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Wedding Timeline


Congratulations to all newly engaged brides.  Undoubtedly you are very excited about your engagement and hopefully you are equally excited about planning your upcoming wedding.  Here is a wedding timeline for the first "to-do's" on your wedding planning list.

10 To 12 Months Before

  • Determine who will officiate at the ceremony
  • Select a wedding date and time
  • Announce your engagement in the newspaper
  • Determine how many guests may attend
  • Determine the type of wedding you want (size, formality, style, color scheme)
  • Select and order the bridesmaids' dresses
  • Establish a preliminary budget
  • Select and secure a photographer
  • Select a caterer if not already provided by the reception
  • Select and secure your reception location (questions to ask)
  • Select and secure your ceremony location
  • Select and secure your DJ / MC
  • Begin choosing your wedding cake baker, videographer, and florist. Sign necessary contracts
  • If you have not done so already, pick out engagement ring with fiancé

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6 To 9 Months Before

  • Start compiling the guest list (inform your families to do the same)
  • Select the attendants for your wedding party
  • Shop for the wedding dress, headpiece, veil, etc
  • Start planning for honeymoon
  • Register with a gift bridal registry in your favorite store

4 To 6 Months Before

  • Make appointments for a physical exam with your doctor/dentist
  • Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state
  • Shop for weddings rings
  • Select and order the invitations and stationery
  • Decide where to live after the wedding
  • Complete the guest lists
  • Begin shopping for trousseau
  • Send your engagement announcement to the newspaper
  • Inform mothers to select their dresses
  • Select and order the men's attire
  • Finalize honeymoon details and make the necessary reservations

2-4 Months

  • Confirm the menu and catering details with the caterer
  • Prepare all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception
  • Buy a wedding guest book
  • Set the dates and times with the officiant for the rehearsal
  • Plan the bridesmaids' luncheon and any other parties
  • Plan out your wedding ceremony program
  • Finalize the florist details, photographer, videographer, DJ/MC, etc
  • Arrange the necessary accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Plan a rehearsal dinner, time and place
  • Confirm the wedding cake details with the baker

1 Month

  • Decide what your menu is going to be for the reception. Estimate the expected number of guests
  • Buy a gift for the groom/bride
  • Schedule a final fitting for your gown
  • Purchase a going away outfit
  • Pick up your wedding rings
  • Purchase (borrow) all wedding accessories
  • Confirm florist details and delivery times
  • Work on seating plan
  • Make sure all bridesmaids' attire has been fitted

Enjoy the planning and be inspired!!!!