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Wedding Countdown Check List

Lehigh Valley wedding photographer Armen ElliottIf you’re like me and “live by the list”, you can make the tasks of planning a wedding  a little more manageable by breaking them down month by month. Here’s my suggested countdown list. I’ll leave the color choices to you 🙂

12-18 Months Before

4-6 Months Before

  • Complete your guest list
  • Order invitations
  • Plan honeymoon trip (remember to get your passports if your plans including a trip outside the United States)
  • Order rings
  • Select bridal registry

3 Months Before

  • Confirm delivery of wedding dress and bridal party dresses
  • Purchase bridal party gifts
  • Choose formal wear for men

2 Months Before

  • Address and mail wedding invitations
  • Arrange to get marriage license
  • Contact local newspapers for wedding announcement
  • Final menu consultation
  • Make hair and makeup appointments

1 Month Before

  • Arrange for the final gown fitting
  • Confirm arrangements with DJ or band
  • Confirm/meet with photographer
  • Make rehearsal dinner reservations
  • Confirm with videographer
  • Write thank you notes as gifts arrive

2 Weeks Before

  • Arrange to move belongings to new home
  • Arrange seating plan for reception
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Pick up honeymoon tickets

7-10 Days Before

  • Touch base with Photographer, Band or DJ, videographer with last minute requests
  • Begin packing for honeymoon
  • Final consultation with reception venue; bring place cards, toast glasses, cake knife and seating diagram with final count

1 Day Before

  • Pick-up men’s formal wear and have them try it on checking for any missing items
  • Rehearsal, attend rehearsal dinner, present gifts to attendants
  • Check your luggage

Wedding Day!

  • Relax and enjoy your special day!

I hope you’ve found this post helpful. If you want an extra stress-free day/year, hire an experienced event planner who will help you through this entire process:  An Affair to Remember or DPNAK Weddings. For Wedding Day Tips, click here. For more inspiration, visit my wedding galleries.


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  2. Salon

    Hair and makeup services on site or in salon needs to be booked a year in advance (contracts need to be signed a year in advance), bridal trial for hair and makeup 2 months before.

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