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The Wedding Planning Checklist

Get to "I Do" with your sanity intact by following this 12-Month Wedding Checklist. Also download our Budget Planning Worksheet here

Bride Groom  
12 Months Before:
    Announce your engagement.
    Arrange for both sets of parents to get together.
    Decide on a date.
    Discuss your budget with everyone contributing to the event. More on Wedding Financing & Planning
    Interview wedding planners, if you be using one.
    Pick the ceremony site and visit the officiant.
    Work on the guest list to get a rough head count.
    Visit reception sites and reserve one.
    Northern California Brides checkout Norcal Wedding Links
6 - 9 Months Before
    Choose your wedding party.

Select a caterer.

    Enroll in a bridal-gift-registry.
    Shop for your gown.
    Pick the bridal attendants' dresses.
    Choose a photographer and/or videographer. In the San Francisco Bay Area try Dubnoff Photography
    Hire a florist.
    Book the musicians and/or DJ.
4 - 6 months before:
    Buy wedding invitations, envelopes, thank-you cards, etc.
    Order the wedding gown.
    Shop for the cake.
    Scout accommodations for your out-of-town guests.
    Complete the guest list (assume 20% won't attend).
    Send out "save-the-date" letters.
2-4 Months Before:
    Call County Clerk's Office for Marriage License requirements.
    Order the tuxedos for the groom and groomsmen,
    Get a blood test, if needed for a license.
    Make honeymoon reservations. Compile all the necessary travel documents (passports, visas, etc.)
    Meet with the caterer or banquet manager to discuss menus, service style, wine lists, etc.
    Order the wedding cake.
    Select approved ceremony music.
    Pick the reception music.
    Buy thank you gifts for the attendants.
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    Meet with party-rental companies, if necessary.
    Arrange the rehearsal dinner.
4-8 Weeks Before:
    Mail the invitations eights weeks ahead of the date.
    Do a hair and makeup run-through (with headpiece)
    Book your favorite beauty pros for the big day.
    Make insurance policy changes you'll need post-wedding.
2-3 Weeks Before:
    Do the seating for the reception.
    Confirm details with the photographer, florist, etc.
    Give the caterer the final head count.
    Have your final dress and tuxedo fittings.
1 Week Before:
    Place the fees due on the wedding day in envelopes.

Appoint a punctual pal to transport the cake knife, toasting glasses or other heirlooms to and from the wedding site..

    Get last-minute beauty treatments of your choice.
    Pack for the honeymoon. (Ask someone to bring your luggage to the reception if you're leaving from there).
    Reconfirm flights and hotel reservation for the honeymoon.
The Day Before:
    Greet your out-of-town guests.
    Go to the gym or do some other stress reducing activity.
    Schedule time for beauty - a manicure touch-up or a hairstyling appointment- before the rehearsal dinner.
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