Wedding Planning Checklist

12+ Months

  • Choose a date (or 3 so you can be flexible)
  • Talk budget and decide who is contributing what
  • Discover your wedding style
  • Choose your wedding party
    • Maid of Honor
    • Bridesmaids
    • Best Man
    • Groomsmen
    • Flower Girl
    • Ring Bearer
  • Create a wedding website
  • Get your engagement ring insured and consider purchasing wedding insurance
  • Explore ceremony and reception venue options
  • Start assembling your team of wedding pros
    • Planner
    • Photographer
    • Videographer
    • Caterer
    • Florist
    • Musician/DJ
  • Begin compiling a guest list
  • Browse wedding dress and veil styles
  • Create wedding and style boards on Pinterest
  • Get engagement photos taken
  • Order a save the date sample
  • Order your save the dates

 

10-11 Months

  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories
  • Reserve ceremony and reception venues
  • Book officiant
  • Lock in and hire wedding pros
    • Planner
    • Photographer
    • Videographer
    • Caterer
    • Florist
    • Musician/DJ
  • Mail your save the dates
  • Purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments
  • Establish a fitness routine
  • Establish a skin care/beauty routine

 

8-9 Months

  • Find 3 hotels (at different price points) for out of town guests
  • Refine guest list
  • Create gift registries at 3 national retailers
  • Browse wedding invitation designs and coordinating stationary
  • Begin planning honeymoon

 

6-7 Months

  • Explore wedding day hair and makeup styles
  • Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony
  • Reserve rentals
    • Chairs
    • Linens
    • Lighting
    • Decor
  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings
  • Decide on groomsmen attire
  • Personalize and order wedding invitation sample
  • Hire ceremony musicians
  • Book transportation to and from venues
  • Purchase wedding bands
  • Order wedding invitation suite
  • Order thank you cards (for gifts that arrive early!)

 

4-5 Months

  • Choose flowers for the wedding party, attendants, venue, cake, etc.
  • Schedule dress fittings
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels
  • Book room for wedding night
  • Order wedding cake
  • Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
  • Prepare a play or do not play list for your DJ
  • Finalize wedding guest list
  • Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list
  • Book rehearsal dinner guest list
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue
  • Order rehearsal dinner invitations

 

3 Months

  • Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order
  • Plan ceremony and reception seating
  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist
  • Finalize readers and readings
  • Purchase the extras
    • Toasting flutes
    • Serving pieces
    • Guestbook
    • Flower basket
    • Ring bearer pillow or sign
  • Finalize reception menu
  • Order menu cards
  • Order wedding favors

 

2 Months

  • Mail wedding invitations
  • Develop system for organizing RSVPs
  • Begin writing vows
  • Review ceremony details with officiant
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Finalize playlists with musicians
  • Finalize fittings for wedding party and parents
  • Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant and wedding party
  • Write out honeymoon itinerary for family at home
  • Decide on your "Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue"
  • Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party
  • Book wedding day transportation
  • Purchase gifts for attendants

 

1 Months

  • Call vendors to confirm date, times and location
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Pick up marriage license
  • Final dress fitting
  • Write thank you cards as gifts are received

 

2 Weeks

  • Follow up with guests who have not RSVP'd
  • Give final count to caterer
  • Update registries
  • Begin breaking in wedding shoes
  • Make arrangements for the caring of pets and plants while on honeymoon
  • Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians
  • Get final haircut and color
  • Delegate wedding day duties
    • Gift Table
    • Guestbook
  • Delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals and tend to wedding dress
  • Send directions to wedding day lime/transportation driver

 

1 Week

  • Prepare final payments to vendors, plus cash tips for service personnel
  • Give readers their scripts
  • Give photographer and videographer your image and video requests
  • Lay out wedding clothes
  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit
  • Get spa treatments for you and the bridal party

 

The Day Before

  • Deliver welcome baskets
  • Get mani/pedi/massage
  • Attend wedding rehearsal
  • Go to bed at a decent hour!

 

Wedding Day

  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready
  • Give rings and officiant fee to best man
  • Enjoy your day!

 

After the Wedding

  • Ensure tuxes and rentals have been returner
  • Get wedding Dress to preservationist or cleaners
  • Order thank you cards and mail them out!