12-18 MONTHS PRIOR TO WEDDING:

  • Which type of wedding – formal, informal, indoors, outdoors etc.
  • Gather ideas from weddings you have attended, bridal magazines, bridal shows
  • Determine your budget –  Remember to include even the smallest detail.  It all adds up quickly.
  • Choose your location and date for both wedding and reception.  Will you be married in a different location than the reception? Secure at this point.  Be prepared to pay a deposit fee.
  • Do you want/need a wedding planner?  If so, secure their services.
  • Who will officiate?  Do you have a religious affiliation?  Do you want to have a friend or relative be the officiant?
  • Choose and request  Maid of Honor.
  • Choose and request your attendants if any.
  • Determine colors and theme for the wedding and reception.
  • Create tentative invitation list.
  • Register with desired bridal registries.
  • Select caterer and create menu
  • Plan rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Where will it be held?  Will the caterer be hired for this as well?
  • Select florist or floral supplier.
  • Select your entertainment;  DJ, band?  Secure date.
  • Select photographer and/or videographer.  Secure date.
  • Select wedding dress.  Allow time for alterations and fittings.
  • Select wedding shoes and accessories.
  • Select Bridesmaids dresses.  Have Bridesmaids attend a fitting.  Purchase dresses.  If they are selecting their own within the color range and style of your choosing give them a final date for approval.
  • Groom:  Determine his attire. Consult with formal wear specialist if necessary.
  • Groom:  Select Bestman and Groomsmen if any.
  • Groom:  Arrange for attire of Bestman and Groomsmen.
  • Bride and Groom:  Choose location for honeymoon if you so choose. Secure location and date.
  • Apply for passports and any other necessary proof of citizenship if necessary.

FOUR TO SIX MONTHS PRIOR TO WEDDING:

  • Select and order invitations, announcements and thank you notes.
  • Choose Wedding rings
  • Order napkins and personalized favors
  • Plan accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Select location for rehearsal dinner.  Decide upon timeline.
  • Arrange for caterer for rehearsal dinner
  • Select baker and decide upon wedding cake.  Place order.
  • Secure airfare and hotel reservations for the honeymoon
  • Fine tune the guest list
  • Shop for and order wedding favors
  • Determine time line for the wedding reception
  • Arrange for bridal portrait with photographer
  • Arrange for bride and groom transportation on wedding day
  • Secure chairs, tents, tablecloths etc.. through an event rental company
  • Place order for catering and flowers.

TWO TO FOUR MONTHS AHEAD OF THE WEDDING:

  • Address wedding invitations and/or announcements
  • If so desired, draw up seating plan for invited guests
  • Select music for wedding
  • Select and purchase gifts for wedding party
  • Set date to secure marriage license – double check with county regarding time frame
  • Mail wedding announcements to any guests living abroad

ONE TO TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO WEDDING:

  • Buy wedding gift for your future spouse
  • Make appointments with hairstylist, manicurist, etc…
  • Have final dress fitting;  bride and bridesmaids
  • Groom verify all groomsmen have been fitted for their attire
  • Mail all invitations
  • Schedule appt. with photographer to have formal wedding portrait taken if you choose
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Confirm with all hired professionals regarding correct dates, times and menu with caterer
  • Discuss with officient the specifics of the wedding ceremony
  • Set a date and time for rehearsal dinner
  • Make final alterations for the wedding gown
  • Make necessary hotel reservations for out of town guests

TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE WEDDING:

  • Review seating plan for reception
  • Confirm honeymoon arrangements
  • Meet with DJ or band to select music during the reception
  • Make reservations for bridesmaids luncheon if desired
  • Send reminders to the rehearsal dinner attendees about location and time
  • Fill out and submit application for marriage license if not already done

ONE WEEK PRIOR TO WEDDING:

  • Final consultation with caterer and florist
  • See to payment for all hired professionals
  • Confirm honeymoon arrangements
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Final guest count to necessary hired service professionals

THE DAY PRIOR TO THE WEDDING:

  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Have a great wedding