Check List for the Bride

A One Year Plan

Your wedding is one of the most important and exciting days of your life. It also will require a great deal of planning and attention to detail to fulfill your expectations. Here's a checklist to help you remember all the details:

9-12 Months Before the Wedding

  • Decide on the type of wedding. How big? How formal?
  • Set a tentative budget.
  • Choose the date and time of ceremony and reception.
  • Select the locations and make reservations.
  • Make an appointment with the person who will perform the ceremony.
  • Plan a guest list with names and addresses.
  • Shop for your wedding rings.
  • Shop for your dress and accessories.
  • Pick your colors for the ceremony and reception.
  • Choose your attendants, their dresses and accessories.
  • Select photographer, transportation and caterer (if separate from reception location).
  • Plan your honeymoon.
  • Select Disc Jockey or Band.

6-9 Months Before the Wedding

  • Announce your engagement.
  • Register your gift preferences with Dillard's Bridal Registry.
  • Choose a florist; consult with florist on floral needs and preferences.

3-6 Months Before the Wedding

  • Order invitations and personal stationery. (Allow four weeks for delivery.
  • Keep a record of all gifts received. (See the guest and gift lists in this section.)
  • Send thank you notes immediately.
  • Help mothers select their dresses.
  • Check that all bridal attire has been ordered.
  • Shop for your trousseau.
  • Choose a baker for the wedding cake and groom's cake.
  • Meet with Coordinator or DJ/Master of Ceremony.

2-3 Months Before the Wedding

  • Start addressing the wedding invitations.
  • Shop for such wedding accessories as toasting goblets, ring pillow and a garter.
  • Confirm all ceremony and reception reservations.
  • Arrange for the wedding rehearsal.
  • Ask friends to help at the reception with the guest book or gifts.
  • Confirm honeymoon plans; get passport or visa if needed.
  • Confirm flower orders with florist.

One Month Before the Wedding

  • Mail the invitations.
  • Have the final fitting on your wedding attire.
  • Have your portrait taken; send announcement to the newspaper.
  • Choose gifts for attendants.
  • Arrange lodging for out-of-town guests.
  • Purchase wedding album, guest book.
  • Select the groom's wedding gift.
  • Apply for marriage license with fiance and witness.
  • Meet with Coordinator or DJ/Master of Ceremony.

The Week of Your Wedding

  • Give the final estimate of guests to the caterer.
  • Check all final details: Baker, florist, photographer.
  • Have your bridesmaids' luncheon; present bridesmaids' gifts.
  • Pack for your honeymoon.
  • Provide maps for out-of-town guests.
  • Finale meeting with Coordinator or DJ to cover all the remaining details. Everything should be done at this point.

The Day of the Wedding

  • Have your hairdresser style your hair.
  • Begin dressing one and one-half hours before the ceremony.
  • Parents of the groom should be seated five minutes before the ceremony.
  • The bride's mother should be seated immediately before the processional and before the aisle runner is rolled.
  • Relax . . . and enjoy your special day.

After the Honeymoon

  • Finish thank you notes.
  • If you are taking your husband's name, change driver's license, social security card, bank accounts and credit cards.
  • Make an appointment with your Dillard's bridal consultant to make any needed exchanges.