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Wedding Planner Guide

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Wedding Planner Time Guide
and Budgeting Guide

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12 to 18 Months Before

Reserve Church, Temple, Site of Ceremony
Shop for Engagement Ring
Reserve Photographer
Reserve Videographer
Reserve Reception Facility
Choose Entertainment
Contact a Wedding Consultant
Hire Musicians for Ceremony
Discuss and Decide on Style and Formality of Your Wedding

6 to 12 Months Before

Arrange Accommodations for Out of Town Attendants
Consider birth-control options.
Plan the honeymoon. (Often arranged by the groom.)
Help the mothers to select their dresses.
Plan the rehearsal dinner. (Often given by the groom's family, so they may do most of the work.)Order Gown and Veil
Select Members of Your Bridal Party
Shop for Attendants' Gowns
Schedule Photo for Engagement Announcement
Arrange Wedding Transportation
Mail Engagement Information to Newspaper
Pick a Color Scheme for Your Wedding
Visit or Call Rental Companies to Review Rental Options
Visit Florist and Discuss Floral Arrangements

3 to 6 Months Before

Complete Bridal Registry
Order Wedding Cake
Visit Travel Agent and Make Honeymoon Plans
Send Deposits/Payments for Airline Tickets
Order Invitations and Thank You Notes
Plan Rehearsal Dinner
Order Wedding Band Engravings

2 Months Before

Find out what the legal requirements are for marriage in your state; arrange for any necessary blood tests and decide when you will apply for the license.
Obtain any immunizations you will need for the honeymoon.
Make sure out-of-town guests will be appropriately lodged. You may want to reserve a block of rooms at a hotel; the hotel will usually give your guests a reduced rate.
Consult relevant newspapers for requirements on
wedding announcements.
Have a formal portrait taken in wedding gown for newspaper announcement.
Purchase gifts for each other
Purchase going-away outfit, trousseau.
Consult hairstylist about wedding hairstyle.
Consult makeup person about wedding-day makeup.
Order Men's Formal Wear
Order Favors for Reception
Meet with Your Function Director
Send Band or DJ a List of Songs You would Like Played
Buy Attendants' Gifts
First Gown Fitting
Hire a Calligrapher to Address Invitations
Mail out Invitations

1 Month Before

Investigate legal details, such as naming your fiancée as beneficiary in your will and life insurance, obtaining insurance to cover joint property, consolidating auto insurance, opening joint bank accounts, etc.
If you will be changing your names, make a list of where you need to do this and when. Pick up change of address form from Post Office.
Decide on seating plan for reception.
If you will need foreign money for the honeymoon, make arrangements to obtain it.
Be sure attendants are kept informed of rehearsal plans, other commitments they have.
Confirm Rehearsal with Church
Get Physical Examination
Purchase Final Party Supplies
Make Appointment to have Wedding Bouquet preserved and Wedding Dress cleaned and preserved.
Mail Thank You Notes for Shower Gifts

1 to 2 Weeks Before

Apply for Marriage License
Pick Up Honeymoon Tickets
Finalize Flowers
Give Caterer a Final Guest Count
Plan Seating for Reception
Write Out Place Cards for Reception
Pick Up Formal Wear
Confirm: Church, Hall, Band, Photo, Video, Limo, Florist, Cake, Travel, Reception, Etc.

1 to 3 Days Before

Make sure everyone arriving from out-of-town is met by someone, knows where everyone else is staying, etc.
Pack an "emergency kit" containing things like spare hose, sewing supplies, tissues, aspirin, etc. to take with you to the wedding.
Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. You may choose to give gifts to attendants and each other at this event, or at a more private moment.

1 Day Before:

Relax and Enjoy!



Historically, the bride and/or her family have assumed the majority of the wedding related expense. The more modern approach allows for division of costs between the couple and/or both sets of parents. Following are some of the more traditional guidelines that you can adopt or modify to suit your particular needs. The itemization also provides a check list of matters that may require attention in your wedding preparations.[Note: Usually, the attendants will pay for their attire. If not, the bride will assume the expense of her attendants and the groom for his.]


  • Invitations, personal notes and mailing expense.
  • Cost of the reception.
  • Cost of the ceremony.
  • Photographic and videographic expense.
  • The groom’s wedding ring.
  • Favors.
  • Attendants’ bouquets.
  • Transportation for the wedding party.
  • Wedding dress, headpiece and accessories.
  • Lingerie.
  • Wedding consultant’s fee.
  • Groom’s gift.
  • Guest Book.
  • Accommodations for out-of-town bride’s attendants and guests.


  • Groom’s wedding attire.
  • Rehearsal dinner.
  • Marriage license.
  • Bride’s rings.
  • Honeymoon.
  • Wedding gifts for the bride, best man, groomsmen and ushers.
  • Flowers for the bride’s bouquet, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers.
  • Alcohol at reception.
  • Accommodations for out-of-town groomsmen, ushers and guests.


  • Wedding gift for the couple.
  • Bachelor party and/or bachelorette party.
  • Travel costs.





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