There's no need to be overwhelmed with the
thought of planning your big day. Sit down, take a deep breath, grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and look
over our popular 12-month planning guide. Planning a wedding is
simply a matter of getting organized. 11-12 Months Before the Wedding Officially announce your engagement online and in your local paper. Decide on a time and date for the wedding. Decide style of ceremony (size, setting, formality, etc.).
Contact a wedding officiate. Arrange for your families to meet if they haven't met before. Develop a budget and decide who will pay for what. Begin compiling your guest list. Visit and reserve your reception venue. 9-10 Months Before the Wedding Order your wedding gown and determine who will make any necessary alterations. Choose your wedding party. Decide on a color scheme (consider the reception site). Meet with potential wedding professionals for your ceremony & reception. Interview local videographers, …
Planning a wedding and participating
in a wedding can be a daunting task. Traditionally,
party members all have very distinct roles to help with
the process and make life easier on the bride and
groom. This wedding party responsibilities checklist can serve as a guideline to help
you get a grip on who does what. Customize
this list to meet the unique needs for your wedding
Bride and Groom :
Together Decide on your budget. Consult with your parents, if they
are paying for or contributing to the wedding.Decide on and set the style, wedding theme,
date, time, and the place of ceremony and reception. Make the
reservations and deposits.Meet with your wedding officiate and participate in any premarital
counseling required.Order your Save-the-Date
Whether you are planning a formal dinner reception or
an informal gathering of well-wishers, it is important to establish a
schedule of events to prevent confusion on the big day! Don't get too
hung up on exact times — the idea is to keep the party moving in the
While the order of events is entirely up to you,
here's a sample of a traditional reception schedule. Cocktail Hour.
This is the time between the wedding ceremony
and the reception in which guests are served champagne and hors
d’oeuvres while the wedding party is having formal photographs
made. Grand Entrance.
This signals to everyone that the wedding party
has arrived. The traditional order of entrance is Groom's ParentsBride's ParentsFlower Girl and Ring BearerBridesmaids escorted by UshersMaid of Honor escorted by Best ManBride and GroomWedding Couple's First Dance.