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ChicagoStyle Weddings Blog: February 8, 2013
From Our Print Issue
12-Month Planning Countdown

Everything you need to accomplish from 12 months to 6 months out from your wedding day; plus a checklist to get it all done.

  • ___ Choose the date and time for wedding and rehearsal.
  • ___ Purchase ChicagoStyle Weddings and register on
  • ___ Create a wedding e-mail account.
  • ___ Decide on the style—whether a formal event with a sit-down dinner, for example, or an afternoon in the garden.
  • ___ Choose color schemes.
  • ___ Review your budget. Ask both sets of parents for advice if they’re paying for any or all of the occasion.
  • ___ Select wedding and reception sites.
  • ___ Make appointment with the officiant to learn about premarital requirements.
  • ___ Plan the guest list to get a rough count.
  • ___ Choose bridesmaids/groomsmen and ushers.
  • ___ Research honeymoon spots.
  • ___ Interview wedding planners (if you are using one).
  • ___ Shop for gown and headpiece.
  • ___ Book the musicians for ceremony and reception.
  • ___ Interview photographers, videographers, caterers, and florists.
  • ___ Mail save-the-date cards.

  • ___ Announce engagement in newspaper.
  • ___ Select dress for bridal attendants.
  • ___ Start shopping for men’s wedding attire.
  • ___ Decide on the caterer, photographer, and videographer.
  • ___ Book a florist and choose arrangements.
  • ___ Register for gifts at bridal registries of choice.
  • ___ Select transportation for ceremony and reception.

  • ___ Order dress and accessories—including veil, gloves, and shoes—and schedule delivery date.
  • ___ Help mothers select and coordinate their dresses.
  • ___ Reserve any rental equipment such as tables, chairs, and tent (if marrying at home or in an unfurnished space).
  • ___ Choose baker, and order your wedding cake and groom’s cake.
  • ___ Shop for your trousseau.
  • ___ Decide on dance lessons and plan your first dance together.
  • ___ Select your wedding stationery, envelopes, and thank-you cards.
  • ___ Scout around for accommodations for out-of-town guests.
  • ___ Plan the rehearsal dinner.
  • ___ Research marriage license requirements at
  • ___ Choose favors.
  • ___ Confirm honeymoon plans and compile necessary documents, e.g., passports, visas, etc.
  • ___ Finalize guest list.

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