Countdown Calendar

12 Months Prior:

  • Confirm wedding date
  • Discuss budget and decide who's contributing to what
  • Choose attendants and gowns for bridal party
  • Create a wedding website
  • Purchase wedding insurance
  • Begin working on guest list
  • Check out ceremony and reception venues
  • Get engagement pictures taken
  • Assemble list of wedding professionals:
    • Planner
    • Caterer
    • Florist
    • Photographer/Videographer
    • Musicians and/or DJ
  • Start shopping for wedding dress and veil
  • Order Save-the-Dates

10-11 Months Prior:

  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories
  • Reserve ceremony and reception venues
  • Purchase wedding dress and veil
  • Contact ceremony officiant
  • Send out Save-the-Dates
  • Book wedding planner, caterer, florist, photographer, videographer, musicians and/or DJ

8-9 Months Prior:

  • Find lodging for out-of-town guests and reserve rooms
  • Shop for wedding invitations
  • Refine guest list
  • Create gift registries at several different retailers
  • Start planning honeymoon

6-7 Months Prior:

  • Discuss ceremonial plans with officiant
  • Schedule cake tastings and research flavors and styles
  • Finalize groomsman attire
  • Reserve any necessary rentals: chairs, linens, decorations, lighting etc.
  • Figure out and book transportation to and from venues
  • Purchase wedding rings
  • Order wedding invitations

4-5 Months Prior:

  • Decide on flowers: wedding party, attendants, venue, cake, etc.
  • Finalize guest list
  • Make reservation for rehearsal dinner
  • Order wedding cake
  • Book room for wedding night
  • Schedule dress fittings
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels
  • Prepare play/do-no-play lists for reception

3 Months Prior:

  • Make ceremony purchases: toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket, ring pillow
  • Finalize honeymoon plans and prepare all necessary travel documents
  • Finalize reception menu
  • Schedule marriage counseling
  • Arrange reception seating
  • Book hair and makeup consultations
  • Order wedding favors
  • Finalize any special readings for ceremony and contact readers

2 Months Prior:

  • Mail out wedding invitations and organize RSVPs
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Purchase gifts for attendants
  • Make spa reservations for you and your bridal party
  • Finalize reception seating
  • Start writing vows
  • Design layout for wedding program
  • Meet with officiant and review details
  • Finalize playlists with musicians
  • Create wedding day timeline and send to bridal party, officiant and wedding professionals

1 Month Prior:

  • Call all vendors to confirm date, times and location
  • Have your final dress fitting
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Write Thank You notes as gifts are received
  • Order wedding programs
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Acquire marriage license

2 Weeks Prior:

  • Give final head count to caterer
  • Follow up with guests who have not responded
  • Make arrangements with someone to handle wedding attire (tux rentals, etc)
  • Delegate wedding day duties
  • Get final haircut and color
  • Plan honeymoon wardrobe

1 Week Prior:

  • Assemble wedding day emergency kit
  • Prepare vendor payments & cash tips
  • Confirm image & video requests with photographer/videographer
  • Confirm any special music/reading details for ceremony

The Day Before:

  • Greet out-of-town guests and deliver welcome baskets
  • Get mani/pedi/massage
  • Attend wedding rehearsal and have fun at the rehearsal dinner
  • Get to bed early!

The Big Day:

  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Allow plenty of time to get ready
  • Give wedding rings and officiant fee to best man
  • Relax and enjoy your special day!

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