• Set the date! Some people seem to forget this part, but it’s quite essential.
  • 12 months before: Book your ceremony and reception venue(s) and officiant (if necessary). This is the most important thing, so you can relax after this is done.
  • 6-9 months before: Book your other vendors (caterer, florist, photographer, baker, DJ, etc.).
  • 6 months before: Order the bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses. Book your honeymoon.
  • 3-6 months before: Send out your invitations. Arrange dress fittings and reserve tuxedo rentals if needed.
  • 3 months before: Order your wedding rings. Start confirming final arrangements with your vendors and schedule any trials necessary (eg. hair and makeup, food, etc).
  • 1 month before: Write your speeches and make your table plan. Apply for a marriage license if needed.
  • On the day itself: Someone needs to make sure everything is set up ready for the big event. It’s preferable that this person isn’t you, because no matter how calm and collected you think you will be, you’ll probably have quite a few butterflies to contend with that day!