This worksheet provides you with a general guideline of when to do what:

7-12 months before the wedding:

  • Formally announce your engagement
  • Select a wedding date
  • Determine your budget
  • Book the officiant
  • Book the wedding location
  • Book the reception location
  • Hire the wedding consultant
  • Purchase a wedding planner
  • Compile the guest list
  • Select members of your wedding party
  • Choose the caterer
  • Book the photographer
  • Book the videographer
  • Hire the florist
  • Book the entertainment for the wedding and the reception
  • Order your dress, accessories and shoes

4-6 months before the wedding:

  • Reserve rental equipment
  • Order the wedding cake
  • Order the wedding stationery
  • Make the honeymoon reservations
  • Book transportation
  • Reserve accommodation for out of town guests

2-3 months before the wedding:

  • Finalize the guest list
  • Send wedding invitations
  • Meet with the caterer or banquet manager
  • Meet the officiant
  • Arrange for gown fitting
  • Write your wedding vows
  • Arrange for the rehearsal dinner
  • Purchase the wedding favors of gifts for the table
  • Purchase gifts for your bridesmaids etc.
  • Purchase the wedding rings

1 day - 1 month before the wedding:

  • Obtain the wedding license
  • Buy gifts for each other
  • Purchase the guest book (if you are having one)
  • Organize the wedding program
  • Arrange trial runs with hairdressers / make up artists etc.
  • Pick up your wedding dress
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Finalize the guest count
  • Write speeches
  • Make hair and make up appointments
  • Pack for the honeymoon
  • Confirm all details with the vendors