6 - 12 Months Before the Wedding
❒ Announce your engagement.
❒ Choose a wedding date.
❒ Decide with your fiancé the type of wedding ceremony
❒ Plan a budget.
❒ Decide on a location for the wedding ceremony and
receptionbased on your budget. Reserve the location.
Shop for your wedding gown. Keep in mind the time of day
for your ceremony when choosing a style.
❒ Decide on your wedding color scheme.
❒ Choose your honor attendants and other wedding
Select your bridesmaids’ dresses.Take along your maid
of honor to act as a model and to help make decisions
❒ Make your guest list. Decide whether to invite all guests
to the wedding.You may choose to have a small wedding
and invite more friends and family to the reception.
❒ Plan your reception. Remember that your budget
will be the determining factor in how many guests
to invite to the reception.
Select and book your caterer.
❒ Register your wedding gifts.
❒ Choose a florist and photographer.
❒ Have black-and-white photographs taken for engagement
and wedding announcements.
❒ Decide on the type of musical entertainment for the
reception and book musicians, singer or disc jockey.
❒ Reserve limousine service for the wedding.
3 - 6 Months Before the Wedding
❒ Order invitations, thank-you notes and wedding
❒ Meet with your clergyman to discuss the ceremony and to
make any other preparations required by your church.
❒ Plan your honeymoon and make all necessary arrangements
(travel, lodging, etc.)
Select your wedding rings and have them engraved.
❒ Plan the music for your ceremony.Your church’s music
director or organist can assist you with this.
❒ Assist the mother of the bride and the mother of the
groom in selecting their dresses.
❒ Make appointments for wedding-day pampering with your
hairstylist, makeup artist and manicurist. Appointments
should be early in the morning.
❒ Rehearsal dinner plans should be made at this time by
the groom’s family.
2 - 3 Months Before the Wedding
❒ Choose the wedding