Throughout the wedding planning process, you will discuss and ultimately decide on many details with your partner, vendors, friends and family members. Keep track of the information in a notebook or binder. Use or create tabs to organize it by sections so you can easily find what you need when you need it. Make it a size that’s easy to transport, as it will likely not leave your side until after the wedding.
Following is a standard checklist to start with — you may want to add your own special details to the list.
Six months or more prior
n Announce your engagement to family and friends.
n Create a budget.
n Set a wedding date or season.
n Select the wedding party.
n Choose invitations.
n Select gowns and tuxedos.
n Register a name for your wedding website.
n Visit ceremony, rehearsal dinner and reception sites.
n Interview caterers, photographers, videographers, florists, performing artists and musicians.
n Order passports and check immunization if leaving the country.
Three to six months prior
n Contact photographer, caterer, cake baker, florist, musicians, performing artists and transporters.
n Schedule fittings for you and attendants.
n Finalize rentals and site for ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner.
n Select wedding rings.
n Finalize music selection.
n Start selecting flowers.
n Finalize honeymoon and transportation plans (commercial or private). Get it in writing so no one is confused and late.
Two to three months prior
n Register for wedding gifts at the stores of your choice.
n Send invitations.
n Complete guest list.
n Reserve block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
n Update your website with directions and hotel information.
n Set hair, nail and makeup appointments for wedding day and bridal portrait.
n Arrange care for pets if necessary.
n Get marriage license and get forms for name change if necessary.
One week prior
n Complete ceremony and reception seating.
n Pack for honeymoon.
n Provide “special request” photo and music lists for photographer, videographer and ceremony and reception musicians.
n Remind attendants to pick up their formal wear.
n Finalize guest list and give to caterer or reception management.
n Assign transportation of gifts, guest book, personal belongings and return of groom’s tuxedo.
n Arrange for post office to hold mail.
n Make spa appointment for wedding party for massage, manicures and pedicures.
Wedding Day Eve
n Distribute wedding day schedule to wedding party.
n Attend wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
n Nap, rest easy because all is well.