Wedding Planning

Depending on your personal preferences and the preferences of your husband or wife-to-be, a wedding can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 2 years to plan. If one step in the planning process is missed, the whole wedding could be ruined. To prevent this from happening, we have created a wedding checklist in order to ensure everything goes according to plan on your big day.

7-12 Months Prior

  • Announce Engagement and have your engagement party
  • Decide on the wedding style and create a guest list
  • Choose who you both want in the wedding party
  • Set the date and time of the wedding
  • Book your wedding officiant
  • Choose your wedding song
  • Decide on "extras" (cake, flowers, dj, photographers etc)
  • Purchase your wedding dress and bridal accessories
  • Purchase bridesmaids dresses and accessories (maid of honor as well)
  • Start planning your honeymoon
  • Buy (or make) your wedding favors
  • Purchase your wedding invitations
  • Plan your rehearsal ceremony and dinner

2-6 Months Prior

  • Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Finalize the dinner menu
  • Book your limo (or other form of transportation)
  • Book the rehearsal dinner site
  • Book your honeymoon
  • Purchase your wedding rings
  • Purchase your gifts for the wedding party
  • Rent the tuxedos for groom and groomsmen (including bestman)
  • Schedule a dress fitting (bride)
  • Book hair and makeup appointment (bride)
  • Have your bridal shower
  • Send out the invitations to your guests
  • Plan the wedding program

1 Month Prior

  • Get your marriage license (and blood tests if needed)
  • Final dress fitting (bride)
  • Arrange seating for your guests
  • Have your stag and doe party

1-2 Weeks Prior

  • Pick up the wedding dress
  • Have your bachelor and bachelorette parties

The Day Before

  • Give the wedding party their gifts
  • Pick up the tuxedo(s)
  • Decorate the wedding site
  • Have your rehearsal dinner and greet out-of-town guests

Follow these steps in the first step towards a lifetime of marital bliss!

Samantha Taylor spent several years working in the weddings industry as a wedding planner. When she isn't being a mom of two wonderful children, she works as a freelance writer for http://www.yourwedding101.com - a site that offers information about everything wedding related - from wedding planning to wedding invitations and more.

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