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Planning a wedding is wonderful. It is also an enormous undertaking that requires organization and concentration. No matter how ultra-accomplished you may be, there is almost no way to get through planning a wedding without key checklists. Not only do checklists serve as a safety net, they also help relieve anxiety as you check off items along the way.

While weddings can be planned in a month or a year, the custom has increasingly been to allow approximately 12 months from popping the question and to saying “I Do”. For that reason, this timeline/checklist is based on the one-year engagement model. Congratulations and good luck!

This is the content of the form and is provided for your convenience. It is not necessarily what the actual form looks like and does not include the information, instructions and other materials that come with the form you would purchase. An actual sample can also be viewed by clicking on the "Sample Form" near the top left of this page.











Pre-Wedding Timeline & Checklist








This Packet Includes:

1. General Information
2. Step-by-Step Instructions
3. Pre-Wedding Timeline & Checklist





General Information
Pre-Wedding Timeline & Checklist



Planning a wedding is wonderful.  It is also an enormous undertaking that requires organization and concentration.  No matter how ultra-accomplished you may be, there is almost no way to get through planning a wedding without key checklists.  Not only do checklists serve as a safety net, they also help relieve anxiety as you check off items along the way.  
   
   While weddings can be planned in a month or a year, the custom has increasingly been to allow approximately 12 months from popping the question and to saying “I Do”.   For that reason, this timeline/checklist is based on the one-year engagement model.  Congratulations and good luck!







 Step-by-Step Instructions
 Pre-Wedding Timeline & Checklist


Twelve Months Until the Big Day . . .

   Announce your engagement

   Arrange a get-together for the families if they have not met

   Estimate the size of guest list

   Plan a budget and how expenses will be divided

   Set & book the date for your wedding

   Set & book the time for your wedding

   Set & book the place for your wedding

   Choose Bridesmaids for your wedding party

   Choose Groomsmen & Ushers for your wedding party

   Book your photographer & videographer

   If you plan on hiring a wedding planner, do it now

   Start browsing wedding magazines/books for ideas

Nine Months Until the Big Day . . .

   Decide on a style & color theme for the wedding

   Book hairstylist/make-up artist for wedding day

   Book caterer

   Book florist & select arrangements

   Hire a DJ or band for reception entertainment



   Hire additional music, if necessary, for ceremony, cocktail hour, etc.



   Start thinking about honeymoon locations

   Start shopping for your wedding gown

   Start looking for bridesmaid dresses

   Select Wedding Officiant

   Choose Flower Girl/Ring Bearer

   Choose Readers for ceremony


Six Months Until the Big Day . . .



   Start pre-marital classes, if required

   Order Wedding Gown

   Order Veil & Headpieces

   Order Bridesmaid Dresses

   Finalize guest list.

   Plan rehearsal dinner

   Register for tableware, linens, kitchen wares and more

   Order your invitations, inserts, placards, and thank-you notes

   Plan for wedding party transportation [hire limousine driver if necessary]

   Make hotel reservations for out-of-town guests and wedding party

   Take engagement pictures

    Have engagement party

   Reserve Honeymoon Flights, Hotels, etc. [if required, update passports, shots, get physicals, etc.]







   Advise your employer of your timeline and request vacation days as necessary

Four Months Until the Big Day . . .

   Choose & order cake

   Order wedding rings

   Select & Order tuxedos & shoes for groom, groomsmen, ushers

   Make final selections regarding flowers for wedding [centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, altar flowers, etc.]

   If you are planning for decorations and party favors, order them now

   Purchase all wedding accessories such as a cake knife, wine glasses, tablecloths, guest book, ring pillow, etc.

   Start addressing invitations

   Order wedding programs

   Order liquor, beer and beverages for reception

   Make final decisions for vows

   Select passages for ceremony for readers

 
Two Months Until the Big Day . . .
 
   Mail out invitations for wedding

   Send out thank-you notes for prior shower gifts [you should be doing this promptly upon attending each shower and receiving gifts]

   Start practice runs with hair (keeping in mind the veil and headpiece you have chosen) and make-up for the big day

   Verify all bookings.

   Plan the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.






   Get your marriage license.

   Make copies of the rehearsal and wedding day schedule and go over with wedding party and family

   Pick up your wedding rings

   Make beauty appointments for hair, make-up and nails

   Determine seating for head table and immediate family; start to determine seating for rest of guests.

   Plan your bridesmaids luncheon

   Plan bachelor/bachelorette partiestry to have these at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding

   Start finalizing vows, if you are reading your own

   Obtain legal documents necessary for wedding [marriage license, etc.]

