So you thought popping the big question or, hey, even answering it was all the work you had to do? Buddy, you've got another thing coming! These to-dos are just the beginning for you and your friends. Feel free to lend a hand to your frazzled fiancé - find a great band, take on the seating chart - trust us, she'll thank you later!
- Draw up wedding guest list and have your family make out theirs.
- Discuss and choose a wedding date; talk with your fiancé about who's paying for what.
- After you and your fiancé have decided how many attendants you're having, invite friends or family to be the best man and ushers in the wedding.
- Arrange for your parents to get together with the bride's parents, if they haven't met.
- Go shopping: take your bride to check out formal wear for yourself and the men.
- Shop till you drop. Choose gifts for the best man and ushers and hand them out before the wedding.
- Choose the bride's wedding present. Make sure it's personal and suits her style.
- Select your wedding rings with the bride and have them engraved with both of your initials and the date of the wedding.
- Keep your parents in the loop on wedding plans - Mom will be grateful for any details.
- Apply for the marriage license weeks before the big day and give it to the best man the day of the wedding.
- Make sure you and the bride have all the necessary documents you need to get married.
- Spend time looking over your insurance papers (car, life, medical, home). Things will probably change once you go from "single" to "married."
- Tell attendants when and where the wedding rehearsal will be held.
- Provide the clergyman's fee and give it to the best man the day of the wedding.
- Be sure you and the bride sign the wedding certificate and put it safely away before taking off on your honeymoon.
- Consider sending a thank you note to your bride's parents the day you leave, telling them how much you appreciate their contributions to the wedding.
- Plan the honeymoon. Start booking it early!