Printable Wedding Timeline

Twelve to Nine Months before Wedding:

  • Determine the type of wedding you'd like to have
    (formal, informal, small, large, etc.)
  • Set a date
  • Contact the clergy, Justice of the Peace, etc.
    and secure ceremony location
  • DETERMINE A BUDGET and allocate who pays for what
  • Meet with families to determine who's contributing
  • Find reception facility, sign contract and put minimum deposit down
    (and caterer if facility does not furnish one)
  • Interview d.j.s / bands and put minimum deposit down
  • Interview photographers and videographers and put
    minimum deposit down
  • Start shopping for wedding gowns
    and place order(minimum deposit ) / purchase
  • Reserve rooms for out-of-town guests
    if the wedding is on a holiday weekend
  • Have teeth whitened 
  • Engagement Photos
  • Send out Save the Dates 


Nine to Six Months before Wedding :

  • Interview and select ceremony musicians
  • Begin exercise regimen to get in shape for your wedding gown
  • Begin selecting ceremony music
  • Determine the size of the guest list
  • Compile names and addresses of guests
  • Select attendants
  • Select color palette
  • Select attendants' dresses
  • Locate transportation company
  • Meet with vacation specialist and book honeymoon
  • Map out driving directions

Six to Four Months before Wedding:

  • Select a florist
  • Research centerpiece ideas
  • Order invitations (allow a response deadline of
    two (2) weeks before wedding)
  • Interview and hire babysitters for the reception
  • Shop for tuxedos
  • Secure rentals (linens, chairs, tables, etc.)
  • Engage in any and all prenuptial classes 
  • Finalize ceremony details
  • Meet with vacation specialist and book honeymoon
  • Meet with on-site decorator or
    start researching ideas for wedding decorations
  • Start selecting places that have a Bridal Registry
  • Taste-test wedding cake and order (deposit required)
  • ALL contracts and required deposits need to be completed
  • Start compiling reception music
  • Consider wedding insurance


Three Months before Wedding:

  • Order accessories including toasting glasses, cake knife set,
    guest book, etc.
  • Purchase wedding bands
  • Select gifts for attendants, parents, and other special people
  • Make reservations for out-of-town guests
  • Set appts. with hair salon for trial run and wedding day
  • Consider dance lessons
  • Purchase passports and acquire necessary travel documents


Two Months before Wedding:

  • Solidify the wedding rehearsal with the ceremony location
    (scheduled for the night before the wedding)
  • Make reservations for the rehearsal dinner
  • Address, stamp, and mail invitations
    (8 weeks before wedding)
  • Meet with hairdresser and have a "trial run"
    with the headpiece
  • Meet with makeup artist for tips on color application
  • Research and acquire wedding insurance


One Month before Wedding:

  • Pay off Honeymoon
  • Acquire marriage license (some states require blood tests)
  • Shop for gifts for each other
  • Have final dress fittings (bride and attendants)
  • Order church/ceremony programs
  • Write thank you notes from bridal shower(s)

Two Weeks before Wedding:

  • Submit wedding announcement to to be
    announced online!!!
  • Contact guests who haven't responded by invitation deadline
  • Contact caterer with final guest count
  • Prepare a "must have" shot list for your photographer
  • Confirm "Day Of" Timeline
  • Hair colore and trimmed

One week before Wedding:

  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Assemble out-of-town greet bags for upon arrival
  • Arrange seating and placecards
  • Compile a list of all the wedding day vendors  
  • Have final tuxedo fittings and pick up
  • Organize all ceremony items
    (marriage license, unity candles, rings)
  • Confer with all ceremony participants regarding duties
    (readers, attendants, musicians, vocalists)
  • Mail wedding announcements (day before wedding)
  • Have a manicure / pedicure service
  • Pick up all altered gowns


Wedding Day!!!:

  • Eat breakfast! (It's a long day!) 
  • Have some Mimosa with attendants
  • Hair and makeup applied
  • Dress two hours before ceremony
  • Have formal bride and attendants' pictures taken
  • Let the day unfold! After all, you hired
    all those wedding professionals for a reason!
  • Have a great time! You deserve it!

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Wedding Tip #19
When you get your nails done the week of the wedding, don't forget to have your engagement ring cleaned so it looks its best next to your newly paired wedding band!
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