Bridal Planning Checklist

Twelve-Month Planning Calendar for Brides

9 – 12 Months Before

  • Determine your budget.
  • Set the date and time.
  • Reserve Ceremony & Reception location(s).
  • Make arrangements with officiator.
  • Create a guest list.
  • Begin shopping for photographers, caterers, musicians, invitations and florists.
  • Begin shopping for wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses and rings.
  • Choose your wedding party and invite your attendants to participate.
  • Start planning your honeymoon.

6 – 9 Months Before

  • Order your wedding dress.
  • Order bridesmaid dresses (or have your bridesmaids order themselves).
  • Order invitations and stationary (for thank-you cards).
  • Select men’s apparel and reserve any rental attire.
  • Send a "Save-the-Date" announcement with hotel suggestions to those traveling.
  • Hire photographer, caterer, music providers (for ceremony & reception) and florist.
  • Determine rehearsal dinner plans and reserve location.

3 – 6 Months Before

  • Order/purchase wedding rings.
  • Order wedding cake.
  • Create your wedding registry.
  • Finalize guest list and gather addresses.
  • Track any gifts and send thank-you notes as soon as possible.
  • Finalize honeymoon plans.
  • Plan ceremony; readings, music, programs, flower girl, ring bearers, etc.
  • Select and order guest favors for the reception.
  • Find out what is required to obtain a marriage license (blood tests, papers, etc.)

1 – 2 Months Before

  • Finalize floral arrangements.
  • Confirm menu with caterer.
  • Schedule hair and make-up appointments.
  • Send invitations (6-8 weeks before).
  • Make sure all deposits and confirmations have been made with service providers.
  • Select gifts for attendants.
  • Make sure all fittings are finalized.
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans and send invitations to included guests (send after wedding invitations).

2 –4 Weeks Before

  • Track RSVP’s and finalize guest count.
  • Make seating chart for reception and create placecards (alphabetize).
  • Get marriage license.
  • Send wedding announcement to newspapers.
  • Pick up wedding dress.

1 Week Before

  • Confirm final guest count with caterer.
  • Hold wedding rehearsal.
  • Confirm travel details and pack for Honeymoon.
  • Prepare fees for officiator and service providers; mark in separate envelopes to give the appropriate parties.
  • Confirm with those giving speeches and/or toasts.
  • Arrange snacks and emergency basket for bridesmaid with mints, hairspray, extra nylons, etc.
  • Prepare cake knife and toasting glasses or arrange with caterer.

1 Day Before

  • Make any final confirmations with service providers.
  • Make sure dress, shoes, veil, rings, marriage license, etc. are ready to take to the ceremony.
  • Do something to relax!!!

Wedding Day

  • Attend beauty appointments.
  • Take photographs before or after ceremony.
  • Arrive and dress 1 to 2 hours before ceremony starts or scheduled photographs.
  • Enjoy!!!