Your Wedding Planning Guide

After Your Engagement

  • Announce engagement through newspapers and/or send out announcements
  • Decide if your wedding will be formal or informal and set budget
  • Make appointment to visit clergy, select a service and set the date
  • Interview and reserve hall or caterer, photographer, musicians and florist
  • Estimate number of guests and prepare invitation list
  • Select attendants, maid (matron) of honor, best man and ushers
  • Select wedding dress and dresses for bridesmaids
  • Register at the bridal registry store(s) of your choice
  • Discuss honeymoon locations and send for brochures, contact a travel agent if desired

Four Months Before Your Wedding

  • Order invitations, stationery and accessories
  • Plan for your special honeymoon
  • Shop for clothes for the honeymoon
  • Have both mothers select their dresses
  • Visit men’s formal wear specialists for groom and ushers’ attire
  • Send out save the date cards

Two Months Before Your Wedding

  • Visit your doctor for a complete physical
  • Address and mail invitations about 7 to 8 weeks before wedding date
  • Select your rings and order engraving
  • Select gifts for groom and attendants
  • Fiance selects gifts for best man and ushers
  • Begin recording gifts received
  • Get marriage license (check state laws to see how many days a license is valid) and make sure it is the right jurisdiction!

One Month Before Your Wedding

  • Order wedding cake if not handled by caterer/hall
  • Arrange accommodations for out of town guests
  • Final fitting for wedding gown and bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Arrange rehearsal dinner and centerpieces for dinner
  • Arrange transportation to the ceremony and from the ceremony to reception
  • Select special music with musician to be played at reception

Two Weeks Before Your Wedding

  • Send wedding announcement and photo to newspaper
  • Make seating arrangement for reception and give caterer/hall final count
  • Make name change on all necessary documents
  • Make an appointment with hairdresser for day of the wedding

One Week Before Your Wedding

  • Arrange final consultation with coordinator, caterer/hall, photographer, musician and florist
  • Confirm rehearsal plans with clergy and attendants


The Day Before Your Wedding

  • Delivery place cards and any other items to caterer/hall
  • Go to bank and have checks ready to pay bills and tips for your wedding day
  • As difficult as it may be, go to bed early!


YOUR BIG DAY IS FINALLY HERE!!!!

  • Relax in a warm bubble bath
  • Have hair, makeup and nails done
  • Allow at least one hour to get dressed
  • Bring checkbook and money
  • Bring an extra pair of stockings

HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME!!!!

After You Return From The Honeymoon

  • Write and send thank you notes
  • Select photographs from photographer and distribute
  • Review video/DVDs      

Even the best planned wedding still needs an overseer for the engagement party and/or the wedding itself. Call Judy at 847-634-6535 or visit our Day of Event page to learn more.

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