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Wedding Checklist

9-12 Months
  • Announce Engagement
  • Select Wedding Date
  • Hire wedding consultant/coordinator
  • Determine type of wedding: location, theme, # of guests, formality, time of day
  • Determine budget & how expenses will be shared
  • Buy a daytimer to keep track of appointments & events
  • Develop a record keeping system for payments
  • Create an approximate # guest list
  • Decide if you will be inviting children or not
  • Select and reserve ceremony site
  • Select and book Officiant/Priest/Minister/Rabbi
  • Select and book reception location
  • Select and order bridal gown
  • Determine color scheme
  • If ceremony or reception is at a home, arrange for any home improvements
  • Obtain, passports, visas, birth certificates, any documents need for travel and/or marriage licenses

 

6-9 Months
  • Select and book caterer, if needed
  • Select and book photographer
  • Select wedding party
  • Give wedding party a list of their responsibilities
  • Select and buy attire or bridesmaids & flower girl
  • Select and buy attire for mothers of the bride and groom
  • Select and book ceremony musicians
  • Select and book live band or DJ for reception
  • Select and book videography
  • Select and book florist
  • Register for your wedding gifts (this can be done sooner)

 

4-6 Months
  • Schedule fittings for custom made bridesmaids gowns
  • Arrange marriage prep-courses, if necessary
  • Reserve rental items
  • Select and book decorator
  • Finalize an A and B list of guests
  • Select and order invitations and other wedding stationary
  • Set date, time and location for rehearsal dinner
  • Select and book honeymoon night suite
  • Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Start planning your honeymoon
  • Shop for your wedding gifts to each other
  • Shop for your wedding gifts to your wedding party
  • Shop for your wedding gifts to your parents
  • Buy shoes, lingerie and accessories for the bride
  • Buy shoes and accessories for the bridesmaids
  • Select and order wedding bands

 

2-4 Months
  • Take formal engagement picture
  • Select and order wedding cake
  • Select and order decorations and favors
  • Purchase honeymoon attire and luggage
  • Select and book wedding day transportation
  • Start addressing your invitations
  • Plan activities for out-of-town guests (optional)
  • Go on trials and book wedding day hair and makeup. Bring your headpiece and wear a white shirt
  • Obtain marriage license (expires in 3 months)
  • Send out your invitations
  • Select ceremony readers
  • Select ushers to seat your guests
  • Select guest book attendant
  • Select your MC
  • Mail invitations to shower
  • Get photography permit, if needed

 

6-8 Weeks
  • Maintain a record of RSVP's and early wedding gifts
  • Maintain a record of shower gifts and send thank you's
  • Purchase all ceremony and reception accessories: guest book, toasting glasses, garter, ring pillow, etc.
  • Select and reserve wedding attire for all gentlemen
  • Mail invitations to rehearsal dinner
  • Plan bridesmaid luncheon
  • Select your something old, new, borrowed, blue

 

2-6 Weeks
  • Finalize all food and beverages for wedding
  • Finalize all ceremony details with Officiant
  • Finalize all rehearsal arrangements
  • Finalize all floral arrangements
  • Final fittings for yourself and bridesmaids
  • Make a wedding day itinerary
  • Give a copy of the itinerary to your wedding party and vendors
  • Finalize all details with all your vendors
  • Decide order of receiving line and head table setting
  • Contact guest that haven't replied
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Give photographer a photo checklist
  • Visit reception site for floor plan
  • Create reception seating plan
  • Give musicians a list of your music selection
  • Inform attendants when and where to pick up attire
  • Determine VIP seating for ceremony seating
  • Print out seating cards
  • Pick up honeymoon tickets

 

1 Week
  • Give caterer/reception venue final tally of guests
  • Pack of your honeymoon
  • Wrap reception flavours/bombonniere
  • Arrange mail collection while you are on honeymoon

 

Day of Rehearsal Dinner
  • Drop all wedding accessories and decor off at ceremony and reception locations
  • Make sure you bring all gifts that will be handed out at dinner
  • Make sure you have all final payments in envelopes for wedding day
  • Pack over night bag for honeymoon suite
  • Make sure wedding party has their itinerary
  • Make sure gentlemen have black socks
  • Go to church for rehearsal
  • Review VIP seating with ushers at ceremony location

 

Wedding Day
  • Most of the details will be on your wedding day itinerary
  • Eat breakfast
  • Pack anything remaining on your "To Bring" list in car
  • Make sure Maid of Honour has groom's ring and Best Man has bride's ring
  • Make sure you have your marriage license, photo permit and Special Occasions Permit, if needed
  • Put your engagement ring on your right hand
  • Use your wedding day itinerary to get you through the day on some sort of trouble
Remember to look around and soak in the views of the day you planned so long and hard for.
 
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