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Wedding Event Calendar

Keep your wedding planning on schedule and your stress level to a minimum with this handy checklist. Get the printable version.

As soon as possible:

  • Tell relatives and close friends of your plans to marry.
  • Choose a date and time for the event.
  • Set the budget and decide who will pay for what.
  • Draw up a guest list and discuss with fianc� and families.
  • Reserve the wedding and reception locations.
  • Decide on your wedding dress, headpiece, and accessories.
  • Choose your wedding party; bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, special guests, etc.
  • Interview and book an officiant.
  • Interview and book a caterer and/or drinks supplier.
  • Interview and book a photographer and/or videographer.
  • Interview and book a florist.
  • Interview and book the DJ or other entertainment.
  • Send out engagement announcements.
  • Make any rental reservations (tent, chairs, etc.).
  • Discuss honeymoon and make reservations.
  • Arrange for time off work, if necessary.
  • Develop a record-keeping system for invitations, gifts, etc.
  • Check that passports and inoculations are valid.
  • Plan and book the honeymoon. Note: be sure that ticket names match the passport names.
  • Optional: Organize wedding insurance.

4-6 months in advance:

  • Plan for your new living arrangements.
  • Register for your wedding gifts.
  • Select color scheme.
  • Choose wedding rings.
  • Reserve wedding transportation.
  • Order dress, undergarments, and accessories.
  • Order the wedding cake.
  • Order bridesmaids' dresses, shoes and accessories.
  • Organize tuxedo rentals.
  • Ask parents to select their attire.
  • Choose and order wedding stationery, or make your own!
  • Arrange for physical examinations, dental appointments, etc.
  • Begin a beauty regime for hair, skin and nails.

2-3 months in advance:

  • Reconfirm all prior bookings.
  • Send out invitations with gift list details.
  • Send out thank you notes as gifts arrive.
  • Choose presents for attendants.
  • Write vows.
  • Choose site decorations (centerpieces, guestbook, favors, etc.).
  • Draw up reception seating plan.
  • Order traveler's checks if applicable.
  • Plan ceremony timetable.
  • Plan rehearsal dinner, and bridesmaids' luncheon.
  • Make lodging arrangements for any out-of-town guests.

1 month in advance:

  • Check state/county marriage license requirements.
  • Check the fit of wedding attire.
  • Follow up with guests who have not RSVP'd.
  • Confirm date of wedding rehearsal.
  • Prepare newspaper announcement.
  • Book hairdresser and makeup appointments for the morning of the wedding.

1 week in advance:

  • Hold bachelor and bachelorette parties and/or bridal shower.
  • Put fees for the officiant, organist, etc. in marked envelopes and give them to the best man for distribution on the wedding day.
  • Confirm final number of guest with caterer.
  • Check seating plan and amend as necessary.
  • Hold wedding rehearsal.
  • Check travel details.
  • Pack honeymoon clothes.
  • Ensure that the best man, groom and father are preparing their speeches.
  • Have a quiet dinner with your fianc� and just relax.

The day before:

  • Double check everything.
  • Arrange for the cake to be delivered.
  • Arrange your wedding day attire and get to bed early.

Your wedding day:

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
  • Have the flowers delivered.
  • Enjoy yourselves and don't sweat the small stuff. :)
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