Just engaged? Not sure where to start? Wedding stationery isn’t the only thing you have to worry about. Check out the month-to-month timeline of your wedding to-dos that I have provided below. This should help you organize and plan your wedding efficiently and stress free! If your interested in my design services please fill out my contact form
12 Months Before
- Envision your wedding and draw up a budget.
- Choose a Date and Time
- Select several date options, then check with your venues, officiant and important guests before finalizing.
- Select a venue.
- Choose your color palette for your wedding.
- Look through books, magazines, and Pinterest to create a moodboard.
- Research your wedding stationery.
8-10 Months Before
- Bride: Shop for and order your gown.
- Choose your floral décor.
- Research and book your wedding professionals.
- Interview vendors: photographer, videographer, reception band or DJ, and florist.
- Research a wedding insurance policy to protect your deposits.
- Research & reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
- Register for gifts.
- Make a wedding website.
- Research and book rental company for additional items.
- Finalize all your wedding stationery.
6-8 Months Before
- Order bridesmaid dresses.
- Start planning honeymoon.
- Send save-the-date cards.
4-6 Months Before
- Order invitations and wedding rings.
- Shop for formal wear.
- Renew or get passports, if necessary.
- Research, interview and book a cake designer.
- Months Before
- Order wedding cake.
- Have your Wedding Shower.
- Groom: Rent the men’s formalwear.
- Hire wedding day transport.
2 Months Before
- 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
- Apply for a marriage license.
- 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.
- Make sure bridesmaids have their gowns ready.
- Make last-minute adjustments with vendors.
- Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.
2 Weeks Before
- Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent a response.
- Deliver must-have shot lists to your photographer & videographer.
- Deliver final song list to your DJ or band leader.
- Bride: Get your last prewedding haircut and color.
1 Week Before
- 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, or finalize list with the calligrapher you’ve hired.
- 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
- 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, 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.
- Call the limousine or car rental company for 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.
- Deliver welcome baskets to the hotel concierge; include names and delivery instructions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Introduce your reception site manager to your consultant or maid of honor for questions or problems during the reception.
- Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer’s contact so he/she knows who’s who.
- 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 especially helpful.