12 Month Wedding Checklist

8-12 Months before
  • Select a wedding date (most halls are book up 1 year in advance especially during the busy wedding season)
  • Formally announce your engagement and introduce both families (might want to throw a small gathering – perhaps book a restaurant and meet for lunch or dinner.
  • Decide whom you would like in you wedding party and ask each person to participate – this is critical – a lot of people take family vacations during the summer season, you need to make sure your best men or maid of honour is available on your special day.
  • Decide on a wedding budget – having a set wedding budget will help you determine the following, how many quests, location, add-ons, rentals, etc… make sure you know every cent that is being spend.
  • Hire a wedding planner coordinator (optional) – depending on your budget, having a wedding planner can help you minimize stress, safe money (a lot of wedding planner receive rental discount and special vendor pricing) – interview several before you hire the one that fits you.
  • Purchase bridal magazines and start a "Wedding File". Collect tear sheets of dresses, flowers etc.
  • Start shopping for a wedding dress (must allow time for alterations and fittings)
  • Reminder: Don't forget to bring a pair of stockings, a strapless bra, shoes and a hair clip to each appointment
  • Attend bridal shows
  • Register for wedding gifts
  • Choose an officiate or Clergyman/woman
  • Shop for a videographer and photographer
  • Choose a florist
  • Choose a DJ\Band
  • Purchase a notebook in which to store your wedding information
  • Research locations for ceremony, rehearsal dinner and reception
  • Agree and reserve a wedding location and time
    • Send deposit
  • Agree and reserve a reception site
    • Send deposit
  • Choose caterer
  • Determine your wedding theme, style and color scheme
  • Choose a beautiful place for your honeymoon
  • Apply for passports if needed
  • Make a rough-guest list with a maximum number of guests in mind
  • Schedule appointments at Bridal Salon’s for you and your wedding party
  7 Months before
  • Place your final order for:
    • Wedding Gown
    • Veil
    • Shoes
    • Other
  • Begin shopping for bridesmaids' dresses
  • Interview cake designers, sample cake flavours
    • Select and place an order for your cake
    • Purchase Cake topper
    • Cake Knife
  6 Months before
  • Go shopping for invitations, calligraphy & thank you cards
    • Review invitation options
    • Order invitations
    • Purchase thank you cards (useful for engagement and wedding gifts)
  • Fine-tune guest list
  • Place final order for bridesmaids' gowns and any accessories
  • Have the mother-in-laws co-ordinate and select their dresses
  • Reserve any rental equipment that may be needed for the wedding day
    • Flatware
    • Chairs and Covers
    • Glassware
    • Tents
    • Cups, saucers, spoons
    • Champagne flutes
    • Serving trays, punch bowls, etc.
    • Tables and Linens
    • Napkins
    • Dinner ware
  • Finalize your gift registry (You can request stores send gift cards and not the actual gifts until after the wedding)
  • Book a limousine company for transportation on your wedding day
  5 Months before
  • Review and finalize the overall budget
  • Select floral arrangements for:
    • Bride’s bouquet
    • Pew Bows(optional)
    • Centerpieces
    • Boutonnieres
    • Throw away Bouquet
    • Head pieces
    • Aisle runner
    • Alter arrangements
    • Corsages
    • Bridesmaids Bouquets
    • Archway
  • Finalize all decorations
  • Mail any outstanding deposits to vendors
  • Shop for and purchase wedding rings
  • Select the grooms’ wedding attire
    • Get tuxedo measurements for all the groomsmen
    • Place order for tuxedo’s
  4 Months before
  • Submit menu and beverage selections to the hotel or caterer
  • Begin music selections for the ceremony.
    • Processional song for the groom, parents and attendants
    • Bride-Groom ‘First Dance’
    • Recessional song
  • Decide on whom you would like to be the M.C. and verify that they are available  and willing
  • Interview and hire any additional management staff and babysitters (optional)
    • Bartenders (if not provided)
    • Servers (if necessary)
  • Purchase Guest book, sign-in pen
  • Purchase a gift for the groom\bride
  • Research and reserve rehearsal dinner location
  • Place your final order for party favours
  • Schedule tests for makeup and hair
  • Meet with the stationer and select and order:
    • Menus
    • table numbers
    • Place cards
    • any other accessories
    • several identical pens for your thank you cards
    • plenty of stamps
  • Finalize the date, time and place of the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
    • Make a guest list for the rehearsal dinner
  • Attend your first appointment with the wedding officiate to review details for the ceremony
  • Begin putting together a rough schedule for the weekend of the wedding
    • Ceremony
    • Cutting of the cake (optional)
    • Speeches (optional)
    • Bride-groom dance (optional) Ect...
    • Bachelor/Bachelorette Party
    • Gift Opening
  • Select any special readings and choose readers if necessary
  • Begin writing personalized vows, if applicable
  • Finalize all arrangements for makeup, hair, nails, etc.
