*Choose wedding date Read Post here.
*Decide type of wedding desired (traditional, big/small, etc.)
*Determine what religion the service will be performed in, if any
*Decide time of wedding and reception Read Post here.
*Choose desired location for wedding ceremony Read Post here.
*Choose desired location for reception Read Post here.
Set wedding budget and decide how wedding will be financed Read post here.
Then hire the individuals from whom you will need their services on the wedding day…
Choose/hire individual who will perform your wedding Rev Mary Mooney
nterview/Choose photographer and then book him/her Faith Teasley
*Interview/Choose Florist and then book him/her Ashlee Little Events
Interview/Choose caterer. Read post here.
Ten to Twelve Months in Advance
Decide how large/small wedding party will be 3 bridesmaids, 3 groomsman.
*Choose/order wedding dress and veil Read post here.
Set honeymoon budget Sandals Montego Bay booked!
Announce engagement to friends and family. Called as soon as it happened!
Six to Ten Months in Advance
First meeting with minister/officiant
Begin writing vows
*Choose ceremony music (prelude, processional, solos, recessional, postlude, etc.) – On the agenda for this weekend.
Choose attendants and ask if they’ll accept the position. Done! Sent Kate Spade Paperless Post invites.
Begin looking for bridesmaid dresses. Handled when I bought the dress.
Pick out tuxedos for groom and groomsmen/ushers/fathers. Ashamed to say I did this just last week.
Choose/reserve desired location for rehearsal dinner. Cafe Luna – where we had our first date and took our engagement pictures.
Look for and reserve block of rooms at nearby hotel for out-of-town guests. Done! Blocked off 10 rooms at a local hotel.
Choose invitations. Read about our invites here.
Make first draft of invite list. This was one of the first things I did.
Plan honeymoon and book all lodgings/transportation/event tickets. Did this almost immediately after we picked a date.
Discuss if a bridal registry is desired and what items would be on it. We registered at Macy’s, Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Sears.
Four to Six Months in Advance
Choose prose/poetry/scripture readings for ceremony
*Choose readers for ceremony and ask if they’ll accept the position
Buy/make favors to give guests, if desired Handled by Ashlee Little.
Order bridesmaid dresses. Each girl is handling, and has already done it.
*Hire limousine driver or arrange other transportation to/from ceremony and reception. About that, still not done.
Pick out/order wedding bands
Select reception decorations such as candles, flowers, balloons, arches, etc. Ashlee Little again.
Meet with florist to choose amount and type of flowers for ceremony and reception and any other accessories (ex. pew bows, candelabras, etc). Ashlee Little for the win.
Meet with cake baker to choose flavor(s) and style of wedding cake. We LOVE Ashley Cakes. One of our favorite things so far. What we chose is a surprise.
Register gift preferences with one or more bridal registries at nearby and/or nationwide store
Get measurements from groom/ushers/fathers/groomsmen for tuxedos. Having them handle themselves.
Two to Four Months in Advance
First wedding gown fitting. Spent almost half of my dresses cost on alterations.
*Buy disposable cameras. Haven’t decided if I’m doing this or not.
*Choose reception food with caterer. This weekend!
*Determine how attendants will process and stand at ceremony. Hmmmm….
*Choose reception music (1st dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance etc.). On the agenda for this weekend.
Finalize vows and memorize (if necessary). Done!
Bride buy gifts for bridesmaids, parents, fiancée, personal attendant. Done a la Etsy. Can’t wait to share (after the wedding).
*Groom buy gifts for groomsmen, parents, fiancée, ushers. Matt – get on this.
Finalize invite list and get addresses of all people on invite list
*Set date with fiancée to get marriage license
Two Months in Advance
*Book rooms for out-of-town attendants at hotel
*Go over rough draft of duties with all involved in wedding
*Determine order/timing of events at reception (cake-cutting, garter toss, etc.)
Buy honeymoon clothes and going away outfit if necessary. I own a boutique, I’m ALL OVER this.
*Buy/decide on rehearsal/rehearsal dinner outfit.
*Determine the “something borrowed, …blue, …old, and …new” to wear on wedding day
*Call to inform all people who need to be at rehearsal
Buy guest book and pen. Thanks to Etsy!
*Obtain marriage certificate
*Last meeting with minister/officiant
*Make itinerary of wedding day for all involved
Buy stamps for invitations, response cards, and some to get started on thank-you notes
Ensure formalwear shop has all tuxedo measurements
One to One-and-a-Half Months in Advance
*Address/mail wedding invitations
One Month in Advance
*Find out if reception caterers will make a basket of food for you to take to your hotel after reception
*Determine when items needed at reception (toasting glasses, etc.) will be taken there
*Show final program to minister and organist to check for accuracy
*Box and wrap all gifts for attendants, etc.
*Ensure band/DJ has equipment/music needed to play your chosen reception music
*Pick up wedding bands
Confirm honeymoon reservations
Record gifts as you receive them and send thank-you notes
*Inform car/home/renter’s insurance of marriage (discounted rates may apply)
Two Weeks in Advance
*Final meeting with florist – overview and give him/her map to ceremony and reception sites
*Final meeting with reception hall/caterer – overview and tell them names of florist, band or DJ, and baker (just in case!)
*Final meeting with photographer – tell him/her about any specific pictures you want, choose album style and color, and give him/her map
*Final conversation with band – overview of times & special songs, mail him/her/them map
*Mail directions to limousine driver and confirm times
*Meet with rehearsal dinner caterers for final details
*Final wedding gown fitting
*Confirm hotel reservations for wedding night
One Week in Advance
*Pack for honeymoon
*Fill out first page of guest book
*Take marriage certificate to minister/officiant
*Give final guest count to reception facility and/or caterer
Day Before Wedding
*Pick up wedding gown and veil
*Pick up tux
*Take favors, disposable cameras, centerpieces, cake knife and server, toasting glasses, CD’s, and birdseed roses to reception hall
*Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
Morning of Wedding
*Bride’s hair appointment
*Give groom’s wedding band to Maid of Honor and bride’s wedding band to Best Man prior to ceremony
*Relax and let it all sink in!*
*Leave yourself off the things to do list today if there are any remaining items. You need to relax and enjoy the whole day, and in the long run, you won’t remember the little things