Tips for our Couples

Here is a checklist for your wedding countdown from 12 months until your wedding day. Remember, if you are planning a wedding for over a year away, the more you get done now will be the less you have to do within the year. Also, don't be intimidated if you are planning for under a year. With a little extra work and organizational skills, you can have the wedding you have always wanted in 3-6 months! 


12 Months Before

  • Announce your engagement

  • Have two sets of parents meet if they haven't already

  • Decide on a date

  • Choose the type of wedding you would like

  • Go over the budget with anyone who is contributing to the cost

  • Pick the ceremony site and visit with the officiator

  • Start looking at reception sites, put some holds on

9 Months Before

  • Decide on whether you will need a wedding planner

  • Select your wedding party

  • Book a reception site

  • Enroll in a bridal gift registry

  • Shop for a gown

  • Shop for attendants dresses

  • Choose a photographer and videographer

  • Shop and select a florist

  • Decide on your entertainment and book them

  • Book your transportation

6 Months Before

  • Order invitations, thank you cards and other stationary

  • Shop for rings

  • Order your wedding gown

  • Select tuxedos for groom and ushers

  • Shop for hotel rooms for out of town guests

  • Meet with caterer with any reception questions

  • Complete guest list

  • Arrange rehearsal dinner

4 Months Before

  • Call municipal offices for license instructions

  • Make honeymoon arrangements, secure passports, if needed

  • Outline ceremony and select music

  • Shop for bridal party gifts

  • Confirm order with florist

  • Screen and select reception music

  • If not included with caterer, order wedding cake

  • Finalize honeymoon plans

  • Meet with and rental agents for party or reception supplies

6 to 8 Weeks Before

  • Set up a system for guest responses, start blocking tables

  • Mail invitations 8 weeks before date

  • Do a hair and make up run through (with headpiece)

  • Schedule final dress fitting

  • List any changes you need to make once you are married (license, insurance, name change)

2 to 4 Weeks Before

  • Choose all accessories you will wear

  • Begin seating arrangements for reception

  • Confirm details with caterer, florist. etc.

  • Give caterer a final head count and floor plan

  • Make your appointments for hair, make-up, massage, nails etc.

  • Send engagement photo with wedding announcement to newspaper

  • Prepare lists for ushers, bridesmaids, band, videographer and photographer

One Week Before

  • Host any luncheon; confirm arrival times and appointments

  • Prepare envelopes with fees for clergy, transportation, band, maitre'd

  • Give revised head count to caterer

  • Arrange time to drop off cake knife, favors, cake topper, seating cards to caterer

  • Get manicure, facials, haircut and other beauty treatments over with

  • Pack for honeymoon; arrange for transportation of luggage

  • Have car serviced if you are doing a lot of driving

  • Wrap gifts for attendants and any other recipients

The Day Before

  • Greet and settle out of town guests

  • Reduce stress by going to the gym, walking, or a hobby

  • Arrange beauty touch ups before rehearsal dinner

  • Attend rehearsal dinner

  • Secure rings and license with someone trustworthy

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Welcome to the website for Louisville wedding planner Marcie Hancock of A Thorough Fare. Marcie has over 20 years experience planning weddings and events in the Louisville Kentucky and Southern Indiana area. Marcie is also a Kentucky wedding planner and will manage events outside of the Louisville area including Shelbyville and Lexington weddings and events. You may also hire A Thorough Fare for destination weddings.


A Thorough Fare is a full service wedding planner based in Louisville Ky. Marcie Hancock is the perfect wedding planner for the contemporary or traditional bride. She prides herself on creating seamless events for couples that reflect their style and personalities. Marcie’s attention to detail and ability to adapt to any situation keeps wedding couples and their families relaxed and focused on enjoying the special occasion.


A Thorough Fare offers specialized and sophisticated wedding planning for your distinctive style. Local, regional and destination wedding planning services are available.


Two event planning packages are available:


“From This Day Forward” is a full service plan for the busy couple looking to have the wedding of their dreams without the time to pull it all together. Since the average wedding takes 250-300 hours to plan, A Thorough Fare can do all this for you: provide special advice, site and vendor research and recommendations, contract negotiation, even honeymoon planning. Of course you will get onsite coordination of your wedding day. We will be there from the minute you set the date until the moment your last guest leaves. At our first meeting we will take the time to get to know you, your partner, and your vision for your wedding day. If you are not sure about your vision we will help you define it and offer suggestions on how to bring it to life. Then we will handle every little detail to make sure your wedding day is flawless. In the meantime, you can relax and enjoy your engagement and the pre-wedding excitment…knowing that all the planning details are under control. With our guidance and impeccable implementation, you’ll see how planning your wedding can be as enjoyable as the big day itself. And with this plan you can now be a guest at your own wedding.


“It’s all about YOU” is our limited service plan, which provides wedding planning for the month leading up to your big day. This package is for the couple who plan their wedding themselves. Then during the final month with the details in place, they can take a break and enjoy the last weeks leading up to the wedding. A Thorough Fare will meet with you a month before your wedding to go over vendor contracts and talk about your big day. This package includes a full time professional wedding consultant to assist in overall management of the Rehearsal, Wedding Ceremony and reception.


Please visit the pages on this website for details and more information.


Louisville Wedding Planner Marcie Hancock is committed to taking care of the details so you can relax and enjoy your wedding day!


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