   Arrange for nails, massage, and other beauty related appointments for the day before the wedding
 
One Month to Two Weeks Until Your Big Day . . .
 
   Get everyone in for final fittings and make arrangements to pick up wedding attire

   Arrange for pick up of wedding gown

   Purchase gifts for wedding party [bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, readers, etc.]

   Make arrangements for someone to pick up the mail, newspaper and care for your plants & pets while you're on your honeymoon

   If necessary, phone anyone who didn't RSVP and give your caterer the final number of guests

   Check the weather forecast the week of your wedding and plan accordingly







One Week Until The Big Day . . .

   Print out checklists each member of the wedding party

   Confirm headcount

   Pack for Honeymoon

   Pack for Rehearsal Dinner, Morning of Wedding, Morning After Wedding

   Select & pack wedding night apparel

   Make an emergency kit [safety pins, minimal cosmetics, extra hose, nail polish, lip balm, sewing kit, etc.]

   Exchange gifts with fiancétry to catch a moment alone to do this [dinner together, day in the park, etc.]

   Finalize speeches and/or thank you and toasts

The Night Before . . .

   Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner

   Final changes to seating arrangements if last minute guests drop in or out of reception

   Go over vows

   Make a list of things to remember for the weddingdistribute checklists to wedding party

   Deliver all wedding accessories, party favors, etc. to the ceremony and reception sites

   If decorating, begin doing so at this point

   Have the final payments, tips, etc. ready in separate envelopes

   Go over itinerary and seating with attendants

   Give your attendants their gifts after dinner







   Pack everything in your car. Don't forget your marriage license, rings, luggage, make-up, extra pantyhose, etc.

The Big Day!

   Check your to-do list. Do any last minute arranging or decorating

   Keep checking that list!

   Get to the ceremony site early and ready at the time advised by your photographer

   Make sure photographer is getting the pictures you want

   The bride should transfer her engagement ring from her left had to her right

   Be in the moment

   No matter what happens, try to enjoy yourself and remember that a wedding is just a day and a marriage is for a lifetime.







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This is the content of the form and is provided for your convenience. It is not necessarily what the actual form looks like and does not include the information, instructions and other materials that come with the form you would purchase. An actual sample can also be viewed by clicking on the "Sample Form" near the top left of this page.











Pre-Wedding Timeline & Checklist








This Packet Includes:

1. General Information
2. Step-by-Step Instructions
3. Pre-Wedding Timeline & Checklist





General Information
Pre-Wedding Timeline & Checklist



Planning a wedding is wonderful.  It is also an enormous undertaking that requires organization and concentration.  No matter how ultra-accomplished you may be, there is almost no way to get through planning a wedding without key checklists.  Not only do checklists serve as a safety net, they also help relieve anxiety as you check off items along the way.  
   
   While weddings can be planned in a month or a year, the custom has increasingly been to allow approximately 12 months from popping the question and to saying “I Do”.   For that reason, this timeline/checklist is based on the one-year engagement model.  Congratulations and good luck!







 Step-by-Step Instructions
 Pre-Wedding Timeline & Checklist


Twelve Months Until the Big Day . . .

   Announce your engagement

   Arrange a get-together for the families if they have not met

   Estimate the size of guest list

   Plan a budget and how expenses will be divided

   Set & book the date for your wedding

   Set & book the time for your wedding

   Set & book the place for your wedding

   Choose Bridesmaids for your wedding party

   Choose Groomsmen & Ushers for your wedding party

   Book your photographer & videographer

   If you plan on hiring a wedding planner, do it now

   Start browsing wedding magazines/books for ideas

Nine Months Until the Big Day . . .

   Decide on a style & color theme for the wedding

   Book hairstylist/make-up artist for wedding day

   Book caterer

   Book florist & select arrangements

   Hire a DJ or band for reception entertainment



   Hire additional music, if necessary, for ceremony, cocktail hour, etc.



   Start thinking about honeymoon locations

   Start shopping for your wedding gown

   Start looking for bridesmaid dresses

   Select Wedding Officiant

   Choose Flower Girl/Ring Bearer

   Choose Readers for ceremony


Six Months Until the Big Day . . .



   Start pre-marital classes, if required

   Order Wedding Gown

   Order Veil & Headpieces

   Order Bridesmaid Dresses

   Finalize guest list.

