Wedding Timetable

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Wedding tip: 12 months to 18 months before Wedding

Discuss when you’ll get married




Time of day

Discuss where you will get married:

Decide whether you’ll get married and have the reception at the same place or married at one place and reception somewhere else.

Select the place for the ceremony

Reserve church, synagogue, chapel or hall

Deposit may be required

Select the place for the reception

Reserve the reception site

Deposit may be required

Decide your budget

Who will pay for:



Caterer (if needed)




Gown and accessories



Accessories: (Bar tab, invitations, etc.)

Decide how many guests you will invite





Begin trying on gowns

Wedding tip: 11 Months before the Wedding

Discuss style of wedding:

Color and/or theme





Hire a wedding planner, if needed

Discuss the wedding timetable with them.

Determine Honeymoon budget

Wedding tip: 10 Months before the Wedding

Select and order

Your gown (as soon as you can make up your mind)

Tiara, veil and/or headpiece etc.



Something old, new, borrowed, and blue

Select your attendants

Flower girl(s)


Jr. Bridesmaids

Ring bearer

Groom selects

Best man


Wedding tip: 9 Months before the Wedding

Select attire for female attendants



Jewelry (can be a gift from you)

Hair pieces (if desired)

Interview and select (if needed and/or desired)

An Officiator ( Priest, Rabbi, Reverend, Justice of the Peace)


Discuss menu

Try samples


Discuss what photos you want

Will they be eating at the reception? (to be counted)


Discuss what you want

Will they be eating at the reception?(to be counted)

DJ or band

Discuss music for ceremony

Discuss song for reception

Will they be eating at the reception?

Discuss and compile guest list

Discuss how many from each family side

Include bride and groom’s friends and co-workers

Discuss honeymoon options

Wedding tip: 8 Months before the Wedding

Sign up for gift registry

Have gown fitting

Wedding tip: 7 Months before the Wedding

Select florist for:

Brides’ bouquet

Bridesmaid’s flowers

Flower girl’s petals

Corsage for mothers (and grandmothers) of bride and groom

Decide on Boutonnières for gentlemen:


Best man

Ring bearer

Fathers of the bride and groom (grandfathers can be included)


Flowers for ceremony (if needed)

Flowers for reception (if needed)

Order invitations and thank you cards (( Order more than needed - mistakes will be made)

Wedding tip: 6 Months before the Wedding

Have all female attendants go for 1st fittings

Plan and make reservations for honeymoon.

Shop for Wedding ring bands

Mothers select wedding attire

Wedding tip: 5 months before the Wedding

Order programs, place cards and/or newsletters (click here for ideas).

Wedding cake: Select and finalize order (deposit may be required)





Consider the needs of any out of area guests who will need accommodations and transportation and make arrangements.

Wedding tip: 4 Months before the Wedding

Decide who will address invitations (hire calligrapher if needed) and address them.

Decide if you’ll write your own vows

Decide male attendant’s attire with groom. Groom should visit formalwear shop to make arrangements. He can give all male attendants a business card from the shop. All male attendants then go to the shop to give measurements...Most of the following can be rented including shoes! They may only need to supply their own socks. Check with the formal wear rental store.

Tux color


Cumber bun


Tie Clip



Cuff links

Confirm all honeymoon plans

Wedding tip: 3 Months before the Wedding

Arrange for transportation to ceremony and reception

Purchase gifts for bridal party, parents and any other helpers

Order or make wedding favors. Click here for ideas

Buy wedding accessories (any or all):

Baskets for flower girls

Pillow for ring bearer

Cake knife

Guest book

Toasting glasses


Imprinted ribbons, napkins, match books, if needed.

Unity candle

Cameras for reception tables

Wedding tip: 2 Months before the Wedding

Bring invitations to post office to mail. Have them weighed for correct amount of postage. Be sure you are including directions to the ceremony and reception.

Make plans for rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

Finalize all contracts

Finalize honeymoons plans

Hotel reservation needed for wedding night before flight?

Is transportation needed to and from airport? Passports needed?

Shop for honeymoon clothes

Make reservations for wedding night at near by hotel if you won’t be leaving on your honeymoon till the next day. Think about transportation to the hotel and then on to the airport the next day, if needed.

Final alterations for gowns



Get blood tests, if needed

Work on seating and floor arrangement

Wedding tip: 6 Weeks before the Wedding

Go over music list with DJ ( click here for suggestions)

Purchase spousal gifts

Have a practice run with your hair stylist and make an appointment for your wedding day hairdo.

Wedding tip: 1 Month before the Wedding

Final gown fitting

Finalize florist order and delivery time.

Finalize seating arrangements

Wedding tip: 2 Weeks before the Wedding

Call any guests who haven’t responded to your invitation to be sure they will not be attending. Some people have been known to show up without responding!

Give guest tally to caterer or reception site

Confirm honeymoon reservations and pack bags (passports needed?)

Wedding tip: One Week before the Wedding

Confirm rehearsal plans with all attendants

Pick up formal men’s wear

Pack your emergency wedding kit (click here for list)

Take bridesmaids out to lunch.

Wedding tip: Day before your wedding

Have a manicure

Have a pedicure

Try a relaxing massage

Bring marriage license

Arrive early for rehearsal

Give out gifts at rehearsal dinner

Give the Officiator their “thank you” fee

Wedding tip: Wedding Day

Relax and eat breakfast to prevent fainting or stomach growls

Don’t forget the rings!

Bring all accessories needed ( cake knife, toasting glasses, etc)

Remember your emergency kit (click here for list)

Relax and enjoy your special day, you’ve earned it!

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