Settling the details of your wedding in a timely manner can be the difference between enjoying a perfect day and stressing over a half-cocked occasion. To help take the stress out of your wedding planning, New York Bride of Syracuse presents this wedding planning checklist. Note that the first arrangements should be made as much as a year ahead of time.

Ten-Twelve Months Before the Wedding

  • Determine the budget

  • Select the wedding colors

  • Choose your wedding day and time

  • Select and reserve the ceremony and reception venues

  • Select the bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers

  • Book the minister/rabbi/officiant

  • Begin the guest list

  • Consider vendors, including a photographer, caterer, musician/band/DJ, florist, etc. Begin tasting with caterers

Eight-Ten Months Before the Wedding

  • Choose vendors and sign contracts

  • Consider wedding insurance

  • Check out bakeries for cake ideas and tastings

  • Begin the search for your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses

  • Plan the honeymoon

  • Reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests

  • Register at your chosen store

Four-Six Months Before the Wedding

  • Meet with your officiant

  • Shop for bridesmaids dresses

  • Start the honeymoon planning

  • Choose and buy the wedding invitations

  • Mail save-the-date cards

  • Write out the schedule of events for the wedding day

  • Arrange transportation

  • Reserve necessary items for the ceremony and reception

Five-Four Months Before the Wedding

  • Reserve your rehearsal venues

  • Choose and order the wedding cake

  • Go to the stationer to see a sample of the wedding invitations

  • Arrange for makeup and hair artists

  • Buy the shoes for the wedding gown and arrange the first dress fitting

  • Select the music

Three Months Before the Wedding

  • Ask those you’d like to make a toast on your wedding day to prepare their comments

  • Order favors

  • Finalize the wedding menu and flowers

  • Finalize the readings

  • Finalize the order of the ceremony and reception

  • Contact the vendors with the schedule of events

  • Purchase the rings

Two Months Before the Wedding

  • Have the bachelorette party

  • Submit the wedding announcement to the local paper

  • Send out the wedding invitations

  • Review the music selection with the musician/band/DJ

  • Meet with the wedding photographer

One Month Before the Wedding

  • Enter the RSVPs into your guest list database

  • Prepare checks for vendors

  • Pick up the wedding gown

  • Send a timeline of the wedding events to all of the wedding party

  • Re-confirm arrival times with the vendors

Week of the Wedding

  • Have your hair cut and colored

  • Buy bridesmaids gifts

  • Confirm appointments for your makeup and hair

  • Purchase drinks for the reception

  • Pack for your honeymoon

Day of Your Wedding

  • Take a deep, cleansing breath, relax and savor every moment

There is no better place in the Syracuse metropolitan area to shop for wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses than New York Bride & Groom. We offer over 15,000 square feet of modern luxury, more than 20 dressing rooms and a full staff every day, Also, don’t forget that you never need an appointment to shop with us, so come by when it’s convenient for you.