Wedding Countdown Calendar

Get everything done for your wedding with time to spare.

Not sure when to buy your gown, book your photographer, or send your invitations? Stay on track with this month-by-month guide:

12 months

11 months

10 months

9 months

8 months

7 months

6 months

5 months

4 months

3 months

2 months

6 weeks

4 weeks

  • Confirm floral order and arrange for delivery times
  • Meet with ushers and assign duties for the ceremony and reception
  • Discuss the details of your wedding ceremony with your officiant
  • Determine the placement or distribution of programs at the ceremony venue
  • Arrange for preparation, storage and break areas for musicians/DJ at the reception venue
  • Determine seating arrangements for guests
  • If you color your hair, make appointment for a touch-up the week before your wedding
  • Go in for a dry run with a professional makeup artist and make a day-of-wedding appointment
  • Schedule an appointment for a manicure and/or pedicure the day before your wedding
  • Finalize details with wedding photographer and videographer, determining arrival times at each nuptial venue
  • Arrange for preparation/storage area for photographer and videographer at each nuptial venue
  • Sign your prenuptial agreement, if applicable
  • Finalize honeymoon plans/itinerary and confirm all travel and hotel reservations
  • Arrange for transportation to and from the airport
  • Make all necessary arrangements for care of pet(s), plants and mail while you're away on honeymoon
  • Post announcement and photo on your wedding website
  • Arrange for table card setup at reception venue
  • Schedule pickup/return of groom's formalwear

3 weeks

  • Finalize list of reception guests
  • Give the final headcount to the caterer and review details
  • Arrange for delivery and placement of wedding flowers, candles and other decorations on the day of the ceremony
  • Contact anyone who has not responded to his or her wedding invitation

1 weeks

wedding day

  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Attend hairstyle appointment
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get ready
  • Relax and enjoy yourself!

post wedding

after the honeymoon

  • Take wedding gown and veil to a dry cleaner who specializes in gown preservation
  • Submit name-change forms for driver's license, passport, Social Security card, state and federal tax boards, banks, credit cards, etc.

As featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Adapted from Bridal Guide's How to Plan the Perfect Wedding…Without Going Broke, by Diane Forden (Warner Books). Available at booksellers nationwide.