6 - 12 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR BIG DAY.
Decide on a date.
Make an appointment with Clergyman / Officiant.
Determine a budget.
Compose a guest list.
Set time, location of Ceremony, Rehearsal & Reception Venue.
Choose Professional Photographer / Videographer.
Shop for wedding gown: Several fittings will be required.
Obtain Floral & Music estimates; book services if possible.
Register with gift registry.
Select brides maids.
Pick a honeymoon destination: (renew passports & inoculations.)
Begin selection of a Caterer.
Set a date to order dresses for bridesmaids.
6 MONTHS TO THE BIG DAY!
Finalize guest lists.
Order invitations & announcements.
Order personal stationary & thank you notes.
Men choose attire.
Make honeymoon reservations.
Confirm delivery of bridal gown.
Make appointment for bridal portrait.
Order wedding cake.
Arrange transportation for the bridal party to & from ceremony/reception.
Go over details of reception with caterer / hotel manager.
If you are renting any equipment, reserve now. (arch, floral pillars etc.)
8 WEEKS TO THE BIG DAY
Inform clergyman of all the details of your ceremony.
Apply for marriage licence.
Keep a gift diary - send thank you notes as gifts arrive.
Fine tune guest list.
Plan rehearsal dinner.
Select attendants' gifts, grooms gift.
Check all services.
Make moving arrangements.
Final gown fitting.
Bridal portrait setting.
THE MONTH BEFORE - COUNTING DOWN!
Plan your wedding day hair style. (bring headpiece & veil).
Make room reservations for out of town guests.
Check wedding party apparel.
Confirm music arrangements & check selections.
Make reservations for bridesmaids' luncheon.
Schedule rehearsal for 1 - 2 days prior to wedding.
Discuss rehearsal dinner with hosts.
Prepare an emergency kit - extra lipstick, sewing kit, bandaids, safety pins, extra stockings, etc
2 WEEKS TO GO!
Schedule hair appointment for day of wedding.
Final check on bridal party clothing.
Arrange for name & address change.
Check with caterer / reception venue with last minute changes.
1 WEEK TO GO.
Check wedding dress (pressing/steaming) and hang up.
Remind rehearsal dinner guests of time / location.
Start honeymoon packing.
Wrap groom's & attendants' gifts.
Give ushers guest list.
Check wedding announcements, ready to mail day after wedding.
Remind wedding party of exact time & place.
Go over final details of ceremony & reception with all parties involved.
Ask a family member to check ceremony/reception locations for forgotten items
THE DAY BEFORE
RELAX ! if you have followed this check list - you have thought of everything
Have manicure & pedicure done.
Attend wedding rehearsal & dinner.
Hair & make-up.
Pack a change of clothes if you will be heading off to a honeymoon.
TODAY IS YOUR WEDDING DAY
Eat! Breakfast is a must
Breath ! Enjoy your day.