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12+ months before your wedding

  • Congratulations! Announce engagement.
  • Choose a date.
  • Talk budget and determine
    who is contributing what.
  • Decide on wedding style. {Take our quiz}
  • Choose wedding party:
    Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, Best Man and Groomsmen, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.
  • Create a wedding website.
  • Get engagement ring insured and
    consider purchasing wedding insurance.
  • Take engagement photo.
  • Personalize and order Just One® Save the Date.
  • Begin compiling guest list.
  • Research ceremony and reception venues.
  • Research wedding planner and vendors:
    photographer, videographer, caterer, and musicians.
  • Research wedding dress and veil styles.
  • Sign up for Pinterest and create wedding style/idea boards. Start pinning!
  • Subscribe to Bride Vibe, MagnetStreet’s e-newsletter.
  • Order Save the Dates.

10-12 months before your wedding

  • Mail Save the Dates.
  • Research florists.
  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories.
  • Book ceremony and reception venues.
  • Book officiant.
  • Book photographer, videographer, caterer,
    musicians, and planner.
  • Purchase wedding dress and veil.
  • Establish a fitness routine.
  • Establish a skin care/beauty routine.

8-10 months before your wedding

  • Research three hotels for out-of-town guests.
  • Finalize guest list.
  • Register at three national retailers.
  • Book florist.

6-8 months before your wedding

  • Request Your Free Custom Color Swatches.
  • Research Wedding Invitation designs.
  • Research Favors and Thank You Cards.
  • Research wedding day hair and makeup styles.
  • Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony.
  • Reserve rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor, etc.
  • Begin planning honeymoon.
  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings.
  • Choose groomsmen attire.
  • Book ceremony musicians.
  • Book transportation to and from venues.
  • Purchase wedding bands.
  • Personalize and order Just One® Wedding Invitation.

4-6 months before your wedding

  • Choose flowers:
    wedding party, venues, cake, attendants.
  • Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.
  • Schedule dress fittings.
  • Prepare {play/do not play} playlists for DJ/band.
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels.
  • Book room for wedding night.
  • Order wedding cake.
  • Order Wedding Invitations.
  • Order Favors and Thank You Cards.

3 months before your wedding

  • Plan ceremony and reception
    seating arrangements.
  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist.
  • Finalize readers and readings.
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue.
  • Purchase: toasting flutes, serving pieces,
    guestbook, flower basket and ring-bearer pillow.
  • Finalize reception menu.
  • Order Menu Cards.
  • Order Rehearsal Dinner Invitations.

2 months before your wedding

  • Mail Invitations.
  • Develop system for organizing RSVPs.
  • Begin writing vows.
  • Review ceremony details with officiant.
  • Lay out the content for Wedding Programs.
  • Apply for marriage license: order 2-3 extra.
  • Finalize wedding day timeline.
  • Finalize seating arrangements.
  • Finalize playlists with musicians.
  • Finalize fittings and attire for
    wedding party and parents.
  • Create “wedding day” schedule
    and send to vendors and officiant.
  • Create honeymoon itinerary for family at home.
  • Decide “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.”
  • Book spa and beauty treatments
    for you and bridal party.
  • Book wedding day transportation.
  • Purchase gifts for attendants.
  • Order Just One® Wedding Program.

1 month before your wedding

  • Call vendors to confirm date, times and location.
  • Final dress fitting.
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations.
  • Pick up wedding rings.
  • Pick up marriage license.
  • Pack for honeymoon.
  • Write Thank You notes as gifts are received.
  • Order Wedding Programs.

2 weeks before your wedding

  • Follow up with guests who haven’t yet RSVP’d.
  • Give final count to caterer.
  • Update registries.
  • Begin breaking in wedding shoes.
  • Make arrangements for the caring of pets
    and plants while on honeymoon.
  • Get final haircut and color.
  • Get playlists to DJ/Musicians.
  • Delegate wedding day duties:
    gift table, guestbook, etc.
  • Delegate someone to return tuxes,
    rentals and tend to wedding dress.
  • Send directions to wedding day
    limo/transportation driver.

1 week before your wedding

  • Prepare final payments to vendors
    + cash tips for service personnel.
  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit.
  • Lay out wedding clothes.
  • Give readers their scripts, if necessary.
  • Give photographer and videographer
    your image and video requests.
  • Get spa treatments for you and the bridal party.

The Day Before your wedding

  • Deliver welcome baskets.
  • Get Mani/Pedi/Massage.
  • Attend wedding rehearsal.
  • Have fun at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Get to bed at a decent hour!

Wedding Day

  • Eat a good breakfast!
  • Mail wedding announcements.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.
  • Give wedding rings and officiant fee to Best Man.
  • Congratulations! ENJOY the Day!

After the Wedding

  • Return tuxes, rentals.
  • Get wedding dress to preservationist or cleaners.

After the Honeymoon

  • Send Thank You Cards as soon as possible.
  • Enjoy your marriage!