Groom: check. Now, it's all about the dress, the flowers, the DJ and so much more. Take a deep breath and use this step-by-step guide-courtesy of our friends at Columbus Bride & Groom-and you'll be on your way to a gorgeous day in no time.
Groom: check. Now, it's all about the dress, the flowers, the DJ and so much more. Take a deep breath and use this step-by-step guide-courtesy of our friends at Columbus Bride & Groom-and you'll be on your way to a gorgeous day in no time.A YEAR BEFORE YOUR BIG DAY You're engaged! Congrats. First things first: Start drafting (and whittling, if necessary) your guest list. It's time to make the hard decisions. (Having trouble? Try creating categories for your guests; it makes cutting easier.) Select a date. Decide on your general theme. Create your budget-and determine who's paying for what. 12 TO 10 MONTHS OUT Go gown shopping. Choose your bridal-party attendants, including bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer and flower girl. Reserve your ceremony location and determine who will officiate. If you have pre-wedding wellness goals, start them now. Reserve your reception spot and select a caterer and cake baker. Book a videographer and photographer and plan your engagement shoot. 9 TO 6 MONTHS OUT Book your florist and discuss your vision. Plan and schedule your honeymoon. Schedule your hair and makeup trials. Purchase your wedding bands. Plan your reception extras, from decor to favors. Reserve hotel-room blocks for out-of-town guests. Order your save-the-date notices-and send them to your guests! Find a band or DJ and select your ceremony and reception music. Research invitation and thank-you note wording. Reserve any rental items. 5 TO 4 MONTHS OUT Order bridesmaid gowns and accessories and chat with the mothers (and fathers) about what they'll wear. Provide a guest list to your shower host(s). Help the groom and his groomsmen pick out and order their suits or tuxes. Determine your wedding-day transportation. Order your invitations. Register for your wedding gifts. Begin planning the ceremony with your officiant. 3 TO 2 MONTHS OUT Schedule your gown fittings. Address and mail invitations. Order wedding favors and purchase bridal-party gifts. 1 MONTH OUT Call your party to make sure everyone's set for the big day. Have your final gown fittings. Send rehearsal-dinner invitations. Order wine, liquor and Champagne if desired. Finalize your honeymoon trip plans. Write your vows. Begin your shower-gift thank-you notes. Pick up your wedding bands. Finalize your decor, music and any last menu items, and review your order with your florist. Get your marriage license! FINAL WEEKS UNTIL WEDDING Have your programs and table numbers printed. Plan, order and/or create your welcome bags for out-of-town guests. Have your dress cleaned and pressed. Arrange for officiant payment and vendor gratuities. Pack for your honeymoon.