Final Phase Calendar Checklist
This checklist will help the you in planning the most important day of your life. Feel free to print it out and fill in online give copies to those helping to plan your wedding.

One Month
  • Confirm all arrangements and contracts.
  • Mail invitations so they will arrive three weeks before the wedding.
  • Pick up wedding rings.
  • Arrange for transportation to ceremony and from ceremony to reception.
  • Attend final fittings.
  • Have your hair and makeup done as you would like to have it on your wedding day. Schedule any tanning, manicures, etc.
  • Purchase guest book and keepsake album.
  • Contact your insurance agent about naming your fiancĂ© as beneficiary on your life insurance, will, and auto policies, and buying homeowners' and floater insurances to protect wedding gifts.
  • Open joint checking and savings accounts. Decide on a budget and savings program. Discuss them with your financial representatives.
  • Write thank you notes as gifts are received.
2 Weeks
  • Get marriage license.
  • Give caterer final guest count. Don't forget the wedding party, photographer and DJ!
  • Arrange to have your gown pressed and delivered.
  • Arrange to change your name on driver's license, social security card, credit cards, bank accounts, insurances, etc.
  • Make arrangements for moving into your new home.
1 Week
  • Pack for honeymoon.
  • Give bridesmaids' luncheon/party and give attendant gifts.
  • Confirm directions, housing, and timetables with attendants.
  • Brief head usher of any special seating arrangements.
  • Arrange for rental returns.
  • Prepare wedding day fees.
1 Day Before
  • Pack the "Going-to-church" bag, and an "emergency" bag.
  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Find a quiet moment to give your fiancĂ© his wedding gift.
The Wedding Day
  • Have a nice relaxed breakfast. You'll need it!
  • Have hair and make-up done.
  • Relax and let the planning take care of itself. Most of all, enjoy!


Wedding Day Time Table

When you make your time table, (1) schedule each event and (2) plan enough time for it. The following chart will help you with the essentials; the spaces between each item will let you add the things that will be different for your wedding (you might get dressed at church instead of at home, etc.) Make sure your photographer, caterer, baker, florist, and musicians know your time table and that they approve any last minute changes. Go ahead Print out and fill in online as much of the information as possible right now.


What? Time
1. Getting up/breakfast
2. Dressing
3. Leaving for the ceremony
4. Photos before the ceremony
5. Parents and guests arrive 
6. Wedding Ceremony begins 
7. Receiving Line 
8. Formal group photos (wedding party)
9. Leaving for the reception
10. Cocktail Hour (before couple arrives)
11. Arriving at the reception 
12. Toast by Best Man (and others) 
13. Reception Meal 
14. Cake Cutting 
15. Bridal Dance 
16. Dancing 
17. Bride and Groom change clothes 
18. Bride and Groom leave reception 
19. Reception ends 

NOTE: If you are going to change clothes at the reception, make sure someone will take care of the gown and tuxedo.