The Bride’s calendar

Twelve Months Before

Buy a wedding planner or date book

Determine budget with fiancé’

Determine the date of the wedding

Choose the location for the ceremony and reception (make reservations)

Determine style –European, American, formal, informal and select colors –which can also be your theme

Select your attendants and ushers

Hire a wedding consultant – optional

Book photographer and videographer

Book musicians

Book florist

Nine Months Before

Make appointment to visit clergy or judge with fiancé’

Begin development of guest lists: four separate lists are prepared to determine who is invited . The bride, her parents , the bridegroom, and his parents each compile lists of relatives and friends , without consulting each other,.

Register for wedding gifts with fiancé’

Visit travel agent to make honeymoon plans

Hire a bakery chef

Book limousine service

Order invitations, announcements, and stationery

Hire calligrapher ( optional)

Complete honeymoon plans with travel agent

Select and order bridal attendants dress, headpieces, and accessories

Select bridegroom’s wedding wear

Select groom’s wedding wear

Order wedding rings and engraving

Three Months Before

Complete master guest list and start addressing invitation envelopes

Think about attendant’s –gifts

Plan recording and display of gifts

Reserve a block of rooms at a local hotel for out –of –town guests

Get a physicl-although not a prerequisite in many states, a good idea anyway

Book a hairdresser and discuss a particular hairstyle

Confirm with dress shop or seamstree the delivery date of gown

Select and purchase your trousseau

Mail invitations Pick up wedding rings

Buy wedding gift for groom

Select and purchase attendants gifts

Have a final dress and bridal veil fitting

Sit for portrait

Send announcements to newspapers’

Submit special music list to band or DJ

Plan party for bridesmaids

As wedding gifts arrive , send thank-you notes.

Two weeks Before

Get marriage license with fiancé’

Address wedding announcements for mailing on wedding day

Start packing and prepare going –away outfit

One week Before

Give final count of guests to caterer

Purchase traveler’s checks and foreign currency if necessary

Give bridesmaids luncheon or party

Move clothing and other items to your new apartment or house

Finalize details with florist, photographer/videographer, chauffeur, etc

Confirm rehearsal date and dinner details, which should take place two to three days before ceremony *

allow time for other last minute details.

Give attendants their gifts on that night.

A description of the Role of Maid or Matron of Honor

Wedding Transportation

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Tips on tipping