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Groom Wedding Checklist

Grooms Checklist

 Groom's Checklist        Preparing your big day can be a stressful task. Use this checklist to help you with your organization and planning.

At Least One Year in Advance

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


Ten to Twelve Months in Advance

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


Six to Ten Months in Advance

  • First meeting with minister/officiant
  • Begin writing vows
  • Choose your best man and ushers and ask if they'll accept the position
  • Pick out tuxes for groom and groomsmen/ushers/fathers from national tuxedo rentals
  • 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


Four to Six Months in Advance

  • Hire limo driver or make other arrangements for transportation after reception
  • Pick out/order wedding bands
  • Decide if groom's cake is desired; if so, choose flavor and style and inform baker
  • Make 2nd draft of invite list
  • Get measurements from groom/ushers/fathers/groomsmen for tuxedos


Three to Four Months in Advance

  • Decide on living arrangement once married
  • Two to Four Months in Advance
  • Determine wedding band inscriptions
  • 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, fiance, 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 fiance 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


Two Months in Advance

  • 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


One Month

  • 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 fiance for will and life insurance policy
  • Inform car/home/renter's insurance of marriage (discounted rates may apply)


Two Weeks in Advance

  • 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 church, etc.)
  • Hair appointment
  • Move belongings to new home
  • Receive tuxedos from nationaltuxedorentals.com and try them on.


One week in Advance

  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Get traveler's checks for honeymoon; exchange money to foreign currency now if desired
  • Remind attendants about rehearsal time
  • Give best man clergyman's fee (if to be payed day of ceremony, otherwise pay this week)
  • Ensure delivery of flower arrangements for wedding rehearsal dinner have been made


Day Before Wedding

  • Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner


Morning of Wedding

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

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