Key Dates
When planning your big day, it can be hard to know where to start! Follow the schedule below for key dates and reminders. Source:

9-12 Months Before The Wedding

  • Decide on a budget and how the wedding will be paid for

  • Set a wedding date

  • Book the ceremony and reception locations

  • Hire a wedding planner if you wish


6-9 Months Before The Wedding

  • Announce the wedding date

  • Start shopping for wedding dress, shoes, and jewelry

  • Decide on bridesmaid dresses

  • Hire your catering service

  • Hire your photographer and/or videographer

  • Hire your DJ/Band

  • Start thinking about gift registry options

  • Book honeymoon


4-6 Months Before The Wedding

  • Order wedding invitations and stationery

  • Choose your wedding cake

  • Arrange for any items that you will be renting

  • Buy wedding rings

  • Organize the groom’s tux and what the groomsmen will wear

  • Start registry

  • Organize helpers and additional wedding staff (readers, musicians, babysitters, etc)


2-4 Months Before The Wedding

  • Finalize guest list and send invitations at least 8 weeks before the wedding date

  • Select place for rehearsal dinner

  • Finalize reception menu

  • Select music for the ceremony and reception

  • Organize any necessary wedding transportation

  • Purchase any wedding accessories (candles, baskets, ring pillow, etc)


1-2 Months Before The Wedding

  • Have first bridal gown fitting and schedule a final fitting

  • Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony

  • Write vows if you plan on writing your own

  • Finalize details with any of your wedding service providers


1-4 Weeks Before The Wedding

  • Call guests that have not responded to your invitation

  • Make final payments for any services

  • Have wedding gown fitting

  • Finalize wedding-day schedule and share it with those closely involved

  • Reconfirm all of your wedding plans with the ceremony and reception sites, florist, photographer, videographer, musicians, DJ/Band, baker, and honeymoon

  • Prepare an emergency kit with a needle, thread, safety pins, tape, and a mirror

  • Finalize seating arrangements and prepare place cards for reception

  • Pack for wedding night and honeymoon


The Day Before The Wedding

  • Prepare payment envelopes and decide who is responsible for distributing them

  • Hand out assignment lists so that everyone knows what is expected of them

  • Give rings to best man

  • Rehearse ceremony with officiant and the wedding party

  • Have an emergency list of all of your vendors’ contact information


The Wedding Day

  • Eat breakfast

  • Try to take a relaxing bath

  • Do not forget rings (if the best man does not have them) and the wedding license

  • Enjoy your special day