WEDDING TIMELINE CHECKLIST

BLACKBRIDALBLISS.COM WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

This handy Triple B wedding to-do-List is organized from 9-12 months before the wedding until the first days after the wedding. Please feel free to add and/or delete from this list as you and your spouse-to-be see fit.

9-12 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Officially announce your engagement

Decide on who pays for what and set an overall budget

Set a wedding date (consult with registry office and officiant)

Decide on the type of wedding (formal, semi-formal, informal, destination…)

Book reception site (liability insurance necessary?)

Book ceremony location (liability insurance necessary?)

Decide whether you need/want pre-marital counseling

Hire wedding planner if you wish

Start first draft of your guest list

6-9 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Announce wedding date (especially for out-of-town guests)

Start shopping for wedding dress, shoes, jewelry etc.

Decide on bridesmaids dresses

Organize (flower) decoration and bouquets

Hire catering service

Hire wedding photographer/videographer

Hire DJ/band

Choose officiant and discuss ceremony process

Start thinking about gift registries

Reserve hotel rooms (in varying price ranges) for out-of-town guests

Have an engagement party if you wish

Book honeymoon

4-6 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Select and order wedding invites and stationery

Choose wedding cake

Discuss menu ideas with catering service

Arrange for rental items (arches, candelabras, china, crystal, flatware…)

Purchase wedding bands

Organize groom’s tux and decide what groomsmen will wear

Make sure bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories

Look for wedding favors

Confirm dates for bridal shower and decide bachelorette party themes

Start registry (before sending bridal shower invitations)

Get ideas for wedding hair and makeup

Organize helpers (readers, musicians, guest book attendant etc.)

Organize additional management staff, babysitters, etc.

Give guest list to shower hostesses

Decide whether you want wedding insurance

2-4 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Finalize guest list and send invitations

Select venue for rehearsal dinner

Finalize rehearsal dinner plans

Select music for ceremony, reception etc.

Book makeup artist and hairstylist

Check tuxes for groom and groomsmen have been ordered

Organize wedding transportation (for you and your guests)

Order wedding favors

Find gifts for each other, your attendants, shower hostess, parents etc.

Purchase bridal party gifts

Purchase wedding accessories (candles, baskets, ring pillow, jumping broom, etc.)

Check registry regularly (there always have to be enough options left)

Joint bank accounts, insurance, merging of money…

Start preparations for honeymoon

Send invitations 8 weeks before wedding date

1-2 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Have first bridal gown fitting

Schedule a final fitting for your gown so it can be ready for formal bridal portrait

Finalize ceremony readings, songs, etc.

Design wedding programs

Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony

Arrange “Bridesmaid Luncheon” and other “Pre-Wedding Parties”

Write vows

Set appointment with photographer for your formal bridal portrait

Prepare photo and video shot list

Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state

Discuss and finalize details with wedding service providers

3-4 WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Get marriage license (normally no earlier than 30 days before wedding)

Arrange name change

Mail rehearsal-dinner invitations

Meet with stylist to discuss makeup and hair

Confirm hotel arrangements for out-of-town guests

1-2 WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Contact guests who have not responded to invitation

Make final payments for all services that require payment

Have final wedding gown fitting

Finalize wedding-day schedule and share with attendants, parents and all vendors

Pick up wedding dress and make sure all accessories are together

Reconfirm all wedding plans: ceremony, reception site, florist, photo-/videographer, musicians, DJ, baker, honeymoon

Give caterer/reception site final head count

Provide wedding party and out-of-town guests with itinerary and maps

Prepare emergency kit with needle, thread, safety pins, tape, mirror, etc.

Give someone at home emergency numbers of honeymoon locations, credit card numbers etc.

Finalize seating arrangements

Prepare place cards

Prepare “wedding box” for ceremony accessories

Prepare “reception box” for reception accessories

Prepare wedding favors for transportation

Complete seating plan for reception

Confirm all rental and floral delivery dates and times

Confirm arrival times for attendants

Pack for wedding night and honeymoon

THE DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING

Prepare payment envelopes, choosing who is responsible for each one

Hand out assignment lists and checklists to ensure everyone knows their tasks

Hand out ceremony, reception and favor boxes to appropriate people

Give rings to best man

Gather wedding dress and all accessories

Get a manicure, pedicure, massage, wax, etc.

Rehearse ceremony with officiant and wedding party

Confirm flight arrangements for honeymoon

Compile an emergency list of all wedding vendors with phone numbers

THE WEDDING DAY

Try to eat breakfast (consider a smoothie)

See hairdresser

Have makeup applied

Don’t forget rings (if you haven’t given them to best man) and wedding license

Take a relaxing bath

AFTER WEDDING

Get wedding gown cleaned and preserved

Preserve bouquet

Write and send thank-you notes

Complete process of name change

Finalize gift registry

Meet with photographer/videographer to finalize albums/video

 

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