the bride’s checklist Six to 12 Months ❑❑ Announce your engagement. ❑❑ Decide on wedding details, such as style, time of day and location. ❑❑ Pick a date. Do this as soon as possible so bridal party and family members can make plans and reservations can be made for wedding location, rehearsal and reception locations, etc. ❑❑ Set a budget. ❑❑ Select the bridal party. ❑❑ Choose your colors. Your flowers, attire, linens and cake will reflect your choice. ❑❑ Choose and order the bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ gowns and accessories. ❑❑ Start planning the honeymoon with groom. ❑❑ Begin your bridal registry. ❑❑ Select the caterer, photographer, florist and musicians. ❑❑ Start planning the reception. Reserve a hall, hotel or facility. ❑❑ Schedule premarital counseling. Some churches require this for a marriage. ❑❑ Choose and order the wedding rings. ❑❑ Order the wedding cake. ❑❑ Select and order the invitations.
Three Months ❑❑ Complete the guest list. ❑❑ Plan to have both mothers select their dresses. It’s customary for the groom’s mother to wait until the bride’s mother has selected her dress. ❑❑ Finalize reception plans. ❑❑ If reservations haven’t been made for the honeymoon, do it now. ❑❑ Confirm dates and times with the florist, caterer, photographer, musicians and church. ❑❑ Discuss transportation to and from the wedding and reception sites. ❑❑ Choose and order the tuxes. ❑❑ Schedule bridesmaids’ dresses for fittings. ❑❑ Choose and dye shoes if necessary. ❑❑ Mail the invitations. ❑❑ Get the marriage license. ❑❑ Finalize the honeymoon plans.
❑❑ Plan the rehearsal and dinner. This is the responsibility of the groom and his family, but all should work together on it. ❑❑ Purchase gifts for the bridal party. Brides often buy inexpensive earrings or necklaces for the bridesmaids to wear at the wedding. Popular choices for groomsmen are money clips, key chains or ball caps. ❑❑ Schedule final fittings for bride and bridesmaids. ❑❑ Schedule appointments at beauty salons for attendants, if needed. ❑❑ Hold the bridesmaids’ luncheon. ❑❑ Purchase a guest book and decide where it will go, either at the wedding or reception.
Two Weeks ❑❑ Finalize wedding day transportation. ❑❑ Arrange to have names changed on driver’s license, Social Security card, etc.
One Week ❑❑ Start packing for the honeymoon. ❑❑ Finalize the number of guests with caterer if not already done. ❑❑ Plan seating arrangements for guests. ❑❑ Have a hairdresser practice fixing your hair. You may want to practice applying your makeup. ❑❑ Make sure wedding rings are picked up and fit.
Wedding Day ❑❑ Relax and enjoy your very special day.
One Month ❑❑ Reserve accommodations for the groom. ❑❑ Record gifts received and send thank-you notes as they arrive.