This checklist will help you in planning the most important day of your life. Feel free to print it out and give copies to those helping to plan your wedding.

6-12 Months before Wedding

  • Choose the kind of wedding you will have, date and time.
  • Discuss the budget, and who will pay for what.
  • Consider hiring a wedding coordinator.
  • Make arrangements with the officiator.
  • Reserve the wedding and reception locations.
  • Select your wedding dress, veil and accessories.
  • Choose the bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, and honored roles.
  • Have a formal black/white photo sitting for announcements.
  • Send announcements of your engagement to your fiancé's and your local and hometown newspapers.
  • Meet with the florist, photographer, caterer, videographer, and D.J. or entertainment to discuss budgets and options.
  • Discuss the guest list with fiancé and families.
  • Plan reception music.
  • Contact a rental coordinator for equipment reservations.
  • Discuss honeymoon and reservations. (Traditionally the groom makes all the honeymoon arrangements.)
  • Arrange for time off work, if necessary.
  • Buy a wedding planner and envelopes to store brochures and notes.
  • Develop record-keeping system for invitations, gifts, and thank-you notes.

4-6 Months before Wedding

  • Plan new living arrangements and home furnishings.
  • Select and register wedding gifts and patterns.
  • Select color scheme.
  • Order dress and accessories.
  • Order bridesmaids' dresses, shoes and accessories.
  • Contact men's formal wear specialist for men's attire.
  • Have parents select attire.
  • Order invitations, announcements, programs, napkins, matchbooks, and personal stationery.
  • Arrange for physical examinations, dental appointments, etc.

2 Months before Wedding

  • Choose and order wedding bands and engraving.
  • Order wedding and groom's cakes.
  • Check state/county marriage license requirements.
  • Plan ceremony, reception, menus, master of ceremonies, music, and timetables.
  • Plan rehearsal dinner, and bridesmaids' luncheon.
  • Complete guest list and address invitations.
  • Make arrangements for lodging for out-of-town guests.
  • Purchase gifts for attendants and groom.
  • Plan reception seating, if necessary.

1 Month before Wedding

  • Confirm all arrangements and Contracts
  • Mail invitations so they will arrive at least three weeks before the wedding.
  • Pickup wedding rings.
  • Arrange for transportation to ceremony to reception.
  • Attend final fittings.
  • Have your hair and makeup done as you would like to have it on your wedding day.
  • Purchase guest book and keepsake album.
  • Write thank you notes as gifts arrive.

One to Two Weeks

  • Get marriage license.
  • Give caterer final guest count.
  • Arrange to have your gown pressed and delivered.
  • Start packing for your honeymoon.
  • Give bridesmaid’s luncheon and give attendant gifts.
  • Confirm plans with attendants and all wedding professionals.
  • Note any special seating arrangements.
  • Prepare wedding day fees.

1 Day before Wedding

  • Pack the “Going-to-church” bag and an “emergency” bag.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Give your fiancée his wedding gift.

The Wedding Day

  • Have a nice relaxed breakfast.
  • Relax and enjoy your day!