Your Wedding Countdown

9 to 12 Months Before Wedding

Set the date. Holiday weekends may be difficult to book and expensive for out-of-town guests.

Send engagement announcement to newspapers.

Set a budget and discuss financial and planning responsibilities.

Select and reserve wedding ceremony and reception sites. Wedding sites in major cities can book up to a year or more in advance.

Book officiant.

Select and reserve bridal consultant.

Choose attendants.

Begin shopping for dress and accessories.

6 to 9 Months Before Wedding

Begin compiling guest list.

Shop for wedding rings.

Purchase dress and schedule fittings.

Order invitations, announcements and thank-you notes.

Select and reserve principal vendors: caterer, baker, photographer/videographer, florist, entertainment for ceremony and reception.

Book transportation service to/from ceremony and reception.

Select and order bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s attire.

Consult with travel agent for honeymoon trip. Apply for passports if necessary.

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests.

4 to 6 Months Before Wedding

Register for gifts.

Complete guest list.

Purchase additional wedding day apparel accessories: veil, shoes, lingerie, jewelry, gloves, going-away outfit, etc.

Help mothers select dresses.

Schedule rehearsal and select and book location for rehearsal dinner.

Schedule vacation time from work.

2 to 4 Months Before Wedding

Purchase ceremony and reception accessories: wedding favors, guest book, toasting glasses, ring pillow, etc.

Check marriage license requirements.

Choose readings for ceremony.

Revise legal documents if taking your fiance’s name: driver’s license, voter’s card, Social Security card, leases, bank, credit card issuers, insurance policies, wills, etc. You might also need to update your name change with your employer.

Get ceremony programs printed.

1 Month Before Wedding

Mail invitations.

Pick up dress.

Finalize reception seating chart.

Confirm all bookings and reservations, including attire rental and honeymoon details.

Obtain marriage license.

Notify caterer of final guest count.

Write toasts for rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.

The Week Before Wedding

Break in shoes. Scuff the soles to avoid

Organize emergency kit. Pack things like Band Aids, pain relievers, needle and thread and even dryer sheets to remove static cling.

Attend rehearsal and dinner.

Your Wedding Day

Eat breakfast.

Mail announcements.

Enjoy! This is a day for celebration with family and friends, and above all, with your new husband!