9-11 Months

Completed Task  Interview caterers. Look online for wedding caterers in your area and ask recently married friends for recommendations.
Completed Task  Look for a ceremony officiant in your area (if you don’t already have one in mind) and/or a premarital counselor who suits your style and spirit. Interview prospective officiants and start pre-wedding counseling if it’s right for you.
Completed Task  Book your reception site as soon as you see something you love that’s available on your date. Before you sign the reception contract, make sure it includes everything you discussed.
Completed Task  Find a ceremony site (if one hasn’t already been determined by your choice of officiant or reception site).
Completed Task  Choose your bridal party. Pick your bridesmaids, decide on your groomsmen, and your flower girl and ring bearer. Also consider giving a part to those very important friends and family outside of the bridal party (ceremony readers, guest book attendants, candle lighters).
Completed Task  Start shopping for wedding dresses. Begin by looking at pictures of wedding dresses online and in magazines.
Completed Task  Settle on wedding colors (if you haven’t already), taking into account the existing decor of your ceremony and reception spaces.
Completed Task  Plan your reception menu – decide on a caterer and get rough estimates.
Completed Task  Finalize your wedding guest list.
  Make a list of family wedding customs or cultural traditions you might want to incorporate into your ceremony or reception.
Completed Task  Sign the catering contract and send in a deposit.
Completed Task  Look for reception bands or DJs in your area. When you find someone you like, call them up to meet with them and ask to hear a sample of their work.
Completed Task  Set up appointments with wedding florists in the area to discuss options.
Completed Task Start your registry at one or more of your favorite stores. Even if you start with just a few pieces, you can always add more items later.
Completed Task Figure out invitations. Look at invite photos and decide who will make your wedding invitations. Coordinate all your wedding stationery from the save-the-dates to your invitations and place cards.
Completed Task Plan out the ceremony with your officiant and talk about any religious requirements (such as premarital counseling).

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