If you have not already checked out the first four posts in my wedding series, scroll through those first HERE then head on back for the next up in the planning timeline.
*Remember, items on this list might not directly apply to your specific wedding plan. Each wedding is unique and that is something I love about them. This is to help you get an idea of what aspects can make up a wedding and how to stay on task. It is also a time estimation which will depend on how many months between your engagement & the wedding day.
2-3 months before Wedding Day:
- Insure your engagement ring
- This may not always seem necessary, but in my opinion, it is worth it! It does not add much of any cost to your monthly statement, but can be a huge help if you lose a diamond, or even your entire ring!
- Finalize menu and service details with caterer. (This does not necessarily mean your headcount.)
- If assigning seats at reception, contact facility to get a diagram to draw a layout and seating arrangement
- Choose your bridesmaids’ accessories (shoes, jewelry, hairpieces, shoes, etc.) and either purchase or pass along purchasing information. (SEE Budget post HERE)
- Make sure attendants have purchased their dresses and accessories (if applicable)
- If you are purchasing the bridesmaids dresses confirm delivery date.
- Give all of the groomsmen the information they need to buy and/or reserve their attire – this means measurements and exact location to get their suit/tux!
- Make sure groom gets fitted for tux.
- Purchase wedding bands, if you have chosen to do so
- Experiment with your beauty routine (makeup, tanners, facials, etc.)
- *NOTE: facials should not start later than one month prior to the wedding in case of break outs
- Make or buy guest favors
- If you choose to do favors, they do not have to be elaborate.This is a nice gesture to show appreciation to your guests for coming to the wedding.
- Pick up and prepare invitations to be sent out
- Invitations should be sent out 4-6 weeks prior to wedding. *NOTE: If you are hand addressing the envelopes, give yourself even more time so that you can pace yourself and account for some do-overs. (And it also helps you avoid hand cramps!)
- Get anything you need for an international honeymoon (passport, birth certificate, etc.)
- Also, check your local airport website for any security information that you might need to know.
- Buy any special lingerie your gown requires in time for fittings
Talk to people you’d want to do something special as part of the ceremony, if desired. (Poem, prayer, song, etc.)
Find out what requirements the state you are getting married in has for your marriage license to be obtained (Ex: Oklahoma – drivers license, both present, $50)
Begin writing vows (if chosen to do so), or decide on vows with officiant, as well as order of ceremony
Continue to drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep!
You can grab a FREE checklist printable here! Happy planning!
Originally published March 10, 2016