NY/NJ Wedding, Corporate, Social Venues
Keep your sanity intact by reviewing our Countdown Checklist.
There’s a lot to do but this list will help you focus and remember the details.
12 months before:
Announce your engagement
Arrange for your two sets of parents to get together if they
haven’t already met
Decide on a date
Choose the kind of wedding you want – evening wedding with sit-down dinner, afternoon wedding with buffet, garden wedding, etc.
Go over the budget (include both sets of parents if they’ll be
paying for any portion of the event,
Pick the ceremony site and visit the officiant.
Work on guest lists to get a rough guest count.
Visit reception sites and reserve one.
6-9 months before:
Interview wedding planners if you’ll be using one.
Choose your wedding party.
Choose a caterer.
Enroll in bridal gift registry.
Shop for gown.
Shop for bridal attendants’ dresses.
Choose a photographer and, if desired, a videographer.
Hire a florist.
Book musicians and/or DJ.
Choose a limousine.
4-6 months before:
Order wedding invitations, envelopes, thank-you cards and any other wedding stationery you might want.
Order wedding gown.
Order tuxedos for groom and groomsmen.
Shop for cake.
Scout accommodations for out-of-towners so you can send
guests a list of nearby hotels in various price ranges. (Most
hotels offer lower rates if you tell them a group is coming.)
Meet with caterer or banquet manager to discuss menus,
service, style, wine lists, etc.
Complete guest list. Assume 20 percent of the invitees
probably won’t come.
Arrange rehearsal dinner.
2-5 months before:
Call county clerk’s office to find out about requirements for
Get blood test, if needed for license in your state.
Make honeymoon reservations. Compile all the necessary
travel documents (passport, visas, etc.).
Pick ceremony music. (Check with your ceremony site about any restrictions.)