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You just got engaged...now what? Here is a comprehensive to do list to make sure that you don't forget anything before your special day.

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11 Months Before Wedding


  • Decide on the budget.
  • Start the guest list.
  • Determine a time frame for your wedding date. Narrow down your wedding date to a few weekends that don’t conflict with other family events.
  • Choose a color scheme for your big day.
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  • Search for a ceremony venue.
  • Search for a reception venue.





10 Months Before Wedding





9 Months Before Wedding

  • Book your caterer. Create deposits/payments schedule. Begin working on a menu.
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  • Book your DJ and/or band. Create deposits/payments schedule.
  • Set up your registries. Add registries page to your wedding website.
  • Book your photographer/videographer and schedule engagement photo shoot. Create deposits/payments
  • schedule.
  • Book your florist. Create deposits/payments schedule.
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  • Search for an officiant.
  • Book your officiant. Create deposits/payments schedule.
  • Reserve blocks of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Add accommodations and travel info to your wedding
  • website, so your guests know what to expect.
  • Send save-the-date cards (be sure your guest list is finalized first). Include hotel information for out-of-town
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  • guests, if it’s available, plus your website address.
  • Start shopping for your gown.
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8 Months Before Wedding


  • Select your wedding dress and place the order. Create deposits/payments schedule.
  • Search for a wedding cake baker.
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  • Order your wedding cake. Create deposits/payments schedule.
  • Finalize floral arrangements and design with florist.
  • Search for a wedding stationer for invitations, plus place cards, menus, announcements (if you’ll use them) and thank-you stationery (which you may need to order now)
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  • Search for a ceremony musician.
  • Book your invitations vendor. Create deposits/payments schedule.
  • Book your ceremony musician. Create deposits/payments schedule.
  • Discuss rehearsal dinner — who will host? Whoever is hosting should begin searching for a venue. You will also need to negotiate who will be invited.





7 Months Before Wedding

  • Attend engagement photo shoot with photographer.
  • Search for a vendor to help with your hair, makeup, or any prewedding pampering.
  • Select your bridesmaid dresses and flower-girl dress, and have your attendants place their orders.
  • Purchase accessories for your gown, such as a veil, shoes, undergarments, and jewelry.
  • Choose groom’s attire.
  • Rehearsal-dinner host should finalize venue.
  • Book accommodations for your wedding night.
  • Book your hair and makeup trial appointment.
  • Plan and book your honeymoon, including travel, accommodations, and activities.
  • Finalize the text for your invitations and place the order. Also consider purchasing thank-you notes and wedding announcements from the same vendor.
  • Finalize the menu and service details with your caterer.
  • Choose your bridesmaids’ accessories (shoes, jewelry, etc.). Purchase or pass along the purchasing information.
  • Choose groomsmen’s and ring bearer’s attire (including a rental shop if they’ll be renting formal attire). Send them the information necessary to purchase or rent.
  • Purchase your wedding bands.
  • Check your gift registry. If items on your list have been discontinued, you may want to update the registry.
  • Design and start creation of favors.




5 Months Before Wedding



  • Discuss and confirm party plans for bachelor and bachelorette parties, as well as any shower that is offered, with your maid of honor and best man.
  • For an international honeymoon, begin to get your papers in order (passport, birth certificate, visas, vaccinations, etc.).
  • Ask your readers to be a part of your ceremony. Begin a search for readings, and discuss them with your officiant.
  • If you are handling the bridesmaid dress order, confirm the delivery date.
  • Schedule gown fitting appointments. Your first appointment should be directly after you receive the gown, and the last appointment should fall no later than three weeks before the wedding.
  • Provide guest lists to your maid of honor and best man for your shower, bachelorette party, bachelor party, and other social events.
  • Search for a transportation vendor (limo, bus for guests, etc.)
  • Book your transportation vendor. Create deposits/payments schedule.




