Wedding Checklist

To Begin Planning

Visit: NotreDameWeddings.com // Email: wedding@nd.edu // Call: 574.631.2220

When You Get Engaged

  • ™ Call the Basilica on "Wedding Day" (1st Monday in March)
  • ™ Visit: NotreDameWeddings.com to choose a reception site

10–12 Months Before the Wedding

  • ™ Announce your engagement
  • ™ Arrange for both families to meet
  • ™ Have an engagement party (optional)
  • ™ Set the wedding style and size of the wedding
  • ™ Set your wedding budget/decide who will be paying for different parts of the wedding
  • ™ Start creating your guest list
  • ™ Choose your wedding party
  • ™ Meet with Your Notre Dame Wedding event planner
  • ™ Meet with and audition DJs or bands
  • ™ Meet with photographers/videographers
  • ™ Start investigating family wedding customs and traditions
  • ™ Order save the date cards
  • ™ Book an engagement photo session

7–9 Months Before the Wedding 

  • Bride: shop for and order your wedding dress 
  • Bride: shop for and order/purchase veil, jewelry and shoes 
  • Bride: shop for and order bridesmaids dresses 
  • Meet with Your Notre Dame Wedding event planner to discuss menu and details of reception 
  • Book DJ or band (be sure to sign a contract) 
  • Book photographer (be sure to sign a contract) 
  • Book videographer (if you’re having one) 
  • Start planning your honeymoon 
  • Finalize the guest list 
  • Meet with Your Notre Dame Wedding event planner to go over wedding cake ideas and sample ND’s Own wedding cakes 
  • Start looking at wedding invitations 
  • Start thinking about the actual wording of the wedding invitations 
  • Start planning the rehearsal dinner 
  • Make a list of songs for the DJ/Band—and list of songs not to play 

4–6 Months Before the Wedding 

  • Set up tasting with Your Notre Dame Wedding event planner to taste the wedding reception menu 
  • Join a bridal registry 
  • Order your wedding invitations and book calligrapher 
  • Book a block of hotel rooms at the Morris Inn for out-of-town guests 
  • Finalize dinner menu with Your Notre Dame Wedding event planner 
  • Choose design of ND’s Own Wedding Cake 
  • Bride: select flower girl’s dress and share details with the parents 
  • Purchase wedding guest book 
  • Book the limo or other wedding day transportation 
  • Book the rehearsal dinner location with your Notre Dame Wedding event planner 
  • Groom: start looking at tuxedos/other formal wear 
  • Run engagement announcement in local newspapers 
  • Choose friends to give readings and participate in wedding ceremony 
  • Book honeymoon 
  • Book a hotel room at the Morris Inn for the wedding night 
  • Bride: buy bridal lingerie in time for first dress fitting

2–3 Months Before the Wedding 

  • Order gift baskets for your out of town guests from Your Notre Dame Wedding event planner 
  • Give the photographer a list of important shots 
  • Purchase your wedding rings 
  • Purchase attendants gifts at Notre Dame’s bookstore 
  • Purchase the groom’s gift or the bride’s gift 
  • Groom: finalize tuxedo arrangements 
  • Bride: schedule your dress fittings 
  • Bride: book your hair and makeup appointments 
  • Bride: if you’re changing your name complete the proper documents 
  • Address and send out wedding invitations 
  • Remember to order favors from Notre Dame’s bookstore 
  • Groom: purchase your shoes, cuff links, handkerchiefs, etc. 
  • Finalize transportation 
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans with Your Notre Dame Wedding event planner 

1 Month Before the Wedding 

  • Get your marriage license 
  • Bride: have your final dress fitting 
  • Finalize and print wedding program 
  • Finalize song list with DJ or band 
  • Buy a guest book and pen 
  • Write speeches for rehearsal and wedding dinners 
  • Bride: enjoy your bridal shower 
  • Bride: send out thank you cards for bridal shower gifts 
  • Send rehearsal dinner invitations 
  • Bride: do trial-runs of your hair and makeup 
  • Start working on the seating plan 
  • Confirm honeymoon details and reservations

1–2 Weeks Before the Wedding 

  • Finalize seating plan and write place cards 
  • Create a seating chart to hang in the reception site 
  • Bride: pick up your wedding dress 
  • Pick up wedding rings 
  • Bride: pick up “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” 
  • Bride: purchase a garter 
  • Plan your wedding day itinerary 
  • Have the bachelor/bachelorette parties 
  • Confirm head count with Your Notre Dame Wedding event planner 
  • Pack for honeymoon 
  • Confirm details with vendors 
  • Create “Wedding Box” with accessories- guest book, place cards, toasting flutes, cake cutting set, cake topper, etc. 
  • Meet with Your Notre Dame Wedding event planner to pass off the “Wedding Box” and go over final layout and details 

Day Before the Wedding 

  • Bride: get manicure and pedicure 
  • Give your wedding party their gifts 
  • Groom: pick up your tuxedo 
  • Decorate the reception location 
  • Rehearse the ceremony with the officiate and wedding party 
  • Enjoy the rehearsal dinner 
  • Get a good night’s sleep! 

Day of the Wedding 

  • Bride or Groom: take a relaxing bath or shower and enjoy the moment of solitude 
  • Have breakfast; you’ll need your energy 
  • Give your partner their wedding gift 
  • Get dressed 
  • Relax and enjoy the day!

After the Wedding 

  • Wedding dress to be cleaned and preserved 
  • Preserve wedding bouquet 
  • Write and mail thank you cards 
  • Check into bridal registry completion 
  • Meet with photographer/videographer to finalize albums/videos 
  • Complete your name-changing kit