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My Comprehensive Groom’s Checklist

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Even the most organized groom can use a bit of help preparing for the wedding. With so many new things to take care of, a comprehensive groom’s checklist is definitely in order. Follow this groom’s checklist month by month and you’ll follow a smooth path down the aisle.

At Least One Year Before the Wedding

  • Choose the wedding date
  • Decide what type of wedding you desire (small/big, traditional, etc.)
  • Determine what religion the service will be performed in, if any
  • Choose the time of the wedding and reception
  • Choose the location desired for the ceremony
  • Choose the location desired for the reception
  • Set the wedding budget and decide how the wedding will be financed

10-12 Months Before the Wedding

  • Ensure home/renter's insurance covers engagement ring or buy additional jewelry insurance
  • Decide if all/part of the vows will be written by bride/groom
  • Set a honeymoon budget
  • Announce engagement to family and friends
  • Put engagement announcement in the local paper

6-10 Months Before the Wedding

  • First meeting with minister/officiant
  • Begin writing vows
  • Choose your best man and ushers and ask if they will accept the position
  • Pick out tuxes for the groom and groomsmen/ushers/fathers
  • Choose/book desired location for rehearsal dinner
  • Make first draft of invite list
  • Plan honeymoon and book all lodgings/transportation/event tickets
  • Check passports/visas

4-6 Months Before the Wedding

  • Hire limo driver or make other arrangements for transportation after reception
  • Buy necessary wedding attire accessories (shoes, cufflinks, etc.)
  • Pick out and order wedding bands
  • Decide if groom's cake is desired; if so, choose flavor and style and inform baker
  • Make second draft of invite list
  • Get measurements from groom/ushers/fathers/groomsmen for tuxedos

3-4 Months Before the Wedding

  • Decide on living arrangement once married

2-4 Months Before the Wedding

  • Determine wedding band inscriptions if applicable
  • Determine seating arrangement at rehearsal dinner with groom's mother if desired
  • Choose song for mother/groom dance
  • Finalize vows and memorize (if necessary)
  • Buy gifts for groomsmen, parents, fiancee, ushers
  • Finalize guest list
  • Get addresses of all people on invite list
  • Ask mom if she wants rehearsal dinner invitations and/or place cards matching invitations
  • Set date with fiancee to get marriage license (check restrictions on how long it's valid prior to wedding)
  • Get blood tests/physicals for marriage certificate if required
  • Get any immunizations you will need for the honeymoon

2 Months Before the Wedding

  • Schedule hair appointment
  • Book rooms for out-of-town attendants at hotel
  • Choose one person to whom the groomsmen can return their tuxes, and have that person return the tuxes to the rental place if desired
  • Determine who will take the groom's tuxedo back to the rental place
  • Buy honeymoon clothes and going away outfit if necessary
  • Buy/decide on rehearsal/rehearsal dinner outfit
  • Get wedding band inscribed
  • Call to inform all people who need to be at rehearsal
  • Obtain marriage certificate
  • Last meeting with minister/officiant
  • Determine where groom and attendants will get dressed (at hotel or ceremony site?)
  • Buy wrapping paper for attendant, etc. gifts
  • Ensure formal-wear shop has all tuxedo measurements

1 Month Before the Wedding

  • Box and wrap all gifts for bride/groomsmen/ushers/etc.
  • Ensure groom's mom has addressed/mailed rehearsal dinner invitations if his parents are hosting it
  • Order flower arrangements for rehearsal dinner tables if desired
  • Pick up wedding band
  • Ensure home/renter's insurance covers wedding bands or buy additional jewelry insurance
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Open joint checking and savings accounts
  • Change beneficiary to fiancee for will and life insurance policy
  • Inform car/home/renter's insurance of marriage (discounted rates may apply)

2 Weeks Before the Wedding

  • Meet with rehearsal dinner caterers for final details
  • Confirm hotel reservations for wedding night
  • Confirm hotel reservations for attendants
  • Determine personal wedding morning itinerary (time to wake up, time to leave for to the wedding venue, etc.)
  • Hair appointment (to avoid that freshly-cut look in the wedding pictures)
  • Move belongings to new home

1 Week Before the Wedding

  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Get traveler's checks for honeymoon; exchange money to foreign currency now if desired
  • Remind attendants about rehearsal time
  • Give the clergyman's fee to the best man (if it will be paid on the day of the ceremony, otherwise drop it off in advance)
  • Remind fathers/ushers/groomsmen to pick up tuxedos on the day before the wedding
  • Ensure delivery of flower arrangements for wedding rehearsal dinner have been made

1 Day Before the Wedding

  • Pick up tux
  • Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

The Morning of the Wedding

  • Give the groom's wedding band to the Maid of Honor and bride's wedding band to the Best Man prior to ceremony
  • Relax and let it all sink in!!

 

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