Las Vegas weddings start here with this handy check list you can print out and carry with you while you shop for your wedding. Make sure you plan to attend the next Bridal Spectacular for a kick start to finding all the wedding services you will need.
One Year Before:
Announce your engagement
Have Engagement Photos Taken
Order your wedding rings
Meet with both sets of parents (if they are paying) to discuss type of wedding
Plan your wedding budget together
Attend a quality bridal show – ask your friends which one they recommend
Choose your wedding and reception site
10 Months Out
Consider hiring a wedding consultant and meet to get started with them early
Start Pinterest boards for all your wedding ideas and color schemes. Or go old school and tear out magazine photos!
If you are having a church wedding, meet with your clergy
Choose your attendants
Shop for the brides’ dress and order it early!
Shop for bridesmaid dresses. Order them as soon as possible, no later than 4 months prior to the wedding.
Start your wedding web site
8 Months Out
Consult a travel agent about honeymoon plans
Secure passports and visas if traveling outside the US
Register at a Bridal Gift Registry
Begin Your Guest List
Select and book your photographer
Select and book your videographer
Select and book your entertainment
If planning to do a Save The Date video – start on the concept
Six Months Before:
Complete your guest list
Order Invitations & Save The Date Cards
Mail Save The Date cards to out of town guests
Address invitations as soon as they arrive or hire a calligrapher and do it with style!
Start dance lessons so you can work on a special first dance
Confirm your wedding gown order
Have your wedding rings been ordered?
4 Months out
Order Groom’s, groomsmen and dad’s tuxedos
If you have not already done so, order your bridesmaid dresses now.
Book your caterer
Shop for your wedding cake
Choose your florist
Pick out and order your Ice Carvings
If you are having a catered home event, arrange for your rentals of tables, chairs, china etc.
Plan ceremony & reception details with musicians and/or other entertainment
Arrange for wedding transportation
Complete your honeymoon plans
2 Months Before
Arrange for hotels for out-of-town guests
Is your wedding website up to date with travel and hotel information?
Buy wedding gifts for each other
Mail wedding invitations
Plan rehearsal & rehearsal dinner
Pick up wedding rings
Have final fitting of gown & bridesmaid dresses
Send thank you notes for early gifts
If you are planning to have a hair and make up consultant come to you on your wedding day, book them early and arrange a trial run
6 Weeks Out
Print your Programs
Write your wedding vows to each other.
Buy gifts for your bridal party
Last Two Weeks:
Pick up your marriage license
Send announcement to newspaper
Do a trial run on your hair style. Have your hair done by a hairstylist like you plan to wear it on your wedding day. Bring your veil with you.
Meet with a make up consultant for beauty tips
Check on your honeymoon reservations
Buy traveler’s checks
Address wedding announcements, have some one mail them for you on your Wedding day
Confirm final details with florist, entertainment, rental services, caterers, photographers, reception site etc
Pay all balances due at this time
1 Week Before
If you are not using a wedding consultant for day of, assign someone you trust to be in charge of receiving all incoming deliveries and paying the vendors
If you are doing any DIY decor make sure you have plenty of help at least 4 hours before the wedding to complete the work, you and your wedding party will be busy getting ready.
Confirm rehearsal and rehearsal dinner arrangements
Arrange for all beauty treatments, manicures etc for the day before the wedding
The Last 48 Hours!
Pick up the tuxedos from the tux shop
Rehearsal dinner – give attendants their gifts
Person in charge should be ready to receive flowers for ceremony
Time to start relaxing. Try to stay calm, all your careful planning will pay off!
Congratulations…you made it! Remember, even if something goes wrong, hang on to the good memories and know, at the end of the day….You are married!