Free Wedding Planning Guide and Checklist
With so much to do, every bride needs a surefire way to get
organized and stay on track as she countdown toward that
all-important day. Hereís a guide and checklist you wonít want
to be without.
12 Months Before
*Buy a wedding planner and organizer (The only realistic
alternative to not being well organized is hiring a wedding
consultant to manage the details for you.) *Talk with your
fiance (and parents if they will be paying the bill and adding
to the guest list) about the size and a budget, possible date,
and location for the wedding. *Reserve the ceremony and
reception sites. (If the wedding will take place in a large
city, donít dilly dally on this one. Wedding venues can be
booked up solid for a year.) *Begin shopping for your dress.
(You could be looking for that perfect gown for months, and most
shops need at least four months to fill an order. Look for
styles appropriate for the wedding venue and time of day.) *Shop
for or begin making save-the-date cards. *Send your engagement
announcement to newspapers.
10 Months Before
*Make an appointment to meet with your clergyman. (At the time
you make your appointment, let him know your wedding date. You
and your fiance should arrange to meet with him as soon as
possible, especially if you live in a large city or are planning
to write your own wedding vows.) *Begin scouting around for a
baker, caterer, florist, musicians, and photographers. (Once you
have found them, ask about and review price options.)
8 Months Before
*Research honeymoon destinations and prices. *Begin the guest
list. (Generally, half of the invited guests are the brideís and
half are the groomís.) *Order your dress. *Book vendors and
musicians or a dj. *Choose bridal registries and gifts you would
like to receive. *Reserve a block of rooms for out-of-town
6 Months Before
*Mail save-the-day notices. *Select menu and flower
arrangements. *Order wedding stationery. *Shop for bridesmaidsí
dresses. *Reserve rentals (tents, fans, etc.). *Make honeymoon
and flight reservations. *Reserve hotel room for your wedding
4 Months Before
*Finalize guest list. *Have first dress fitting. *Order wedding
rings. *Schedule rehearsals. *Find out if blood tests will be
required. *Get change-of-name forms. *Visit the formalwear shop.
2 Months Before
*Shop for lingerie and honeymoon clothes. *Pick out shoes. (When
you get them home, donít forget to scuff up soles to prevent
slipping.) *Mail wedding invitations. *Finalize vows and give
copies to clergyman and groom. *Select gifts for attendants. *If
necessary, get change of address forms from post office.
1 Month Before
*Have final dress fitting. *Pick up rings. *Have programs
printed. *Confirm all reservations. *Send announcement to
2 Weeks Before
*Get marriage license. *Make final arrangements with
photographer. *Organize seating plans. *Begin writing thank-you
notes. *Type up toasts for the rehearsal dinner and reception.
*Give final guest count to caterer.
1 Week Before
*Pack for the honeymoon. *Make necessary banking arrangements.
*Host bridesmaidsí party and distribute gifts. *Pick up wedding
dress. *Confirm rehearsal dinner plans with attendants.
1 Day Before
*Have manicure and pedicure. *Attend rehearsal and dinner. *Mail
*Eat breakfast. *Visit hairstylist and have nails touched up.
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