A wedding should be planned in stages with every decision made as early as possible.
The groom has plenty that he is traditionally responsible for.
12 Months Before
■ Select engagement ring.
■ Discuss wedding plans and budget with fiancée and all parents.
■ Select attendants and at least one usher for every 50 guests.
■ Decide on ceremony and reception with fiancée.
9 Months Before
■ Arrange a visit with clergymember or justice of the peace to discuss ceremony.
■ Start compiling your guest list.
■ Discuss honeymoon destinations with fiancée; consult travel agent.
6 Months Before
■ Arrange to pay for bride’s bouquet; order boutonnieres and corsages.
■ Visit gift registry with fiancée.
■ Complete honeymoon plans.
■ For travel abroad, update passports, visas and inoculations.
■ Arrange transportation to ceremony and reception for wedding party.
3 Months Before
■ Complete guest list; give to fiancée.
■ After consulting fiancée, order wedding attire for yourself and ushers.
■ Shop for honeymoon clothes.
■ Order wedding rings.
■ After consulting fiancée, reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
■ Plan rehearsal dinner with parents.
6-8 Weeks Before
■ Help fiancée with thank-you notes for gifts.
■ Get legal and religious papers in order.
■ Pick up wedding rings; check engraving.
■ Buy gifts for fiancée and ushers.
2 Weeks Before
■ Go with fiancée to get marriage license.
■ Arrange for transportation from the reception to the airport, if applicable.
■ Attend bachelor party.
■ Double-check honeymoon reservations.
■ Arrange to move belongings to new home.
1 Week Before
■ Remind ushers of rehearsal dinner details (give them the gifts that night).
■ Put officiant’s fee in a sealed envelope and give it to best man to deliver after the ceremony.
■ Explain any special seating arrangements for family members, etc., to ushers.
■ Purchase traveler’s checks.
■ Pack for honeymoon.