Fetzer Center

Wedding planning

You have a lot on your mind. Use the guide below to keep on top of everything.


Twelve months

  • Contact and book a bridal consultant
  • Select and schedule a facility for the ceremony
  • Select a reception facility and book caterer
  • Contact and book a photographer and videographer
  • Select and book a florist and bakery
  • Select and book the musicians for the ceremony & reception
  • Select your wedding party attendants

Nine months

  • Begin your guest list
  • Select hotels and reserve blocks of rooms for your out-of-town guests
  • Visit clergy member or justice of the peace with your fiancé
  • Select and order the dress
  • Register for gifts
  • Consult travel agent about honeymoon

Six months

  • Order the invitations and prepare necessary maps to be enclosed
  • Order attendants’ dresses
  • Finalize honeymoon arrangements
  • Discuss rehearsal dinner with fiancé and families

Three months

  • Finalize your guest list
  • Finalize music with musicians and/or DJ
  • Order place cards, thank you cards, etc.
  • Check state requirements for blood test
  • Make an appointment with your hairdresser
  • Select and reserve tuxedos
  • Send announcement to newspapers
  • Contact caterer to set Menu
  • Order rings

Six to Eight weeks

  • Give estimated number of guests to caterer
  • Place requests with photographer videographer
  • Mail invitations
  • Purchase gifts for your attendants
  • Have final dress and headpiece fitting
  • Have portraits taken
  • Pick up rings
  • 1/3 payment due to caterer

Two weeks

  • Final number of guests to reception manager or caterer
  • Confirm details with musician, photographer, and baker
  • Make arrangements for gifts brought to reception
  • Get marriage license with fiancé
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations