Choose the kind of wedding you will have, date and time.
Discuss the budget, and who will pay for what.
Consider hiring a wedding coordinator.
Make arrangements with the officiant.
Reserve the wedding and reception locations.
Select your wedding dress, veil and accessories.
Choose the bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, and honored roles.
Have formal black/white photo sitting for announcements.
Send announcements of your engagement to your fiancs and your local and hometown newspapers.
Meet with the florist, photographer, caterer, videographer, and D.J. or entertainment to discuss budgets and options.
Discuss the guest list with fianc and families.
Contact rental coordinator for equipment reservations.
Discuss honeymoon and reservations. (Traditionally the groom makes all the honeymoon arrangements.)
Arrange for time off work if necessary.
Buy a wedding planner and envelopes to store brochures and notes. Develop record-keeping system for invitations, gifts, and thank-you notes.
Order dress and accessories.
Order bridesmaids dresses, shoes and accessories.
Plan reception music.
Plan new living arrangements and home furnishings.
Select and register wedding gifts and patterns.
Select color scheme.
Contact mens formalwear specialist for mens attire.
Have parents select attire.
Order invitations, announcements, programs, napkins, matchbooks, and personal stationery.
Arrange for physical examinations, dental appointments.
Order unity candles (fancy ones can take six months).
Choose and order wedding bands and engraving.
Order wedding and grooms cakes.
Check state/county marriage license requirements.
Plan ceremony, reception, menus, master of ceremonies, music, and timetables.
Plan rehearsal dinner, and bridesmaids luncheon.
Complete guest list, address and mail invitations.
Make arrangements for lodging information for out-of-town guests.
Purchase gifts for attendants and groom.
Plan reception seating if necessary.