Wedding Countdown Checklist

 Wedding Countdown Checklist    

After you have said "YES" there is so much to be done. The following is a planning tool to help you get started. God bless you as you begin the countdown to your special day.

 
AFTER ENGAGEMENT -- SIX TO TWELVE MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING
 
  • Begin a "Wedding" binder to include brainstorming of all your ideas and things you love.
  • With your fiance, select your wedding date and time.
  • Figure out what your budget will be and then break it down into the different categories with a sheet for each one.
  • Determine what type of wedding and reception you would like; venue, colors, formality and theme.
  • Choose a ceremony site and make an appointment to reserve the location for the ceremony and rehearsal.
  • Arrange for the clergy or officiant to perform the ceremony.
  • Reserve a reception facility.
  • If you wish to use a consultant/wedding planner, book their services.
  • Select attendants (bridesmaids/groomsmen/flower girl/ring bearer); get sizes and decide on the most flattering attire for them.
  • Begin your search for a caterer if you will be having food at the reception or rehearsal dinner. 
  • Start compiling names and addresses for your guest list. Be sure to get input from your fiance or future mother-in-law.
  • Shop for wedding gown and accessories for yourself, your attendants and mothers.  Also check out tuxedo rental info.
  • Search for a reliable florist and discuss your floral needs for decorations and bouquets.
  • Select a professional videographer and photographer.
  • Start collecting favorite photos from both of your childhoods up to present day for your video or slideshow at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Reserve a band or orchestra and arrange for any vocalists or musicians you would like.
  • Sign up for bridal registry and choose gifts at your favorite stores together.
  • Decide on your honeymoon destination and book reservations.
  • Discuss where you will live (his home, your home or a new home of your own). 
FOUR TO SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING
 
  • Compile the final guest list; delete or correct as needed.
  • Make sure all deposits are made for services reserved.
  • Finish planning the honeymoon.
  • Book floral, food and entertainment providers.
  • Taste test and decide on flavors/decorations and order the wedding cake
  • Order bridal attire if not already done.  (Some manufacturers require up to 6 months to deliver)
  • Have the groom, groomsmen, fathers and ushers fitted for formal wear.
  • Purchase your wedding rings.
  • Order invitations, thank-you notes, imprinted napkins and wedding programs
  • Assign ceremony and reception duties like candle lighters, guest book attendant and cake servers.
  • Check marriage license requirements (blood tests).
TWO TO THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING
 
  • Plan the ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Address wedding invitations (mail four to six weeks prior to the wedding).
  • Organize details with service providers: reception facility, photographer
  • Check into accommodations for out-of-town guests; send them the pertinent information.
  • Make beauty appointments: hair, nails, masage, facial and makeup.
  • Arrange for final fittings for your gown and bridesmaid dresses.
  • Make your transportation arrangements for the wedding day.
  • Purchase gifts for your attendants.
  • Shop for your trousseau, lingerie and going-away outfit.
  • Give a bridesmaid luncheon or bachelor party. (optional)
  •  Send thank-you notes for gifts received early.
  • Get accessories: garter, unity candle, toasting goblets, ring-bearer pillow, rose petals and basket for flower girl.
  • Write your vows if you choose.
  • Pick your wedding bands.
  • Confirm number of centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres with the florist.
  • Start a wedding day timeline.
  • Book wedding night accommodations and honeymoon.
  • Order groom and groomsmen tuxedos. 
ONE MONTH BEFORE THE WEDDING
 
  • Color/cut your hair and do a hairstyle and makeup run-through.
  • Change your name (if you choose) on your drivers license and social security card.
  • Organize which credit cards and bank acconts will be used.
  • If you are moving, send change-of-address cards to the post office.
  • Give final guest count to caterer.
  • Make necessary lists for photographer and musicians.
  • Confirm accommodations for our-of-town guests.
  • Keep writing thank-yous; don't let them pile up.
  • Break in your wedding shoes.
  • Hire a wedding coordinator or ask a responsible person to coordinate services and people on the wedding day.
  • Give them the list of who and what is supposed to be where and when.
  • Pick up your wedding rings and make sure they are the correct size.
  • Delegate last minute errands and details. 
TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING
 
  • Get your marriage license (must have at least one week before the wedding).
  • Pick up your wedding attire; try it all on one last time to be sure it fits.
  • Make sure bridesmaids have their dresses and proper accessories.
  • Make sure all groomsmen go to the formal wear store for a final fitting.
  • Share the wedding day timeline with all vendors.
  • Pamper yourself and your groom; make sure you eat right and get enough sleep.
 
 
 

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