He popped the question and SHE SAID YES!!!. Now comes the busiest time of their new life together. The wedding planning Checklist. There is so much to do and sometimes little time to do it that things get forgotten or skipped over due to poor planning.
Below is a sample countdown checklist put together from a variety of sources, including bridal magazine, wedding websites and personal knowledge.
12-Month Wedding Planning Checklist
Nine to Twelve Month
· Announce engagement – Send out announcements or have a party.
· Set a wedding budget – Plus decide who is paying for what.
· Set wedding date and time – This can be done with the engagement announcement so the date can be included in form of a “Save the Date” card.
· Decide if the wedding will have a theme.
· Seek out different reception hall locations and book it – This can be a hotel, restaurants, Elks Lodge or anywhere that has room to hold a wedding.
· Find caterer if not provided by reception location.
· Seek out ceremony site and book it – Some reception locations also offer ceremony services, check into that to save money and travel between two.
· Book officiate.
· Create guest list – write down everyone first and then go back and eliminate those who do not have to be invited if the budget will not allow it.
· Start looking for bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses and tuxes.
· Look for a photographer, videographer, DJ, florist and set up a time to see their work. Book them if available.
· Create Bridal Registry – many local and national stores offer this service.
Six to Nine Months
· Start finalizing guest list – make sure to coordinate with family and budget.
· Select attendants for the wedding party.
· Purchase wedding dress.
· Set up tux rentals and bridesmaids fittings.
· Shop for accessories.
· Visit a travel agent and plan the honeymoon.
· Order wedding cake.
· Find a location for rehearsal dinner and if there will be out of town guests; decide if they will be invited.
· Look for transportation – to ceremony, reception and to the airport for the honeymoon.
Four to Six Months
· Marriage License – look into requirements and time frames. Some licenses require waiting period and others expire after a certain amount of time. These vary by state.
· Shop for wedding rings and set up for engraving.
· Finalize decorations for reception and ceremony – figure out who will make and which items will be rented.
· Order invitations and other wedding stationery.
· Send engagement to the newspaper.
· Remind the mothers to order their dresses and offer to go along to help.
· Make honeymoon reservations and get travel details.
Two to Four Months
· Confirm caterer, DJ, photographer, officiate and anyone hired to help with the wedding.
· Order (or create) maps for ceremony and reception.
· Purchase wedding guest book, toasting glasses and other accessories needed.
· Plan bridesmaid luncheon.
Six to Eight Weeks
· Finalize menu with the caterer.
· Buy gift for the groom.
· Final fitting for the wedding dress.
· Pick up wedding rings and purchase any remaining accessories.
· Plan seating arrangements for the reception and make placement cards.
· Finalize music for ceremony and reception.
· Put together gifts for guests.
· Purchase wedding party gifts.
· Find someone trustworthy to transport gifts from reception to home.
· Handle all legal issues, including the name change and address change.
· Check on out of town guests’ accommodations
· Check with bridesmaids to make sure they are all set with dresses and accessories.
· Obtain marriage license.
· Review seating arrangements at the ceremony with ushers.
· Pack for the honeymoon.
· Call any guests who have not RSVP’d, especially those who said they were coming to the wedding.
· Review final details with photographer, videographer, florist, and baker.
· Give final head count to the caterer.
· Wrap wedding party gifts.
· Finalize rehearsal dinner details.
Day Before Wedding
· Get pampered – enjoy a manicure, pedicure or massage.
· Attend rehearsal and dinner.
· Go to bed early.
· Get the best man and maid of honor to sign the wedding certificate.
· Start early and allow plenty of time to get dressed.
· Eat properly – do not want the bride to pass out due to lack of eating.
· Relax and enjoy the wedding.