Six to Tweleve Months in Advance
1. Set the date
2. Send your wedding announcement to the newspaper andto family and friends.
3. Take a nice long look at your budget.
4. Find the perfect location for the ceremony and reception. Many reception halls are booked far in advance, so it is a good idea to book it as soon as possible. Depending on your location you might also want to start looking at hotel reservations for any out of town guests.
5. Select your bridal party.
6. Start the search for the perfect wedding dress and accessories.
7. Select a color scheme.
8. Start gathering your guest list with names and addresses.
9. Start looking for the bridesmaid’s dresses and tux rental for the Groom and Groomsmen.
10. Start putting together a basic theme for the wedding.
11. Find a caterer.
12. Have an engagement portrait done if you would like.
13. Start thinking about the honeymoon.
Two to Five Months to go
1. Select your D.J. or band.
2. Purchase wedding rings.
3. Find a photographer and videographer.
4. Set up a gift register at a few places.
5. Select a florist.
6. Order invitations and thank you cards.
7. Make any adjustments to your wedding dress.
8. Start talking with different bakers to find your wedding cake.
9. Decide on your transportation to your ceremony and reception.
10. Order tuxes.
11. Work out the rest of the details for the reception.
12. Work on the details of your rehearsal dinner.
13. Start picking up props and decorations for the ceremony and reception.
Six Weeks Until the Big Day
1. Send out invitations.
2. Schedule any appointments for hair, nails, massage, etc.
3. Finalize any honeymoon plans and purchase anything that will be needed for your trip.
4. Pick up gifts for your wedding party.
Just a Few Weeks to go
1. Get your marriage license.
2. Confirm that your reception and ceremony reservations are good to go and any accommodations for your guests are confirmed.
3. Plan any seating arrangements needed for the reception.
4. Do a test run with your hair and make up.
The Last Week
1. Make final plans with your photographer.
2. Plan for any last minute fittings.
3. Report an updated guest count with your caterer.
4. Pack for you Honeymoon.
The Big Day
2. Try to make the early part of your day as relaxing as possible. Take a long hot bath, go to the spa, go on a walk, have a light brunch with your bridesmaids, do whatever makes you comfortable.
3. You and your bridesmaids should plan for at least a few hours for getting ready, then let the fun begin.