Organize Your Wedding 12 Month Checklist

 

____Consult with a wedding planner.

____ Decide on style of your wedding.

____ Decide on date of your wedding.

____ Decide on location.

____ Reserve officiant.

____ Set a tentative budget.

____ Decide how expenses will be shared.

____ Decide on guest list.

____ Announce engagement.

____ Select and invite wedding party.

____ Shop for wedding rings.

____ Reserve reception location as soon as you have set the date.

____ Select and book cater.

____ Start compiling names and addresses for guest list.

____ Decide on your color scheme.

____ Start shopping for your wedding dress and headpiece.

____ Discuss where you will live after the wedding.

 

SIX TO NINE MONTHS BEFORE

____ Send your engagement announcement to the newspaper.

____ Select your bridal registry and make choices.

____ Select florist.

____ Select balloonist.

____ Select and book photographer and videographer.

____ Select and reserve rental equipment for ceremony and reception.

____ Select and book reception entertainment.

____ Order bridal gown.

____ Order bridesmaids’ dresses

____ Select bakery for wedding cake.

____ Select a travel agent and start planning your honeymoon location.

 

THREE TO SIX MONTHS BEFORE

____ Select and order invitations.

____ Complete your guest list.

____ Start health and fitness program.

____ Check on wedding dress.

____ Select formalwear for men.

____ Select and order mothers’ attire.

____ Experiment with hair style.

____ Discuss service with officiant.

____ Order favors.

 

TWO MONTHS BEFORE

____ Address invitations and announcements.

____Send invitations six weeks before.

____ Confirm all contracts and services with the professional hired.

____ Plan and book rehearsal dinner.

____ Finalize honeymoon plans.

____ Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests.

____ Purchase attendants’ gifts.

____ Choose person to attend your guest book.

____ Make reservation for the wedding night hotel.

____ Make appointment with your hair stylist on the wedding day.

 

ONE MONTH BEFORE

____ Get blood test and marriage license.

____ Have wedding dress final fitting.

____ Have bridal portrait done.

____ Complete shopping for your trousseau.

____ Purchase your accessories such as garter, candles, toasting goblets, ring pillow, etc.

____ Have wedding and engagement rings taken to jeweler for attachment and cleaning.

____ Maintain records on gifts received and send thank you notes out immediately.

____ Meet with photographer and discuss with him/her a list of shots you would like taken.

____ Meet with the entertainers and give them a list of music you would like played.

____ Assign responsibilities for :

Rental returns

Clean-up

Guest transportation

Pick-up of any last minute items

 

TWO WEEKS BEFORE

____ Pick up wedding rings and make sure they fit properly.

____ Continue writing thank you notes for gifts received.

____ Final confirmation of all services.

 

ONE WEEK BEFORE

____ Provide caterer with total guest count.

____ Provide wedding party and guests a map and timetable for rehearsal, ceremony and reception.

____ Plan seating arrangements.

____ Pick up marriage license.

____ Begin packing for honeymoon.

____ Determine what to do with floral arrangements after reception.

 

AFTER THE WEDDING

____ Send thank you notes as soon as possible after the wedding.

____ Have bridal gown cleaned and preserved.

____ Change your name on ID and important documents.

____ Change of address cards.

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