1. Announce your engagement
  2. Choose a wedding theme and style
  3. Work out a basic wedding budget; research reception venues
  4. Determine number of guests
  5. Look through bridal magazines for attire ideas
  6. Meet potential wedding consultants; obtain bids
  7. Research wedding pros (photographers, videographers, reception bands or DJs, ceremony musicians). Set up appointments and review portfolios and recordings.


  1. Select a wedding consultant and meet to discuss wedding planning details
  2. Determine theme/decorations for your reception
  3. Meet with several caterers; arrange for tastings
  4. Select and book a caterer
  5. Reserve musicians/DJ for reception
  6. Determine wedding ceremony musicians and make musical selections
  7. Book wedding videographer and photographer; make a list of photos, such as must-have photos of the bride and groom, fun bridal party ideas, and traditional bridal, ceremony and reception shots
  8. Research and interview florists
  9. Select and reserve your ceremony venue and schedule a rehearsal time
  10. Choose reception venue; negotiate contract; leave a deposit
  11. Secure parking and/or transportation for your guests at the reception location
  12. Visit local bridal stores to browse their selection of gowns
  13. Choose your wedding-party members and ask them to participate in your celebration
  14. Meet with your officiant to discuss the wedding ceremony
  15. Mail save-the-dates for a destination wedding


  1. Select and order your wedding gown
  2. If your ceremony or reception will be held in a park or recreational area, obtain necessary permits
  3. Discuss attendants' duties with your maid of honor and bridesmaids


  1. Register for wedding gifts
  2. Coordinate with vendors to incorporate your theme/style into all aspects of your wedding
  3. Decide on the food and liquor to be served at your reception
  4. Prepare a playlist of wedding-reception musical selections
  5. Select and order your headpiece, veil, gloves and shoes
  6. Confirm orders of and delivery dates for your wedding attire
  7. Research airline, hotel and rental-car reservations for out-of-town guests


  1. Go to first gown fitting; invite your maid of honor to attend
  2. Choose and order bridesmaid dresses and accessories
  3. Research a variety of wedding ring styles
  4. Select florist; discuss wedding ideas, theme and style


  1. Review and finalize your wedding details with consultant
  2. Notify bridesmaids about dress fittings
  3. Discuss attire with groomsmen and make referrals to local formalwear store
  4. Select attire for flower girl and/or ring bearer
  5. Determine the design, wording, font and paper stock for your wedding invitations, stationery, table and escort cards and thank-you notes; finalize order
  6. Arrange a printer or hire a calligrapher for table cards
  7. Determine order of ceremony events and choose appropriate wording for your programs
  8. Negotiate rates and book a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
  9. Select and order your wedding rings
  10. Purchase bridal accessories: jewelry, lingerie, etc.
  11. Choose and order something fun for guests to throw after your ceremony


  1. Review and approve proofs of wedding invitations and stationery
  2. Discuss the type of honeymoon you want, start reading up on potential destinations and consult a travel agent for ideas and suggestions.


  1. Order table and/or escort cards; place print order for programs
  2. Finalize choice of honeymoon destination
  3. Taste a variety of wedding cakes and select a baker; place cake order and arrange for delivery
  4. Secure reservations for rehearsal dinner and select menu


  1. Determine method of addressing wedding invitations and hire a calligrapher, if applicable
  2. Hand-address — or have a calligrapher address — wedding invitations, or print labels.
  3. Write or choose your wedding vows
  4. Have groom visit formalwear shops and try on tuxedos
  5. Purchase or rent groom's wedding accessories, including tuxedo, cuff links, shoes, socks, etc.
  6. Make honeymoon reservations and place all deposits


  1. Review and approve wedding announcement and printed program proofs
  2. Book venue or secure reservations for post-wedding brunch
  3. Discussbachelorette party plans with your attendants
  4. Plan your bridesmaids' luncheon or dinner
  5. Make appointment with stylist and/or hairdresser to discuss your wedding hairstyle
  6. Take another look at your registry and update or add items
  7. Create hotel information cards and maps to include with your wedding invitations


  1. Secure a wedding-day dressing room for your bridesmaids
  2. Weigh, purchase postage for and mail wedding invitations
  3. Go to final gown fitting; arrange for pickup or delivery
  4. Have groom's formalwear fitted
  5. If you plan to have a prenuptial agreement, meet with your attorney to discuss it
  6. Purchase gifts for all wedding-party members and your parents
  7. Arrange transportation for bride and groom from the ceremony site to the reception
  8. Purchase ceremony accessories (Unity candle, wine glasses, etc.)


  1. Purchase a new camera, if needed
  2. Send rehearsal dinner invitations
  3. Write thank-you notes as you receive gifts
  4. Confirm music selections ("playlist") with musicians/DJ
  5. Select menu for post-wedding brunch
  6. Write newspaper announcement and gather photos
  7. Purchase a gift for your spouse-to-be
  8. Shop for wedding favors
  9. Purchase honeymoon clothing, luggage and accessories
  10. Go in for a practice hairstyling and make day-of-wedding hair appointment


  1. Confirm floral order and arrange for delivery times
  2. Meet with ushers and assign duties for the ceremony and reception
  3. Discuss the details of your wedding ceremony with your officiant
  4. Determine the placement or distribution of programs at the ceremony venue
  5. Arrange for preparation, storage and break areas for musicians/DJ at the reception venue
  6. Determine seating arrangements for guests
  7. If you color your hair, make appointment for a touch-up the week before your wedding
  8. Go in for a dry run with a professional makeup artist and make a day-of-wedding appointment
  9. Schedule an appointment for a manicure and/or pedicure the day before your wedding
  10. Finalize details with wedding photographer and videographer, determining arrival times at each nuptial venue
  11. Arrange for preparation/storage area for photographer and videographer at each nuptial venue
  12. Sign your prenuptial agreement, if applicable
  13. Finalize honeymoon plans/itinerary and confirm all travel and hotel reservations
  14. Arrange for transportation to and from the airport
  15. Make all necessary arrangements for care of pet(s), plants and mail while you're away on honeymoon
  16. Post announcement and photo on your wedding website
  17. Arrange for table card setup at reception venue
  18. Schedule pickup/return of groom's formalwear