• Pick a wedding date and time. Select several options, then check with yourvenues, officiant and important guests before finalizing.
  • Start planning the guest list.
  • Look for and book ceremony sites andreception sites.
  • Ask friends and relatives to be in the wedding parddiel
    • Bride: Think about, shop for and order your gown.
    • Envision reception food.
    • Think about your floral dΓ©cor.
    • Research and reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests.
    • Register for gifts.
    • Contact rental companies if you need to rent anything for the ceremony or reception, such as chairs, tables and a tent.
    • Book ceremony musicians
    • Start planning honeymoon.
    • Send save-the-date cards. Th
    • Attend prewedding counseling, if required.
    • Shop for and order invitations and wedding rings.
    • Shop for formalwear.
    • Envision your wedding cake and research,

    3 months before

    OrderΒ wedding cake.

    • Groom: Rent the men’s formalwear.
    • wedding day transpor
    • 2 months before
    • Date: ______________________
      • Mail your invitations.
      • Write your vows.
      • Purchase gifts for parents, attendants and each other.
      • Book your stylist and try out wedding day hairstyles.
      • Book a makeup artist and go for a trial run.

      1 month before

      Date: ______________________

      • Apply for a marriage license. Check with the local bureau in the town where you’ll wed.
      • Bride: Have final gown fitting. Bring your maid of honor along to learn how to bustle your dress. Have the dress pressed and bring it home.
      • Call all bridesmaids. Make sure they have their gowns ready for the wedding.
      • Make last-minute adjustments with vendors.
      • Create a wedding program to hand out to guests.
      • Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.

      2 weeks before

      Date: ______________________

      • Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent a response.
      • Deliver must-have shot lists to your photographer and videographer. Include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken.
      • Deliver final song list to your DJ or bandleader. Include special song requests and songs you don’t want played.
      • Bride: Get your last prewedding haircut and color.

      1 week before

      Date: ______________________

      • Give reception site/caterer final guest head count. Include vendors, such as the photographer or band members, who will expect a meal. Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare.
      • Supply location manager with a list of vendor requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed for a florist.
      • Plan reception seating chart.
      • Print place and table cards
      • Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements.
      • Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.
      • Groom: Get your hair trimmed.
      • Attend bachelor/ette parties.

      2–3 days before

      Date: ______________________

      • Bride: If you need to, have your gown pressed or steamed.
      • Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear.
      • Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
      • Determine wedding party positions during the ceremony and the order of the party in the processional and recessional.
      • Hand off place cards, table cards, menus, disposable cameras, favors and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer and/or reception site manager.
      • Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions.
      • Transportation pickup times and locations.
      • Arrange for guests without cars to be picked up from the airport or train station. Ask friends, attendants or relatives to help

      Day before

      Date: ______________________

      • Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.
      • Write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts (usually your parents, if not you) about any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.

      Night before

      Date: ______________________

      • Rehearse ceremony. Meet with wedding party, ceremony readers, immediate family and your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out the details.
      • Bring unity candle, aisle runner, yarmulkes or other ceremony accessories to the site.
      • Give your marriage license to your officiant.
      • Attend rehearsal dinner.
      • Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner. You’ll want to do this especially if the gifts are accessories to be worn during the wedding.

      Day of

      Date: ______________________

      • Present parents and each other with gifts.
      • Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honor to hold during the ceremony.
      • Give best man the officiant’s fee envelope, to be handed off after the ceremony.
      • Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer’s contact so he/she knows who’s who.


      Date: ______________________

      • Prearrange for someone to return any rentals.
      • Preplan for attendants to take the bride’s gown for cleaning and return the groom’s tux to the rental shop.
      • Write and send thank-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especial

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