6-8 Months

Completed Task Buy your dress — narrow down your options and make a final decision.
 Have engagement photos taken (if you want). This is a great opportunity to get comfortable with your photographer before the wedding day.
Completed Task  Hire your photographer and videographer. Decide on the packages you want, sign the photography contract, and send in your deposits.
Completed Task  Decide on a florist and send a deposit to reserve their services.
Completed Task  Book your honeymoon especially if you plan to use frequent-flyer miles to travel to your honeymoon destination.
Completed Task Book your reception band or DJ, sign the reception music contract, and send a deposit.
Completed Task Search for local cake bakers to make your wedding cake. Your caterer is a great source for leads.
Completed Task Find ceremony musicians in your area and listen to demos. Also start forming an idea of what style of ceremony music you want, and any specific songs you’re looking for.
Completed Task Finalize bridesmaid dress picks. Narrow down the options and let your bridesmaids know which one you’ve chosen so that they can schedule their fittings.
Completed Task Prep for out-of-town guests and set aside a block of rooms at nearby hotels.
Completed Task Fill out your registry, and don’t forget to include some choices appropriate for your upcoming bridal shower.
Completed Task Order save-the-dates and send them out to all your guests (if you haven’t already).
Completed Task Book your cake baker, choose a wedding cake design you love, and send a deposit once you’ve signed the wedding cake contract.
Completed Task  Make sure out-of-town bridesmaids have ordered their dresses and/or that you have collected the necessary measurements from them. Then ask everyone to order their dresses and confirm with you when they do.
Completed Task Finalize the ceremony music contract with your musicians and pay your deposit.
Completed Task Plan the rehearsal dinner. Look for rehearsal dinner sites in your area and provide the host with contact information for your attendants and any other guests.
Completed Task Work on invitation wording and figure out the design you want.
Completed Task Finalize your invitation wording.
Completed Task Finalize the menu and service details with the caterer.
Completed Task Research wedding insurance (if necessary) and purchase it at this time.
Completed Task  Order your wedding invitations and wedding announcements (don’t forget plenty of extra envelopes).
Completed Task Browse centerpiece photos and figure out what flowers you like and which ones will be in season on your wedding day.