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!