So, you just got engaged! Congratulations!
12-16 months before your wedding
Get an idea of budget. Discuss with your partner and your family if they are planning to contribute. *Be sure to have a buffer in your budget, just in case.
Start on a rough draft for your guest list and choose wedding party! *Make sure you know how many people CANNOT be dropped from the list (it will be helpful when shopping for venues)
Find the perfect venue! This may determine your wedding date. *Some venues have certain restrictions, or will provide catering options for you. Be sure to get all the information!
8-10 months before your wedding
Book your caterer if your venue doesn't offer catering. Check with your venue about any specifics!
Book your photographer.
Send out Save-the-Dates
Register for gifts!
Do research on hotels for guests who are traveling to your wedding. *Some hotels have deals on reserving blocks!
Book any entertainment you wish to have at your reception!
If you haven't purchased your wedding gown, DO IT NOW! *It would also be a good idea to order or purchase accessories, too.
5-7 months before your wedding
Lock down an officiant
Book a florist
Figure out wedding colors and decorations
Shop for bridesmaids dresses *Some designers take longer to order than others.
Book lodging for night of the wedding *If necessary
Plan honeymoon *If you are leaving the country, book flights and hotels.
4 months before your wedding
Schedule hair and makeup artists
Choose and order wedding cake!
Finalize guest list and seating chart
2-3 months before your wedding
Buy your wedding shoes and start alterations on gown *Make sure you also have your undergarments
Order linens, tables, and chairs *Some venues provide these!
Finalize menu and flowers
Purchase wedding bands
Make list of people who will make speeches at the reception
Make itinerary for the wedding day
Send out invitations *Two months before
Finalize plans with your photographer
Touch base with your vendors just to make sure everything is set.
Bachelorette party! WOO!
1 month before your wedding
Get marriage license
Go to your last dress fitting *You may need one more after this one depending on the dress and the fit
Purchase bridesmaids' gifts
Stock the bar
*If your venue allows it. Be sure to check with your venue about their alcohol policy!
Make any final payments as possible
Get hair cut and colored *If necessary. You might also want to look into tanning options if needed.
Week of the wedding
Confirm arrival times with vendors
Delegate small wedding-day tasks
Pick up your wedding gown *You can also do this two weeks before.
Set aside checks for the vendors *Put tips in envelopes to give day-of.
Break in your shoes *Very important!
Pack for your honeymoon *You don't want to do this last minute.