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Announce Engagement to Friends and Family

Things to Consider:

How will expenses be shared?
What is the overall budget?
What type of wedding? (location, size, formality, etc.)
Premarital counseling?
Hire a Wedding Planner?
Get in Shape?
Start a Scrapbook?

Twelve or More Months Prior

Consider Possible Wedding Dates
Research Ceremony Locations, Call for Availability
Research Reception Locations, Call for Availability
Research Bridal Fashions

Research Florists
Research Ceremony Musicians
Research Caterers
Research Photographers
Research Videographers
Research Reception Entertainment

Choose Officiant
Choose Wedding Colors
Choose Wedding Party

Things to Consider:

Create a wedding web site?
Send engagement information to the newspaper?
Bring families together to celebrate?
Shop together for rings?
Throw an engagement party?
Renew Passports?
Whiten your teeth for parties and photographs?

Eleven Months Prior

Discuss favorite songs for reception and wedding DVD
Book Florist
Book Ceremony Musicians
Book Ceremony Location
Book Reception Site
Book Reception Entertainment
Book Caterer
Book Photographer
Book Videographer
Book Reception Entertainment
Research Wedding Invitations

Ten Months Prior

Alert Out-of-Town Guests
Choose Bridal Gown
Research Honeymoon Locations
Research Bridesmaid Dresses
Research Bakeries & Wedding Cake Ideas
Meet with Caterer, Arrange Tasting
Order Wedding Invitations
Select Bridal Shower Hostess
Create Bridal Shower Guest List
Create Wedding Gift Registry

Nine Months Prior

Reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests?
Purchase Bridal Accessories
Consider Men's Attire
Chose Bridesmaid Fashion
Choose Bakery & Wedding Cake Style
Hire a Calligrapher for Invitations
Select Date for Bridal Shower
Send Bridal Shower Invitations

Eight Months Prior

Document All Gifts Received
Get Measurements for Out-of-Town Wedding Party
Order Bridesmaid Dresses
Meet with Bakery, Arrange Tasting

Seven Months Prior

Send Wedding Invitations
Plan or Create Wedding Favors
Book Honeymoon
Research Hair Fashions and Makeup

Things to Consider:

Dance Lessons?

Six Months Prior

Finalize Floral Designs
Book Hair and Makeup Venue
Order Wedding Cake
Choose Reception Menu
Shop for Wedding Rings
Choose Bridesmaid Accessories
Coordinate Mother's Dresses
Research Rental Needs
Finalize Ceremony Music

Five Months Prior

Bridal Shower
Book Rental Supplies
Consider Rehearsal Dinner Locations
Research Transportation Options
Book Lodging for Out-of-Town Guests
Buying a Home?

Four Months Prior

Blood Test
Physical Exams
Thank You Cards for Bridal Shower Gifts
Determine Date and Location of Bachelorette Party
Determine Date and Location of Bachelor Party
Book Rehearsal Dinner Location
Book Transportation
Reserve Groom's and Groomsmen's Attire
Purchase Wedding Rings
Research Gifts for Wedding Party
Research Gifts for Parents

Things to Consider:

Need Babysitters at Wedding and/or Reception?
Liability Insurance for Locations?
Renew Passports

Three Months Prior

Alert Participants Regarding Roles (Readers, Greeters, Guest Book, etc.)
Finalize Wedding Favors
Send Rehearsal Dinner Announcements
Buy Gifts for Wedding Party
Buy Gifts for Parents
Discuss Gifts or Tips for Vendors
Meet with Photographer, Discuss Expectations
Schedule Final Fitting for Bride & Bridesmaids
Photos to Videographer for Slideshow
Discuss Custom Vows
Consider Wedding Program Details

Things to Consider:

Changing a Name?
Buying a Home?
Need Insurance?
Combining Finances?
Moving & Storage?

Two Months Prior

Obtain Marriage License
Plan After-Reception Outfits
Meet with Officiant, Discuss Details
Confirm Rehearsal Dinner Arrangements
Purchase Accessories (Pillow, Guest Book, Candles, etc.)
Meet with Hair & Make Up, Discuss Expectations
Confirm Honeymoon Plans
Finalize Wedding Program Details
Finalize Ceremony Details
Meet with Videographer for "Love Story" and Set Expectations
Finalize Reception Details
Begin Writing Vows
Wedding Announcement to Newspapers
Practice Walking/Dancing in Bridal Shoes

One Month Prior

Final Dress Fittings
Bridal Portrait
Bachelorette Party
Bachelor Party
Meet with Reception Entertainment, Discuss Expectations
Order Wedding Program
Call Guests, Confirm all Details
Contact All Vendors, Confirm Times and Locations
Determine Seating Arrangement at Reception

Things to Consider:

House-Sitter while on Honeymoon?
Change of Address Forms?

Two Weeks Prior

Pick Up Wedding Programs
Write Thank-You Cards for Gifts Already Received
Write Place Cards for Receptions
Final Head Count to Caterer
Finalize Vows
Pick up Dresses
Pick Up Rings
Finalize all Wedding-Day Details

One Week Prior

Provide Wedding-Day Details to Wedding Party, Parents and Vendors
Hair Colored and Trimmed
Vendor Contacts to Someone Responsible
Prepare Wedding Favors for Transport

The Day Before

Manicure & Pedicure

Gifts to Wedding Party
Tip/Payment Envelopes for Vendors
Hand out Assignment List
Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding Day

Hair & Makeup
Gifts to Parents



After the Wedding

Mail Wedding Announcement Cards
Mail Thank You Cards

Wedding Gown Preservation
Wedding Bouquet Preservation

Finalize Photo Album
Finalize Wedding DVD
Close Registry