bride dressSix to Eight Weeks Before

❑ Start alterations on your wedding gown. ABW Tips: If you need an alterations professional, ABW highly recommends Rodica Lazarian: 480 E Paces Ferry Road NE #9, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-240- 0109. For your first fitting, you will need to bring the shoes you will wear on your wedding day, as well as your undergarments. If you are having trouble finding the right undergarments, visit Intimacy at Phipps Plaza (

❑ Select gifts for your attendants.

❑ Finalize room diagram and seating plan for reception with planner and venue/catering staff. If you are having assigned seating, discuss escort cards with your stationer.

❑ Make sure all bridesmaids’ and mothers’ attire has been fitted.

Four to Six Weeks Before

❑ Contact the county clerk’s office in the county you will be married in to get your marriage license.

❑ Schedule a final fitting for your gown. Determine who will pick up your gown and when it will be picked up. ABW Tip: Have your gown pressed after the final alterations (Inquire about pressing with your bridal salon or alterations professional).

❑ If you plan to give a toast the night of your rehearsal dinner or wedding, write out those toasts and/ or practice them. If you would like anyone else to give a toast (father of the bride, father of the groom, best man, maid of honor, etc.), let them know so that they can be prepared. Let your coordinator and DJ/musician know who will be giving toasts.

❑ Mail invitations and announcements.

❑ Have a plan to have all of your luggage for your honeymoon in your suite the morning of the wedding. If you need to have transportation from your hotel to the airport, be sure you have a car parked at the hotel or have arranged for transportation through your hotel.

Two Weeks Before

❑ Determine who will be responsible for wedding gifts after the wedding. Let them know they are responsible. Give that person’s name to your coordinator.

❑ Call any guests you have not received an RSVP from that you thought would be in attendance to confirm numbers.

❑ Finalize seating arrangements and complete escort cards, if applicable.

❑ Get your marriage license if you have not already done so. Have it ready to give to the officiant or coordinator at the rehearsal.