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Wedding Planning Timeline


8 TO 12 Months Before the Wedding

  • Select a wedding date and time.
  • Decide the type of wedding you would like to have (size, formality, and setting).
  • Begin your guest list.
  • Consider possible color schemes.Explore pre-marital counseling.
  • Start health and fitness plan.
  • Select your professional: photographer, caterer, consultant, music, etc.
  • Shop together for your wedding rings.
  • Decide upon your budget.
  • Determine who will pay what expenses.
  • Book your wedding location(s).
  • Choose your attendants.
  • Determine the sizes of your attendants.
  • Select dress and headpiece, and set a date for fittings and delivery.
  • Select your bridesmaids' dresses and accessories.
  • Give thought to your honeymoon location.

5 to 8 Months

  • Check the requirements for marriage license.
  • Select and discuss your color schemes with the florist and/or balloonist of choice.
  • Again consider pre-marital counseling.
  • Reserve your wedding day rental equipment (tables, chairs, china, silverware, gazebo, etc.).
  • Decide upon a gift registry and select your gift choices.
  • Begin your record of gifts received.
  • Send thank you notes as soon as possible.
  • Order your invitations and related stationary needs.
  • Start shopping for the mensí wedding attire.

3 to 5 Months

  • Finalize your guest list.
  • Decide upon and order your favors.
  • Select your baker, then choose your cake, groomís cake, and mints.
  • Help both mothers coordinate and find their wedding day clothing.
  • Review your written agreements forms with all of your professionals (photographer, caterer, D.J., site coordinator, transportation, etc.).

2 to 3 Months

  • Have engagement portraits taken.
  • Place your engagement announcement in the newspaper.
  • Mail out invitations and announcements.
  • Decide on the mensí wedding attire.
  • Arrange and plan your rehearsal dinner.
  • Purchase your wedding day accessories.
  • Arrange attendants' parties.
  • Book a beverage caterer for the reception and make selections.
  • Prepare accommodations for out-of-town attendants and guests.
  • Consider a hairdresser and/or makeup artist and book appointments.
  • Finalize all honeymoon plans.

2 to 4 Weeks

  • Final wedding dress fitting.
  • Final fitting for your wedding attendants.
  • Obtain marriage license.
  • Have your attendants' parties.
  • Purchase your going-away outfit.
  • Draw a map to direct your guests to the site(s), if necessary.
  • Create a calendar of events for the wedding day.
  • Make sure your accessories are in order (rings, pillow, garter, etc.)

1 to 2 Weeks

  • Finalize arrangements with the entertainer(s) and provide a list of music you would like played during special events such as first dance, garter removal and bouquet toss.
  • Pick up your wedding rings and make sure that the engravings are correct and they fit properly.
  • Contact the guests who have not responded to your invitations.

1 to 7 Days

  • Make sure your marriage license is in order.
  • Prepare seating arrangements, if necessary.
  • Purchase travelers checks, confirm honeymoon reservations.
  • Pack your baggage for your honeymoon.
  • Have your wedding ceremony rehearsal.
  • Instruct your wedding party on what you would like them to do on the day of the wedding.
  • Have your rehearsal dinner.
  • Make sure all wedding attire fits properly.
  • Give the best man the amount the professionals are to be paid on the day of the wedding.
  • Inform your caterer of the total guest count.
  • Confirm out-of-town guests have transportation and sleeping accommodations.
  • Check with your florist and/or balloonist to make sure they will arrive when scheduled.

Your Wedding Day

  • Relax, enjoy yourself, and remain calm! Allow at least two hours for dressing.
  • Allow plenty of time to apply your makeup and style your hair.
  • If professionals are doing your hair and/or makeup, ask them in advance how much time they will need.
  • If photographs are to be taken before the ceremony, allow at least one and one-half hours.
  • Remember to bring the rings and marriage license.
  • Seat guests as they arrive. The groomís parents should be seated about 5 minutes before start time, the
  • mother of the bride is normally seated last.
  • Take a deep breath, don't worry, and SMILE!


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