Yay! Engagement!

Insure engagement ring.

Take engagement photos.

Plan engagement party


Settle on wedding budget.

Finalize wedding theme/colors/style.

Create a wedding guest list.

Choose “best” people.

Pick wedding date.

List family traditions to incorporate.

Submit engagement announcement to the newspaper.

The majors

Hire a wedding planner.

Set wedding venue.

Set reception venue.

Hire a photographer.

Hire a florist.

Hire DJ/band.

Hire caterer.

Hire videographer.

Book officiant.

Hire ceremony musicians.

Order wedding desserts.

Find rental supplier for chairs, linens, etc.

Book transportation.

Book wedding night accommodations.

Send save the dates.

Other arrangements

Make hair/makeup appointments.

Book honeymoon.

What to wear.

Buy wedding bands.

Buy wedding dress.

Settle on wedding party outfits.

Schedule gown fitting appointments.

Schedule tux fitting appointments.

Pre-wedding celebrations.

Finalize venue and caterer for rehearsal dinner.

Schedule ceremony rehearsal.

Discuss and confirm “best”

For the guests

Register for gifts.

Create wedding website.

Send invitations.

Reserve block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.

The minors

Decide on guest book.

Design and create favors.

Create ceremony program.

Buy bridal party gifts.

Create seating chart.

Assemble welcome bags.

Create place settings.

Decide on centerpieces and bouquets.


Sign prenuptial agreements.

Apply for marriage license.

Send thank-you notes for any gifts received in advance.

The ceremony

write ceremony.

Confirm participants.

Write vows.

Prepare toasts.

Last-minute confirmations

Order alcohol.

Set up “must play” and “do not play” music lists.

Finalize ceremony in writing with officiant.

Create a wedding-day schedule.

Call guests who have not RSVP'd.

Give caterer a final head count.

Confirm delivery details with wedding dessert provider.

Decide on receiving line order.

Determine and confirm any wedding-day tasks with friends and family.

Confirm floral delivery.

Confirm final payment with all vendors.

Pick up marriage license.

Put together tip envelopes and designate someone to hand them out.


Break in wedding shoes.

Get final haircuts.

Get final spa treatments.

Make emergency bridal kit.

Plan night-before activities.

Post wedding

Dry clean and preserve wedding gown and veil.

Preserve wedding bouquet.

rite thank-you notes within eight weeks.

Change all insurance policies to include spouse.

Complete name-changing paperwork.

Check on outstanding registry items.