The following checklist is an ideal timetable. Couples who do not have as much time as shown should plan their wedding in much the same order, using the checklist as a guide. Be sure to check things off as they are completed.
Immediately after the engagement:
❐ Discuss a budget and the size and style of the wedding with parents. Decide who pays for what.
❐ Choose a wedding date and time. You may want to check vendor availability prior to setting date.
❐ Create a binder to organize your thoughts, photos, worksheets, etc.
❐ If using a wedding consultant, enlist their services.
❐ Make initial contact with vendors and obtain references.
❐ Meet with clergymember; schedule pre-marital counseling.
❐ Reserve wedding and reception sites; make initial catering contacts.
❐ Register at local bridal registries.
❐ Hire photographer.
❐ Hire videographer.
❐ Make arrangements for the music at the wedding and reception.
❐ Make all transportation arrangements to and from the wedding and the reception. Consider hiring a limousine, party bus, trolley or horse-drawn carriage.
six months or more before the wedding day:
❐ Compile the guest list.
❐ Send out Save the Date cards.
❐ Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
❐ Choose wedding rings.
❐ Send engagement announcement to newspapers.
❐ Select and order wedding gown, leaving ample time for delivery and alterations.
❐ Look for alteration specialist (if someone other than bridal shop).
❐ Select the attendants (bridesmaids and groomsmen). Choose and order bridesmaids dresses.
❐ Purchase invitations.
❐ Select one usher for every 50 guests.
❐ Schedule wedding cake design appointment. Get estimates. Book the date.
❐ Implement diet and exercise program.
❐ Plan beauty preparations by checking with your salon for how far in advance they book wedding parties.
❐ Complete all honeymoon plans. If traveling outside the country, check on visas, passports and inoculations.
❐ Sign up for dance lessons. Talk to instructor about choreographing a special dance routine to “wow” guests.
❐ Book vendors, securing dates by putting down deposit.one month or more before:
❐ Ready all accessories, shoes and lingerie for bridal gown.
❐ Have beauty consultant do a trial run with bride’s hair and makeup. Schedule this appointment on the day the bridal portait is taken and/or a party is planned or schedule on the day of your final dress fitting to see exactly how you will look on wedding day.
❐ Have final fitting for bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses.
❐ Have bridal portrait taken.
❐ Have groomsmen registered and measured at the formal wear store.
❐ Check with the newspapers on wedding announcement requirements.
❐ Finalize plans for rehearsal dinner.
❐ Plan seating arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and reception.
❐ Review this checklist to be sure nothing has been missed.
❐ Complete change-of-address information for post-office.
❐ Keep current with “Thank You” notes for shower and early wedding gifts.
four months or more before the wedding day:
❐ Confirm final details with the caterer.
❐ Order napkins and purchase any other items needed for the ceremony and reception. Check with the caterer
to see what he/she includes.
❐ Order invitations (25 extra) and personal stationery or “Thank You” notes.
❐ Book engagement photo session with enough time to submit photos to local newspapers.
❐ Visit the photographer again to discuss specifics. Use the “Photography Worksheet.”
❐ Get estimates and order flowers and floral arrangements for wedding and reception.
❐ Get estimates and order balloons, decorations and favors for wedding and reception.
❐ Book room for wedding night.
three months or more before the wedding day:
❐ Order wedding rings. Allow time for any final engraving.
❐Order tuxedos for the groomsmen and fathers.
two months or more before the wedding day :
❐ Mail invitations (six weeks before the wedding; eight weeks to out-of-town guests).
❐ Buy a wedding gift for future spouse and gifts for attendants and helpers.
❐ Finalize arrangements of accommodations for out-of-town attendants and guests.two weeks before:
❐ Get the marriage license. Be sure to bring all needed documents.
❐ Inform or send rehearsal invitations including exact time and location to those who will attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
❐ Inquire about where bride, groom and attendants will dress for the ceremony.
❐ Review all details. Walk through the entire event considering things like parking,access for handicapped guests, etc.
❐ Confirm all transportation plans.
❐ Check in with caterer, photographer, videographer, musicians, DJ, florist, etc. to confirm all arrangements.
❐ “Break in” wedding shoes at home.
one week before the wedding day :
❐ Appoint someone to act as an “organizer” to handle any last minute problems.
❐ Give a final guest count to the caterer.
❐ Review final details for those in the wedding party.
❐ Confirm honeymoon arrangements.
❐ Pack for the honeymoon.
❐ Enjoy a day with family and friends.
❐ Visit a day spa, have a massage, a facial and relax.
one day before the wedding day :
❐ Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner and give gifts to attendants.
❐ Give the rings and clergy’s fee to the best man.
❐ Organize gown, accessories, etc. to go to ceremony.
❐ Get a manicure and pedicure.
on the wedding day:
❐ Get hair, makeup, etc. done.