Apr 19, 2013



10-12 Months Before

  • Introduce both families and officially announce your engagement.
  • Find out who pays for what and start a budget.
  • Create a guest list.
  • Compare calendars and select a tentative date.
  • Choose your wedding party.
  • Create a wedding website to share your engagement.
  • Start looking photos of wedding dresses for inspiration.
  • Begin thinking about where you want to honeymoon.
  • Visit and book your reception site, and arrange for parking.
  • Visit and book your ceremony location, including rehearsal time.
  • Create a save-the-date guest list.            

6- 9 Months Before

  • Alert out-of-town guests of wedding date.
  • Find a bridal salon and begin trying on wedding dresses and veils. Bring stockings, heels, a strapless bra, and a hair clip to each appointment.
  • Get ideas for honeymoon locations and research pricing.
  • Start looking at floral designs and interview florists for style and cost.
  • Search for menu ideas and start meeting with caterers.
  • Research wedding photography and interview wedding photographers/videographers.
  • Get ideas for music and interview bands/DJs.
  • Finalize flower and décor ideas, and select a florist. Include specifics of each floral arrangement in your contract.
  • Sign a caterer.
  • Order your gown and wedding veil.
  • Shop for and select the perfect bridesmaid dress.
  • Finalize contracts with your wedding photographer and videographer.
  • Browse and purchase wedding dress accessories, including shoes, lingerie, purse, and gloves.
  • Choose your officiant and discuss ceremony ideas.
  • Start thinking about all of your gift registry options.

4 - 5 Months Before

  • View wedding invitation styles and research proper wording.
  • Look at photos to get ideas for wedding cake designs, and meet with bakers to taste samples.
  • Discuss menu ideas with your catering manager.
  • Shop for wedding rings.
  • Look for the groom’s tux and decide what groomsmen will wear.
  • Confirm your bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories.
  • Have your mother and future mother-in-law coordinate and select their dresses.
  • Compare pricing, place your wedding invitation order, and book your calligrapher.
  • Purchase your wedding rings and send for engraving if applicable.
  • Get ideas for wedding favors.
  • Confirm dates for bridal showers and bachelorette parties.
  • Make sure you’ve started your registries before bridal shower invitations are sent.
  • Choose your baker and finalize wedding cake.
  • Reserve rental equipment such as chairs, tables, linens, tents, etc.
  • Research and book your rehearsal dinner location.
  • Get ideas for wedding hair and makeup.
  • Give your guest list to shower hostesses and check that your registry has enough items. Update wedding website.                             

2 - 3 Months Before

  • Book makeup artist and hairstylist.
  • Order your wedding favors.
  • Consider signing up for dance classes.
  • Schedule your last tasting and finalize menu.
  • Find gifts for each other, your attendants, your shower hostess, and your parents.
  • Confirm tuxes have been ordered for groom/groomsmen.
  • Prep for your honeymoon – do you have everything you need?
  • Choose your getaway! Finalize wedding transportation.
  • Take care of business: Look into joint bank accounts, insurance, and merging your money.
  • Select your music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, and review with musicians, singers.
  • Check that there are enough options left on your registry, and update your wedding website.
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans and order rehearsal invitations, menus, table numbers, escort cards, and any other stationery accessories.
  • Mail invitations twelve weeks before your wedding day.

1 - 2 Months Before

  • Have your first bridal gown fitting. Remember to bring stockings, shoes, the appropriate bra, hair accessories, jewelry, a camera, and your mom or best friend.
  • Finalize ceremony readings and songs, and review with performers.
  • Meet with your officiant to finalize the ceremony, including attendant formations.
  • Begin writing your vows if applicable.
  • Begin writing thank-you notes for bridal showers and early wedding gifts, and update your registry at the same time.
  • Research where to get your marriage license.
  • Prepare a photo and video shot list, naming important family members and guests.
  • Begin whitening your teeth for your wedding day.

3 - 4 Weeks Before

  • Finalize your jewelry, which may include something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
  • Prepare a must-have shot list for your wedding photographer and videographer.
  • Finalize your “must play” and “don’t play” music lists and review with musicians.
  • Practice your first dance wearing your bridal shoes.
  • Design and order your wedding program.
  • Confirm honeymoon and travel arrangements, and give loved ones your itinerary in case of emergency.
  • Call guests who haven’t RSVP’d.
  • Pick up your wedding rings.
  • Get your marriage license, typically no earlier than 30 days before the wedding.
  • Research how to change your name.
  • Mail your rehearsal-dinner invitations.
  • Purchase small candles, candies, and mints for your guest powder room.
  • Meet with your stylist to discuss and test the perfect makeup and hair for your bridal style.        

1 - 2 Weeks Before

  • Have your final wedding gown fitting.
  • Finalize your wedding-day schedule (including receiving-line order) and share with attendants, parents, and all vendors.
  • Confirm all of your beauty appointments.
  • Confirm pick-up times, schedules, and addresses with your wedding-day transportation.
  • Pick up your wedding dress and make sure all of your accessories are together.
  • Pick up the groom’s outfit, make sure it fits, and gather all of his accessories together.
  • Finalize your vows for the ceremony.
  • Get your hair colored and trimmed (don’t wait until two days before the ceremony).
  • Confirm final headcount.
  • Give final attendance numbers to vendors and confirm final date/time for deliverables and pick-ups after wedding.
  • Pack for your wedding night and honeymoon.
  • Create a “wedding box” to gather your ceremony accessories (marriage license, candles, ring pillow, basket, guest book) and assign someone to transport.
  • Prepare a “reception box” for accessories such as guest books, cameras, toasting goblets, cake toppers, etc., and assign someone to transport.
  • Prepare all of your wedding favors for transportation to reception venue and assign someone to move them.
  • Finalize your seating arrangements (making sure you involve both sets of parents) and submit to caterer.
  • Prepare place cards.
  • Confirm dates/times/locations for all photo and video sessions the day of the wedding.
  • Confirm dates/times/locations with all vendors.                                               

The Day Before

  • Prepare a list of payment envelopes – including tips – earmarking who is responsible for distributing to vendors.
  • Hand out assignment lists and checklists to ensure everyone knows their tasks, including person responsible for transporting gifts.
  • Hand out ceremony box to appropriate person.
  • Hand out reception box to appropriate person.
  • Hand out favor box to appropriate person.
  • Assign someone to mail your announcement cards.
  • Gather together your wedding dress, accessories, and bridal emergency kit.
  • Get a manicure, pedicure, and massage.
  • Rehearse ceremony with officiant and wedding party.                                  

The Wedding Day

  • Your day has arrived! You may be nervous, but try to eat breakfast and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take a lavender bath – it’s very relaxing.
  • Be sure to wear a button-down shirt for your hair and makeup appointments.                  

After the Wedding

  • Get your wedding dress cleaned and preserved.
  • Write and mail your thank-you notes.
  • Complete your name-change kit.
  • Check into your store’s bridal registry completion program.
  • Meet with photographer and videographer to finalize albums/video.
(2) Comments

WoW!!! I have gotten alot done!!!

Way to start crossing off the list!!!! AMAZING!!! Cant wait to see some more lines on there and you get that much closer to the BIG I Dos....