The Wedding Timeline Every Groom Needs

Whether you're a super-involved, decision-making kind of guy, or a just-tell-me-when-to-show-up groom, there are a variety of tasks you'll need to handle before your wedding day. Below is a rough wedding timeline for grooms. Share with your groom so they can reference and adjust to their needs.  

9-12 months out

- Decide roughly when you'd like to get married (choose the month)
- Plan your wedding guest list 
- Host an engagement party
Discuss the wedding budget with your spouse-to-be and with your parents 
- Choose your best man and groomsmen
- Book a venue

6-9 months out

- Register for wedding gifts
- Start planning your honeymoon
- Set up hotel room blocks for your guests.
- Choose your wedding date and end out save-the-dates
- At this point, the more planning-oriented partner will be choosing stationery, tasting cakes and food, meeting with florists, bands, DJs, photographers, etc. We recommend taking the lead on some of those, attending all meetings, and voicing your opinion throughout the planning process!

3-5 months out

- Choose attire for your best man and groomsmen 
- Purchase your wedding attire
- Find and purchase the wedding rings
- Plan the rehearsal dinner
- Meet with officiants and choose someone you and your partner connect with

2-3 months out

- Buy gifts for your groomsmen
- Make sure your groomsmen have their formalwear (and it fits)
- Get alterations done on your formalwear

3-4 weeks out

- Book wedding-day transportation
- Get your marriage license
- Have a bachelor party 
- Go in for a final tux/suit fitting
- Prepare speeches for the rehearsal dinner and wedding
- Write and practice your vows
- Track down MIA guests
- Assemble wedding favors
- Give your song list (processional, recessional, first dance, etc.) to the band/DJ
Photo by John Arano on Unsplash
Photo by John Arano on Unsplash

One week out

- Get your hair cut
- Pick up your formal wear; ensure you have all the pieces and everything fits as it should
- Groom your nails
- Confirm day-of plans with all vendors and make any final payments
- Figure out tips for vendors and determine who will distribute on the wedding day

1-2 days out

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Photo by David Lezcano on Unsplash
- Confirm the day of transportation
- Drop decor off at the venue(s)
- Practice your vows
- Pack for your honeymoon
- Pack everything you'll need for the big day if you're staying at a hotel the night before your wedding (Don't forget the wedding rings!)

The night before

- Attend rehearsal dinner
- Give thank-you gifts to your groomsmen
- Give the marriage license to your officiant
- Get some sleep!

The big day

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Photo by Supply on Unsplash
- Shower
- Shave; consider getting a straight-razor shave with your groomsmen
- Eat breakfast
- Dress and enjoy some quality time with your groomsmen
- Consider asking your mom or dad to help with your tie and boutonniere
- Give the rings to your best man
- Get married! Congratulations and good luck!