Determine who will need wedding day styling services.
Research options for hair stylist and makeup artists.
Book a hair stylist and makeup artist.
Decide where you will be getting ready.
Set the wedding day styling schedule with your stylist(s).
Look for hair and makeup styles to share with your stylist(s).
Schedule a hair and makeup trial session.
Begin whitening your teeth.
Get your hair cut and colored for the wedding day.
Attend the trial session with the hair and makeup stylist(s).
Schedule manicure/pedicure appointments.
Reconfirm wedding day beauty schedule and make changes as needed.
Get a manicure/pedicure.
Relax and enjoy wedding day pampering with your favorite gals.
Begin shopping for a wedding gown.
Order your wedding dress.
Confirm the delivery date of your dress and schedule dress fitting appointments.
Purchase lingerie before the first fitting appointment.
Purchase a veil or headpiece.
Purchase shoes before the fitting.
Complete your look by purchasing earrings, necklace, bracelet, etc.
Purchase a garter, if desired.
Have your first dress fitting.
Have your second dress fitting.
Break in wedding shoes.
Have final dress fitting.
Have dress steamed.
Pick up the dress and learn how to bustle the train.
Gather all of your personal items (dress, shoes, jewelry, lingerie, etc.) and pack them together for the wedding day.
Make arrangements for your gown and veil to be professionally cleaned and preserved.
Research and book a coordinator for the wedding.
Collaborate with your planner to hire vendors and organize details of the wedding.
Finalize wedding schedule.
Handoff decorations to the planner to be set up.
Choose bridesmaid dresses and share the details with your bridesmaids.
Confirm that all bridesmaids have scheduled fittings and have ordered their dress.
Choose the shoes and jewelry to go with the dresses and share the details with all bridesmaids.
Confirm the delivery date of the dresses.
Arrange alteration options for when the dresses arrive.
Make sure that bridesmaids have all accessories.
Confirm that all dress alterations have been completed.
Arrange for bridesmaid dresses to be steamed.
Purchase or reserve groom’s attire.
Select groomsmen attire and share details with your groomsmen.
Purchase accessories for the groom: shirt, tie, cufflinks, pocket square, suspenders, etc.
Purchase groom’s shoes.
Get measured and schedule necessary fittings for tailored pieces.
Make sure all groomsmen have purchased or reserved attire.
Pick up attire and try it on to assure the perfect fit.
Confirm groomsmen have picked up their attire and have everything they need (socks, shoes, etc.).
Make arrangements for someone to return rentals after the wedding.
Purchase or order wedding bands.
Pick up wedding bands.
Add rings to the insurance policy.
Purchase ring pillow or alternative, if desired.
Determine who will bring and hold the wedding bands during the ceremony.
Clean your engagement ring and band right before the wedding.
Pack wedding bands together and keep in a safe spot to take to the wedding.
Research and consider ceremony and reception venue options.
Book the ceremony venue.
Book the reception venue.
Purchase liability insurance or permits if needed.
Determine a contingency plan for an outdoor ceremony.
Determine a contingency plan for an outdoor reception.
Schedule a final walk-through at the ceremony and reception location(s).
Review timeline, ceremony layout, and guest count at the final walk-through at the ceremony venue.
Review timeline, reception layout, and guest count at the final walk-through at the reception location.
Research and review photographers and their package options.
Book your photographer.
Schedule your engagement photo session.
Take your engagement photos
Create a list of family photos you want taken after the ceremony.
Create a shot list of must-have images at your wedding.
Review the wedding day timeline with your photographer.
Determine the location(s) of off-site bridal party photos.
Day Before Wedding
Give photographer your room number for getting ready photos.
Research and review videographers and their package options.
Book your videographer.
Create a list of must-have shots for your wedding video.
Review the wedding day timeline with your videographer.
Day Before Wedding
Give videographer your room number for getting ready video.
Discuss and decide on general ceremony preferences (civil, religious, etc.).
Research religious requirements for pre-marital counseling.
Review officiant options.
Confirm/book your wedding officiant.
Begin pre-marital counseling.
Review marriage license requirements for the location of your wedding.
Discuss ceremony personalization and preferences with your officiant.
For a Jewish wedding, order a Ketubah and yarmulkes.
Select readings for the ceremony.
Confirm readers for the ceremony and share the chosen readings.
Begin writing your own vows, if desired.
Decide on the standing order for the bridal party, processional, and recessional.
Start working on the ceremony programs.
Determine the day and time for the wedding rehearsal with the ceremony venue.
Obtain a marriage license.
Finalize and print the ceremony programs.
Finish writing your personal vows.
Designate ushers for the ceremony and communicate their responsibilities.
Determine who will be the witnesses for the marriage license.
Share all final details, including the processional, recessional and ceremony outline with your officiant.
Provide a copy of your personal vows to the officiant.
