12+ months or more

  • Choose a date (or up to 3 so you can be flexible).

  • Talk budget and decide who is contributing what.

  • Discover your wedding style.

  • Choose wedding party:

  • Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, Best Man and Groomsmen, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.

  • Create a wedding website.

  • Get engagement ring insured and consider purchasing wedding insurance.

  • Begin compiling a guest list.

  • Explore ceremony and reception venue options.

  • Start assembling a team of wedding pros: planner, photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, and musicians.

  • Browse wedding dress and veil styles.

  • Get discounts! Subscribe to Bride Vibe, MagnetStreet’s e-newsletter, for wedding stationery deals.

  • Get engagement photos taken.

  • Start browsing Save the Date designs to find your favorite shape and size.

  • Order your Save the Dates. Check our current promotions to seize the deal!

 

10-11 months to go

  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories.

  • Reserve ceremony and reception venues.

  • Book officiant.

  • Hire photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, florist, and planner.

  • Mail your Save the Dates.

  • Purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments.

  • Establish a fitness routine.

  • Establish a skin care/beauty routine.

8-9 months to go

  • Find 3 hotels (at different price points) for out-of-town guests.

  • Refine guest list.

  • Create gift registries at 3 national retailers.

  • Browse Wedding Invitation designs and coordinating stationery (Enclosures, Programs, Menu Cards, Thank Yous, and Favors).

  • Begin planning honeymoon

 

6-7 months to go

  • Explore wedding day hair and makeup styles.

  • Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony.

  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings.

  • Decide on groomsmen attire.

  • Personalize & order Wedding Invitation.

  • Hire ceremony musicians.

  • Book transportation to and from venues.

  • Purchase wedding bands.

  • Order Wedding Invitation Suite. Check our current promotions to seize the deal!

  • Order Thank You Cards (for gifts that arrive early).

4-5 months to go

  • Choose flowers for: wedding party, attendants, venues, cake, etc.

  • Schedule dress fittings.

  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels.

  • Book room for wedding night.

  • Order wedding cake.

  • Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.

  • Prepare {play/do not play} lists for DJ/band.

  • Finalize wedding guest list.

  • Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list.

  • Book rehearsal dinner venue.

  • Order Rehearsal Dinner Invitations.

 

3 months to go

  • Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order.

  • Plan ceremony and reception seating.

  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist.

  • Purchase: toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow.

  • Finalize reception menu.

  • Order Wedding Favors.

 

2 months to go

  • Mail Wedding Invitations.

  • Develop system for organizing RSVPs.

  • Begin writing vows.

  • Review ceremony details with officiant.

  • Lay out the content for Wedding Programs.

  • Apply for marriage license: order 2-3 extra.

  • Finalize seating arrangements.

  • Finalize playlists with musicians.

  • Finalize fittings for wedding party and parents.

  • Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant and wedding party.

  • Write out honeymoon itinerary for family at home.

  • Decide “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.”

  • Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party.

  • Book wedding day transportation.

  • Purchase gifts for attendants.

 

1 months to go

  • Call vendors to confirm date, times and location.

  • Confirm honeymoon reservations.

  • Pack for honeymoon.

  • Pick up wedding rings.

  • Pick up marriage license

  • Order Wedding Programs.

  • Final dress fitting (with shoes & undergarments).

  • Write Thank You notes as gifts are received.

 

2 weeks to go

  • Follow up with guests who have not RSVP’d.

  • Give final count to caterer.

  • Update registries.

  • Begin breaking in wedding shoes.

  • Make arrangements for the caring of pets and plants while on honeymoon.

  • Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians.

  • Get final haircut and color.

  • Delegate wedding day duties: gift table, guestbook, etc.

  • Delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals and tend to wedding dress.

  • Send directions to wedding day limo/transportation driver.

 

2 week to go

  • Prepare final payments to vendors + cash tips for service personnel.

  • Give readers their scripts.

  • Give photographer and videographer your image and video requests

  • Lay out wedding clothes.

  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit.

  • Get spa treatments for you and the bridal party.

Day Before

  • Deliver welcome baskets.

  • Get mani/pedi/massage.

  • Attend wedding rehearsal.

  • Have fun at the rehearsal dinner.

  • Get to bed at a decent hour!

 

Wedding Day

  • Eat a good breakfast! Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.

  • Give wedding rings and officiant fee to best man.

  • Relax, smile, and soak in every incredible moment.

 

Wrapping things up…

  • Ensure tuxes and rentals have been returned.

  • Get wedding dress to preservationist or cleaners.

  • Order Thank You Cards (include a wedding photo).

  • Order Personalized Stationery with your new last name.

  • Put your favorite wedding photo on a beautiful Custom Canvas.

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1622 Federal Rd #30 Houston, TX 77015

Tel 713-453-5449