Planning your entire wedding can be a daunting task, but as long as you stay organized and tackle one thing at a time, it can be so rewarding! We’ve created a Complete Wedding Planning Checklist to help make your wedding day perfect and stress-free.
12+ MONTHS before your wedding
[ ] Celebrate with your loved ones—you're engaged!
[ ] Choose a wedding date (or have a couple of options you can be flexible with, depending on your venue availability)
[ ] Determine your budget.
– Speak with your fiancè and family to work out contributions and personal finances.
[ ] Choose the style/theme/color palette of the wedding.
[ ] Pick (and ask!) your wedding party.
[ ] Schedule engagement photos.
[ ] Start compiling the guest list.
[ ] Research venues for the ceremony and reception.
[ ] Research vendors.
– Caterers, musicians, photographers, videographers, planner, etc.
[ ] Start pinning!
– Find endless wedding inspiration on Pinterest. You can create a board to share with any close friends and family who you want on your planning team.
[ ] Research wedding dress styles and plan a shopping trip!
10-12 MONTHS before your wedding
[ ] Create a wedding website.
– The Knot, Wedding Wire and Zola are a few great options to look into.
[ ] Book your wedding venues—both ceremony and reception, if they're at different locations.
[ ] Book officiant.
[ ] Mail save-the-dates.
[ ] Book desired vendors.
[ ] Research wedding florists.
[ ] Purchase wedding dress and veil.
[ ] If being fit for your big day is a priority for you, now's the time to establish a wedding fitness routine!
8-10 MONTHS before your wedding
[ ] Finalize the wedding guest list.
[ ] Research hotels near your venue and reserve a block of rooms for out-of-town guests.
[ ] Choose bridesmaid attire and accessories.
[ ] Register for gifts. Usually, your wedding website will offer a place to create a wedding registry as well!
[ ] Book a florist.
6-8 MONTHS before your wedding
[ ] Decide on a wedding cake style and flavor (take advantage of those tastings!)
[ ] Research wedding favors—we're pretty partial to custom matches 😉
[ ] Research hair and makeup styles for your wedding day and book your stylist.
– Consider booking a trial run as well if you are wanting an intricate hair-do.
[ ] Meet with your officiant and start planning the ceremony.
[ ] Start planning your honeymoon!
[ ] Choose groom and groomsmen attire.
[ ] Book day-of transportation for the wedding party.
[ ] Purchase wedding bands.
[ ] Book rehearsal dinner venue.
[ ] Research wedding invitation designs.
4-6 MONTHS before your wedding
[ ] Order your wedding invitations.
[ ] Order a wedding cake—or cakes! We love the traditional cake alongside a funky groom's cake.
[ ] Book lodging for your wedding night.
[ ] Book honeymoon travel and lodging.
[ ] Decide on the look for bouquets and floral arrangements with your florist.
[ ] Plan wedding welcome bags for out-of-town guests with unique local items they'll enjoy.
[ ] Schedule dress fittings with your seamstress.
[ ] Put together a playlist (including a do-not-play list!) for your DJ or band.
[ ] Order personalized wedding favors!
3 MONTHS before your wedding
[ ] Finalize the timeline for your ceremony and reception. Here's our recommended Wedding Reception Timeline to get you started.
[ ] Purchase wedding dècor and accessories.
– Such as table numbers, place cards, the ring bearer pillow, flower basket, vases for bridesmaid bouquets, etc.
[ ] Order gifts for the bridal party, parents and each other.
[ ] Finalize the reception menu with your caterer.
[ ] Order menu cards.
[ ] Order rehearsal dinner invitations.
2 MONTHS before your wedding
[ ] Mail invitations.
[ ] Develop a system for organizing RSVPs.
[ ] Begin writing your vows.
[ ] Review ceremony details with the officiant.
[ ] Decide on content for wedding programs.
[ ] Apply for a marriage license.
[ ] Finalize day-of timeline.
[ ] Finalize seating arrangements.
[ ] Finalize playlists with musicians
[ ] Finalize fittings and attire for the wedding party and your parents.
[ ] Create a day-of schedule the distribute to vendors.
[ ] Decide how to integrate "Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue."
[ ] Book beauty treatment for the bridal party.
[ ] Order personalized cocktail napkins, cups and stir sticks from For Your Party.
1 MONTH before your wedding
[ ] Final dress fitting.
[ ] Pick up your wedding bands
[ ] Confirm honeymoon reservations and pack for paradise!
[ ] Check in with vendors to confirm the date, times and location. Provide them with the day-of vendor schedule.
[ ] Pick up your marriage license.
[ ] Order thank you notes.
[ ] Delegate wedding day set-up and clean-up duties.
– Such as the gift table, guestbook, tux returns, any other rental return, etc.
[ ] Start breaking in your wedding shoes!
1-2 WEEKS before your wedding
[ ] Follow up with any guests who haven't RSVP'd.
[ ] Give the final headcount to your caterer.
[ ] Make arrangements for and needed pet care during your wedding day and honeymoon.
[ ] Make sure the band or DJ has your playlists.
[ ] Get a final haircut and color.
[ ] Have final payments and cash tips ready for all vendors.
[ ] Provide any readers with the necessary scripts.
[ ] Deliver a must-have image list to your photographer and videographer.
the DAY BEFORE your wedding
[ ] Make sure everything is laid out and packed for the big day.
– This includes your gown, shoes, the rings and marriage license.
[ ] Deliver wedding welcome bags to the hotel.
[ ] Get a mani/pedi.
[ ] Attend the wedding rehearsal.
[ ] Enjoy your rehearsal dinner!
[ ] Get your beauty sleep—don't stay up too late!
on your WEDDING DAY
[ ] Eat a healthy, hearty breakfast.
[ ] Give the Best Man your 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!