   Plan rehearsal dinner

   Register for tableware, linens, kitchen wares and more

   Order your invitations, inserts, placards, and thank-you notes

   Plan for wedding party transportation [hire limousine driver if necessary]

   Make hotel reservations for out-of-town guests and wedding party

   Take engagement pictures

    Have engagement party

   Reserve Honeymoon Flights, Hotels, etc. [if required, update passports, shots, get physicals, etc.]







   Advise your employer of your timeline and request vacation days as necessary

Four Months Until the Big Day . . .

   Choose & order cake

   Order wedding rings

   Select & Order tuxedos & shoes for groom, groomsmen, ushers

   Make final selections regarding flowers for wedding [centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, altar flowers, etc.]

   If you are planning for decorations and party favors, order them now

   Purchase all wedding accessories such as a cake knife, wine glasses, tablecloths, guest book, ring pillow, etc.

   Start addressing invitations

   Order wedding programs

   Order liquor, beer and beverages for reception

   Make final decisions for vows

   Select passages for ceremony for readers

 
Two Months Until the Big Day . . .
 
   Mail out invitations for wedding

   Send out thank-you notes for prior shower gifts [you should be doing this promptly upon attending each shower and receiving gifts]

   Start practice runs with hair (keeping in mind the veil and headpiece you have chosen) and make-up for the big day

   Verify all bookings.

   Plan the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.






   Get your marriage license.

   Make copies of the rehearsal and wedding day schedule and go over with wedding party and family

   Pick up your wedding rings

   Make beauty appointments for hair, make-up and nails

   Determine seating for head table and immediate family; start to determine seating for rest of guests.

   Plan your bridesmaids luncheon

   Plan bachelor/bachelorette partiestry to have these at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding

   Start finalizing vows, if you are reading your own

   Obtain legal documents necessary for wedding [marriage license, etc.]

   Arrange for nails, massage, and other beauty related appointments for the day before the wedding
 
One Month to Two Weeks Until Your Big Day . . .
 
   Get everyone in for final fittings and make arrangements to pick up wedding attire

   Arrange for pick up of wedding gown

   Purchase gifts for wedding party [bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, readers, etc.]

   Make arrangements for someone to pick up the mail, newspaper and care for your plants & pets while you're on your honeymoon

   If necessary, phone anyone who didn't RSVP and give your caterer the final number of guests

   Check the weather forecast the week of your wedding and plan accordingly







One Week Until The Big Day . . .

   Print out checklists each member of the wedding party

   Confirm headcount

   Pack for Honeymoon

   Pack for Rehearsal Dinner, Morning of Wedding, Morning After Wedding

   Select & pack wedding night apparel

   Make an emergency kit [safety pins, minimal cosmetics, extra hose, nail polish, lip balm, sewing kit, etc.]

   Exchange gifts with fiancétry to catch a moment alone to do this [dinner together, day in the park, etc.]

   Finalize speeches and/or thank you and toasts

The Night Before . . .

   Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner

   Final changes to seating arrangements if last minute guests drop in or out of reception

   Go over vows

   Make a list of things to remember for the weddingdistribute checklists to wedding party

   Deliver all wedding accessories, party favors, etc. to the ceremony and reception sites

   If decorating, begin doing so at this point

   Have the final payments, tips, etc. ready in separate envelopes

   Go over itinerary and seating with attendants

   Give your attendants their gifts after dinner







   Pack everything in your car. Don't forget your marriage license, rings, luggage, make-up, extra pantyhose, etc.

The Big Day!

   Check your to-do list. Do any last minute arranging or decorating

   Keep checking that list!

   Get to the ceremony site early and ready at the time advised by your photographer

   Make sure photographer is getting the pictures you want

   The bride should transfer her engagement ring from her left had to her right

   Be in the moment

   No matter what happens, try to enjoy yourself and remember that a wedding is just a day and a marriage is for a lifetime.







DISCLAIMER:



FindLegalForms, Inc. (“FLF”) is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice.  The use of these materials is not a substitute for legal advice. Only an attorney can provide legal advice.  An attorney should be consulted for all serious legal matters.  No Attorney-Client relationship is created by use of these materials.  



THESE MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED “AS-IS.  FLF DOES NOT GIVE ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, SUITABILITY OR COMPLETENESS FOR ANY OF THE MATERIALS FOR YOUR PARTICULAR NEEDS.  THE MATERIALS ARE USED AT YOUR OWN RISK.  IN NO EVENT WILL:  I) FLF, ITS AGENTS, PARTNERS, OR AFFILIATES; OR II) THE PROVIDERS, AUTHORS OR PUBLISHERS OF ITS MATERIALS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATE OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER USED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THESE MATERIALS. 

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