__ Pick the date and the time of the wedding.
__ Discuss the budget with all who will be involved.
__ Decide on a wedding coordinator (optional).
__ Make arrangements with the officiate.
__ Reserve the wedding and reception locations.
__ Select your wedding dress and accessories.
__ Choose your bridal party.
__ Have a friend take engagement photos (optional).
__ Send engagement announcements to your local and hometown newspapers (optional).
__ Interview vendors to discuss options.
__ Discuss the guest list with fiance and families.
__ Plan reception music (a good job for the groom).
__ Contact a rental coordinator for equipment reservations.
__ Discuss honeymoon and reservations (a good job for the groom).
__ Arrange for time off work, if necessary.
__ Develop a record-keeping system for RSVPs and thank-you notes.
__ Select and register for wedding gifts.
__ Select color scheme and wedding theme.
__ Order dress and accessories.
__ Select bridesmaids’ dresses, shoes, and accessories.
__ Select men’s attire.
__ Have parents plan out their wedding day attire.
__ Order invitations, announcements, programs, napkins, etc.
__ Arrange for physical examinations if necessary in your state.
__ Choose and order wedding bands and engraving.
__ Order wedding and groom’s cakes.
__ Check state/county marriage license requirements.
__ Plan ceremony, reception, menus, and music.
__ Plan rehearsal dinner and bridesmaids’ luncheon.
__ Complete guest list and address invitations.
__ Make arrangements for lodging for out-of-town guests.
__ Purchase gifts for attendants and groom.
__ Plan reception seating, if necessary.
__ Select your best man. Decide how many ushers you need (one for every fifty guests). Give each a call and explain what his duties that day will be.
__ Start making your guest list.
__ Arrange visit with minister to discuss ceremony.
__ Discuss wedding expenses with fiancee and parents.
__ Discuss honeymoon plans. If traveling abroad, make legal arrangements (passport, visas, inoculations).
__ Register for gifts with your fiancee.
__ Complete guest list.
__ Order wedding attire for yourself and your guys.
__ Arrange transportation for wedding party to ceremony and reception (optional).
__ Complete honeymoon plans: buy tickets, arrange hotel, etc.
__ Order wedding rings and engraving.
__ Arrange to pay for bride’s bouquet; order boutonnieres for men and corsages for mothers.
__ See your doctor for exams and blood test (optional – check for your state’s requirements).
__ Plan rehearsal dinner.
__ Consult with fiancee and arrange lodging for relatives and ushers from out of town.
__ Select gifts for best man and ushers to be given at the bachelor dinner or wedding rehearsal.
__ Choose bride’s wedding present. Something personal such as a watch or other piece of jewelry is traditional.
__ Make sure necessary documents – legal, insurance, financial, medical, and religious – are in order.
__ Give or attend bachelor party.
__ Pick up wedding rings.
__ Help fiancee with thank-you notes.
__ Make a date with your fiancee to get the marriage license.
__ Arrange with the best man for transportation from the reception to the airport or train.
__ Confirm honeymoon reservations and hotel for your wedding night.
__ Explain any special seating arrangements to head usher.
__ Put the clergy member’s fee in a sealed envelope and give it to the best man to be delivered after the ceremony.
__ Get a change of clothes ready for after the reception.
__ Pack for your honeymoon.
__ Arrange to move your belongings to your new home.
__ Remind best man and ushers of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner details. Present gifts to attendants at rehearsal dinner.
__ Arrange for rental returns (optional).
__ Be sure you and your bride sign the wedding certificate and see it safely put away before leaving on your honeymoon.
__ Have best man send a thank-you note to your parents the next day to let them know how you enjoyed the rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception, and thank them for the role they played in them.