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Careful planning will enable you to truly enjoy every moment of your Wedding Day. Arrangements for a large formal wedding should ideally begin at least 8 - 12 months in advance. However, many beautiful weddings are put together in considerably less time.
The important thing is to follow a timetable, and let your contracted suppliers help you.  Share the planning duties with your fiancé, your family, and your attendants - much of the fun is doing it together!


Six to Twelve Months Ahead

Select a wedding date and begin to visualize your wedding

Decide budget;  discuss sharing of expenses

Decide type of wedding: 


___ formal
___ semi-formal 
___ informal

Choose location of ceremony



Discuss alternate dates with clergy or officiant

Decide size of wedding party and choose attendants

Select gown style


Shop:_____________________  Phone:___________________

Select veil style


Shop:_____________________  Phone:___________________

Select attendants' apparel


Shop:_____________________  Phone:___________________

Select reception facility



Select caterer/wedding consultant



Plan details of reception

Select photographer



Have engagement photos taken


Date:_____________________  Time:____________________

Select dance instructor



Select music for reception



Select videographer



Select florist/hall decorator



Compile guest list


___ Brides
___ Grooms

Discuss gown colors & styles with mothers of bride and groom


Four to Six Months Ahead

Select and order men's formal wear



Select ceremony musician & music



Make honeymoon plans


Travel Agent:_______________  Phone:___________________

Decide on new living arrangements:  buying, leasing, renting?

Consult decorator about home decor

Inquire about dance instruction

Register gift preferences with one or more bridal registries



Order invitations, personal stationery, programs, napkins, etc.


Stationer:_________________  Delivery Date:____________________



Professionally prepare & print map to include with invitations

Set aside hotel rooms for out-of-town guests

Have physical examinations & update immunizations

Buy wedding rings;  order engraving


Two to Four Months Ahead

Reserve rental items:  candelabra, arches, canopy, linens, etc.

Arrange rehearsal dinner


Location:_________________  Phone:____________________

Shop for trousseau and apparel for honeymoon and prenuptial parties

Reserve limousine, carriage, trolley or coach transportation

Address wedding invitations;  consider using a professional calligrapher

Review florist arrangements and finalize order

Buy attendants' gifts and gifts for each other

Experiment with hairstyles and make-up

Buy bride's and attendant's shoes - send to dyer

Order wedding and groom's cakes


One to Two Months Ahead

Mail invitations four to six weeks before wedding

Final bridal fitting


Date:_________________  Time:____________________

Final attendants' fittings


Date:_________________  Time:____________________

Confirm honeymoon reservations;  begin packing

Select reception decorations;  balloons, candles, flowers, table favors

Select ceremony accessories;  unity candle, ring pillow, guestbook, etc.


Select personal accessories;  handbag, garter, engraved goblets, guest mementos

Arrange bridesmaids' brunch or luncheon details

Buy marriage license


Two Weeks Ahead

Schedule appointments for hair stylist, facial, manicure, massage



Invite wedding party and guests to rehearsal dinner

Move belongings to new home

Review reception seating and order place cards from calligrapher

Confirm out-of-town guests' lodging with reserved hotels

Confirm wedding party transportation and arrival times

Record gifts as you receive them;  write thank you notes

Schedule caterer for gift opening party

Arrange for gown cleaning and bouquet preservation after the ceremony


One to Two Weeks Ahead

Pick up wedding rings: check engravings and sizes

Final consultations:  florist, hall decorator, musicians, photographer, videographer

Give final guest count to reception facility and caterer

Remind men to pick up formal wear and shoes.  Check for fit

Make wedding day schedule and give everyone copies at rehearsal dinner

Relax the day before;  keep personal appointments;  finish honeymoon packing

Your planning is complete.  Your day will be wonderful!!!!




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