12 Months Before:
-Decide whether or not to hire a wedding planner. Especially if you are working full-time, it's a great idea to hire a wedding planner to take care of the unexpected.
-Decide on a budget, this will ultimately determine how you decide on every other aspect of the wedding.
-Book a venue. This will determine your wedding date and guest list. It should fall into the budgeted amount. On average, the reception and ceremony will collectively cost half of your budget.
-Draft a guest list. This will be dependent on your budget and the venue that you choose.
-Attend wedding shows to get a better idea for theme and vendors.
-Ask your wedding party to be a part of your wedding!
10 Months Before:
-Shop for and order your gown.
-Book your entertainment, photographer and caterer.
-Reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
-Register for gifts.
6 Months Before:
-Order bridesmaids dresses.
-Shop for wedding rings.
-Send out Save the Date cards.
-Plan your honeymoon.
-Decide on floral arrangements with florist.
-Shop around and attend cake tastings to decide on a bakery and flavor.
3 Months Before:
-Order your cake or dessert table.
-Purchase formalwear for groom and groomsmen.
-Sort out transportation, such as how will the wedding party get from ceremony to reception, and back to hotel?
2 Months Before:
-Mail invitations, begin to collect RSVPs.
-Try out different hairstyles and wedding day makeup, book your stylist.
1 Month Before:
-Apply for a marriage license.
-Have a final gown fitting.
-Ensure that bridesmaid gowns fit properly.
-Create a wedding program for the ceremony, and menu for the reception.
-Purchase gifts for parents, guests, and your fiance.
2 Weeks Before:
-Finalize guest list as RSVPs are mailed in. Follow up with any guests you have yet to hear from.
-Get your hair cut and colored.
-Send your DJ or band your song list.
-Write your wedding vows.
-Speak with your photographer about day-of logistics, and any "must-have" shots.
1 Week Before:
-Plan reception seating, if applicable. Create name cards for guests.
-Tell reception venue your final guest count, and caterer the final meal order.
-Confirm with all vendors that the date and time is correct.
-If the weather does not look promising, speak with your wedding planner or venue about alternative ceremony and reception options.
-Have your bachelor or bachelorette party!
-Ensure that gown is steamed.
-The groom and groomsmen should pick up their formalwear.
-Settle any unpaid dues to vendors, and decide on tops for vendors.
-Discuss ceremony procession with the wedding party.
-Pack for your honeymoon.
-Rehearse ceremony and give marriage license to officiant.
-Attend your rehearsal dinner.
-Give rings to the best man and maid of honor.
-Present parents with your wedding gifts.
-Take a moment to yourself to relax.
-Allow plenty of time to get ready. Have everything laid out the night before, including the basics that you often have difficulty finding in high-stress moments the day of! This can be deodorant, powder, hairspray, undergarments, jewelry and lotion.