TOOLS for a perfect wedding

Wedding Planning

Once your engagement is announced, the planning process begins. This timeline will help keep you on track when it comes to planning a stress-free wedding. (Yes, it’s possible, right?)


   1 year +

  1. Announce your engagement
  2. Discuss budget, dates with both families
  3. Start looking at ceremony and reception sites
  4. Start looking at wedding gowns
  5. Select and invite attendants
  6. Select your ceremony officiant
  7. Create email account for wedding correspondance
  8. Attend a bridal show
  9. Set up your gift registry
  10. Start looking at florists, caterers, entertainment and photographers/videographers

   6-9 months

  1. Reserve your reception site
  2. Reserve your caterers
  3. Finalize your guest list
  4. Decide on invitations
  5. Decide on entertainment
  6. Plan your engagement party
  7. Start thinking about your honeymoon
  8. Start planning your menu

   3 months

  1. Order the invitations
  2. Shop for bridal party dresses
  3. Shop for the rings
  4. Book your honeymoon and make passport arrangements, if necessary
  5. Order the wedding cake
  6. Shop for bridal party gifts
  7. Reserve formalwear for the groomsmen
  8. Confirm orders with florist, entertainers and reception site
  9. Set up bridal gift registry
  10. Reserve blocks of hotel rooms for out-oftown guests
  11. Plan all parties, showers, and luncheons

   2 months

  1. Address and send invitations
  2. Book transportation
  3. Choose all music for the ceremony and reception
  4. Determine ceremony protocol
  5. Confirm ceremony details with participants
  6. Purchase bridal party gifts
  7. Finalize rehearsal dinner plans and reception menu
  8. Design and print wedding programs
  9. Arrange fittings for bridal party

   1 month

  1. Submit wedding announcement to local media
  2. Choose all accessories
  3. Write Thank-You notes for any gifts received
  4. Apply for marriage license
  5. Send rehearsal dinner invitations
  6. Draft a seating chart for the reception, if necessary
  7. Finalize details with all hired professionals
  8. Finalize jewlery

   2 weeks

  1. Complete floor and seating plans for the reception
  2. Wrap gifts for everyone involved
  3. Start working on speeches and toasts
  4. Finalize receiving line

   1 week

  1. Pick up formalwear and ensure it fits properly
  2. Make sure passports and marriage lisence are in hand
  3. Pack for honeymoon
  4. Pamper yourself with a massage, manicure and pedicure

   Day before Wedding

  1. Put rings and license in safe place
  2. Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  3. Pack wedding-day items
  4. Pay the vendors
  5. Give gifts to attendants

   Day of Wedding

  1. Deliver bridal clothing and honeymoon bag to reception venue or staging area
  2. Have hair styled and makeup applied
  3. Review your checklist
  4. Have candid pre-wedding pictures taken
  5. Get dressed
  6. Enjoy your special day!