Aug 28, 2010


To Do List

9 Months and Earlier - COMPLETED!

  • Hire a professional wedding consultant
  • Consolidate all guest lists: bride's, groom's, bride's family, groom's family, and organize as follows: 1. those who must be invited. 2. those who should be invited. 3. those who would be nice to invite.
  • Develop a record-keeping system for payments made
  • Buy a calendar and note all important activities: showers, luncheons, parties, get-togethers, etc.
  • Decide if you want to include children among guests
  • Select maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids and ushers (approx. 1 user per 50 guests).
  • Select and book photographer
  • Determine your color scheme
  • Select and order your bridal gown and headpiece
  • Select and reserve your reception site
  • Select and reserve your officiant
  • Select and reserve ceremony site
  • Determine budget and how expenses will be shared
  • Determine the type of wedding you want: location, formality, time of day, number of guests, etc.
  • Announce your engagement
  • Select a date for your wedding


6 - 9 Months - COMPLETED!

  • Select attendants' dresses, shoes, and accessories
  • Select and book reception musicians or DJ
  • Schedule fittings and delivery dates for yourself, attendants, and flower girl.
  • Give the Wedding Party Responsibility Cards to your wedding party. These cards are published by Wedding Solutions and are available at most major book stores.
  • Select and book florist (not having one)
  • Select and book caterer, if needed.
  • Select and book videographer

4 - 6 Months - COMPLETED!

  • Reserve rental items needed for ceremony and reception
  • Finalize guest list
  • Select and order wedding invitations, announcements, and other stationery such as thank-you notes, wedding programs, and seating cards.
  • Address invitations
  • Set date, time and location for rehearsal dinner
  • arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Select and book all miscellaneous services, ie. gift attendants, valet parking, etc
  • Purchase shoes and accessories
  • Begin to break-in your shoes
  • Start shopping for each other's wedding gifts
  • Register for wedding gifts

2 - 4 Months - COMPLETED!

  • Select bakery and order wedding cake
  • Order party favors
  • Select and order room decorations
  • Shop for wedding rings and engrave them
  • Purchase gifts for wedding attendants
  • Review and update your gift registry
  • Consider writing a will and/or prenuptial agreement
  • Check blood test and marriage license requirements
  • Plan activities for out-of-town guests both before and after the wedding

6 - 8 Weeks - COMPLETED!


  • Mail invitations. Include accommodation choices and a map to assist guests in finding the ceremony and reception sites.
  • Maintain a record of RSVPs and all gifts received. Send thank-you notes upon receipt of gifts
  • Determine hairstyle and make-up
  • Schedule to have your hair, makeup, and nails done the day of the wedding
  • Finalize shopping for wedding day accessories, such as toasting glasses, ring pillow, guest book, etc.
  • Set up an area or a table in your home to display gifts as you receive them
  • Have your formal wedding portrait taken
  • Check requirements to change your name and address on your driver's license, social security card, insurance policies, subscriptions, bank accounts, etc.
  • Select a guest book attendant. Decide where and when to have guests sign in
  • Mail invitations to rehearsal dinner
  • Obtain marriage license
  • Plan a luncheon or dinner with your bridesmaids. Give them their gifts at that time or at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Find "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a six pence (or shiny penny) for your shoe."
  • Finalize your menu, beverage, and alcohol order.
  • Review and update your gift registry
  • Get blood test and health certificate
  • Select and reserve wedding attire for groom, ushers, father of the bride, and ring bearer

2 - 6 Weeks - COMPLETED!


  • Confirm ceremony details with your officiant
  • Arrange final fitting of bridesmaids' dresses
  • Have final fitting of your gown and headpiece
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans; arrange seating and write names on place cards, if desired.
  • Make final floral selections
  • Make a detailed timeline for your wedding party
  • Make a detailed timeline for your service providers
  • Confirm details with all service providers, including attire. Give them a copy of your wedding timeline
  • Finalize addressing and stamping announcements
  • Contact guests who haven't responded
  • Pick up rings and check for fit
  • Meet with photographer and confirm special photos you want taken
  • Meet with videographer and confirm special events or people you want videotaped
  • Meet with musicians and confirm music to be played during special events, such as the first dance.
  • Continue writing thank-you notes as gifts arrive
  • Remind bridesmaids and ushers of when and where to pick up their wedding attire
  • Determine ceremony seating for special guests. Give a list to the ushers
  • Plan reception room layout and seating with your reception site manager or caterer. Write names on place cards for arranged seating.

The Last Week - COMPLETED!


  • Pick up wedding attire and make sure everything fits
  • Do final guest count and notify your caterer or reception site manager
  • Gather everything you will need for the rehearsal and wedding day
  • Review the schedule of events and last minute arrangements with your service providers. Give them each a detailed timeline.
  • Familiarize yourself with guests' names.
  • Pack for mini-moon.
  • Arrange for kennel services for kitty.

The Rehearsal Day - COMPLETED!


  • Review list of things to bring to the rehearsal
  • Give the best man the officiant's fee and any other checks for service providers. Instruct him to deliver these checks the day of the wedding.
  • Arrange for someone to bring accessories, such as flower basket, ring pillow, guest book and pen, toasting glasses, cake-cutting knife, and napkins to the ceremony and reception.
  • Arrange for someone to mail announcements the day after the wedding
  • Arrange for someone to return rental items, such as tuxedos, slip, and cake pillars after the wedding
  • Provide each member of your wedding party with a detailed schedule of events/timelines for the wedding day
  • Review ceremony seating with ushers.
  • Drop off kitty at kennels.

Things to Bring to the Rehearsal - COMPLETED!


  • Parents of the Bride & Groom gifts (if not already given)
  • Wedding announcements (maid of honor to mail after wedding)
  • Bridesmaids' gifts (if not already given)
  • Fake bouquet or ribbon bouquet from bridal shower
  • Groom's gift (if not already given)
  • Reception maps and wedding programs
  • Rehearsal information and ceremony foramtions
  • Seating diagrams for head table and parents' tables
  • Wedding schedule of events/timeline
  • Marriage license
  • Ushers' gifts (if not already given)
  • Service providers' fees to give to best man or wedding consultant so s/he can pay them at the wedding
  • Camera and film
  • Bride's gift (if not already given)

Day of Wedding - COMPLETED!


  • Review list of things to bring to the ceremony
  • Give the groom's ring to the maid of honor
  • Give the bride's ring to the best man
  • Simply follow your detailed schedule of events
  • Relax and enjoy your wedding!

Things to Bring to the Ceremony - COMPLETED!


  • Wedding bands
  • Marriage License
  • Guest book
  • Pen for guest book
  • Cake knife
  • Toasting goblets
  • Annoucements


After the Wedding


  • Late luncheon with close family
  • Drop off tuxedos at rental shop
  • Pick up kitty from kennels
  • Get professional pics
  • Print bride & groom portrait
  • Write and send thank you notes
  • Pickup leftover wedding items from planner
  • Check on video
  • Make photo albums (x3)
(2) Comments

OMG!!  Can't believe I forgot something so trivial!  Thanks!

Love this list! (Don't forget your rings and marriage license for the ceremony!)