You’re engaged! Now what!?

A simple guide to keep you on track during the planning process. Keep in mind, your wedding is just that, yours. There is no right or wrong way to carry out the details. However, use this as a basis and you’ll be golden!

6 – 12 months before the 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 / DJ
Shop for wedding gown: Several fittings will be required.
Obtain Floral & Music estimates; book services if possible.
Register with gift registry.
Select bride maids.
Pick a honeymoon destination: (renew passports & inoculations if required.)
Begin selection of a Caterer.
Set a date to order dresses for bridesmaids.

5 months before the big day

Finalize guest lists.
Order invitations & announcements.
Order personal stationary & thank you notes.
Plan reception.
Choose florist.
Men choose attire.
Make honeymoon plans. (Honeymoon Gift Registry will save you $$)
Choose caterer.
Confirm delivery of bridal gown.
Make appointment for bridal portrait.
Order wedding cake and or grooms cake.
Arrange transportation for all members of bridal party to & from ceremony & reception locations.
Go over details of reception with caterer / hotel manager.
If you are renting any equipment, reserve it now. (tent, chairs, arch, floral, pillars etc.)

2 months before the big day

Inform clergyman of all the details of your ceremony.
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.

1 month before the big day

Choose wedding bands.
Mail invitations.
Make room reservations for out of town guests.
Check wedding party apparel.
Confirm music arrangements & check selections.
Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon.
Discuss rehearsal dinner with hosts.
Attend showers.
Marriage license.

2 weeks before the big day

Plan your wedding day hair style. (bring headpiece & veil).
Schedule hair appointment for day of wedding.
Final check on bridal party clothing.
Notify newspapers.
Arrange for name & address change.
Check with caterer / reception venue with any last minute changes.

1 week before the big day

Remind rehearsal dinner guests of time / location.
Start honeymoon packing.
Wrap groom’s & attendants’ gifts.
Check wedding announcements, stamped & ready to mail day after wedding.
(Personalize your postage with custom stamps!)
Bridesmaids’ luncheon.
Schedule rehearsal for 1 – 2 days prior to wedding.
Remind wedding party of exact time & place.
Go over final details of ceremony & reception with all parties involved.

1 day before the big day

Have manicure & pedicure done.
Attend wedding rehearsal & dinner.
Give ushers guest list.