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Wedding Guide

Your Wedding Checklist

12 Months before your wedding

  • Announce your engagement to your family and friends
  • Start your planning of an engagement party
  • Check with you local paper for an engagement announcement
  • Sign up for a wedding website to keep you guests informed about event details, area information and to help you interact with them
  • Figure out your budget
  • Buy a wedding planner/organizer- Planning and organization are the keys to a successful and stress free wedding
  • Wedding Date – always better to have a few chosen!
  • Location, Location, Location! Ceremony and Reception spaces book fast!
  • Compile a guest list with phone numbers and addresses
  • Choose maid of honor, best man and wedding party
  • Begin your search for a wedding gown
  • Attend local bridal shows

6-9 Months before your wedding day

  • Research and choose one or more bridal gift registries
  • Choose your wedding gown
  • Order all other bridal accessories
  • Begin to shop for bridesmaids dresses
  • Find an officiant who will be performing your ceremony
  • Research ceremony musicians, wedding band, DJ, photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, etc.
  • Check websites, facebook pages, blogs and schedule appointments

4-6 Months before your wedding day

  • Order your wedding invitations, envelopes and your “thank you” cards
  • Purchase your wedding favors and accessories
  • Purchase any desired ceremony and reception decorations
  • Start your research on wedding cakes. Look at pictures online and at local bakeries for ideas-
  • Research and book you honeymoon and verify that you have any and all necessary travel documents
  • Finalize your guest list and send out save the date cards
  • Provide guest with directions to ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner and hotel for guests
  • Compile a list of area information and things to do for out of town guests
  • Research and reserve transportation for you and your wedding party

2-4 Months before your wedding day

  • Check on your state’s requirements for obtaining a marriage license
  • Order the tuxedos for the groom and groomsmen
  • Meet with your caterer to discuss menu and any other needs
  • Meet with your officiant to discuss ceremony needs, details, wording, and wedding vows
  • Select wedding readings
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Buy your thank-you gift for your attendants, flower girl and ring bearer
  • Select your gift for your new spouse-to-be
  • Select and purchase wedding rings
  • Coordinate and choose a location for the rehearsal dinner
  • Contact party rental companies for tents, tables, arches, linens and another specialties that you may need
  • Check on Specialty services – Ice sculptures, photo booths, etc.
  • Select and purchase luggage, other travel necessities, and attire for your honeymoon
  • Passports – Order/renew if necessary, make sure to leave ample time for them to be sent back to you

1-2 Months before your wedding day

  • Mail invitations our to everyone eight weeks prior to the wedding date
  • Send the accommodation info to your out-of-town guests
  • Compile and complete name change documents
  • Fill our a change of address form at the post office
  • Pick up your marriage license
  • Have your ceremony programs printed
  • Purchase a guest book, pen and other wedding/reception accessories
  • Check and make sure your wedding website is updated with directions and event details
  • Research and choose your hair and makeup stylists- schedule a trial run!
  • Make your appointments to have your hair, make-up and nails done on the day of the wedding
  • Review any insurance information with your fiance and check with employers to see what documents need to be updated

2-4 Weeks before your wedding day

  • Make your seating chart
  • Contact your caterer with an updated final guest count
  • Print out a timeline of events for you wedding party and vendors – Include contact information and cell phone numbers
  • Meet with your photographer to finalize your wedding photo list of any must-have photos
  • Contact your florist to confirm your final flower order, make sure to go over any decor details or venue logistics for the wedding/reception
  • Finalize your ceremony and reception music and song list for your wedding band/DJ
  • Confirm your lodging reservations
  • Place a wedding announcement in your local newspaper
  • Plan a bridal luncheon or dinner with your bridesmaids
  • Pick up your wedding bands and make sure they fit
  • Schedule a final wedding dress fitting
  • Write rehearsal dinner toasts

ONE Week! before your wedding day

  • Pay for the balance of your vendors
  • Pick up your wedding gown
  • Confirm limo or other transportation reservations
  • Pack for your honeymoon and confirm travel arrangements
  • Have your post office hold mail if necessary
  • Treat yourself to a spa day

ONE day before your wedding day

  • Welcome out-of-town guests
  • Attend the rehearsal and enjoy the rehearsal dinner
  • Get to bed early


  • Wake up early and take a nice quiet walk
  • Set some time aside before the festivities to share gifts with your bridesmaids or close family members
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Don’t worry about the little things, just have fun and enjoy the day.


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