Wedding Timelines

Six Months to One Year Before:

Bride & Groom

  • Set your date and time for ceremony and reception.
  • Make up your budget.
  • Reserve locations for your ceremony and reception; select the officiate.
  • Decide on size and type of wedding.
  • Decide on guest list, start gathering names and addresses.
  • Choose a professional photographer, florist, baker, videographer, caterer, band or DJ, wedding consultant (if you choose to use one).
  • Announce your engagement.
  • Have professional engagement portrait taken and submit to newspaper.

Bride

  • Select attendants, flower girl, maid/matron of honor.
  • Select bridesmaids' dresses, keep color swatch for florist and reception hall color coordination.

Groom

  • Purchase engagement ring.
  • Select groomsmen, ushers, best man.
  • Decide what financial assistance you and/or your family will provide, and discuss with fiancée.

Four Months Before:

Bride & Groom

  • Finish your guest list.
  • Finalize honeymoon plans.
  • Complete necessary requirements for marriage license.
  • Continue work on ceremony plans.
  • Make plans for where you'll live after the wedding.

Bride

  • Make sure all bridal attire is ordered.
  • Arrange for both mothers to coordinate attire.
  • Register for gifts at a bridal registry.
  • Order personal stationery and invitations.
  • Shop for your trousseau.

Groom

  • Make sure all groom and groomsmen attire is ordered.

Two Months Before:

Bride & Groom

  • Mail out invitations five weeks prior to wedding.
  • Finalize ceremony plans.
  • Finalize plans with photographer, videographer, baker, florist, DJ or band, caterer.
  • Finalize music selections for ceremony and reception.

Groom

  • Plan rehearsal dinner.

One Month Before:

Bride & Groom

  • Get marriage license and/or take care of any other legal requirements.
  • Attend to transportation requirements for your wedding day.
  • Purchase gifts for attendants and bridal party.
  • Start your record of gifts received.

Bride

  • Final fittings for bride and attendants.
  • Contact your photographer for your formal bridal portrait.
  • Purchase gift for fiancée.
  • Finish trousseau shopping.

Groom

  • Purchase gift for fiancée.

Two Weeks Before:

Bride & Groom

  • Attend to miscellaneous business and legal details.
  • Check on accommodations for out of town guests.
  • Make future housekeeping arrangements as necessary.
  • Confirm all honeymoon arrangements.

Bride

  • Coordinate attendants' luncheon with maid/matron of honor.

Groom

  • Get haircut/styling now, so that it looks natural on your wedding day.
  • Coordinate bachelor party arrangements with best man.

One Week Before:

Bride & Groom

  • Designate an emergency coordinator from your wedding party and equip them with any and all emergency phone numbers for all suppliers and vendors. Give them a three ring binder with copies of all your wedding day contracts.
  • Insure that the wedding party picks up their attire.
  • Write thank you notes for parents, close friends, or relatives who will receive them on your wedding day.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, distribute wedding party gifts.
  • Make sure you have marriage license and rings.

Bride

  • Contact guests who have not R.S.V.P.'d.
  • Give final count to banquet hall or caterer, finalize seating arrangements

Groom

  • Reconfirm all honeymoon reservations.

On Your Wedding Day:

Bride & Groom

  • Eat something in the morning.
  • Don't worry, be happy!! Enjoy!!

Bride

  • Allow ample time for makeup, nails, getting dressed, and other details.
  • If there are going to be preparation photos by the professional photographer, start them two hours before the ceremony.

Groom

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get dressed.

After The Wedding:

Bride & Groom

  • The day after the wedding, send thank you cards to the bride's parents and the groom's parents with a personal note expressing your gratitude for the wedding and reception.