Wedding Planning Timeline
Stay on track by following this wedding planning timeline
and you'll never have reason to be stressed out.
10 to 12 Months Before
-Announce your engagement to friends, family and coworkers.
-Pick a wedding date.
-Determine your wedding budget and who will pay for what.
-Start thinking about your guest list so that you have an
approximate head count.
-Find and reserve a ceremony site and officiant.
-Find and reserve a reception site.
6 to 9 Months Before
-Choose the members of the wedding party and make sure they'll
be available on your wedding date.
-Choose a caterer, if not included with your reception site.
-Set up wedding gift registries.
-Find your bridal gown.
-Choose bridal attendants' gowns.
-Book a photographer and/or videographer.
-Book a florist.
-Book a band and/or DJ.
4 to 6 Months Before
-Order wedding invitations (and matching thank you note
stationary, if you so choose)
-Order your bridal gown, shoes and veil.
-Hire a pastry chef to make your wedding cake, if it isn't
included in the catering.
-Scout out accommodations for out-of-town guests, if needed.
Most hotels offer a discounted rate if you reserve a
block of rooms for a large group.
-Complete your guest list.
2 to 4 Months Before
-Call your county clerk to get requirements for obtaining
a marriage license.
-Get a blood test, if required for your license.
-Order tuxedos or suits for the groom and groomsmen.
-Make honeymoon travel arrangements and obtain any documents
needed for international travel.
-Arrange a tasting with the caterer and finalize the menus,
wine lists and service.
-Order your cake.
-Order wedding bands for bride and grooms.
-Hire a party rental company for tables, chairs, etc. if it
isn't included with your reception site or catering service.
-Have your dress fitting and order any necessary alterations.
4 to 8 Weeks Before
-Mail out invitations 8 weeks before wedding date.
-Arrange a consultation with your hair stylist and/or make-up
artist to determine "your look." Bring whatever
headpiece you'll wear at the wedding.
-Book appointments for yourself (and your attendants, if needed)
with the hairdresser and/or make-up artist.
-Go through insurance policies with your fiance/fiancee to
see what changes you'll need to make to reflect your married
-Book a restaurant or catering hall for the rehearsal dinner,
2 to 3 Weeks Before
-Ask a friend or family member to contact invitees who haven't
yet RSVPed so that you can get a final head count.
-Make seating arrangements for the reception, if you so choose,
and have name cards printed or written by a calligrapher.
-Confirm the wedding schedule and details with photographer,
videographer, officiant, caterer and florist. The caterer
will need a final head count at this time.
-Have a final dress fitting to make sure all alterations were
-Write your wedding vows.
1 Week Before
-Have bachelor and bachelorette parties.
-Purchase a guest book and fancy pen.
-Delegate last-minute tasks to trusted friends or family members,
e.g. appoint someone to bring the guest book, toasting glasses,
-If you haven't hired a wedding coordinator or DJ, make sure
someone will take on the responsibility of announcing the
first dance, cake cutting time, etc. at the reception.
-Pamper yourself with a massage, wrap, facial, or other relaxing
-Pack for your honeymoon.
The Day Before
-Do some form of low-impact exercise to work off nervous
energy, but allow plenty of time to make yourself look fabulous
for the rehearsal dinner.
-Attend wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
The Big Day
-Relax and have fun knowing that all the details have been
taken care of!