Upon getting engaged, there are a number of questions that brides often wonder. Questions like, “What is the next step?” or “When do I handle certain tasks for the wedding?” These are normal questions to ask, and we have answers to make wedding planning a little easier. Obviously, certain tasks can be done outside of this timeframe, but this is a great guideline to follow when considering all that needs to be done for a successful wedding.

12-16 Months Before:

  • Choose your wedding date
  • Decide on wedding budget
  • Select wedding venue for ceremony and reception
  • Hire Caterer
  • Contract Photographer/videographer

8-10 months before:

  • Select bridal party
  • Secure wedding officiant
  • Hire band or DJ
  • Start compiling names and addresses for guest list
  • Set up gift registry
  • Start looking for wedding dress
  • Engagement party

5-7 Months before:

  • Finalize guest list
  • Arrange accommodations
  • Select wedding cake
  • Begin preparations for honeymoon
  • Book florist
  • Shop for wedding bands

3 Months before:

  • Send out invitations
  • Select tuxedos
  • Finalize menu items with caterer
  • Arrange transportation
  • Order wedding favors

2 Months before:

  • Choose wedding music
  • Select location for rehearsal dinner
  • Schedule dress alterations
  • Confirm order with florist

1 Month before:

  • Design wedding programs
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Final gown fitting
  • Finalize details with all vendors, including hair and makeup

1-2 Weeks before:

  • Call any non-RSVP guests
  • Give caterer finalized headcount
  • Pick up marriage license
  • Finalize song choices with DJ or band
  • Confirm rehearsal plans
  • Confirm vendor delivery times and dates
  • Confirm arrival for guests
  • Confirm honeymoon arrangements
  • Confirm rehearsal plans
  • Pick up formalwear

1 Day before:

  • Ensure all final details are squared away
  • Pack wedding-day emergency kit
  • Get manicure and pedicure
  • Put wedding attire and accessories together
  • Give rings to best man or maid of honor
  • Get a good night’s sleep!

Wedding Day:

  • Eat something and get plenty of water
  • Get hair and makeup done
  • Have someone check reception site
  • Get dressed
  • Take pre-wedding photos
  • Eat, drink, mingle and celebrate marriage

After the Honeymoon:

  • Have wedding gown and flowers preserved
  • Enjoy any leftover food given by caterer
  • Write thank-you notes
  • Change your name