4 Months Before Wedding



  • Stuff and send out wedding invitations.
  • Track gifts received from guests and send thank-you notes.
  • Check on your hotel room blocks to ensure important guests have made their travel arrangements.
  • Design your ceremony programs and print them. Create menu cards for the reception tables, if you’ll be using them.
  • Research local marriage license requirements. Schedule a blood test appointment if one is required in your state.
  • Don’t forget to check when the license expires and if there is a waiting period.
  • Decide on a guest book option.
  • Purchase or make gifts for your bridal party and close family. Don’t forget ushers, flower girls, ring bearers, and readers!




3 Months Before Wedding



  • Alert your wedding party to the rehearsal. The rehearsal-dinner host should send rehearsal dinner invitations.
  • Obtain a marriage license. Follow your state’s guidelines concerning how soon you can apply, and how long the license is valid for.
  • If you have a DJ/band, work on a list of ‘must-play’ and ‘do-not play’ songs. Be sure you also send them selections for your introductions, first dance, cake cutting, father/daughter dance, anniversary dance, and last dance.
  • Shop for all additional accessories like undergarments, jewelry, headpiece, bridal purse, etc.
  • Create a wedding day schedule. Send the information to your wedding party and vendors.
  • Finalize any special preferences, readings, or other ceremony details (in writing) with your officiant.
  • Notify your maid of honor/mother/or friend to attend your final gown fitting so they can learn how the bustle will be tied.




2 Months Before Wedding



  • Verify with your reception venue to make sure your vendors will have access to the site when they need it.
  • Confirm delivery locations, times, and final arrangements with your florist. Make a list of who will get bouquets,corsages, and boutonnieres, and recruit someone to oversee this on the wedding day.
  • Confirm the rehearsal details and wedding day schedule with your officiant.
  • Pick up the tuxedo/suit and try it on at the shop. See if there are any additional alterations to be made.
  • Confirm location, date, and time with your photographer. Create your ‘must-take’ photo list.
  • Confirm location, date, and time with your videographer.
  • Confirm all honeymoon travel plans. Give someone a copy of your itinerary and contact information in case of an emergency.
  • Shop and pack for the honeymoon.
  • If you’re having a receiving line, determine the order everyone will stand in.




1 Months Before Wedding



  • If you have guests attending from out of town who have children, help them by locating babysitting options for
  • them.
  • Write your vows if you choose to personalize them. Send a copy to your officiant.
  • Pick up wedding rings and check the inscriptions before you leave the store.
  • Call guests who have not yet RSVP’d for the wedding and rehearsal dinner to get a final head count.
  • Create your seating chart. Make place cards or give typed names to your calligrapher.
  • Give the seating chart to your caterer, reception venue manager, and wedding coordinator.
  • Prepare your toasts and thanks to friends and family.
  • Send your transportation vendor the schedule, addresses, and contact phone numbers for the wedding day.
  • Confirm all final payment amounts with your vendors. Mail your payment checks or make arrangements for the wedding day.




1 Week Before Wedding



  • Give final head count to the caterer. Confirm set-up instructions and menu items.
  • Confirm number of bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces with your florist.
  • Confirm head count, delivery time, and location with your wedding cake vendor.
  • Pick up your gown. Before leaving the shop, try it on to make sure there are no additional alterations to be made.
  • Drop off favors, placecards, guest book, pens, cake knife, toasting flutes, and all other reception items at the reception venue.
  • Pull together wedding gown, veil, shoes, stockings, and a last-minute emergency kit (aspirin, makeup, hairspray, safety pins, mints, etc.).




After Wedding



  • Arrange for gown and veil to be cleaned and preserved. Make sure the provider is experienced in preserving wedding gowns.
  • Take the bridal bouquet to be preserved, or save a petal to be pressed for your scrapbook.
  • Do paperwork for official documents if you are changing your name.
  • Write thank-you notes for all the gifts you received at the wedding and before. Traditional etiquette gives you an 8-week grace period.

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