6 months - 12 months before the wedding
Inform parents of bride's and groom's about the upcoming wedding.
Formally introduce parents from two families to meet and discuss the upcoming marriage and wedding. The
parents will decide which family pays for what part of the wedding.
Select a wedding date and decide the wedding style.
Refer to etiquette page for wedding date selection. Decide either to have a simple wedding, Chinese
wedding or western wedding.
Decide on a wedding budget.
Check on your financial status and possible contribution from both families. Use the Budgeter on our site
to easily create a budget for you.
Decide the banquet style, venue and time, then book the venue.
It's important to decide arrange the banquet long before the wedding to avoid last-minute rush. Venue
with great location and food runs out fast in peak wedding season. Find a venue now!
Make fitness and facial plan.
Start contacting stylist to make a practical plan to keep fit in the next six to twelve months in order to
display that glowing charm of the newlyweds. Find a stylist.
Start looking for new home.
Either buy or rent a new home , you need to start early. Find a Real Estate Agent.
4 to 5 Months before the wedding
Contact wedding host for your reception.
A wedding host is either a professional wedding coordinator hired from the agency, or a respectable
elder relative from either family. This wedding host is responsible for the smooth procession of the wedding.
If you decide to have a wedding at the church, contact the pastor and ask for the rules of church wedding, such
as documents, decoration and photography.
Book the reception site if you want a church wedding.
Draft guest list along with both parents... Guest List Manager.
Start selecting invitation.
Draft invitation literature, decide on design and price. You may print the directions to your wedding
reception site. Note: you need to proofread the content before having the shop print all copies... Invitations.
Invite bridesmaids and groomsmen as well as party attendants.
Decide on wedding dress.
Bride should decide weather you want the wedding gown tailor-made or rented; collect fashion and style
information; order or rent Chinese traditional wedding gown, night gown, matching jewelries, headpiece, etc.
Groom should order or rent tuxedo or suit.
Select dresses and suit for bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Choose a theme color of your wedding and then select dresses and design accordingly. Usually you can take
into account the color of your reception site
Take bridal photo...Photography & Videography.
Design on interior design of your new home, make a list of furnitures and accessories...Furniture & Interior
Select a wedding registry, choose wedding gift you want and inform relatives and friends, if such service is
Make honeymoon travel plan.
Decide on travel budget, destination and itinerary; do research on local weather, language and currency; check
passport expiration date; apply for visa...Travel Agencies.
Pre-wedding medical check-up.
2 to 3 Months before the Wedding
Decide on music and band.
For church wedding, consult with the pastor on chore, music and speech. For Chinese wedding, contact
respectable elder relatives to deliver greeting speech at the reception.
Book photographer and videographer.
Make sure the duration of the service and amount of photo to be taken. Picture session
usually covers the bride's first emergence from her home till the end of the banquet.
If serving banquet food decide on menu, order wine or liquor.
Book flowers for bridal bouquet, suit-front, church wrath and the car...Florist.
Book wedding cake from the bakery...Bakery.
Intensive fitness care, including body fitness, facial and hair care. Decide on stylist
for wedding day make-up and hair-do... Beauty Salon.
Purchase travel accessories for honeymoon trip.
1 Month before the Wedding
Proposal & Betrothal Meeting.
Decide on final list of guests and party attendants.
Decide on ritual formalities to be performed at the wedding.
Decide on rehearsal time and location. Chinese wedding usually skips rehearsal.
Decide on the seating arrangement for the wedding banquet or reception venue.
Try out wedding gowns, make necessary alteration.
Book matching shoes for the gowns; try on jewelries, head piece, red veil and other
ornaments; buy underwear and gloves.
Purchase gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen and party attendants.
Contact travel agent, book tickets and hotel for honeymoon.
2 Weeks Before the Wedding
Confirm with the pastor on the delivery of wedding documents.
Invite bridesmaids, groomsmen and party attendants to dinner.
Confirm menu and the number of tables.
Purchase Guest Book.
Try on wedding hair-do, make-up and wedding gowns.
Take out-door wedding photos.
Pack accessories for moving to the new home.
1 Week Before the Wedding
Church rehearsal, inform essential attendees.
Decide on one friend who will take care of the bride's personal belongings on the wedding day.
Bride and Groom invite bridal party for lunch or dinner. Don't wait till the night before
the wedding day to avoid exhaustion.
2 Days Before the Wedding
Explain wedding details to parents and party attendants, confirm everybody's duty at the wedding.
Decorate the church or reception site, and banquet site.
Shave, manicure, and facial.
Prepare enough cash for church, reception venue, open-door restaurant, tips.
Prepare iron board, iron, mirror, needle and thread for emergency.
Remind the guests and party attendants by phone
Pick up air-tickets, packing for honeymoon trip.
1 Day Before the Wedding
Bride's hair-dressing ritual performed by "good luck woman" or elder female relative.
Send out wedding procession list and seating arrangement form.
Pack accessories for the wedding.
Confirm with stylist and hair dresser and photographer for time of arrival.
Take a hot bath or apply aroma therapy...Beauty Salon.
Go to sleep early.