NINE MONTHS TO A YEAR OUT:

  • Buy a binder, the best place to hold ideas, contracts and other info. And keep it nearby -- you never know when inspiration will strike!
  • Make a guest list, and start collecting snail-mail and email addresses.
  • Decide on your budget.
  • Decide on a destination. Unsure? Contact your Wedding Specialist/Travel Agent to book your group.
  • Research the marriage requirements in your chosen destination.
  • Look into the potential wedding and reception sites, hotels and wedding planners in your locale.
  • Verify Hair and Makeup artists are available at your chosen destination.
  • Start shopping for your gown, taking into consideration the ceremony site and the destination's climate.
  • Choose your maid of honor, best man and other attendants.
  • Choose your photographer and book your engagement photo session.
  • Send out Save the Dates with your wedding website.


  • SIX TO NINE MONTHS OUT:
  • Select vendors, including caterer, photographer, florist, and band or DJ.  You can get  recommendations from your hotel or planner.
  • Choose an officiant, and start planning the service.
  • Research activities and tours available in your locale, and plan at least one group option.
  • Order your gown, and select attendants' dresses.
  • Investigate any ethnic customs or cultural traditions you might want to incorporate into your event.
  • Register for gifts or create a honeymoon registry.
  • Follow up with your invitees.

FOUR TO SIX MONTHS OUT:

  • Order your wedding rings.
  • Mail out your formal invitations.
  • Obtain your passports and visas, and if neccesary, get any needed blood tests or vaccinations.
  • Arrange any rental needs like chair covers and sound equipment.
  • Order your wedding invitations and thank-you cards, plus any special stationery (welcome letters, menus, maps, itineraries, signs).
  • Buy or reserve wedding duds for the groom and wedding party.
  • Buy gifts for your attendants and family members, and start composing your thank-you notes to them.
  • Make hair, makeup and spa appointments for you and your party.
  • Shop for wedding accessories (shoes, jewelry, headpiece, lingerie), resort wear, decor and other goods (cake topper, guest book, ring pillow).

TWO TO FOUR MONTHS OUT:

  • Arrange and confirm all of your group travel arrangements.
  • Finalize details with your vendors,  menus, photo, floral specifics and special songs)
  • Make or order the guest favors and welcome-bag items.

ONE TO TWO MONTHS OUT:

  • Arrange for when and how welcome-bag items and decor should be delivered to your hotel.
  • Have your final gown fitting.
  • Finalize the wedding day itinerary.

  • TWO WEEKS OUT:
  • Review all the details with your travel agent and any other vendors involved in the wedding events.
  • Put together a seating chart, if needed, and make place cards.
  • Pack

ON ARRIVAL:

  • Confirm details with your wedding planner and officiant.
  • Inspect ceremony and reception sites.
  • Finalize and legal requirements.


THE WEDDING DAY:

  • Its finally here, enjoy your beautiful wedding day!