General Timeline of ToDo's

Timeline of to do’s

10 to 12 months

·      Hire a wedding planner

·      Set a budget

·      Brose ideas

·      Compile first stage of guest list

·      Choose bridal party

·      Find a venue

o   Once you have a date, TELL THE GUESTS

·      Find a dress

·      Start looking for bridesmaids dresses

·      Choose a caterer

·      Schedule engagement pictures

·      Have fun! Start thinking about honeymoon locations!


7 to 9 months

·      Take engagement pictures

·      Book florist

·      Cake

·      DJ/Entertainment

·      Wedding stationary/ calligrapher

·      Bar tender

·      Create gift registry

·      Get the block of hotel

·      Transportation

·      Wedding night location

·      Lighting


6 months

·      Send save the dates

·      Think about ceremony and reception programs? Signage?


3 to 5 months

·      Book rehearsal/ rehearsal dinner location

o   Includes getting rehearsal dinner guest list together

·      Reserve all linens and rentals

·      Order wedding favors

·      Plan big exit and purchase anything necessary i.e. sparklers, rice, etc.

·      Reserve menswear

·      Finalize guest list and get addresses

·      Figure out the ceremony readings and what to do for vows

·      Buy dress accessories and under dress essentials

o   Includes shoes, veil/ headpiece, belts, slip, bra, underwear, tulle, and jewelry

·      Create wedding timeline

·      Do make up and hair trials

·      Wedding rings and engraving

·      Finalize honeymoon plans

·      Get a list together of ceremony extras to buy and work on buying them (things like napkins, fans, etc.)

·      Guest book, toasting flutes, cake servers, unity candles, garter

·      Buy signage for wedding getaway car


3 months

·      Confirm final guest list

·      Address invitations


2 months

·      Mail invitations


6 to 8 weeks

·      Confirm dates, deposits and meal choices with vendors

·      Look up marriage license

·      Dress fittings

·      Dance lessons if needed

·      Check with bridal party to make sure everything is rented, ordered, and altered

·      Start drafting a seating chart

·      Purchase getting ready attire



3 to 5 weeks

·      Mail rehearsal dinner invitations

·      Finalize:

o   Wedding vows and readings with officiant

o   Shot list with photographer and videographer

o   Song list for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception

§  Send that to DJ

o   Timeline

o   Toasts

o   Wedding night and honeymoon location details

·      Marriage license

·      Pick up wedding rings and check and double check the engravings

·      Something new, old, borrowed, and blue

·      Buy wedding party gifts

·      Final dress fitting

·      Wedding weekend timeline

·      Make nail and spa appointments

·      Buy perfume of the day


1 to 2 weeks

·      Give out final guest counts to all vendors

·      Make final seating chart

·      Make escort cards / charts

·      Pick up gown J

·      Confirm arrival times of family, bridal party, and vendors

·      Finalize wedding timeline – vendors and bridal party

·      PACK for honeymoon

·      Figure out who will return tuxedos and rentals



2 days before

·      All wedding day items packed and laid out

·      Figure out tips and final payments for vendors

o   Put them in clearly marked envelopes and give to MOH or BM to distribute on the day

The day before

·      Mani/Pedi



Wedding Day

·      Here Comes The Bride

·      Enjoy your day


After the Honeymoon

·      Write thank you cards Do this right away*

·      Exchange any duplicate/ unwanted gifts

·      Get the wedding dress cleaned and preserved

·      Enjoy wedding bliss!