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Month-by-month calendar to plan your wedding.




  • Talk to your fiancĂ© and all parents about the big picture - starting with the wedding budget, style and size of the wedding, possible dates, and sites.  Whether, you will be hiring a wedding planner, do it now - you'll want to her on board to help with research.
  • Decide on the ceremony and reception sites - reserve them both.
  • Start shopping for your dress - when ordering your dress remember it will take about 6 to 8 months to come in.
  • Choose your attendants - wait at least a couple of weeks after the proposal - it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and you want to make sure the people you are asking are the people you want to stand up with you.
  • Mail save-the-date cards - or notify must-have guests such as: close family member and friends by phone; especially if you are planning marrying over a holiday weekend or in a faraway location.
  • Send your engagement announcement - to local newspapers where both families live.



  • Start scouting for a caterer, baker, florist, musician or disc jockey, photographer and videographer for both the ceremony and reception
  • Visit your clergy-member - some religions require that you undergo premarital counseling.




  • Book your caterer, baker, florist, musician or disc jockey, photographer and videographer
  • Choose and order your dress
  • Register for your presentsBegin your guest list




  • Start researching the honeymoon
  • Plan the details with all the wedding professionals
  • Finalize the guest list
  • Order all wedding stationary - invitations, response cards, maps, announcements, programs, and thank you notes
  • Book a calligrapher
  • Shop for the bridesmaids' dresses
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
  • Secure rentals



  • Finalize your honeymoon plans and make bookings
  • Make an appointment for your first dress fitting
  • Order the wedding rings
  • Make an appointment with your hairstylist
  • Schedule the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Visit the tuxedo shop in the town where you'll be marrying
  • Book a hotel room for the wedding night
  • Choose and order favors




  • Visit your officiant, judge or justice of the peace
  • Buy a guest book
  • Shop for lingerie and honeymoon clothes
  • Have your portrait taken - if you are getting your makeup and hair done professionally this is a great trial run.
  • Check to see if the state that you are marrying requires blood tests
  • Mail your invitations
  • Choose gifts for all attendants
  • Arrange to transport your belonging - if either of you are moving.
  • Get name - change forms




  • Schedule the final dress fitting
  • Pick up rings
  • Get programs printed
  • Plan your bridesmaids' party
  • Write thank you notes as you receive your gifts
  • Send your announcement to the newspaper
  • Make copies of ceremony readings
  • Buy each other a wedding gift




  • Get marriage license
  • Submit list of must - take shots
  • Arrange the seating plan
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Break in your shoes
  • Write toast for the rehearsal dinner and reception




  • Pack for the honeymoon
  • Check about using your ATM card - at your honeymoon site.  If traveling abroad, purchase a small amount of the local currency.
  • Give the final guest count to your caterer
  • Check final details with the wedding vendor
  • Keep up with the thank you notes
  • Remind all attendants of the rehearsal details
  • Through the bridesmaids' party
  • Pick up your dress a few days before the wedding - put a sheet on the floor to protect it from dust, and hang it from a tall hook or a door in a room that is off limits to children and pets.




  • Treat yourself and your mom to a manicure and pedicure
  • Place a reminder call to the wedding vendors
  • Hold the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner




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