaran cruise
Research photo shots & talk to photographer
October 2012 (7 months):
Book hotel rooms & flights
Notarize copies of birth certificates and passport
Get travel insurance
November 2012 (6 months):
December 2012 (5 months):
Buy yamukle and glass for breaking
Get our wedding rings
Book a DJ
January 2013 (4 months):
Mail required documents to resort
Start to get dress altered
Look at groomsmen outfits
Pick up groomsmen and grooms outfit
Pick up rings
Call people who haven’t RSVPed
February 2013 (3 months):
Plan table decor
Call floral shop
Order sky lanterns
Grooms outfit altered
Give out groomsmen outfits
Send final list to resort
March 2013 (2 months):
Organize a slideshow of pictures & order equipment – if want
Plan first dance
Finish ceremony programs
Write welcome letter
Check resort has required documents
Finalize escort cards
Complete welcome bags
Email guests: itinerary, food requests, etc.
Finalize trip schedule including wedding party day of itinerary
Reserve a tent, curtains, dance floor, and lights (beach reception)
April 2013 (1 month):
Pick up any prescriptions or travel stuff need from CVS
Call credit cards
Make photo copies of credit cards and passports
Choose all music
Make thank you cards for family
Pick up dress
Email photographer: final payment, itinerary, confirmation, list of shots want
Email videographer: confirmation, itinerary
Email DJ: confirmation, payment, music list
Email officiant: confirmation, itinerary, payment
Email Makeup/Hair: confirmation, itinerary
Email florist: confirmation, itinerary
Email tent vendor: confirmation, itinerary
Email resort with finalized list
May 2013 (THE MONTH):
Check insurance policies, health benefits, etc.
Sell extra stuff on BDW
Finish honeymoon plans
June 2013 (-1 month):
July 2013 (-2 months):
Wedding photo book for self and family
Check on wedding certificate
August 2013 (-3 months):
Make an appointment at travel clinic for honeymoon prep
September 2013 (-4 months):
October 2013 (-5 months):
November 2013 (-6 months):
December 2013 (-7 months):
Start name change –> New passport, driver’s license, SS card, etc.
Note: Over the next few months, I will be posting some helpful tips and information that can hopefully help brides planning destination and U.S. weddings. I will also post this information on http://courtneymara.com/wedding/. If you have any questions, suggestions, or tips, please send them my way by emailing MsCourtneyMara@gmail.com or posting in the comments section.
Mürren is one of the most peaceful places we visited in Switzerland. There are so many great things to do in the area it is hard to pick. Here's a list of things we did on our trip and loved each one.
- Walk down to Gimmelwald - About mid-way through Mürren there is a path going down to Gimmelwald. It winds slowly down the mountain past a couple houses, a stream, a cow pasture, and finally into the village.
Freiburg City in South west of Germany was visited on 25th Jun 2011. From Basel, Switzerland we took a train at about 1045am. An ICE Basel to Freiburg takes just over 1/2 hours, whereas a local train about an hour. We were 4 persons with a infant of 1 yr. old, we took the Baden-Württemberg ticket which costs only 53 CHF (for up to 5 people), which was valid for the entire day on local trains in all of Baden-Württemberg and also on trams in Freiburg.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals
Around Thanksgiving in the United States is when you'll start to hear holiday music and see holiday lights and trees go up in earnest. During the holiday weekend just before dark I decided to checkout the scene at one of my favorite areas in Atlanta, Pemberton Place and Centennial Olympic Park.
Walking onto the heart of Pemberton Place I immediately saw all the enlarged ornaments around the World of Coca-Cola.
This past summer I decided to head to the Wildwoods boardwalk in NJ. Wildwoods is located in Cape May County, the southern part of NJ and the boardwalk overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. I have never been before even though I live roughly 1.5 hours away from there. The summer of 2012 was a hot, humid and mostly sunny summer until of course the day I chose to go to the Wildwoods.
With so many new hotels opening in London this year, it's hard to decide on where's the best place to lay your head.
To help, here's my top three, plus a little insider knowledge for each.
Best for thrill-seekers: ST ERMINS HOTEL, ST JAMES'S PARK
When I was invited to stay in the newly renovated St Ermins Hotel, once the home of spies and espionage, I imagined dimly-lit corridors and dark corners to hide out in.
I honestly have no idea where to even begin. I just got home from Iberostar Rose Hall Suites Montego Bay in Jamaica and it was the best 6 days of my life. Literally. I can not explain how amazing it was. I am just beginning this blog post and I don't know how I am going to put into words a post about my short, but amazing, time in Jamaica.
There are A LOT of outdoor movie options in and around DC during the summer. Here is a list of a few of the options:
- Screen on the Green, National Mall, July 16-August 6, mainly Mondays (this is my FAVORITE)
- NoMA Summer Screen, L Street, now through August 8, Wednesdays
- Capitol Riverfront, near Navy Yard Metro, now through July 26, Thursdays
- Columbia Heights, Harriet Tubman Elementary Field, July 29 & August 12
- U Street, July 25, August 22, and September 26
- Bethesda Outdoor Movies, Woodmont Triangle, July 24-28 (every day)
- National Harbor Movies on the Potomac, now through September, Fridays and Saturdays
- Comcast Film Festival, Rockville, August 23-25