Countdown to a Fascinating Wedding
Discuss finances with everyone contributing to the event and set a budget.
Set the date and ceremony/reception locations.
Establish a guest list.
Start thinking about the style and theme of your wedding.
Start shopping for a gown.
6-9 months in advance
Mail out Save-the-Dates.
Interview and book your vendors; don't forget to get a signed contract.
Choose your attendants; shop for their dresses.
Order your stationery.
Start looking into honeymoon locales.
Register for gifts.
4-6 months in advance
Book your hair/makeup help for the big day.
Plan the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
Shop for wedding bands.
Reserve a block of hotel rooms for your guests.
Finalize your honeymoon plans.
2-4 months in advance
Buy attendants' gifts.
Get the men's fashions in order.
Choose readings/music for the ceremony.
Check marriage-license requirements.
Meet with your caterer to discuss menu and drinks.
Order the cake.
Pick out favors.
Plan and shop for welcome bags.
Arrange party rentals, if necessary.
Book your wedding-night room.
4-8 weeks in advance
Mail out your invites.
Do a hair/makeup run-through.
Discuss insurance/bank account changes you'll need to make.
Send ceremony programs and reception menu and place cards to be printed.
2-4 weeks in advance
Submit a shot list to your photographer and setlist to your DJ.
Finalize the seating chart and prepare escort/place cards.
Confirm details with your vendors.
Get your final dress fitting.
1 week in advance
Give your caterer the final head count.
Pick up your dress; break in your shoes.
Pack for your honeymoon.
Organize your payments and decide who will distribute them.
1 day in advance
Get a mani-pedi.
Enjoy the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
Get plenty of sleep.