1. As soon as you start your planning, create a file on your computer or in your wedding organizer where you can store wedding photos that you like and might want to recreate. Six weeks to two months before the big day, give a list of all the pictures you want taken – including the details such as flowers and table decorations – to your photographer.
2. Six to twelve months before your wedding date, devise a system of recording gifts as they arrive, and for recording when you wrote the thank-you note.
3. Salmon or filet? Final menu decisions should be made six weeks to two months before the reception.
4. Finalize your rehearsal dinner (or after-rehearsal party) guest list, time and menu three to six months before your wedding.
5. Why not pace as you plan? Breaking in the shoes you’ll be wearing all day and night is something you’ll be happy you did, and something that can be done over time. Why not check on your bridesmaids’ shoes as well? (Their toes will thank you!)
6. One month before your wedding, schedule your final dress fitting. Do not forget to bring all of your accessories and do your hair and makeup – seeing yourself in your day-of finery will make the process all the sweeter.
7. If you’re going to assign seating for your reception, two weeks before is the time to create your seating chart and assign the place cards.
8. If you’re planning on changing your name, two to three months before the wedding gather all of the forms necessary (Social Security card, driver’s license, insurance, etc.).
9. Assign someone in your wedding party to make certain you eat something on your wedding day – trust us on this one.