Printable wedding checklists are available from Martha Stewart, Marry This and Forever Bridal. These present recommended timelines for a number of wedding-related activities, such as creating a guest list, buying rings and getting the marriage license.
The checklists identify possible tasks that are often ? but not always ? involved in weddings, so couples are able to choose what they want to include. Lists help the couple remember the many details involved in wedding; this prevents panicking.
Timelines vary among wedding checklists, so couples need to select one that best fits their needs. For example, Marry This and Forever Bridal suggest that the date of the ceremony should be selected at least a year before the wedding. However, Martha Stewart's list offers more flexibility by advising a minimum of six months. Another example of differing viewpoints involves the wedding dress. All checklists propose ordering the gown as soon as possible, but the final fittings vary from two months to two weeks before the date.
There is some consistency among these checklists. For instance, within three to six months of the date, the couple should plan their honeymoon. In addition, all three resources counsel that the final count for the reception should be given to the caterer two weeks before the reception.