Wedding Planning

Wedding planning isn't for the faint of heart – from contacting vendors to finding the perfect dress to sending out the invitations, there is a lot that goes into creating your dream wedding. Early planning can be the single most important factor to bringing it all together seamlessly.

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.
  • Book florist.
  • Purchase gifts for your wedding party.
  • Begin planning the ceremony.
  • Arrange transportation.
  • 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.
  • Reserve tuxedos.

6 to 8 Weeks Before

  • Send invitations.
  • 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.

Wedding Day

  • 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.

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