Deadlines & Details

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There are so many things to remember when planning a wedding. 

To ensure success – and your sanity – the key is organization. We’ve compiled a detailed checklist that pays special attention to time-sensitive deadlines, so you can create a foolproof calendar and to-do list.

12 months +

♦ Select date, time and place. Then reserve venues!

♦ Decide on wedding size and style.

♦ Hire wedding consultant (if applicable) and create wedding website.

♦ Shop for gown.

♦ Begin guest list.

9-12 months

♦ Research honeymoon destinations.

♦ Book musicians, DJ, florist, photographer, videographer and limousines.

♦ Order invitations.

♦ Purchase gown and begin alterations.

♦ Ask friends to be in wedding party and order bridesmaid dresses.

6-9 months

♦ Finalize guest list and send save-the-date cards.

♦ Book appointments for hair, nails and make-up.

♦ Reserve attire for groom and groomsmen.

♦ Order cake(s).

♦ Purchase rings.

3-6 months

♦ Secure bridal accessories (such as shoes, jewelry, garter and mementos)

♦ Give musicians a list of songs you want them to play (or to avoid).  

♦ Make food choices with venue.

2 months

♦ Mail invitations.

1 month

♦ Give photographer a list of pictures you want taken.

1 week

♦ Give final head count to reception venue.

The day before

♦ Hold rehearsal ceremony and dinner. 

♦ Deliver everything to site and work out any kinks.  

♦ Give marriage license to officiant.

♦ Present gifts to wedding party, parents and any other honored guests.

The day of

♦ Give rings and officiant’s fee to best man.

♦ Designate liaison for photographer to ensure all necessary pictures are taken.


NOTE: Larger cities have long waiting lists for wedding vendors so you may need to act sooner!

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