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6 - 12 months before the big day.     Download Check List

Decide on a date  Decide on a date.
Make an appointment with Clergyman / Officiant  Make an appointment with Clergyman / Officiant.
Determine a budget.  Determine a budget.
Compose a guest list.  Compose a guest list.
Set time, location of Ceremony, Rehearsal & Reception Venue.  Set time, location of Ceremony, Rehearsal & Reception Venue.
Choose Professional Photographer / Videographer.  Choose Professional Photographer / Videographer.
Shop for wedding gown  Shop for wedding gown: Several fittings will be required.
Obtain Floral & Music estimates; book services if possible.  Obtain Floral & Music estimates; book services if possible.
Register with gift registry  Register with gift registry.
Select brides maids.  Select brides maids.
Pick a honeymoon destination  Pick a honeymoon destination: (renew passports & inoculations.)
Begin selection of a Caterer.  Begin selection of a Caterer.
Set a date to order dresses for bridesmaids.  Set a date to order dresses for bridesmaids.

5 months before the big day.

Finalize guest lists.  Finalize guest lists.
Order invitations & announcements.  Order invitations & announcements.
Order personal stationery & thank you notes.  Order personal stationery & thank you notes.
Plan reception.  Plan reception.
Choose florist.  Choose florist.
Men choose attire.  Men choose attire.
Make honeymoon reservations.  Make honeymoon reservations.
Choose caterer.  Choose caterer.
Confirm delivery of bridal gown.  Confirm delivery of bridal gown.
Make appointment for bridal portrait  Make appointment for bridal portrait.
Order wedding cake.  Order wedding cake.
Arrange transportation for the bridal party to & from ceremony/reception.  Arrange transportation for the bridal party to & from ceremony/reception.
Go over details of reception with caterer / hotel manager.  Go over details of reception with caterer / hotel manager.
If you are renting any equipment, reserve now.  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.  Inform clergyman of all the details of your ceremony.
Keep a gift diary - send thank you notes as gifts arrive.  Keep a gift diary - send thank you notes as gifts arrive.
Fine tune guest list.  Fine tune guest list.
Plan rehearsal dinner.  Plan rehearsal dinner.
Select attendants' gifts, grooms gift.  Select attendants' gifts, grooms gift.
Check all services.  Check all services.
Make moving arrangements.  Make moving arrangements.
Final gown fitting.  Final gown fitting.
Bridal portrait setting.  Bridal portrait setting.

1 month before the big day.

Choose wedding bands.  Choose wedding bands.
Mail invitations.  Mail invitations.
Make room reservations for out of town guests.  Make room reservations for out of town guests.
Check wedding party apparel.  Check wedding party apparel.
Confirm music arrangements & check selections.  Confirm music arrangements & check selections.
Make reservations for bridesmaids' luncheon.  Make reservations for bridesmaids' luncheon.
Discuss rehearsal dinner with hosts.  Discuss rehearsal dinner with hosts.
Attend showers.  Attend showers.
Marriage licence.  Marriage licence. (check your state for requirements)

2 weeks before the big day.

Plan your wedding day hair style.  Plan your wedding day hair style. (bring headpiece & veil).
Schedule hair appointment for day of wedding.  Schedule hair appointment for day of wedding.
Final check on bridal party clothing.  Final check on bridal party clothing.
Notify newspapers.  Notify newspapers.
Arrange for name & address change.  Arrange for name & address change.
Check with caterer / reception venue with last minute changes.  Check with caterer / reception venue with last minute changes.

1 week before the big day.

Remind rehearsal dinner guests of time / location.  Remind rehearsal dinner guests of time / location.
Start honeymoon packing.  Start honeymoon packing/shopping.
Wrap groom's & attendants' gifts.  Wrap groom's & attendants' gifts.
Check wedding announcements, ready to mail day after wedding.  Check wedding announcements, ready to mail day after wedding.
Bridesmaids' luncheon.  Bridesmaids' luncheon.
Schedule rehearsal for 1 - 2 days prior to wedding.  Schedule rehearsal for 1 - 2 days prior to wedding.
Remind wedding party of exact time & place.  Remind wedding party of exact time & place.
Go over final details of ceremony & reception with all parties involved.  Go over final details of ceremony & reception with all parties involved.
Assign small jobs to family/friends. (pick up guest book, cameras etc.)  Assign small jobs to family/friends. (pick up guest book, cameras etc.)

1 day before the big day.

RELAX !  RELAX !
Have manicure & pedicure done.  Have manicure & pedicure done.
Attend wedding rehearsal & dinner.  Attend wedding rehearsal & dinner.
Give ushers guest list.  Give ushers guest list.

Wedding Day

Eat!  Eat!
Hair & make-up.  Hair & make-up.
Check wedding dress  Check wedding dress (pressing/steaming).
Have family member check ceremony/reception for left behind items.  Have family member check ceremony/reception for left behind items.
Change of clothes.  Change of clothes. (if leaving for honeymoon).
Breath!  Enjoy your day.  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.


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