Wedding Day Timeline


Wedding Day Timeline



Timeline of Events

6 to 12 Months

  • Select date along with backup dates
    Decide budget, discuss sharing of expenses
    Decide type of wedding (Formal, Semi-Formal, Informal)
    Compile guest list
    Choose Celebrations Riverboats – for your ceremony and reception
    Choose officiant
    Decide size of wedding party, choose attendants
    Select and order gown style
    Select and order veil style
    Select and order attendants’ apparel
    Plan details of reception – make appointment with Celebrations Riverboats wedding specialist
    Plan details of ceremony – make appointment with Celebrations Riverboats wedding specialist
    Buy wedding rings
    Select photographer
    Select wedding cake and cake top
    Select and register bridal registry items
    Have engagement photos taken
    Announce engagement in local newspaper
    Select music for ceremony
    Select music for reception
    Discuss honeymoon plans
    Select videographer
    Select florist/hall decorator
    make appointment with Celebrations Riverboats wedding specialist
    Hire limo service
    Discuss gown colors & styles with mothers of bride and groom
    Arrange for families to meet (if not already)

4 to 6 Months

  • Select and order men’s formal wear
    Select ceremony musician & music
    Make honeymoon plans
    Decide on new living arrangements: buying, leasing, renting?
    Inquire about dance instruction
    Register with one or more bridal registries
    Select and order invitations, announcements, thank you cards, personal stationery, programs, napkins, etc.
    Professional prepare & print map to include with invitations
    Set aside hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
    Have physical examinations & update immunizations
    Buy wedding rings and order engraving
    Reserve transportation for the bridal party
    Reserve or arrange transportation to and from the ceremony and reception for out-of-town guests
    Reserve rental equipment, tables, chairs, and tents – included with Celebrations Riverboats
    Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests
    Reserve room for wedding night
    Choose and order favors
    Hire stylists for wedding hair and makeup
    Make appointments with your wedding professionals, compare them and make deposits to reserve them for your date

2 to 4 Months

  • Reserve rental items, arches, canopy, linens, etc.
    Arrange rehearsal dinner
    Shop for trousseau and apparel for honeymoon & prenuptial parties
    If you are going to honeymoon outside the country, arrange to get necessary passports, visas and vaccinations
    Reserve limousine, carriage, trolley or coach transportation
    Address wedding invitations
    Confirm delivery dates of all dresses
    Discuss details of menu with caterer
    Discuss ceremony with officiant
    Choose readings and confirm vows for ceremony
    Schedule rehearsal – Celebrations Riverboats offers this service at no charge
    Confirm rehearsal dinner arrangements with Celebrations Riverboats
    Review florist arrangements, finalize order
    Buy attendants’ gifts and gifts for each other
    Experiment with hairstyles and make-up changes
    Buy bride’s and attendant’s shoes send to dyer
    Order wedding and groom’s cakes

1 to 2 Months

  • Complete shopping for trousseau
    Buy stockings and any remaining accessories
    Mail invitations four to six weeks before the wedding
    Organize seating arrangements and make place cards (including parents table)
    Final bridal fitting
    Pick up wedding rings; check engravings and sizes
    Final attendant’s fittings
    Confirm honeymoon reservations; begin packing
    Select reception decorations & accessories: cake knife & server, balloons, candles, flowers, table favors
    Select ceremony accessories: unity candle, ring pillow, flower girl’s basket, guest book, pen, etc.
    Select personal accessories: handbag, garter, engraved toasting glasses, guest mementos
    Finalize details for photographer, videographer, florist, entertainment, bakery and minister
    Practice hairstyles with veil if doing your own hair for wedding
    Write thank you notes for gifts received
    Assign friends or family to assist with guest book and gift table
    Arrange bridesmaids’ brunch or luncheon details
    Plan bouquet preservation
    Buy marriage license

2 Weeks

  • Schedule appointments for hair stylist, facial, manicure, massage
    Invite wedding party & guests to rehearsal dinner
    Move belongings to new home
    Review reception seating and order place cards from calligrapher
    Confirm out-of-town guests’ lodging with reserved hotels
    Confirm wedding party transportation and arrival times
    Record gifts as you receive them; write thank you notes and mail
    Arrange for gown cleaning and bouquet preservation after the ceremony

1 to 2 Weeks

  • Review reception seating plans and prepare place cards, if necessary
    Schedule appointment for manicure, pedicure and massage (massage is highly recommended to help relax)
    Finalize rehearsal dinner arrangements
    Contact people who haven’t responded
    Final consultations: florist, hall decorator, musicians, photographer, videographer (make sure that everything is in order)
    Give final guest count to Celebrations Riverboats
    Remind men to pick up formal wear and shoes. Check for fit.
    Make wedding day schedule and give everyone copies at rehearsal dinner
    Relax the day before; keep personal appointments
    Finish honeymoon packing; prepare going away outfit
    Confirm responsibilities assigned to family and friends
    Finalize seating chart
    Confirm honeymoon arrangements
    Break in your wedding shoes

1 Day

    – Celebrations has your speicial day handled!

    Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
    Give attendant gifts to wedding party at rehearsal dinner
    Your planning is complete and your special day will be wonderful!