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12 months before:

Finalize venue and date.

Choose theme/style/colors.

Shop for your dress.

Research and hire a photographer.

Book hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.

Select your bridal party members.

11 months before:

Begin designing ceremony and reception decor.

Meet with your florist.

Book your caterer.

Hire wedding consultant.

Have engagement party.

10 months before:

Finalize your guest list.

Set up your gift registry.

Look for an officiant.

Research and book your DJ or band. Discuss music selections for ceremony and reception.

Nine months before:

Order your gown.

Order bridesmaid dresses.

Cake tasting and ordering.

Breathe. You're doing great! Go enjoy a date night with your hubby-to-be.

Eight months before

Plan and book your honeymoon.

Select and order invitations.

Seven months before

Catch up on anything you may have missed in months eight to 12.

Six months before

Design and order your save-the-date cards.

Schedule a test run of your hair and makeup.

Fitting for gown and bridesmaid dresses.

Order wedding rings.

Five months before

Make arrangements for rental items (chairs, tables, tents, linens, etc.).

Arrange ceremony rehearsal.

Book rehearsal dinner.

Four months before

Decide on groom's attire.

Purchase remaining bridal accessories.

Mail save-the-date cards.

Three months before

Book accommodations for your wedding night.

Two months before

Address, stamp and mail your wedding invitations.

Finalize the food and drinks with your caterer.

Purchase wedding party gifts.

Six weeks before

Purchase wedding bands.

Confirm number of bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnieres with your florist.

Run through wedding party duties.

Final fittings.

Four weeks before

Complete any DIY projects.

Enjoy another date night with your man.

Two weeks before

Get your marriage license.

Distribute your wedding-day schedule to your family and bridal party.

Give final count to caterer.

Finalize the seating chart.

Confirm wedding-day itinerary with all vendors.