Wedding Planning Checklist

12 months+ before your wedding

  • Celebrate with your loved ones! You´re engaged!
  • Choose a wedding date.
  • Tip: Start with a month and decide which day of the week you´d like to get married. You may have to be flexible considering the availability of your venue.
  • Determine your budget Speak with your fiancé and your families. Agree upon contributions and a budget to work with.
  • Choose the style of your wedding
  • Tip: Let your shared values, interests, history and lifestyle guide you. Create a mood board. Not sure where to begin? Check out our blog for great wedding ideas.
  • Pick your wedding party
  • Tip: Send your wedding party invitations. Keep in mind, being in a wedding party can be a substantial time and financial investment. Make sure to ask your leading ladies and gents if they´re up for the role!
  • Schedule engagement photos
  • Tip: Keep in mind, some photographers offer free or discounted engagement photography when you book a wedding with them. Set up a meeting with the photographer you choose to discuss logistics and "must-have" photos for your wedding day.
  • Start compiling guest list
  • Research venues for your ceremony and reception
  • Research vendors (photographers, videographers, caterers and musicians)
  • Start pinning! Find endless wedding inspiration on Pinterest. Create a private or public wedding planning pin board.
  • Tip: Follow us on Pinterest for wedding inspiration from ForYourParty.com.
  • Research wedding dress styles and plan a shopping trip!
  • Create and order save the dates
  • Tip: (Check out our selection of save the date) options.

10-12 months before your wedding

  • Create a wedding website
  • Mail save the dates
  • Research florists
  • Book ceremony and reception venues
  • Book officiant
  • Book desired vendors (photographer, videographer, caterer, musicians, and planner)
  • Purchase wedding dress and veil
  • Get fit! If being fit for your wedding day is a priority for you, now´s the time to establish a fitness routine.

8-10 months before your wedding

  • Research hotels near your venue and reserve a block of rooms for out of town guests
  • Finalize guest list
  • Tip: Create a spreadsheet with all guests entered with columns for Address and RSVP status. This will be an easy reference as send out save the dates, invitations and thank you notes and finalize your guest count.
  • Choose bridesmaid attire and accessories
  • Register for gifts
  • Book florist

6-8 months before your wedding

  • Decide on wedding cake style and flavor
  • Research wedding favors
  • Research hair and makeup styles for your wedding day. Book a stylist
  • Tip: Book a "test-run" appointment for your hair and makeup with your stylist, about 3 months out to make sure you love the style before the big day.
  • Meet with your officiant and start planning your ceremony
  • Start planning your honeymoon!
  • Choose groom´s and groomsmen attire
  • Book transportation to and from venues
  • Purchase wedding bands
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue
  • Research wedding invitation designs

4-6 months before your wedding

  • Order wedding invitations
  • Order wedding cake
  • Book lodging for wedding night
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels
  • Work with florist to decide on flowers, arrangements
  • Plan welcome bags for out-of-town guests
  • Schedule dress fittings with seamstress
  • Decide on a playlist (including a "do not play" list) for your DJ or band
  • Order favors

3 months before your wedding

2 months before your wedding

  • Mail invitations
  • Develop system for organizing RSVPs
  • Write your vows
  • Review ceremony details with officiant
  • Decide on content for programs
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Tip: Marriage laws vary by state. Make sure to research requirements specific to your state, county and city you´re getting married in.
  • Finalize wedding day timeline
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Finalize playlists with musicians
  • Finalize fittings and attire for wedding party and parents
  • Create a schedule for your wedding day to distribute to vendors
  • Tip: Consider making a wedding day timeline specific for your bridal party and all others involved in the ceremony or otherwise involved in the logistics of the day. When everyone´s on the same page, things will go smoother.
  • Decide how to integrate "Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue", try our something blue cocktail napkins
  • Book beauty treatments for bridal party
  • Order cocktail napkins, matches, and stir sticks
  • Order welcome bags

1 month before your wedding

  • Attend your final dress fitting
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations and pack for paradise
  • Check in with vendors to confirm date, times and location. Provide them with itinerary for the day.
  • Pick up marriage license.
  • Order thank you notes
  • Delegate wedding day set up and clean up duties (gift table, guestbook, return tuxes and all other rentals)

1-2 weeks before your wedding (so close!)

  • Follow up with any guests who haven´t RSVP´d
  • Give a final head count to your caterer
  • Make arrangements for pet care during wedding day and honeymoon
  • Start breaking in your wedding shoes
  • Make sure musicians/DJ have playlists/do not playlists on hand
  • Get final haircut and color
  • Have final payments and cash tips on hand for all vendors
  • Provide any readers scripts for their reading
  • Deliver "must-have" image lists to your photographer and videographer

The day before your wedding

  • Make sure everything´s laid out and packed for your wedding day. (Essentials Include: Your gown, the rings and your marriage license!)
  • Deliver welcome bags to hotels
  • Get Mani/Pedi
  • Attend wedding rehearsal
  • Enjoy your rehearsal dinner!
  • Get your beauty sleep. Don´t stay up too late

Your Wedding Day!

  • Eat a healthy, hearty breakfast
  • Give Best Man wedding rings and officiant fee
  • Take a deep breath! Relax and enjoy the day you´ve spent so much time planning

After the Wedding

  • Enjoy your honeymoon!
  • Send thank you notes to guests and particularly helpful vendors
  • Live happily ever after and enjoy your marriage!

Related Resources:

Essential Wedding Planning Checklist
When to send Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations & Thank You Cards
Wedding Reception Timeline
How to Address Wedding Invitations
Wedding Invitation Wording
Wedding Reception Seating Etiquette
Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette
Wedding Ceremony Program Wording
Ordering Guideline

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