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.
♦ 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.
♦ 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.
♦ 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.
♦ Mail invitations.
♦ Give photographer a list of pictures you want taken.
♦ 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!