Bride's Planning Calendar
Countdown to your Wedding Day

6 to 12 Months before your Wedding
  • Set your date and time
  • Choose a caterer if one is necessary
  • Announce your engagement
  • Apply for a marriage license
  • Determine the wedding style
  • Contract services with photographer
  • Work out a basic budget
  • Contract services with videographer
  • Start your guest list with addresses
  • Contract musicians, DJ's etc.
  • Select your bridal party
  • Decide on a color scheme
  • Select wedding site and ceremony officiant
  • Shop for your wedding dress
  • Choose and contract with reception site
  • Choose bridesmaids' dresses
  • Announce engagement in the newspaper
  • Choose a florist
3 to 6 Months before your Wedding
  • Order invitations and other printed items
  • Make final ceremony arrangements
  • Order accessories such as toasting glasses, ring bearer's pillow, garters, etc.
  • Sign contracts and place deposits
  • Order reception items such as guest book, matches, napkins, etc.
  • Finalize guests' lists
  • Register your gift preferences with stores
  • Choose your wedding rings
  • Finalize organist and/or vocalist
  • Contract transportation/limousine
  • Coordinate mothers' dresses
  • Discuss honeymoon options with fiance
  • Confirm all bridal attire is ordered
  • Discuss where you will live
2 Months before your Wedding
  • Address and send out your invitations
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Arrange your final dress fittings
  • Attend your bridal shower
  • Confirm arrangements with all service providers
  • Confirm rehearsal arrangements
  • Set appointment with hairdresser
  • Make rehearsal dinner arrangements
3 Weeks to 1 Month before your Wedding
  • Final fitting for you and your attendants
  • Take your formal bridal portrait
  • Purchase bridal-party gifts
  • Get blood test and marriage license
  • Get name-change forms for Social Security, drivers license, credit cards, bank, etc.
  • File address change with post office
  • Call guests who have not responded
  • Confirm you have all accessories
  • Prepare wedding announcements for newspapers
  • Plan reception seating arrangements
  • Confirm detail with wedding pros
The Day before your Wedding
  • Get a manicure and a pedicure
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Confirm travel arrangements
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal party
  • Make sure you have the wedding rings
  • Confirm everything is picked up
  • Make sure you have the marriage license
  • Go to bed early and try to relax
On Your Wedding Day
  • Be sure to eat something
  • Make sure nails are done
  • Allow plenty of time to apply make-up
  • Take a nice relaxing bubble bath
  • Have all your accessories together
  • Start dressing 1 to 1 1/2 hours before the ceremony
  • Fix hair or have it done at least 3-4 hours before the ceremony
  • If pictures are being taken minutes before the ceremony, have yourself and attendants ready 2 hours before the ceremony
  • Arrange to have the music start thirty minutes before the ceremony
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