Just got engaged? congratulations! Now, we know you are starting to envision your dream wedding. Are you wondering about all the things you need to do to ensure a successful wedding? Then read on to find out what needs to be done during your wedding preparations with our 12-Month Wedding Plan Checklist Calendar.
12+ months before
Visualize your wedding and create a budget.
Assemble your “wedding planning team”. Consider hiring a wedding planner/consultant if you can afford it.
Pick a wedding date and time. Select several options, and then begin to vet your venues, officiant and important guests before finalizing.
Start creating the guest list.
Look and book for ceremony sites and reception venues.
Invite friends and relatives to be in the wedding party.
8-10 months before
Bride: Think about, shop for and order your wedding gown.
Imagine your reception menu.
Decide what type of entertainment you’d like. A pianist for the cocktail hour, a band or a DJ?
Think about your floral décor.
Thoroughly research and book your wedding experts. Interview vendors: videographer, photographer, reception band or DJ, florist and events decorator.
Research and reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests.
Contact rental companies if there’s need to rent anything for the reception or ceremony, such as chairs, tables, and tents.
6-8 months before
Book ceremony musicians.
Order bridesmaids dresses.
Begin to plan the honeymoon.
Send save-the-date cards to your guests. This is especially necessary if you’re getting married during holiday seasons or having a destination wedding.
4-6 months before
Attend pre-wedding counseling if required.
Shop for and order invitations and wedding rings.
Shop for formal wear.
Renew or get passports if necessary.
Visualize your wedding cake. Research, interview, and book a cake designer.
3 months before:
Order wedding cake.
Hire a calligrapher, if you’d like your invitations to be professionally addressed.
Attend your bridal shower. (It might be earlier, depending on when your friends/hosts decide to have it).
Groom: Rent/buy the men’s formalwear.
Hire wedding day transport: limousines, and other choice cars. Make sure you consider transportation early if you’re considering renting streetcars or over-the-top travel.
2 months before:
Mail your invitations. You could also send your invitation as a pdf via a social media channel like Whatsapp, or via email.
Write your wedding vows.
Purchase gifts for parents, attendants and each other.
Book hair stylist, and try out wedding day hairstyles.
Book a makeup artist and take a rain check.
1 month before:
Bride: have final gown fitting. Bring your maid of honour along so that she’d learn how to bustle your dress. Have your gown pressed and bring it home.
Call all bridesmaids. Ensure they have their gowns ready for the wedding.
Make last-minute adjustments with vendors.
Create a wedding program to hand out to guests.
2 weeks before:
Review final RSVP list and contact any guest who hasn’t responded.
Deliver must-have shot lists to your photographer and videographer. Let them know who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken.
Send final song list to your DJ or bandleader. Include special song requests and songs you don’t want to be played.
1 week before:
Give caterer final guest headcount. Include vendors such as the band members, photographer, and others.
Plan reception seating chart.
Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements.
Give reception managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.
Groom: Get your hair trimmed. Attend bachelor/ette parties.
2-3 days before:
Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formal wear. Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss last-minute adjustments.
Call the limousine or car rental company for pickup time and locations.
Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.
Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honour to hold during the ceremony.
Give the best man the officiant’s fee envelope, to be given after the ceremony. Introduce your events planner to your maid of honour for questions or problems during the reception.
Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer’s contact so he/she knows who’s who.
Yay! It’s your wedding day! May your marriage be full of love, happiness, and laughter!
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