08 Jul

Wedding planning can be confusing and overwhelming for a first-time bride.  It’s a tough job.  Hope you find this Wedding Checklist helpful.

Months before the Wedding

  • Choose a wedding date.
  • Determine the overall theme, location, time of day, number of guests.
  • Reserve the site for the ceremony.
  • Reserve the site for the reception.
  • Book the official for the ceremony. (Priest, Rabbi, Justice of the Peace, etc.)
  • Determine colour scheme.
  • Choose and purchase the bridal gown.
  • Obtain a marriage license, and be sure passports and other documents are in order.

6 Months before the Wedding

  • Book a caterer.
  • Book a photographer.
  • Choose and inform the wedding party.
  • Buy attire for the wedding party.
  • Book musicians or DJ.
  • Book the videographer.
  • Book a florist.
  • Sign up for the bridal registry.

4 Months before the Wedding

  • Reserve rental furniture and items.
  • Book a decorator.
  • Finalise the guest list.
  • Order invitations.
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner.
  • Book a honeymoon suite.
  • Set up accommodations for guests coming from out of town.
  • Plan the honeymoon.
  • Buy gifts for each other, the wedding party, and both sets of parents.
  • Buy all shoes, lingerie, and accessories.
  • Select wedding bands and purchase.

2 Months before the Wedding

  • Order a wedding cake.
  • Order decorations and party favours.
  • Book the limousine for the wedding day.
  • Address invitations and send them out.
  • Select your ushers and a guest book attendant.
  • Select a Master of Ceremonies.
  • Mail out invitations to the bridal shower.

6 Weeks before the Wedding

  • Keep a list of gifts received for thank you letters.
  • Keep a list of RSVPs.
  • Purchase a guest book, ring pillow, garter, toasting glasses, cake cutter, and other accessories for the wedding and the reception.
  • Send invitations to the rehearsal dinner.
  • Plan a luncheon for the bridesmaids.
  • Get together the traditional wedding ensemble of something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
  • 2 Weeks before the Wedding

  • Check with the caterer to make final decisions about the food and drinks.
  • Make final arrangements with the official, MC, florist, cake decorator, photographer, videographer, decorator, and all others.
  • Plan the itinerary for the wedding day.
  • Have the final dress fittings for the bride and bridesmaids.
  • Contact guests who haven‟t sent RSVPs to confirm.
  • Collect wedding rings.
  • Meet with the musicians or DJ to give them a list of your music choices.
  • Make a seating chart and print seating cards.
  • Pick up tickets for the honeymoon.
  • 1 Week before the Wedding

  • Meet with the caterer for final arrangements, and to present the final guest tally.
  • Pack for the honeymoon.
  • Make arrangements for the honeymoon, including having the gas turned off in your home, arranging for mail pickup, arranging a pet sitter or house sitter, etc.
  • Rehearsal Dinner

  • Bring all gifts.
  • Meet with the wedding party and be sure everyone has their itinerary.
  • Review seating with ushers.
  • Wedding Day

    Make sure the rings are in order.

  • Double check marriage license and all permits.
  • Wear your engagement ring on your right hand.
  • Go through the itinerary one last time.
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