Here's A Great Way For You To Keep Track Of Things
Keep in mind that this is not all-inclusive. But, it should be helpful.

6-12 MONTHS:

Set your wedding date.

Yes, it's REALLY happening to you!

Make sure your insurance policy covers your engagement ring.

Discuss wedding expenses with your fiance' and both sets of parents.

Decide on the size and the formality of the wedding you want.

Determine the number of guests you can invite to the wedding and reception.

Decide how many guests are to be invited by each family.

Select and book the date and time for your wedding at the church, synagogue, or other site you choose. By all means, if an outdoor wedding is your dream, consider the weather patterns of the season during which you're planning your wedding.

Get cost estimates from the reception hall, caterer, florist, photographer, musicians/DJ for the ceremony and reception, video service, limousine service, etc.

Reserve the date and time for your wedding rehearsal, which is usually held one to three days before the wedding.

Together with your fiance', meet with the clergyman or judge to select a service and discuss the ceremony and requirements. Some churches, particularly the Catholic faith, require marriage preparation classes. If you intend to write your own vows, this should also be discussed.

Choose and book your reception hall.

Plan your color scheme for the wedding and reception.

Choose your Maid of Honor and bridesmaids.

Select and order your wedding dress, veil and accessories. Allow a minimum of three months for delivery of your dress.

Select the bridesmaids' dresses and accessories, after discussing price and selection with the bridesmaids.

Select shoes to match the bridesmaids' dresses. Shoes can be dyed to match the color of the dresses.

You and your fiance' begin making your guest list. (Handy Tip) Do this alphabetically on index cards and you'll have a handy reference later when writing thank-you notes and Holiday cards.

Start planning your honeymoon. Visit a travel agency and select brochures. How exciting! The entire world is right there for the two of you to choose from.

Start looking for your new home.(If you're planning on starting your new life in a new house)

Begin household shopping for your new home.

Book the caterer.

Book the musicians/Vocalist/DJ for the wedding ceremony and reception.

Book the florist.

Book the photographer. Set dates for your engagement and wedding portraits.

Book a video recording service, if desired.

Reserve the limousines and arrange for transportation of the wedding party to and from the church or other wedding site.


Choose your china, crystal, and silver patterns, and register them at the Bridal Gift Registry of a store convenient to your guests.


Complete your guest list.

Order your invitations, announcements, thank- you notes, and personal stationery. Allow four weeks for engraving. Consider using a calligrapher.

Begin shopping for your trousseau.

Complete your plans and reservations for your honeymoon.

Select a bakery and order your wedding cake. Don't forget about the Groom's cake, too. (Optional)

Plan the details of the ceremony and reception.

Consult with the florist to decide on the floral arrangements for the wedding and reception.

Have your mother and his mother select their dresses.

Arrange wedding music with your clergyman.

Confirm the delivery date for your wedding dress.

Schedule your wedding and honeymoon vacation time with your employer.


Have your engagement picture taken.

Buy stamps for your invitations.

Start addressing the invitations and announcements.

Reserve any rental equipment you will need. Don't forget tents for outdoor weddings.


If you choose to publish your engagement picture, rather than your wedding photograph, submit a 5x7 or 8x10 glossy black and white photograph to your local newspaper.


Buy the Groom's wedding ring. Order engraving if desired.

Mail your invitations at least four weeks, but no later than three weeks, before the wedding.

Buy your gift for the Groom.

Buy the gifts for your Maid of Honor and your attendants.

Have the final fittings for your bridal gown and the bridesmaids' dresses.

Have your wedding portrait taken.

Apply for your marriage license. Either Bride or Groom may apply; both are not necessary.

Arrange lodging accommodations for out-of- town guests and attendants.

Buy stamps for thank-you notes.

Display and record your gifts. Begin writing thank-you notes promptly as gifts arrive.

Plan the bridesmaids' luncheon.

Plan the rehearsal dinner with your fiance'.

Make a beauty shop appointment for your wedding day hair styling, facial, manicure, and pedicure.

Remind your fiance' to order the necessary flowers for the Bride, and corsages for the mothers and grandmothers of the Bride and Groom.

Consult with the photographer to determine the quantity and types of the pictures you want.

An informal dinner at home to entertain the Groom's family is a nice gesture.

Buy your honeymoon clothes.

Begin changing your name and address on all necessary documents.

Buy luggage, swimwear, cruisewear, and evening wear for your wedding trip.

Apply for a passport for your wedding trip, if necessary.


Complete your trousseau.

Contact the photographer, caterer, musicians or DJ, florist, clergyman, and everyone else involved in your wedding and reception to make sure everyone is clear on the date, time, and place of your wedding and reception, and any other details.

If you or your fiance' are from another city, send a typed announcement of your wedding to your hometown newspaper.

Plan the seating arrangement for the reception, and make name cards for the Bride's table.

Finish changing your name and address on all necessary documents.

Move your belongings into your new home. If applicable)

Give the caterer an estimate of guests you expect to attend your reception. You can usually count on 75% of the guests invited to attend.

Check on your accessories, plus those for the mothers and your attendants.


If you choose to publish your wedding photo, rather than your engagement picture, submit a 5x7 or 8x10 black and white glossy photo to your local newspaper.

Wrap your gift for the Groom.

Wrap the gifts for your Maid of Honor and your attendants.

Hold the bridesmaids' luncheon.

Give the gifts to your attendants at the bridesmaids' luncheon or at the rehearsal dinner.

Hold the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. These are usually held one to three days before the wedding.

Decide what you want to bring with you on your honeymoon and begin packing.

Give your wedding trip itinerary to your parents.

Make arrangements for someone to check your home while you're away.

If you plan to have your wedding gown heirloomed, arrange for someone to take your gown to a professional dry cleaner no later than two days after the wedding for removal of stains, and preparation for storage.

Prepare your wedding announcements to be mailed on your wedding day or the following day by a parent, relative, or your Maid of Honor.

Buy film and get your camera ready for your wedding trip.

Prepare your going- away outfit to change into following the reception.

Get a good night's sleep the night before your wedding!

PS- DON'T FORGET to send thank-you telegrams to both sets of parents when you reach your honeymoon destination, expressing gratitude from both of you for all their help in putting your wedding together!