timeline & tips

2 months before


• Confirm arrangements with all vendors
• Purchase guest book or plan alternative
• Purchase gifts for wedding party
• Pick MC and speakers for reception
• Keep track of wedding gifts and send thank-you notes
• Check on/update gift registry
• Keep track of RSVPs in your guest list manager
• Check on hotel room blocks
• Order alcohol as required
• Design and print (or order) paper goods (ceremony programs, menu cards)
• Acquire marriage license
• Issue rehearsal dinner invitations
• Arrange childcare and/or kids’ activities
• Shop for finishing touches for bride’s outfit
• Book grooming appointments for men
• Pick up wedding bands and verify size/inscriptions
• Finalize ceremony details with officiant
• Send wedding day schedule to vendors and wedding party
• Final gown fitting
• Confirm gown and formalwear pick-up dates
• Choose going-away or after-party outfit
• Make honeymoon packing list


• If your wedding gown has any complicated features (e.g., a bustle to be tied), bring your maid of honor to the final fitting to learn how to handle it
• Anything that can be written on can replace a traditional guest book: a matt for your wedding photo, fabric squares for a quilt, etc. See our app GALLERIES for inspiration.


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