The twelve month countdown. Use this check list as
your guideline (print it out to have handy), add your own details to create your special
wedding. Be sure all is in preparation for the big day!
12 Months before the wedding...
- Announce the engagement! Be sure to let your parents know first. This will spare any
future family arguments! (the exception to this is unless either of you have children, be
sure to tell them first!)
- Figure out what type of wedding you would like. What
are your budget requirements, where, when and how.
- After deciding on "where", make the reservations.
If your date is in the busy season between May and October be sure to reserve your
ceremony and reception location 8-12 months prior (Most common locations will be booked a
year in advance so be sure to have an alternative in mind!).
- Pick your bridal party. The maid of honor and best
man are always the first to be asked.
- Book a photographer. Most studios, like
reception halls, book up quickly during the busy wedding months so call now!
- Book a videograper. Even though Uncle Earl has
a camcorder, you may want to talk to a professional (unless you like the "shake"
- Book a caterer. Decide what you would
like served. Individual meals? Buffet style?
- Book a florist. What colors would you
- Book a band,
musicians or DJ.
- Book the transportation. Limos? Fancy cars?
- Register! As soon as your engagement announcement is out, people may want to start buying
their gifts, so make it easy for them!
9 Months before the wedding...
- Visit officiant to discuss ceremony. Traditional or
- Start shopping for your wedding dress. If you would like your
dress custom made you need at least 9 months to do so.
- Plan the wedding
reception. Pick out the "songs" (most DJ's have detailed lists to help pick out
the perfect songs).
- Begin the guest list. Before you know it, the
"list" will outgrow your desired number. All couples want everyone to be there
and this most often turns into disagreements. Create a scale and number the importance of
each guest on a rating of 1-10. The "10's" will be the first to cut, then the
"9's" until you reach a number you can accommodate.
- Visit the travel
agent to discuss honeymoon locations.
6 Months before the wedding...
- Pick out the bridal parties dresses.
- Decide on a honeymoon destination and make the
- Order your wedding rings.
3 Months before the wedding...
- Buy or rent the tuxedos for the groom and his party.
- Visit your doctor for inoculations for your
honeymoon! The last thing either of you want on your honeymoon is "Montezuma's
- Finalize the guest list and alert all to the location
of the bridal registry.
- Pick out and mail wedding invitations.
- Visit your hair stylist with your veil and choose a
style for the day. Be sure to make your appointment for the wedding day now!
- Visit florist with colors and pick out flowers.
- Check state blood test requirements and licenses.
2 Months before the wedding...
- Send wedding announcements to the newspaper(s).
Usually the Sunday paper is your best bet, but check all possibilities.
- Buy gifts for the bridal party. Some ideas may be necklaces with
individual birth stones or guardian angel pins.
- Time to pick up the rings. Be sure to check the
- Book accommodations for out of town guests or send
lists of local hotels and motels to those guests.
1 Month before the wedding...
- Shop for your honeymoon clothes. Bridal showers
usually supply the lingerie, but you may want to check out a back up set just in case your
friends' taste is not close to your own.
- Record wedding gifts as they come for the "thank
you" notes. Be sure to write down who sent the gift and what they sent!
- You may want to send the "thank you" notes
now or send all after the wedding.
- Plan the wedding rehearsals.
- Plan and book the rehearsal dinner.
- Visit your caterer and taste the food for the wedding. Sample wine choices as well.
- Discuss requirements with your photographer
and videographer. Most studios have requirements already written out for you.
2 Weeks before the wedding...
- Pick up honeymoon
tickets (airline tickets, itineraries, etc.).
- Buy traveler's
checks. Don't bring cash only! Traveler's checks
insure your money, this will reduce unneeded stress.
- Pick up your marriage license.
- Bachelor and Bachelorette parties ("Bachelorette
party" is usually the wedding shower).
- Now is a good time for a facial and full body massage to reduce
1 Week before the wedding...
Congratulations! You are
ready for that big day!
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