Planning Calendar

As Soon As You’re Engaged

Get Prepared • Set a Budget • Discuss Time Frame and Dates
THE PLAN Countdown to the Big Day

Set budget, Discuss time frame and dates
Determine wedding basics:
formal vs. informal • indoor vs. outdoor
day vs. night • in-town vs. destination

9-12 Months to Go:

Envision the big picture

  • Do your research
  • Put an organization system in place
  • Pick a date
  • Book venues for the ceremony and reception
  • Send out save-the-dates
  • Set spending limits; budget in shared expenses
  • Consult with clergy
  • Start to compile guest list
  • Hire a wedding planner, if necessary
  • Shop around for vendors
  • Select a theme and colors
  • Choose the wedding party
  • Hunt down a gown
  • Start a gift registry

4-6 Months to Go:

Consider the details

  • Check wedding license requirements
  • Coordinate colors and themes with vendors
  • Select ceremonial details (music, readings)
  • Order wedding cake
  • Order wedding rings
  • Bring in the pros: choose the caterer, florist, officiant, photographer/videographers, and entertainment
  • Hire your glam squad (hair, stylist, makeup artist)
  • Arrange the honeymoon
  • Find a location for the rehearsal dinner
  • Book wedding night accommodations
  • Determine attire for groom and wedding attendants
  • Order guest favors
  • Register for gifts

2 Months to Go:

Leave nothing to chance

  • Send out invites
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner
  • Coordinate and prepare for out-of-town guests
  • Schedule hair and makeup appointments
  • Prep documents if you are changing your name
  • Take final guest count
  • Confirm the catering plan
  • Plan bachelor and bachelorette parties
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Make travel and hospitality arrangements for out-of-town guests
  • Script wedding vows,if necessary
  • Take stock of wedding day accessories (garter, rings, pillow)

1 Month to Go:

You’re really doing this

  • Schedule final gown and formalwear fittings
  • Confirm ceremonial details with vendors and officiant
  • Finalize transportation details
  • Get marriage license (at least 30 days prior to the wedding)
  • Arrange for a “practice” hair and makeup session

2 Weeks Away…

  • Finalize the entertainment
  • Determine the music set list
  • Finalize seating chart for the reception
  • Track down missing RSVPs

1 Week Away…

  • Pick up your dress
  • Pack for the honeymoon
  • Gather travel documents
  • Work in your wedding heels around the house
  • Delegate everything you can!

1 Day Away…

  • Wake up to a massage and a mani/pedi
  • Confirm wedding day transportation
  • Set aside vendor tips and payments
  • Run down the wedding day plan
  • Host the rehearsal dinner; hand out gifts, if necessary

The Big Day…

Have the best day of your life

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