The bride’s wedding tasks may be greater than the groom’s, which is why she needs to be organized. The following is a six-month span (minimum amount of time necessary) to plan a formal and traditional wedding:
Six Months Before:
- Order bride’s engagement, wedding rings.
- Discuss wedding expenses with fiancée and all parents should you decide to share costs.
- Choose the style of wedding you will have.
- Decide and secure wedding and reception sites.
- Make an appointment with your Marriage Officiant.
- Plan reception and make reservations.
- Select and order your dress and accessories.
- Choose and register china, silver, etc.
- Start making your guest list and discuss with fiancée.
- Choose and determine how many attendants you will require (approx. one for every 50 guests) together with your fiancée.
- Make arrangements regarding living accommodations. (Buying new home, sharing an apartment, etc.)
- Finalize honeymoon plans with your fiancée and reserve necessary transportation and accommodations.
- Place engagement announcement in newspaper (s).
Three Months Before:
- Complete guest list and discuss with your fiancée.
- Decide on type of invitations and announcements and place your order.
- Start shopping for trousseau.
- Address invitations and announcements (allow four weeks for engraving).
- Place an order for attendants’ dresses.
- Find and reserve a portrait photographer
- Complete honeymoon plans and buy tickets
- Plan final ceremony and reception details.
- Have portrait taken.
One Month Before:
- Purchase gift for your groom and attendants.
- Mail out the invitations.
- Order flowers for the wedding and reception.
- Go for your final dress and headpiece fitting.
- Pick up rings and check if engraving is correct.
- Arrange accommodations for relatives, friends and ushers from out of town.
- Organize the bridesmaids’ luncheon.
- Plan the rehearsal dinner.
- Write thank-you notes for gifts.
- Place a wedding announcement in newspaper (s).
Two Weeks Before:
- Complete your trousseau.
- Set a time with your fiancée to get the marriage license.
- Ensure transportation is in place for attendants to the ceremony site.
- Make an appointment with hairstylist.
- Double-check your honeymoon reservations.
- Prompt your Maid of Honor and bridesmaids of the rehearsal time and place, filling them in on the rehearsal dinner.
One Week Before:
- Be packed for your honeymoon.
- Complete writing your announcements and mail them on your wedding day.
- Provide the caterer a final number of reception guests.
- Give and/or attend bride’s luncheon.
- Double check on final details with florist, photographer, musicians, etc.
- Prepare to move possessions to new home.
- Be up-to-date with gift acknowledgements.