The Perfect Timetable

pic6-12 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING
  • Put an engagement announcement in your paper
  • Set a wedding date and make preliminary budget
  • Determine what size and style wedding you want to have
  • Reserve a limousine service
  • Consider working with a professional wedding planner
  • Reserve ceremony and reception sites
  • Select a caterer if your reception does not provide one
  • Hire an officiant for your ceremony
  • Choose your bridal party
  • Start compiling names and addresses for the guest list
  • Buy your gown, headpiece, veil, and lingerie
  • Decide on attire for bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Select a photographer, videographer, musician, and florist
  • 6 months before, develop a personal beauty routine for skin, hair, make-up and fitness
pic4 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING
  • Pay all deposits for the reception
  • Set up your registry for gifts
  • Order wedding stationery
  • Have all bridal party attire ordered
  • Select wedding cake
  • Start planning the honeymoon
2 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING
  • Address and mail all invitations
  • Make wedding-day transportation arrangements
  • Find accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Confirm any last details with your wedding day professionals
  • Plan a bridesmaids party, wedding rehearsal and dinner
  • Consider a next-day brunch for out of town guests
  • Try out your hair and makeup people
  • Have your formal bridal portraits taken
  • See your doctor (and dentist) and get a clean bill of health
pic1 MONTH BEFORE THE WEDDING
  • Have a final gown fitting
  • Buy gifts for your attendants
2 WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING
  • Pick up your marriage license
  • Prepare wedding announcements for the newspaper
  • Get any legal information about changing your name
1 WEEK BEFORE THE WEDDING
  • Call any guest that has not responded
  • Tell your caterer the final head count
  • Set up your seating arrangement
  • Give your band or DJ a list of songs that must be played
  • Start sending out those thank-you notes
  • Organize your wedding-day attire, and try everything on
  • Pack your honeymoon suitcase
pic1 DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING
  • Get a manicure and pedicure
  • Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Get a good night sleep
YOUR WEDDING DAY
  • Get your hair and make-up done (wear a shirt that doesn’t need to come over your head)
  • Have your ceremony music start half an hour before you make your entrance
ONCE YOU’RE BACK FROM THE HONEYMOON
  • Send your wedding announcement out
  • Get your wedding gown and flowers preserved
  • Write thank-you notes
  • Update your car insurance, address, license, social security records, as needed