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12 OR MORE MONTHS BEFORE
___ Take a deep breath and get ready to embrace a whirlwind of people, planning and excitement.
___ Plan and host your engagement party
___ Talk with your fiancé(e) and all parents or family members you choose to involve regarding budget, style, size of event, location, and attendees.
___ Begin researching and visiting reception sites.
___ Reserve the ceremony site, reception site, and accommodations for out-of-town guests.
___ Book your hotel room for your wedding night and pre-wedding night.
___ If preferred, hire a bridal consultant.
___ Start shopping for your wedding dress.
___ Select your bridal attendants.
___ Send save-the-date cards with hotel information to guests.
___ Send your engagement notice to your local newspaper. Get multiple copies to share with family members.
10 TO 12 MONTHS BEFORE
___ Research and choose your officiant.
___ Start researching and booking vendors.
___ Discuss any premarital requirements with your officiant or clergy member.
___ Create gift registries at local stores or online.
___ Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories.
6 MONTHS BEFORE
___ Shop for invitations.
___ Prepare guest list and begin seating chart.
___ Call your wedding coordinator or catering director to schedule the menu tasting.
___ Reserve the groom’s and attendants’ tuxedos.
4 MONTHS BEFORE
___ Book the honeymoon and all transportation.
___ Apply for or renew passports, if needed.
___ Finalize guest list and order invitations.
___ Provide information to the calligrapher so he/she can begin envelopes.
___ Make appointment for dress fitting.
___ Schedule bridesmaids’ luncheon.
___ Begin designing flower arrangements and bouquets for female attendants.
___ Order wedding rings.
___ Purchase any last accessories – stockings, lingerie, etc.
___ Schedule ceremony rehearsal, rehearsal dinner and departure brunch.
___ Sign up for dance lessons.
2 MONTHS BEFORE
___ Finalize and confirm with your florist all flower arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres.
___ Write your wedding vows if you wish.
___ Shop for honeymoon outfits.
___ Select gifts for attendants and ushers.
___ Mail invitations, being sure to use proper postage.
___ Get name change forms if you plan to change your name.
___ Call your wedding coordinator, catering director, and reception facility manager with estimated guest count.
___ Plan all ceremonial events with the clergy member, including any music, readings, and vows.
___ Schedule your rehearsal time and rehearsal dinner.
6 WEEKS BEFORE
___ Print programs for the ceremony.
___ Mail rehearsal/rehearsal dinner invitations.
___ Pick up the wedding rings and make sure they fit.
___ Try out hairstyle and make-up.
___ Log RSVPs as they come in for meal choices.
___ Send wedding announcements to local newspaper.
___ Contact wedding coordinator about hotel room blocks, confirm reservations for appropriate guests.
___ Create visitor gift baskets to place in the hotel rooms of those traveling from out-of-town. Remember to include directions from the hotel to the ceremony and reception site.
___ Schedule final dress fitting. Make sure bridesmaids have done the same.
30 DAYS BEFORE
___ Most room blocks will no longer be held after this date. Be sure that all visitors have confirmed their room reservations.
___ Begin preparing place cards and table cards.
___ Apply for marriage license.
___ Confirm schedule, arrival times and any other arrangements with all vendors. Fax directions, contact numbers and the day’s itinerary to all vendors.
___ Confirm honeymoon reservations including flights, hotel accommodations, and rental cars.
___ Contact wedding coordinator, catering manager, and facility manager with initial meal choices.
10 DAYS BEFORE
___ Make final facility rental payment.
___ Confirm tuxedo arrangements.
___ Begin packing for honeymoon.
___ Pick up your dress and break in your shoes.
___ Confirm rehearsal arrangements with bridal party.
___ Contact wedding coordinator, catering manager, and facility manger with final guest count estimate.
___ Schedule time to drop off favors, place cards, seating chart, etc.
3 DAYS BEFORE
___ Make a check-list of final things to remember.
___ Drop off favors, place cards, seating chart, etc.
___ Contact wedding coordinator, catering manager, and facility manager with final guest count, entree choices, and clear any outstanding payments.
1 DAY BEFORE
___ Complete packing for honeymoon, prepare to check into your hotel.
___ Take some time to relax at some point during the day, and think about something besides the wedding.
___ Drink plenty of fluids and avoid sodium.
___ Attend the rehearsal ceremony and rehearsal dinner.
___ Get to bed early and get some rest.
DAY OF THE WEDDING
___ Eat a good breakfast with family and friends.
___ Put wedding announcements in the mail.
___ Relax and enjoy your day!