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12 Month Checklist

What to do and when to do it, this is the official checklist!

12+ months before

· Envision the day you want and do up a budget.

· Decide on who is paying for what.

· Pick a wedding date and time.

· Do a rough guest list.

· Look for and book ceremony and reception locations.

· Assemble bridal party.

· Decide what type of entertainment you want? A soloist for the church,

harpist, a DJ, or band?

· Research and book your vendors -photographer, videographer, band or

DJ, florist, wedding planner

8-10 months before

· Buy lingerie for your wedding day

· Order your gown.

· Think about your floral décor.

· Decide on a colour scheme.

· Research and reserve accommodation for guests.

· Register for any gift lists you want.

· Book ceremony musicians.

6-8 months before

· Order bridesmaid dresses.

· Buy accessories i.e. shoes for bridesmaids.

· Book florist.

· Book honeymoon.

· Send save-the-date cards.

· Buy wedding rings.

4-6 months before

· Send notification of intent to marry

· Attend pre-marriage course if required.

· Decide on readings.

· Order invitations.

· Order Mass booklets.

· Order favors.

· Book transport.

· Decide on a cake.

· Buy unity candle.

3 months before

· Send notification of intent to marry (Last chance)

· Order wedding cake.

· Hire a calligrapher, if you would like for your invites.

· Get groom and groomsmen’s suits fitted.

2 months before

· Post invitations.

· Purchase attendant gifts.

· Book make-up trial.

· Book hair trial.

· Book hair and beauty consultants.

· Try out a tanning product.

1 month before

· Have final gown fitting.

· Collect bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses.

· Confirm menu with reception venue.

· Make last-minute adjustments with vendors and confirm their services.

· Agree on photo list with the photographer.

· Send a music list to your band/dj.

2 weeks before

· Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet responded.

· Plan reception table seating.

1 week before

· Give reception venue final guest head count.

· Plan reception seating chart.

· Print place and table cards

· Call all wedding vendors and confirm services.

· Get hair coloured if needed.

· Attend rehearsal with ceremony officiant.

2-3 days before

· Collect suits.

· Re-confirm final details with all vendors.  Provide a telephone number for the wedding day.

· Call the transport company for pickup times and locations.

· Get false tan done.

Day before

· Deliver cake, favors, etc to the reception venue.

· Sort out payments.

Day of

· Make sure groom gets hot shave.

· Assign a bridesmaid to be the contact for the photographer, so you don’t have to worry about it. 

· Take in every minute of the day!


· Arrange someone to pick up and return grooms attire.

· Get bridal gown cleaned.

· Write and send thank-you notes to your guests.

· Preserve bouquet.

· Write your wedding report for all your friends on Weddings Online!


Image from Maples Wedding Cakes.


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