Tie the Knot
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Your Wedding Countdown!

Planning a wedding takes a lot of effort, and no two weddings are alike. Keep this list handy and have fun planning your perfect wedding!


Once you’ve said “Yes”
❑ Officially announce your engagement
❑ Think about the type of wedding you’d like: Will it be formal? Casual? Big? An intimate affair? Outdoors? Destination?
❑ Select a tentative wedding date
❑ Start on a guest list
❑ Decide on a budget
❑ Start to compile a file of Wedding ideas. Browse bridal magazines and websites, and visit bridal shows to explore options 12 Months Before
❑ After checking availability of your preferred venue and photographer/ videographer, finalize the wedding date
❑ Reserve your venue
❑ Book the photographer/videographer
❑ Choose a wedding officiate
❑ Decide on a DJ or live band
❑ Choose your wedding party
❑ Optionally, hire a wedding planner
❑ Begin shopping for a wedding dress 11 Months Before
❑ Choose and book a caterer
❑ Decide on a colour scheme
❑ Meet with your chosen florist
❑ Look at accommodation options for out-of-town guests 10 Months Before
❑ Set up a gift registry
❑ Finalize guest list 9 Months Before
❑ Order your wedding dress along with accessories such as veil and shoes
❑ Shop for bridesmaids dresses 8 Months before
❑ Plan and book your honeymoon (apply for passports if needed) 7 Months Before
❑ Order wedding cake 6 Months Before
❑ Decide on and order invitations and thank you cards (don’t forget stamps)
❑ Reserve any rental equipment that will be needed, such as tents, linens, chairs, dinnerware and glassware.
❑ Arrange wedding day transportation
❑ Buy or reserve groom’s and groomsmen’s attire
❑ Inform out-of-town guests of your wedding date so that they will be able to make travel arrangements 5 Months Before
❑ Shop for and purchase wedding rings
❑ Dance lessons? 4 Months Before
❑ Select and order stationery for menus, table numbers and place cards
❑ Buy a guest book and pen
❑ Finalize arrangement for hair and makeup
❑ Order wine, champagne and liquor
❑ Purchase bridal accessories such as lingerie and garter 3 Months Before
❑ Mail wedding invitations
❑ Apply for marriage license
❑ Finalize date and location for wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner 2 Months Before
❑ Purchase gifts for your future spouse, the wedding attendants, parents and in-laws
❑ Finalize music selections and any special readings
❑ Prepare a photo and video shot list
❑ Pick up the wedding rings
❑ Schedule a test makeup and hair session with your stylist. Bring your veil. 1 Month Before
❑ Finalize music selections and review with your band or DJ
❑ Practice your first dance wearing your wedding shoes 2 to 3 weeks Before
❑ Send final payment to all vendors (put gratuities in envelopes and arrange for a friend to distribute on the wedding day)
❑ Prepare a toast for the reception
❑ Organize any accessories such as ring pillow and ‘something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new’
❑ Finalize reception details
❑ Confirm honeymoon reservations 1 Week Before
❑ Pick up your wedding gown, groom’s and groomsmen’s outfits
❑ Pack for your honeymoon
❑ Celebrate with your friends at a Bachelor or Bachelorette party
❑ Give marriage license to your officiate
❑ Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
❑ Write any cheques that will be required on the wedding day
❑ Choose someone who will be responsible for returning any rented items after the wedding Wedding Day
❑ Have a good breakfast
❑ Go to hair and make-up appointments
❑ Give wedding bands to the Best Man and Maid of Honour
❑ Give the Best Man any cheques that will need to be handed out that day
❑ Breathe!
❑ Enjoy your big day!


Place your wedding announcement in the Times Colonist Sunday Celebrations. Call: 250-386-2121 or email: classified@timescolonist.com