Well done, you bought the ring and got down on one knee. The tough part is over. So relax, and take a deep breath. Sure, there are still a few things to take care of. But we've put together a checklist to make everything a little bit easier. Tick these off one by one, and you should have the most important of your bases covered.
1. Tell the Folks
Don't be nervous—they're going to be thrilled. Just be ready for those "happy tears" your mom is famous for.
2. Pick a Spot
Could be Tuscany, could be Terra Haute. Just make sure it's a place you both like and that people can get to.
3. Rally the Troops
You're going to need some groomsmen. Pick the guys you can count on . . . and maybe the new brother-in-law.
4. Book the Talent
That includes the band, the caterer, and the man of the cloth—if you need one, of course.
5. Suit Up
Whether it's a tux, a suit, or a full denim jacket, you want to pick it out and make sure it fits well in advance.
6. Get Romantic
There's a honeymoon coming up. Choose a nice, romantic spot, and for crying out loud, don't forget your trunks.
7. Remember the Fellas
Groomsmen love a gift. Pocket squares, flasks, tie clips—something small, but that they'll actually use.
8. Practice Your Public Speaking
There's a reception speech coming up. It's worthwhile to prepare in advance. Your audience will thank you for it.
9. Two Words: Bachelor Party
Your Best Man and groomsmen might do the heavy-lifting, but make sure you're packed, with plenty of aspirin to spare.
10. Make It Official
Trust us—you do NOT want to forget the marriage certificate. Your spouse might forgive you, but the government will not.
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