An image of a bride and groom walking with bridesmaids and groomsmen

Wedding Planner Checklist

Bride walking on a pier with a bouquet of flowers in hand

Bride's Checklist

THREE TO TWELVE MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING:
Determine budget with parents/ Number of guests
Type of wedding (very formal - formal - semiformal)
Date, time and place for ceremony
Visit officiating clergy for consultation
Choose bridal consultant if desired
Type of reception
Reserve facility for reception
Wedding dress
Bridal attendants
Attendants dresses and mothers gown
Guest list
Wedding invitations and announcements/ Calligrapher if desired
Thank you and personal stationery
Choose photographer and videographer
Registry for gifts - china, silver, crystal patterns
Buy a wedding album, gift and guest record file
Find a new home and plan furnishings
Start your make-up lessons, skin care, hairstyling program
Ceremony and reception music
Take dance lessons
Order flowers - Arrange for preservation of bouquet
Make appointment for premarital examination
Consult caterer
Discuss honeymoon with groom

Bride holding a bouquet

TWO MONTHS BEFORE WEDDING:
Check state requirements for marriage license
Order wedding and grooms cake
Address and mail invitations
Arrange for display of gifts
Wedding gown fittings
Attendants gowns fittings
Shop for trousseau
Coordinate men's formalwear attire
Select attendants' and groom's gifts

ONE MONTH BEFORE WEDDING:
Mail invitations
Set appointment to have make-up and hairstyling for portrait
Check groom on wedding ring(s)
Final fitting of wedding dress and all gowns
Have wedding portrait taken
Send portrait to newspapers
Complete arrangements for reception
Arrange transportation and accommodations for out of town guests
Arrange for moving (if necessary)
Arrange for party rental equipment
Arrange transportation to ceremony and reception
Arrange for your joint or new checking accounts
Have all charge accounts changed / change of address with post office
Acknowledge each gift as it arrives
Arrange for insurance on wedding gifts

TWO WEEKS TO ONE DAY BEFORE WEDDING:
Arrange final seating for the reception
Check all gowns and accessories
Complete trousseau
Arrange going away clothes
Arrange for rehearsal
Give caterer final estimate of attendance at reception
Discuss specific shots with the photographer
Present gifts at and attend bridesmaid's luncheon
Arrange any last minute transportation
Put all wedding clothes in one place
Arrange wedding day time schedule
Get lots of beauty rest

WEDDING DAY
Relax - Have leisurely breakfast
Take time to bathe and dress leisurely
Make-up by an artist, manicure, hair-styled
Leave all details to those responsible
This is your day - Enjoy it

Groom dipping bride for a kiss on the beach

Groom's Checklist

THREE TO TWELVE MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
Buy engagement ring
Choose best man and ushers (one usher per 40 guests)
Furnish family guest list to fiancee
Order bride's flowers
Order mother's flowers
Plan correct formal attire with fiancee and groomsmen

TWO MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
Select your wardrobe for honeymoon
Select wedding rings with fiancee
Choose gifts for ushers and best man
Plan honeymoon with fiancee
Select bride's gift

ONE MONTH BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
Arrange all needed insurance
Arrange lodging and transportation for out-of-town guests
Have medical examination and blood test

TWO WEEKS TO ONE DAY BEFORE WEDDING DAY

Get marriage license
Arrange for clergyman's fee
Plan bachelor dinner or party with best man

group of men posing for a picture

Best Man's Checklist

TWO WEEKS TO ONE DAY BEFORE WEDDING DAY
Take charge of ushers
Be responsible for wedding rings
Be responsible for license
Be responsible for clergyman's fee
Check on all travel arrangements for honeymoon
Prepare to toast bride and groom