Dining on the patio.


Here's your checklist with everything you need to do to plan your wedding.

1 year before the wedding

  • Discuss the wedding budget with both sets of parents.
  • Choose your wedding date (have a second choice in mind) and arrange to meet with the ceremony officiant.
  • Arrange for the soloist, organist or other musicians.
  • Reserve the reception facility.
  • Arrange for the catering, disc jockey and/or band.

6 months to 1 year before

  • Arrange a visit with the clergy to set the date and time of the ceremony.
  • Sit down with both sets of parents to review the budget and guest list.
  • Bride: Select your wedding gown and veil.

6 months before the wedding

  • Book your photographer and videographer.
  • Start your guest list and have parents start theirs.
  • Bride: Choose your attendants and order their dresses.
  • Groom: Choose your best man and ushers and advise them what to wear.
  • Register for china, crystal, flatware, linens and other gifts.
  • Discuss honeymoon plans, visit a travel agent and send away for brochures.

4 months before the wedding

  • Groom: Choose suit style.
  • Complete the guest list.
  • Order invitations and other stationery. (Don?t forget a guest book.)
  • Get any vaccinations required for travel.
  • Get passports in order.
  • Order flowers.
  • Register for premarital classes.
  • Shop for wedding bands.
  • Meet with the musicians to select music

3 months before the wedding

  • Finalize your own and your families' guest lists.
  • Groom: Order wedding attire for yourself and your attendants.
  • Arrange honeymoon. Are your visas and passports in order?

2 months before the wedding

  • Order the wedding cake.
  • Bride: Have makeup and hair consultations.
  • Finalize the reception menu.
  • Address invitations and announcements.
  • Mail invitations to arrive six weeks before the wedding.
  • Arrange for limousines or alternate transportation.
  • Bride: Attend gown fittings and make appointments for attendants? fittings.

1 month before (Bride)

  • Have your final dress fitting.
  • Buy gifts for the groom and your attendants.
  • Write thank-you notes as gifts are received. (Keep a list.)
  • Schedule a rehearsal for the week before the wedding.
  • Arrange accommodation for out-of-town guests.
  • Confirm details with the caterer, florist, photographer and musicians.

1 month before (Groom)

  • Buy gifts for the bride and your attendants.
  • Arrange overnight accommodation for out-of-town attendants and guests.
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations.

2 weeks before the wedding

  • Review all transportation arrangements.
  • Continue with thank-you notes.

1 week before the wedding

  • Check final details & confirm times with caterer, florist, photographer, band, limousine company.
  • Bride & Groom: Pick up your wedding attire.
  • Advise best man and ushers regarding the rehearsal and any special seating arrangements at the service.
  • Give gifts to your attendants.
  • Give the clergy?s honorarium to the best man.
  • Pack clothes for the honeymoon.

On the Big Day (Groom)

  • Speak with the best man and review his obligations ? ring clergyman?s honourarium and timing for the day.
  • Arrive 20 minutes prior to the ceremony.
  • Perhaps phone the next day to thank all the parents.

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