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Wedding Planning Calendar

* Note: when booking a wedding for a prime time period
(ie. May thru Sept) book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

See links throughout the planning calendar for hints and tips.
Click Here to print a copy of this planning calendar check list

1 Year - 2 Years Before Wedding

  • Choose the date of your wedding
    (have a backup date in mind in case reception site is not available)
  • Purchase engagement ring...look at wedding bands
  • Set a budget
  • Decide on the type of wedding you want
    (i.e. theme, formal, indoor, outdoor, seasonal)
  • Decide on the ceremony and reception sites
  • Book a wedding planner - consultant
  • Start looking for a photographer
  • Start looking for a DJ service
  • Start looking for a videographer
  • Start looking for a florist
  • Start looking for a caterer
  • Decide who the attendants will be
  • Join a fitness club.
  • Start to attend Bridal Shows

8 - 12 Months Before the Wedding

  • Select a wedding dress and accessories
  • Purchase or rent a wedding dress
  • Select formal wear for the groom
  • Select and order dresses for bridesmaids
  • Start looking at wedding cakes
    (taste the different flavors of cake to help in selection)
  • Book the photographer
  • Book a DJ service
  • Book the videographer
  • Book the caterer
  • Register for gifts
  • Select patterns and colours
    (i.e. room decoration colours, dish patterns)
  • Select and order invitations
  • Discuss honeymoon destinations
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out of town guests
  • Look into liability insurance for your Stag and Doe and Wedding Reception

4 - 8 Months Before the Wedding

  • Order your wedding cake
  • Book your limousine
  • Order your flowers
    (sit down with florist and decide on bouquets & boutonnieres, fresh or silk)
  • Make an appointment for your first dress fitting
  • Make an appointment with your hair stylist
  • Go to the salon for all of your styling needs
  • Have the salon come to you for your styling needs
  • Book rehearsal dinner
  • Plan the menu for the rehearsal dinner
  • Make sure bridesmaids have gone for their fittings
  • Plan the menu for the reception
  • Start writing out invitations
  • Select and buy gifts for attendants
  • Book honeymoon
  • Get the appropriate name-change forms

1 - 4 Months Before Wedding

  • Check to make sure you have all the requirements to get married in Ontario
  • Confirm your honeymoon reservations
  • Confirm your music selection
  • Bridal shower should be arranged
  • Consider making reservations for a golf outing, an in-room massage, etc.
  • Apply for your marriage license
  • Go for your final fitting - bring shoes and lingerie to be worn that day
  • Have Ushers go for their fittings
  • Mail the invitations
  • Keep up with writing your thank you cards

1 Week Before Wedding

  • Call your rehearsal site with the final number of guests who will be attending your rehearsal
  • Call your reception site with the final number of guests who will be attending your reception
  • Pick up your dress
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Purchase traveler's cheques

The Day Before Your Wedding

  • Obtain your marriage license if you have not yet done so
  • Confirm all of your reservation times
    (i.e. limo pick up, hair appointment, etc.)
  • Enjoy your rehearsal dinner
  • Hand out gifts to wedding party
  • Get a good night sleep

The Day of your Wedding

  • Eat breakfast
  • Go to your hair appointment
  • Go to your make-up appointment
  • Splurge and get a massage
  • Have Fun!!

After the Honeymoon

  • Write out thank you cards
  • Put wedding photo in the local news paper
  • Give each other all your love and affection



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