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January 18, 2017

12 Month Planning Countdown

By Adam

Holly Ireland Photography

12 Months

  • Choose the date and time for wedding and rehearsal.
  • Purchase San Diego Style Weddings Magazine and register on
  • Create a wedding email account.
  • Create a wedding website on
  • Decide on style – whether a formal event with a sit-down dinner or an afternoon one in the garden, for example.
  • Choose color schemes.
  • Review your budget. Ask both sets of parents for advice if they’re paying for any or all of the occasion.
  • Select wedding and reception sites.
  • Make appointment with the officiant to learn about pre-marital requirements.
  • Plan the guest list to get a rough count.
  • Choose bridesmaids/groomsmen and ushers.
  • Research honeymoon spots.
  • Interview wedding planners (if you are using one).
  • Shop for gown and headpiece.
  • Book the musicians for ceremony and reception.
  • Interview photographers, videographers, caterers and florists.

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9 Months

  • Announce engagement in newspaper.
  • Select dress for bridal attendants.
  • Start shopping for men’s wedding attire.
  • Decide on the caterer, photographer and videographer.
  • Book a florist and choose arrangements.
  • Register for gifts at bridal registries of choice.
  • Select transportation for ceremony and reception.

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6 Months

  • Order dress and accessories – including veil, gloves and shoes; schedule delivery date.
  • Help mothers select and coordinate their dresses.
  • Reserve any rental equipment such as tables, chairs and tent (if you’re marrying at home or in unfurnished space).
  • Choose baker – order wedding cake and groom’s cake.
  • Shop for your trousseau.
  • Select your wedding invitations, envelopes and thank-you cards.
  • Scout around for accommodations for out-of-town guests.
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner.
  • Research marriage license requirements. (
  • Choose favors.
  • Confirm honeymoon plans. (Compile necessary documents: passports, visas, etc.)
  • Finalize guest list.

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3-4 Months

  • Choose the ceremony music.
  • Talk over reception music with band or DJ.
  • Discuss menu details with caterer.
  • Confirm out-of-town guest accommodations.
  • Order wedding rings and arrange for engraving.
  • Meet with a premarital counselor.
  • Visit officiant and review vows, readings, and music.
  • Select and reserve men’s attire.
  • Address invitations and announcements.

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2 Months

  • Mail invitations.
  • Plan a trial run with headpiece and makeup.
  • Make wedding day hair appointment.
  • Confirm ceremony details.
  • Arrange rehearsal and dinner plans.
  • Draw up map to ceremony and reception site.
  • Complete proper documents for changing your name.

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1 Month

  • Obtain marriage license.
  • Pick up rings and check engraving.
  • Confirm details with the florist, caterer, entertainers, and officiant.
  • Notify the newspaper with wedding announcement and photograph.
  • Schedule final dress fitting for you and for your attendants.
  • Buy gifts for attendants, flower girl, ring bearer, fiancé, parents (and anyone else who helped make the wedding extra special).
  • Finish trousseau shopping.
  • Plan pre-wedding attendants’ party.

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2 Weeks:

  • Confirm rehearsal dinner plans.
  • Find out about gown, bouquet, and/or cake preservation.
  • Contact guests who did not RSVP to invitations.
  • Arrange seating plan and write place cards.
  • Break in wedding shoes at home – scuff the bottom, walk around in them.
  • Meet with photographer and videographer – submit list of must-take shots.

Mr & Mrs Wedding Duo

1 Week

  • Pick up dress or have it delivered.
  • Host bridesmaids’ party.
  • Pack for honeymoon.
  • Confirm travel arrangements – if traveling abroad, purchase small amount of
  • local currency.
  • Write toast for rehearsal dinner and
  • wedding reception.
  • Arrange for facial and other beauty treatments.
  • Give assignments to wedding party members,
  • remind them of rehearsal details.
  • Confirm transportation details.
  • Notify caterer of the final guest count.
  • Review timetables and details with vendors.

Mr & Mrs Wedding Duo

1 Day Before

  • Give wedding announcements to an attendant to mail after the wedding.
  • Verify transportation to and from the wedding ceremony.
  • Deliver gift baskets if you have them.
  • Have manicure and pedicure.
  • Attend ceremony rehearsal.
  • Hold rehearsal dinner and hand out special gifts to wedding party.
  • Prepare tip envelopes and arrange for someone to distribute them the day of.