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Wedding 101: Getting Started - New Bride's Checklist

Posted At : January 14, 2009 5:01 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 28,889
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Congratulations on your engagement! There are probably a million things running through your mind about what to do next. Should you book a reception hall? Run out and buy your wedding dress? Take a moment to breathe a little bit and review our wedding checklist.

Getting Married!

© At First Site Studio

This checklist will give you a general guideline of what to do and when you need to do it. You can adjust it to fit your schedule but be sure to adhere to your timeline as much as possible. During your wedding planning, don't stress out. If you feel overwhelmed, reach out to your husband-to-be, mother or maid of honor to help you. Your engagement should be a happy time. Take time to relax and enjoy it. Don't turn into a bridezilla!

Editor's Note: we have tried to link each task on Kori's lists to the corresponding search on, so you can quickly find some initial articles, tips and services to get you started on the particular task. Some searches will be more useful than others :-) Try as we might, we do not yet cover every imaginable wedding thing - but we're working on it!

Wedding Timeline

12 Months or More in Advance

9-12 Months in Advance

6-9 Months in Advance

4-6 Months in Advance

2-4 Months in Advance

6-8 Weeks in Advance

4-6 Weeks in Advance

2-4 Weeks in Advance

1 Week in Advance

  • Review details with the ushers
  • Attend the final fitting (make sure your bridesmaids do too)
  • Confirm seating arrangements
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Pack an emergency kit for your wedding day
  • Give the final head count to caterer
  • Re-confirm with all vendors; pay any balances
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans
  • Attend bachelor/bachelorette parties

The Day Before Your Wedding

  • Get a manicure and pedicure
  • Make sure someone picks up tuxedos
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Go to bed early!

Your Wedding Day

  • Wake up early
  • Get your makeup and hair done
  • Get dressed and head to the ceremony
  • Make sure to eat properly
  • Relax and enjoy your day

wedding supplies!

© Photohouse

Bonus Checklist: What You'll Need

In addition to your timeline checklist, you should also have a checklist of what you need. Here are just some of the items you may need for your wedding. If you are looking to cut costs, find out which items can be rented instead of purchased.





Print out and use these checklists as a guideline when planning your wedding. You can adapt them to your specific needs and change the timeline as necessary. Try to book your vendors as soon as possible, particularly your wedding reception site. Keep in mind that some of the more popular locations book more than a year in advance.

Story by Kori Ellis

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