We know what they say about the best laid plans – but your wedding day is no time for idioms. Early planning can be the single most important factor in bringing your perfect day together without a hitch.
10-12 Months Before
Select date and time.
Begin a wedding planner notebook and Pinterest board.
Discuss the style and size of your wedding.
Set a budget.
Reserve venues for ceremony and reception.
Select someone to officiate.
Select wedding party.
Start compiling guest list.
Choose and hire a wedding planner or day of coordinator.
Choose wedding colors.
Begin search for wedding dress and undergarments.
Put an engagement announcement in local papers.
8-10 Months Before
Choose and hire your photographer, band or DJ, caterer, baker and equipment rental company.
Create a registry.
Order save the date cards.
Reserve block of hotel rooms for guests.
Choose bridesmaid dresses.
Start discussing honeymoon options.
Order wedding dress.
6 Months Before
Send save the date cards.
Finalize contracts with vendors.
Finalize guest list.
Purchase gifts for your wedding party.
Begin planning the ceremony.
Order invitations and thank you cards.
Order bridesmaids dresses.
Book your honeymoon.
4 Months Before
Finalize ceremony details with officiant.
Order wedding cake.
Finalize menu with caterer.
Choose special music selections.
6 to 8 Weeks Before
Finalize all decorations and accessories.
Choose hair and make up for the day of.
1 Month Before
Have a final fitting of gown.
Schedule formal bridal portrait.
Get marriage license.
Mail rehearsal dinner invitations.
Have all accessories purchased, including goblets, ring pillow, garter, candles, etc.
Begin writing vows, if applicable.
Create seating arrangements.
Make plans for bridesmaids’ luncheon.
Design and order wedding program.
1 Week Before
Go over final details with all service providers.
Arrange for someone to assist with last minute errands and to help you dress.
Review final guest count with caterer.
Send timeline to wedding party.
Hold rehearsal dinner with all participants.
Give photographer/videographer a list of photos/shots desired.
Pack suitcase for honeymoon.
Break in your shoes.
Compile an emergency kit with band aids, bobby pins and other random items that could be in demand on the day of the wedding.
Put tips, payment in envelopes for vendors.
Fix hair or have an appointment to have it done at least three to four hours before the ceremony. Remember to wear a button down shirt.
Start dressing 1 to 1 ½ hours before the ceremony or earlier if pictures are being taken before.
Groom’s Wedding Day Checklist
Allow plenty of time to get dressed and get to the ceremony location.
Give the best man the bride’s wedding ring.
Bring marriage license to ceremony.
After the Ceremony
Send announcement to newspapers.
Write and mail thank you notes.
Have wedding dress cleaned and preserved.