Want the wedding of your dreams? It all starts with planning. Sure, there’s no such thing as a wedding without a hitch. But trust us, if you put in the effort and have a plan, you can have a smooth, hassle-free wedding.
To make things easier, we’ve compiled a simple and comprehensive wedding checklist for you. Print it and use it as a PDF wedding checklist.
Choose a date for your wedding. Pick at least 3 potential wedding dates.
12+ Months Before Wedding Date
____ Discuss the wedding budget, who will pay for what? Use a wedding calculator if needed.
____ Decide on the kind of wedding style you want. List 3 then pick the best for you.
____ Decide and choose the following:
- Maid of Honor
- Best Man
- Flower Girl
- Ring Bearer
____ Create a wedding website.
____ Get the engagement ring insured or think about buying a wedding insurance.
____ List down your top 3 wedding ceremony and reception venue options.
____ Begin checking price details for wedding professionals like the following:
- Wedding Planner
____ Decide how many guests you want. Begin compiling wedding guest list.
____ Start browsing for a wedding dress and veil style you like.
____ Create a wedding mood board to keep all your inspiration in one place.
____ Get engagement photos done.
–––– Start browsing save-the-date styles and designs. For modern users, this can be a Social Media Page you set up to inform potential guests like friends and family.
–––– Once you have a save-the-date design you like, order a custom sample or order a batch to save up on a good deal.
10 to 11 Months Onward…
Whew, you finally got things started! Sometimes, that’s the hardest part. Keep going!
_____ Once you’ve chosen a ceremony and reception venue, reserve them.
_____ Book your wedding officiant.
_____ Hire the photographer, videographer, musician, florist, caterer and wedding planner.
_____ Send out your Save-the-Dates!
_____ Start shopping for a wedding dress, undergarments and veil.
_____ Create a healthy and sustainable fitness routine.
_____ Create and stick to a skin care or beauty routine.
8 to 9 Months Onward…
Getting started on the wedding details.
_____ Pick 3 possible hotels where your out-of-town guests can stay.
_____ Narrow and refine the guest list. This may take some time but should be worth it.
_____ Sign up and create at least 3 wedding registries from national retailers.
_____ Start browsing stunning wedding invitation designs and possible stationary and printing methods. This should include:
- Main Wedding Invitation
- Wedding Programs
- Menu Cards
- Thank You Cards
- Wedding Favors
______ Start planning your honeymoon!
6 to 7 Months Onward…
Halfway through, get ready for more detailed decisions.
_____ Start exploring wedding hairstyle and makeup.
_____ Meet your wedding officiant and start discussing wedding ceremony plans.
_____ Reserve all the necessary rentals: linens, chairs, lighting, decor and more.
_____ Pick your cake style and schedule your cake tastings!
_____ Browse and decide on the groomsmen attire.
_____ Finalize your wedding invitation design and stationery.
_____ Book your wedding musicians.
_____ Book your wedding transportation to and from the wedding venue.
_____ Buy your wedding bands.
_____ Order your Wedding Invitation Suite. Grab promotions whenever possible!
_____ Order Thank You Cards – to be given to gifts that arrive early.
4 to 5 Months Onward…
Time to start hustling. But don’t panic, you still have plenty of time to work things out.
_____ Pick your choice of flowers for the following:
- Wedding Party
_____ Schedule dress fittings: wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen
_____ Book your honeymoon hotels and flights.
_____.Book a room for your wedding night.
_____ Pick and order you wedding cake.
_____ Prepare your music lists for the band or DJ.
_____ Have the final list of wedding guests.
_____ Create a rehearsal dinner guest list.
_____ Book your rehearsal dinner venue.
3 Months Onwards…
____ Finalize and complete your honeymoon details.
____ Create reception and ceremony seating or coordinate with wedding planner.
____ Visit stylist and experiment with your hair and veil style.
____ Buy the following wedding items:
- Serving Pieces
- Flower Baskets
- Ring Bearer Pillow
- Toasting Flutes
____ Create and finalize the reception menu.
____ Order or print your Menu Cards.
____ Order your Wedding Favors.
2 Months Onward…
Whew, almost there, time to get your wedding invite ready!
_____ Mail out your Wedding Invitations!
_____ Create a system for organizing the RSVPs you receive.
_____ Start writing your Wedding Vows.
_____ Talk to officiant and review wedding ceremony details.
_____ Create and finalize content for wedding program.
_____ Apply for marriage license and get 2 or 3 extra certificates just in case.
_____ Create a final seating plan for ceremony and venue.
_____ Prepare or order welcome baskets for guests who will arrive from out-of-town.
_____. Finalize the wedding band’s playlist.
_____ Schedule and finalize fittings for the parents and wedding entourage.
_____ Update wedding vendors, the officiant and those involved with wedding timeline, so they know.
_____ Pick out your “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.”
_____ Book a spa and beauty treatment for your bridal party.
_____ Finalize and book your wedding day transportation.
_____ Buy gifts for your wedding attendants.
_____ Order your Wedding Program sample.
1 Month Onward…
30 more days! How exciting!
_____ Contact your vendors and confirm your wedding date, time and location.
_____ Contact your hotel and airline to confirm honeymoon reservations.
_____ Pick up your wedding rings and keep it safe.
_____ Pick up your marriage license.
_____ Order or print your Wedding Programs.
_____ Schedule and do a final dress fitting with the undergarments and shoes you will use on the big day.
_____ Write ‘Thank You’ notes for gifts received.
_____ Call guests who haven’t responded to RSVPs.
_____ Provide final count of guests to caterer.
_____ Update your wedding registries.
_____ Start breaking in your wedding shoes so it won’t hurt when you wear it on your wedding day.
_____ Make arrangements for plants or pets while you’re on your honeymoon.
_____Get the final haircut and hair color you want.
_____ Start delegating and assigning people to man the guestbook, gift table etc.
_____Contact the limo or transportation driver and give them written directions for your wedding day.
_____ Get your final payments prepared including vendor and cash tips for servers.
_____ Double check and prepare all wedding clothes and items.
_____ Create a wedding day emergency kit.
_____ Get the spa treatment for your bridal party.
ONE DAY BEFORE!
This is it! You’re almost there.
_____ Deliver your welcome baskets to guests arriving from out-of-town.
_____ Get your manicure and pedicure or massages.
_____ Go to the wedding rehearsal.
_____ Enjoy your wedding rehearsal dinner!
_____Get your beauty sleep!
Ah, finally it’s here!
_____ Eat a great breakfast and give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
_____ Give the wedding rings and officiant fee to the best man.
_____ Enjoy your big day!
AFTER THE PARTY:
_____ Make sure the rentals are returned.
_____ Send wedding dress to cleaners or preservationists.
_____ Order ‘Thank You Cards’ with your Wedding Photo
_____ Have your favorite wedding photo custom printed on a beautiful canvas or print for your home!
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