Checklist and Timeline
6 - 12 months before the big day. Download Check List
Decide on a date.
Make an appointment with Clergyman / Officiant.
Determine a budget.
Compose a guest list.
Set time, location of Ceremony, Rehearsal & Reception Venue.
Choose Professional Photographer / Videographer.
Shop for wedding gown: Several fittings will be required.
Obtain Floral & Music estimates; book services if possible.
Register with gift registry.
Select brides maids.
Pick a honeymoon destination: (renew passports & inoculations.)
Begin selection of a Caterer.
Set a date to order dresses for bridesmaids.
5 months before the big day.
Finalize guest lists.
Order invitations & announcements.
Order personal stationery & thank you notes.
Men choose attire.
Make honeymoon reservations.
Confirm delivery of bridal gown.
Make appointment for bridal portrait.
Order wedding cake.
Arrange transportation for the bridal party to & from ceremony/reception.
Go over details of reception with caterer / hotel manager.
If you are renting any equipment, reserve now. (arch, floral pillars etc.)
2 months before the big day.
Inform clergyman of all the details of your ceremony.
Keep a gift diary - send thank you notes as gifts arrive.
Fine tune guest list.
Plan rehearsal dinner.
Select attendants' gifts, grooms gift.
Check all services.
Make moving arrangements.
Final gown fitting.
Bridal portrait setting.
1 month before the big day.
Choose wedding bands.
Make room reservations for out of town guests.
Check wedding party apparel.
Confirm music arrangements & check selections.
Make reservations for bridesmaids' luncheon.
Discuss rehearsal dinner with hosts.
Marriage licence. (check your state for requirements)
2 weeks before the big day.
Plan your wedding day hair style. (bring headpiece & veil).
Schedule hair appointment for day of wedding.
Final check on bridal party clothing.
Arrange for name & address change.
Check with caterer / reception venue with last minute changes.
1 week before the big day.
Remind rehearsal dinner guests of time / location.
Start honeymoon packing/shopping.
Wrap groom's & attendants' gifts.
Check wedding announcements, ready to mail day after wedding.
Schedule rehearsal for 1 - 2 days prior to wedding.
Remind wedding party of exact time & place.
Go over final details of ceremony & reception with all parties involved.
Assign small jobs to family/friends. (pick up guest book, cameras etc.)
1 day before the big day.
Have manicure & pedicure done.
Attend wedding rehearsal & dinner.
Give ushers guest list.
Hair & make-up.
Check wedding dress (pressing/steaming).
Have family member check ceremony/reception for left behind items.
Change of clothes. (if leaving for honeymoon).
Breath! Enjoy your day.
Helpful hint: Make an emergency kit: Include. . . .
Make-up, extra panty hose, bobby pins, safety pins, clear nail polish, comb, hair spray, hanky or tissues, needle & thread (white), aspirins, saltine crackers, band aid, toothpaste & brush, dental floss, breath mints.
Sounds funny, but stranger things have happened.