NINE TO TWELVE MONTHS BEFORE

  • ____Consult with a wedding planner.
  • ____ Decide on style of your wedding.
  • ____ Decide on date of your wedding.
  • ____ Decide on location.
  • ____ Reserve officiant.
  • ____ Set a tentative budget.
  • ____ Decide how expenses will be shared.
  • ____ Decide on guest list.
  • ____ Announce engagement.
  • ____ Select and invite wedding party.
  • ____ Shop for wedding rings.
  • ____ Reserve reception location as soon as you have set the date.
  • ____ Select and book cater.
  • ____ Start compiling names and addresses for guest list.
  • ____ Decide on your color scheme.
  • ____ Start shopping for your wedding dress and headpiece.
  • ____ Discuss where you will live after the wedding.

SIX TO NINE MONTHS BEFORE 

  • ____ Send your engagement announcement to the newspaper.
  • ____ Select your bridal registry and make choices.
  • ____ Select florist.
  • ____ Select balloonist.
  • ____ Select and book photographer and videographer.
  • ____ Select and reserve rental equipment for ceremony and reception.
  • ____ Select and book reception entertainment.
  • ____ Order bridal gown.
  • ____ Order bridesmaids’ dresses
  • ____ Select bakery for wedding cake.
  • ____ Select a travel agent and start planning your honeymoon location.

THREE TO SIX MONTHS BEFORE

  • ____ Select and order invitations.
  • ____ Complete your guest list.
  • ____ Start health and fitness program.
  • ____ Check on wedding dress.
  • ____ Select formalwear for men.
  • ____ Select and order mothers’ attire.
  • ____ Experiment with hair style.
  • ____ Discuss service with officiant.
  • ____ Order favors.

TWO MONTHS BEFORE

  • ____ Address invitations and announcements. Send invitations six weeks before.
  • ____ Confirm all contracts and services with the professional hired.
  • ____ Plan and book rehearsal dinner.
  • ____ Finalize honeymoon plans.
  • ____ Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests.
  • ____ Purchase attendants’ gifts.
  • ____ Choose person to attend your guest book.
  • ____ Make reservation for the wedding night hotel.
  • ____ Make appointment with your hair stylist on the wedding day.

ONE MONTH BEFORE

  • ____ Get blood test and marriage license.
  • ____ Have wedding dress final fitting.
  • ____ Have bridal portrait done.
  • ____ Complete shopping for your trousseau.
  • ____ Purchase your accessories such as garter, candles, toasting goblets, ring pillow, etc.
  • ____ Have wedding and engagement rings taken to jeweler for attachment and cleaning.
  • ____ Maintain records on gifts received and send thank you notes out immediately.
  • ____ Meet with photographer and discuss with him/her a list of shots you would like taken.
  • ____ Meet with the entertainers and give them a list of music you would like played.
  • ____ Assign responsibilities for:
     
  •             - Rental returns
  •             - Clean-up
  •             - Guest transportation
  •             - Pick-up of any last minute items

TWO WEEKS BEFORE

  • ____ Pick up wedding rings and make sure they fit properly.
  • ____ Continue writing thank you notes for gifts received.
  • ____ Final confirmation of all services.

ONE WEEK BEFORE

  • ____ Provide caterer with total guest count.
  • ____ Provide wedding party and guests a map and timetable for rehearsal, ceremony and reception.
  • ____ Plan seating arrangements.
  • ____ Pick up marriage license.
  • ____ Begin packing for honeymoon.
  • ____ Determine what to do with floral arrangements after reception.

AFTER THE WEDDING

  • ____ Send thank you notes as soon as possible after the wedding.
  • ____ Have bridal gown cleaned and preserved.
  • ____ Change your name on ID and important documents.
  • ____ Change of address cards.