  3 Months before
  • Determine who will be giving speeches at the rehearsal party and the reception
  • Schedule an appointment for a food tasting
  • Set up an appointment to see a sample of your floral centerpieces if applicable
  • Begin writing thank-you notes as wedding gifts arrive. It's easier if you keep them up to date
  • Book and reserve your bridal preparation suite
  • Finalize the date and time of the rehearsal and dinner
  • Finalize your plans for the honeymoon with your travel agent
  • Schedule your first fitting for your wedding gown and your groom's tuxedo or suit.
    • Reminder: Remember to bring your panty-hose, shoes, bra, hair accessories, jewelry, camera and best friend
  8 Weeks before
  • Purchase gifts for:
    • Each other( Bride/Groom)
    • Wedding party attendants
    • Your parents and In-laws
  • Order rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Finalize music selections
  • Finalize the ceremony readings and songs to be performed (if applicable)
  • Mail all wedding invitations
  • Finalize your selections for the cocktail hour and reception songs. Review them with your band/DJ
  • Apply for a marriage license
  • Purchase all wedding accessories including
    • Ring pillow
    • Goblets
    • Garter belt
    • Candles, ect...
  • Visit your photographer for the Bridal Portrait
  6 Weeks before
  • Submit the wedding program information to a stationer
  • Finalize all details with your caterer, florist and musicians
  • Finalize all transportation, including any special plans for your family and bridal party
  • Finalize your schedule for the wedding day with your wedding venue contact, band\DJ, MC and wedding coordinator, if applicable
  • Finalize the wedding ceremony processional and recessional information with your wedding coordinator or wedding venue contact
  • Prepare a photo and a video shot list, naming important family and guests. Include one’s relationship to you.
  • Pick up the wedding rings (making sure they are sized and engraved)
  • Finalize your jewelry selection, including:
    • something old
    • something new
    • something borrowed
    • something blue
  • Schedule a final test makeup and hair session with your stylists. Bring your veil.
  • Attend to business and legal details. Get the necessary forms to change names on your:
    • social security card
    • driver's license
    • insurance and medical plans
    • bank accounts, ect..
  4 Weeks before
  • Schedule your second bridal gown fitting
  • Mail your rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Schedule a final meeting with your officiate to discuss the ceremony
  • Confirm your final appointment with your makeup artist and hair stylist
  • Give all musicians the lists of music for the ceremony and reception
  • Practice your "First Dance" with your music (wearing your bridal shoes)
  • Appoint a family member or friend to gather the gifts at the end of the reception for delivery to the proper location
  • Confirm transportation for wedding party
  3 weeks before
  • Reconfirm your hotel room for the wedding night.
  • Reconfirm your bride's dressing room with your hotel or ceremony location (if applicable)
  • Send final confirmation for all your honeymoon reservations
  • Finalize the wedding day timeline and fax, mail or e-mail to all appropriate vendors.
  • Call them to make sure they understand all the information and feel comfortable with the arrangements you have made
  • Submit final numbers to rental companies, the florist and the reception venue managers
  • Mail your wedding day schedules. Make sure each wedding day participant is aware of the day's activities and their role
  • Finalize your seating arrangements (making sure you involve both sets of parents)
  2 Weeks before
  • Send final payment to all vendors
  • Prepare a toast for your wedding reception
  • Finalize the vows you have written for the ceremony
  • Have any hair treatments done - highlights, trim etc. (Don't wait until two days before the wedding!)
  1 Week before
  • Make sure to confide in at least one person to assist you with your errands the last week prior to your wedding
  • Confirm the whereabouts of your guest book and pen, cake knife and lifter, champagne flutes etc. and put them together in one box
  • Confirm the whereabouts of your marriage license and wedding rings and put them in a box or bag marked "Ceremony".
  • Pick up your bridal gown and veil and make sure all of your accessories are together.
    • Also make sure the wedding dress is covered with a protective bag and stuffed with tissue to preserve its shape
  • Pick up the bridal party outfits and bring them to the bridal dressing room on the day before the wedding, if possible
  • Pick up the groom's outfit and make sure all of his accessories are together
  • Get groom a haircut
  • Confirm all appointment times for hair, makeup, nails, etc.
  • Get a facial (Don't wait until two days before the wedding!)
  • Write any final thank-you notes to bridal party members or parents
  • Attend the bachelor and bachelorette parties, if applicable
  • Pack your wedding night and day-after clothes
  • Prepare all your outfits, including the rehearsal dinner, wedding day and post-wedding brunch
  • Prepare and pack for your honeymoon
  • Arrange transportation to your hair and makeup appointments
  • Give your marriage license to the officiate
  • Arrange who will return any rental items that must be returned after the wedding
  • Reconfirm transportation for the entire wedding party
  On the Wedding Day
  • Eat a well-balanced breakfast. You havea big day ahead of you, and some brides have been know to faint because they forget to eat
  • Drink lots of water and refrain from an excess of caffeine and alcohol
  • Take a lavender bath - it's very relaxing
  • Remember to wear a button-down shirt for your hair and makeup appointments
  • Give the Wedding bands to the Best Man and Maid of Honour
  • Take a deep breath and enjoy - remember this is your day!
 

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