Confirm rehearsal date and time with the ceremony venue.
Purchase items for the unity ceremony (candle, sand, etc.), if needed.
Determine how many rows need to be reserved for family.
Day Before Wedding
Attend the wedding rehearsal to practice the ceremony.
Provide the officiant with the marriage license.
Day After Wedding
Mail the signed wedding license to the courthouse (if not handled by officiant).
Discuss ceremony and reception entertainment preferences.
Research and review entertainment options for both the ceremony and the reception.
Start a playlist of songs that you like for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.
Book musicians or rent a sound system for the ceremony.
Book a band or DJ as reception entertainment.
Begin taking dance lessons, if desired.
Finalize the ceremony song list and share it with your ceremony musicians.
Finalize the reception song list and share it with your reception entertainment.
Reconfirm all entertainment details and timeline with entertainment providers.
Discuss general catering, menu, food allergy, and service preferences.
Review catering options and schedule tastings.
Book caterer and develop a preliminary menu.
Design place settings and determine rental needs.
Order catering equipment not provided by the caterer.
Provide timeline and reception layout to the caterer and confirm the arrival time and set-up schedule.
Provide caterer the final guest count.
Write out the bar menu, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Review bar supplier options (caterer, venue, bar service, or self provided).
Book bar and bartending services with chosen provider.
Purchase champagne flutes for toasts.
If providing your own bar, confirm beverage shopping list and quantities based on the final guest count.
Purchase beverages and all bar supplies.
If providing your own beverages, designate someone to drop off supplies at the venue and for someone to take home leftover supplies.
Day Before or Wedding Day
Deliver all beverage related items to the venue.
Discuss general floral needs, color palette and collect inspiration images.
Research floral designers.
Meet with floral designers to discuss options and pricing.
Book floral designer.
Work through the details of your wedding with the florist to update the proposal.
Purchase a flower girl basket.
Finalize the floral order using the final guest and table count.
Provide the wedding timeline to the florist and confirm delivery locations, times, and set-up details.
Review and note your stationery needs.
Review and confirm the recommended stationery timeline and RSVP date.
Start looking at wedding invitations.
Research stationery designers for a custom suite design.
Create a wedding website.
Order Save-the-Dates and include your wedding website.
Work on invitation wording, details and design.
Finalize your invitation wording.
Update wedding website with travel and hotel information.
Order wedding invitations, RSVP cards, and envelopes.
Book a calligrapher, if needed.
Address invitation envelopes or take them to your calligrapher.
Take a complete, stuffed invitation to the post office and weigh for postage.
Send out wedding invitations.
Begin working on the ceremony program.
Begin working on reception stationery (menu, place card, table numbers, etc.).
Track RSVP’s from guests to organize table assignments for place cards and table numbers.
Finalize the guest seating arrangement for the reception.
Finalize the reception stationery and order or print.
Pick up reception stationery from the printer.
Organize escort cards in alphabetical order to be set out at the reception.
Hand off printed materials to coordinator to be set up at the wedding.
Discuss cake and dessert preferences (style, icing options, flavors, etc.).
Research and review cake decorators.
Schedule and attend tastings.
Book your cake decorator.
Determine if you want to serve or save the top layer of the cake.
Order a groom’s cake, if desired.
Purchase a cake topper.
Purchase a cake knife and server.
Adjust your cake order based on your final guest count.
Designate someone to take home leftover cake.
RENTALS & DECOR
Discuss room layout, equipment needs and preferences.
Research and review equipment rental options.
Select tent style and size.
Request preliminary rental quote for tables, chairs, linens, dance floor, and lighting.
Book rental company.
Update rental quote based on the final guest count.
Finalize equipment order and arrange for delivery, set-up, and tear down.
Discuss guest transportation preferences and determine if it is needed, including pickup and drop-off locations.
Discuss bridal party transportation preferences, if it is needed and specific pickup and dropoff locations.
Discuss if the bride will need separate transportation to the ceremony.
Discuss if the groom will need separate transportation to the ceremony.
Research transportation options.
Set the transportation schedule.
Make parking arrangements or hire valet services for the wedding and/or reception.
Confirm guest count, location and pickup times with the transportation company.
Reserve a block of rooms at a hotel for guests.
Add the details of the room block to your wedding website.
Reserve wedding night accommodations for the bride and groom.
Check the status of the room block and add rooms if needed.
Get the room numbers that you will be getting ready in and share the info with your photographer and videographer.
FAVORS & GIFTS
Select favors and determine favor packaging and placement at the reception.
Purchase gifts and cards for your Maid-of-Honor and Best Man.
Purchase gifts and cards for your bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer and ushers.
Purchase gifts for parents to thank them for their support.
Purchase guest favors and packaging.
Wrap gifts for the bridal party and parents with a heartfelt thank you note.
Assemble wedding favors.
Arrange for someone to deliver and set up the favors.