• Choose a date (or up to 3 so you can be flexible).
  • Talk budget and decide who is contributing what?
  • Discover your wedding style.
  • Choose wedding party:
    Maid of Honour and Bridesmaids, Best Man and Groomsmen, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.
  • Create a wedding website.
  • Get engagement ring insured and consider purchasing wedding insurance.
  • Explore ceremony and reception venue options.
  • Start assembling a team of wedding pros:
    planner, photographer, videographer, caterer, florist and musicians.
  • Begin compiling a guest list.
  • Browse wedding dress and veil styles.
  • Create wedding and style boards on Pinterest.
  • Get engagement photos taken.
  • Start browsing Save the Datedesigns to find your favourite shape and size.
  • Order your “Save the Dates.”


10-11 MONTHS

  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories.
  • Reserve ceremony and reception venues.
  • Book officiant.
  • Hire photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, florist, and planner.
  • Mail your Save the Dates.
  • Purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments.
  • Establish a fitness routine.
  • Establish a skin care/beauty routine.



  • Find 3 hotels (in different price ranges) for out-of-town guests.
  • Refine guest list.
  • Create gift registries at 3 national retailers.
  • Browse Wedding Invitationdesigns and coordinating stationery.
    (Enclosures, programmes, menu cards, Thank You cards and favours).
  • Begin planning honeymoon.



  • Explore wedding day hair and make-up styles.
  • Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony.
  • Reserve rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor, etc.
  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings.
  • Decide on attire for groomsmen.
  • Personalise & order wedding stationery:
    • Invitations and envelopes
    • Thank you cards and envelopes
    • Table seating
    • Table numbers
    • Ceremony programme
    • Menus
  • Hire ceremony musicians.
  • Book transportation to and from venues.
  • Purchase wedding rings.



  • Choose flowers for: wedding party, attendants, venues, cake, etc.
  • Schedule dress fittings.
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels.
  • Book room for wedding night.
  • Order wedding cake.
  • Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.
  • Prepare {play/do not play} lists for DJ/band.
  • Finalise wedding guest list.
  • Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list.
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue.



  • Finalise honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order.
  • Plan ceremony and reception seating.
  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist.
  • Finalise readers and readings.
  • Purchase: toasting flutes, serving pieces, guest book, flower basket and ring bearer pillow.
  • Finalise reception menu.
  • Order Wedding Favours.



  • Mail wedding invitations.
  • Develop system for organizing RSVPs.
  • Begin writing vows.
  • Review ceremony details with officiant.
  • Lay out the content for Wedding Programs.
  • Apply for marriage licence: order 2-3 extra.
  • Finalise seating arrangements.
  • Finalise playlists with musicians.
  • Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant and wedding party.
  • Write out honeymoon itinerary for family at home.
  • Decide on “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.”
  • Book spa and beauty treatments for yourself and your bridal party.
  • Book wedding day transportation.
  • Purchase gifts for attendants.
  • Finalise fittings for wedding party and parents.



  • Call vendors to confirm date, times and location.
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations.
  • Pack for honeymoon.
  • Pick up wedding rings.
  • Pick up marriage license.
  • Final dress fitting (with shoes & undergarments).
  • Wear in shoes if buying new ones.
  • Write Thank You notes as gifts are received.



  • Follow up with guests who have not 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.
  • Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians.
  • Get final haircut and colour.
  • Delegate wedding day duties: gift table, guest book etc.
  • Delegate someone to return tuxedos, rentals and tend to wedding dress.
  • Send directions to wedding day limo/transportation driver.



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



  • Get mani/pedi/massage.
  • Attend wedding rehearsal.
  • Have fun at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Get to bed at a decent hour!



  • Eat a good breakfast! Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.
  • Give wedding rings and officiant fee to best man.
  • Relax, smile, and soak in every moment.


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