January/March 2015

Pick Up A Copy

ceremony 8

ProFusion Photography

Wedding timetable

Posted: Monday, Mar. 30, 2009

Share Share

Nine to 12 months:

__ Announce your engagement.

__ Select your wedding date.

__ Meet with clergy to discuss premarital requirements such as classes, counseling, etc.

__ Create a budget.

__ Determine style of wedding.

__ Choose a bridal consultant, if desired.

__ Select your bridal party.

__ Determine size of guest list.

__ Select and reserve locations for wedding and reception.

__ Begin shopping for wedding rings.

__ Interview and select professionals: caterer, baker, florist, musicians, photographer, videographer, etc. Remember top professionals are often booked at least one year in advance.

Six to nine months:

__ Decide on your color scheme.

__ Select your gown, headpiece and accessories.

__ Choose attire for attendants.

__ Begin planning details of ceremony and reception.

__ Complete arrangements with service professionals. Sign contracts and pay deposits.

__ Begin your health and beauty regimen.

__ Make appointments with beauty professionals to decide on the perfect bridal look for you.

Four to six months:

__ Order invitations, announcements, thank-you notes and stationery.

__ Finalize guest list.

__ See that all wedding attire is ordered and fittings scheduled.

__ Mothers should select their dresses.

__ Select and order wedding rings.

__ Shop for trousseau.

__ Select bridal registry.

__ Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests.

__ Make honeymoon arrangements.

__ Begin addressing invitations and announcements.

__ Have a hair and makeup “rehearsal” with headpiece in place.

__ Mail or email save-the-dates.

Two to four months:

__ Sit for formal portrait.

__ Plan bridesmaids’ luncheon.

__ Groom’s family plans rehearsal dinner.

__ Order wedding cake and groom’s cake.

__ Review details and scheduling with each service professional.

Two months:

__ Review details with service professionals.

__ Review ceremony with clergy.

__ Schedule rehearsal.

__ Make health and beauty appointments.

__ Select gifts for parents, groom, attendants and others (soloist, consultant, etc.).

__ Purchase accessories such as toasting goblets, ring bearer’s pillow, garter, cake knife, etc.

__ Complete trousseau shopping.

__ Record gifts as they arrive and send thank-you notes.

Four to six weeks:

__ Finalize details with the clergy and all service professionals.

__ Set a date to get marriage license and complete other official details; i.e., name change on all credit cards, driver’s license, change of address forms, etc.

__ Arrange final fittings for you and your attendants.

__ Ensure that all accessories are in order.

__ Check on men’s formalwear.

__ Mail invitations.

__ Complete transportation arrangements.

__ Have groom pick up wedding rings.

One week:

__ Review final details with service professionals (florist, baker, photographer, musicians and any others).

__ Give caterer final guest count.

__ Confirm honeymoon reservations and finish packing.

__ Confirm rehearsal dinner plans.

__ Ask someone to help you with last-minute details.

Day before wedding:

__ Visit with out-of-town guests.

__ Gather everything you will need for wedding.

__ Share a quiet moment with your fiancé.

__ Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

__ Get a good night’s sleep!

The wedding day:

__ Allow yourself a moment alone to relax and let any worrying subside.

__ Be pampered – have hair and make-up done.

__ Enjoy this beautiful day!

More Planning Articles

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more