Wedding Planning Time Line


One Year Before

- Announce your engagement to friends and family.

- Choose your wedding style and formality.

- Set a tentative date for your wedding (this may change according to the availability of the vendors
in which you are interested).

- Work out your budget – Know how much you have to spend before you start hiring vendors. Consider
hiring a bridal consultant to help you plan.

- Start shopping for engagement and wedding rings. Prepare your provisional guest list to determine
the size of your wedding.

- Select your bridal party and wedding day assistant and discuss important events they will need to attend.

- Decide on a ceremony site: Whether it’s a house of worship or a hotel lobby, you need to know where
you will exchange vows.

- Choose and reserve your Officiant.

- Search for a reception location and secure your date with a deposit.

- Choose a caterer if one is not available at your reception location.

- Decide where to book your rehearsal dinner location.  This could be the location where your reception will take place, a banquet facility, restaurant or at home. Check with your officiant’s schedule for the
rehearsal dinner.

- Shop for your dress – It can take several months for your dress to arrive, and then you may need several fittings.

- After you’ve found your dress, schedule your fittings and delivery date. Then select the bridesmaids’ gowns.

- Start the search for your wedding vendors. Photographers and Videographers get booked
early, so start with them first.

- Begin the search for your transportation, flowers, rentals and stationery. Speak to a travel agent about honeymoon destinations and update your passports and vaccinations if necessary.

- For Jewish weddings, order the Ketubah.

9 Months Before

- Start finalizing the guest list and gathering addresses.

- Choose a Bridal Registry and register for your gift preferences.

- Select and order groom’s and attendants' attire. Decide whether to purchase or rent.  Schedule fittings and pick-up or delivery date.

- Finalize all wedding vendors and secure your date by putting down deposits.

- Once you’ve chosen your wedding photographer, schedule your engagement photos to be taken and
submit your announcement to the newspaper.

- Finalize the plans for your honeymoon.

- Select and order your invitations.

- Consider wedding insurance.

6 Months Before

- Prepare all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception.

- Meet with your florist and choose floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception, as well as bouquets for you and your bridesmaids.

- Meet with all your wedding vendors to finalize any orders and reservations.

- Plan your bridesmaids luncheon and any other parties.

- Order your wedding cake if your caterer doesn’t provide one.

- Begin doing your research for your marriage license and blood tests.

- Meet with both sets of parents to coordinate their attire.


4 Months Before

- Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests.

- Research things to do in town during their stay.

- Address and send out your invitations and
announcements. Include information regarding the accommodations.

- Arrange for final dress fittings.

- Purchase wedding guest book.

- Order your wedding favors, bridal party gifts and
other wedding accessories (champagne glasses,
ring bearer pillow, cake knife, etc.).

2 Months Before

- Make appointment with your beautician for wedding day hair styles for you and your bridal party.

- Set up any other appointments for pre-wedding cuts, colors or perms.

- Make appointments for you and your bridal party to get manicures, pedicures, massages, spa treatments, etc.

- Choose a make-up artist and schedule a trial.

- Start gathering your RSVPs.

- Finalize your dates for your last-minute dress fittings.

- Purchase bridal party gifts and gift for your fiancé.

- Assign a friend or family member, not in the wedding party, to be your “wedding assistant” for the day of your wedding to help with special photos and songs.


1 Month Before

- Finalize and confirm all ceremony & reception plans.

- Finalize rehearsal dinner details.

- Go over song lists and requests with your band or DJ.

Give your photographer a “must-have list” – a list of posed photographs you want taken. 

- Confirm when final payments need to be made to vendors.

- Call guests who have not responded.

- Draw up seating arrangements for the reception.

- Have a “practice” session with the hairstylists and make-up artists you will use on your wedding day.

- Make a date with your fiancé to get your marriage license and blood tests.

- Start taking care of business such as name changes, address changes, etc...

2-3 Weeks Before

- Pick up wedding rings.

- Confirm all arrival times with vendors.

- Confirm hotel arrangements for out-of-town guests.

- Have your final dress fitting.

1 Week Before

- Give the caterer your final guest count.

- Pack your bags for the honeymoon.

- Arrange for the pick-up of your bridal attire.

- Have final fittings for groom and groomsmen and schedule the return of the groom’s tuxedo
(usually the best man will return it for him).

- Ask your bridal party to help with post-wedding tasks.

- Give gifts to your wedding party, family and fiancé privately, or at the rehearsal dinner.

- Make arrangements for your wedding gifts to be brought to your “new” home.

1-2 Days Before

- Get a manicure and/or pedicure.

- Confirm flight arrangements for the honeymoon.

- Make payment envelopes for each vendor and give them to your wedding day assistant along with your
marriage license to take care of at the wedding.

- Arrange a get-away car for after the reception to include all your honeymoon essentials (luggage,
tickets, etc.).

- Put together a bridal emergency kit for your wedding day including stockings, sewing kit, safety pins, etc.

- Compile a list of all your wedding vendors with phone numbers to ensure a stress-free wedding.

- Attend your rehearsal dinner.

- Get plenty of rest before the big day! Your Wedding Day (finally)!

- Get your hair and make-up done early.

- Make sure you get plenty to eat and drink a lot of water. You don’t want to faint.



Wedding Worksheets and Checklists

Planning for your next 12 months
Appointment Schedules
Attendants Sizes and Measurements
Bakery Worksheet
Bridal Attire Information
Bridal Attire Shopping Worksheet
Bridal Attire Worksheet
Bridal Attendants Information Worksheet
Bridal Attendants List
Bridal Attendants Worksheet
Brides Name and Change of Address Worksheet
Caterers Worksheet
Ceremony Music Information
Grooms Attendants Information
Grooms Attendants List
Grooms Attendants Worksheet
Grooms Monthly Countdown Checklist
Grooms Change of Address and Marital Status Worksheet
Menu Worksheet
Music Estimates
Reception Information
Reception Music Information
Reception Site Worksheet
Stationary Worksheet
Transportation Worksheet
Videography Worksheet
Brides Wedding Day Checklist
Final Checklist
Honeymoon Checklist
Honeymoon Itinerary

Wedding Reception Itinerary 
Wedding Day Checklist, Who Brings What?
Marriage License Checklist
Reception Seating Chart
Rehearsal Checklist
Stationary Checklist

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