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       Your 12-MonthWedding
Planning Guide
Use this handy checklist to help you plan a wedding filled with wonderful, stress- free memories!
   12+ months
6-8 monthsbefore □ Purchase your wedding rings. Order
□ Negotiate rates and book a block of hotel
rooms for out-of-town guests.
□ Arrange wedding-night accommodations for
the two of you.
□ Send save-the-date announcements.
□ Select ceremony readings and write personal
□ Ask relatives and friends to help at wedding
4-6 months
□ Determine order of wedding day events. □ Have programs printed for the ceremony. □ Book rehearsal dinner venue.
□ Book a stylist for your wedding day hair
and makeup.
□ Update or add items to your bridal
registry, if needed.
□ Purchase wedding shoes; begin breaking
them in.
□ Finalize honeymoon plans.
2-4 months
□ Purchase gifts for all wedding party members and your parents.
□ Arrange transportation for bride and groom from the ceremony site to the reception.
□ Purchase ceremony accessories (unity candle, guest book, ring pillow, etc.).
□ Shop for wedding favors.
□ Create hotel information cards and maps
to include with wedding invitations.
□ Start addressing envelopes.
6-8 weeks
□ Go to final gown fitting; arrange for pickup or delivery.
□ Mail wedding invitations.
□ Get your marriage license.
□ Send rehearsal dinner invitations.
□ Write thank-you notes as you receive gifts.
□ Purchase a gift for your spouse-to-be.
4-6 weeks
□ Confirm floral order and arrange for delivery times.
□ Give photographer and videographer your "must have" shot list.
□ Arrange for transportation to and from the airport.
□ Announce your engagement. before
□ Set a date for your wedding.
□ Decide on budget and expense sharing.
□ Identify your wedding style and color palette.
□ Find a venue for your ceremony and
reception, and reserve your date.
□ Determine number of guests.
□ Research and book your photographer
and videographer.
□ Consider hiring a wedding planner.
□ Begin shopping for your wedding gown.
□ Have engagement pictures taken.
10-12 months
□ Choose your wedding party.
□ Book your DJ or reception band, and
ceremony musician.
□ Register for wedding gifts.
□ Research airline, hotel and rental car
reservations for out-of-town guests.
8-10 months
□ Select and order bridesmaids’ gowns and groom's/groomsmen’s attire.
□ Taste a variety of wedding cakes and select a baker; place cake order and arrange for delivery.
□ Create welcome bags for out-of-town guests. □ Finalize honeymoon plans.
□ Book your florist.
□ Book your caterer.
□ Decide on food and beverage to be served
at reception.
□ Coordinate with vendors to incorporate your
theme/style into all aspects of your wedding.
□ Reserve rental items for ceremony and
□ Select music for ceremony and reception.
□ Purchase wedding invitations, stationery,
table and escort cards and thank-you notes.
□ Purchase bridal accessories: jewelry,
lingerie, etc.
□ Discuss the type of honeymoon you want, and
research potential destinations.
all vendors.
and reception.
2-4 weeks
□ Contact guests who have not RSVP’d.
□ Submit final guest count to the caterer. □ Review final details and timetables with
1 week
□ Pick up your wedding dress.
□ Write and mail a note to both sets of parents,
thanking them for their love and support. □ Put together wedding day emergency kit
(aspirin, bobby pins, safety pins, mints, etc.). □ Begin packing for the honeymoon.
1 day
□ Get a manicure and pedicure.
□ Pack things to take to the wedding site.
□ Give your marriage license to your officiant
now so you don’t have to worry about it
in the morning.
□ Rehearse the wedding and attend the
rehearsal dinner.
□ Give attendants their gifts at the
rehearsal dinner.
□ Find a quiet moment to exchange
wedding gifts with your fiancé.
Wedding Day
□ Eat a good breakfast.
□ Get your hair and makeup done.
□ Hand off your rings to someone you trust and
make sure they arrive at the ceremony safely. □ Relax and enjoy your day!
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