12-10 Months Before Wedding
Announce engagement! Discuss wedding Set budget Decide on style of wedding Start browsing wedding attire; consult bridal magazines for inspiration Set a date & time Research reception halls/venues Book reception hall/venue Arrange for liquor license if not included with hall Take engagement photos for official announcement
Look into wedding planners if desired
9-6 Months Before Wedding
Research bands or DJs Decide on bridal party Discuss honeymoon options and set budget Start looking for wedding dresses Book tuxedo or get fitted for a suit Send out reserve the date notices Look into car rentals/transportation Research caterers (if venue doesn't provide catering or you're not using their caterer) Make guest list Research photographers/videograhers Order alcohol if not offered by weddinghall Register for gifts online or in-store
If travelling abroad for honeymoon, get passport/visa ready
5-3 Months Before Wedding
Order invitations Buy wedding dress (or start having it custom-designed) Shop for and decide upon bridal party attire Plan bridal shower Shop and order wedding rings Arrange for flowers for bridal bouquet, centerpieces, etc. Arrange for accommodations for out-of-town guests Decide on table ;arrangements ;and place settings Decide on and order wedding favors Decide on, taste, and order cake Have a tasting at the venue if you haven't done so yet Decide on wedding menu (based on the tasting). Book hair and make-up appointments for wedding day Buy wedding party gifts Buy gift for fiance (optional) Have dress/tux fittings for bridesmaids and groomsmen Have tux/suit fitting for groom Go to wedding dress fitting (at least one before the final fitting) Sign up for dance classes Choose a song for your first dance
If you are changing your name, begin the process
2-1 Month(s) Before Wedding
Send out wedding invitations Start writing vows if doing so yourself Participants should be planning ;respective bachelor/bachelorette parties Confirm wedding caterer Confirm band/DJ Confirm reception hall Confirm officiant If necessary, have another fitting for wedding dress if any additions or alterations made. Attend bridal shower Finalize guest list Book Honeymoon
Get travel insurance for honeymoon
1-3 weeks Before Wedding
Go for final wedding dress fitting Plan rehearsal dinner Confirm arrangements with all vendors/service providers Start writing thank-you notes for gifts received from guests unable to attend Appoint someone to be in charge on wedding day Groom attends bachelor party Bride attends bachelorette party Pick up wedding rings Start preparing suitcases ;for honeymoon
Contact post office to hold/forward mail while away for honeymoon
Day Before Wedding
Confirm arrangements and appointments with driver, hair salon or any other vendors Get a manicure and pedicure Go for a massage (optional) Attend rehearsal Attend rehearsal dinner
Get a good night’s rest!
Bridal party should dress together, at home or hotel Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue Periodically check with person in charge that suppliers are being paid
Drink everything in and take mental snapshots, because it will end before you know it!
Ensure all vendors have been paid; get receipts and finalize any outstanding transactions Set off on your honeymoon Send thank-you notes Make sure name change has gone through Dry clean your gown and have it preserved Choose pictures for wedding album Review your financial goals as a couple Meet with financial planner
Enjoy wedded life!