Six to Twelve Months Before Wedding:
Select a wedding date and time.
Make a preliminary budget.
Determine your wedding theme or style.
Reserve your ceremony and reception location.
Determine who will officiate at the ceremony.
Hire a wedding consultant, if you plan to use one.
Decide on your color scheme.
Start compiling names and addresses of guests.
Select bridal attendants.
Have fiance select his attendants.
Check catering facilities, if at a club or hotel.
Select a caterer, if one is necessary.
Select a professional photographer and videographer.
Select a professional florist.
Select your dress and headpiece.
Announce your engagement in the newspaper.
Select bridesmaids' dresses.
Select engagement ring with fiance, if he has not already done so.
Four Months Before:
Make final arrangements for ceremony (deposits should be paid, contracts signed).
Make sure all bridal attire is ordered.
Have both mothers coordinate and select their dresses.
Register at a bridal registry in the towns of both families.
Order invitations and personal stationery.
Complete the guest lists and compile them in order.
Select the men's wedding attire and reserve the right sizes.
Check the requirements for a marriage license in your state.
Make appointment for physical exam.
Shop for wedding rings.
Start planning the honeymoon.
Decide where you will live after the wedding.
Begin shopping for trousseau.
Two Months Before:
Address invitations and announcements (Mail four to six weeks before wedding).
Finalize all details with caterer, photographer, florist, reception hall manager, musicians, etc.
Order wedding cake, if not supplied by caterer.
Finalize ceremony details with officiant.
Make rehearsal arrangements.
Plan rehearsal dinner.
Plan bridesmaids' luncheon.
Make appointments with hairdresser.
Arrange accommodations for out-of-town attendants or guests.
Finalize honeymoon plans.
One Month Before:
Have a final fitting for your gown and bridal attendants' gowns.
Have a formal bridal portrait taken.
Complete all physical or dental appointments.
Get marriage license.
Make transportation arrangements for the wedding day.
Purchase gifts for attendants.
Purchase gift for fiance, if gifts are being exchanged.
Have the bridesmaids' luncheon.
Purchase going away outfit.
Keep a careful record of all gifts received (write thank-you notes immediately).
Make sure you have all accessories, toasting goblets, ring pillow, garter, candles, etc.
Select responsible person to handle guest book and determine its location.
Two Weeks Before:
Attend to business and legal details. Get necessary forms to change your name.
Prepare wedding announcements to be sent to newspaper.
Reconfirm the accommodations for out-of-town guests.
Arrange to have possessions and gifts moved to your new home.
Give a change-of-address card to the post office.
Finish addressing announcements to be mailed on the wedding day.
One Week Before:
Contact guests who have not responded.
Give the final count to caterer and review details.
Go over final details with all professional services you have engaged.
Give photographer the list of pictures you want.
Give the videographer a list of shots you would like included in the video.
Give all musicians the lists of music for the ceremony and reception.
Plan the seating arrangements.
Arrange for someone to assist with last-minute errands and to help you dress.
Practice having you hair done to make sure it comes out properly.
Practice using your make-up in the same type of lighting you will have on the wedding date.
Keep up with the writing of thank-you notes.
Pack your suitcase for the honeymoon.
Make sure you have the marriage license.
Make sure you have the wedding rings and they fit.
Make sure all wedding attire is picked up and fits properly.
Have a rehearsal with all participants, reviewing their duties.
Attend rehearsal dinner party. Stay calm and enjoy yourself.
Stay with family the night before the wedding.
Go to bed early to look and feel rested for the ceremony.
On the Wedding Day:
Be sure to eat something.
Take a nice relaxing bath.
Style hair at least three to four hours before the ceremony.
Make sure nails are polished.
Allow plenty of time to apply make-up.
Start dressing one to one-and-a-half hours before the ceremony.
Have the musicians begin playing thirty minutes before the ceremony.
As guests arrive, have them seated. Seat Groom's parents five minutes before the ceremony.
Immediately before procession, the bride's mother is seated.
Send announcements and wedding pictures to newspapers.
After the wedding:
Write and mail thank-you notes.
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