Essential Wedding Planning Checklist

3 Jun

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

[  ] Celebrate with your loved ones—you're engaged!

[  ] Choose a wedding date (or have a couple options you can be flexible with, depending on your venue availability)

[  ] Determine your budget.
– Speak with your fiancè and families to work out contributions personal finances.

[  ] Choose the style/theme 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

[  ] Create a wedding website.
 – The Knot, Wedding Wire and Zola are a few great options to look into. 

[  ] Book ceremony and reception venues. 

[  ] Book officiant.

[  ] Mail save-the-dates.

[  ] Book desired vendors.

[  ] Research florists. 

[  ] 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

[  ] Finalize 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. 

[  ] Book a florist. 

6-8 MONTHS

[  ] 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

[  ] 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. 

[  ] Decided on the look for bouquets and floral arrangements with your florist.

[  ] Plan wedding welcome bags for out-of-town guests. 

[  ] 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

[  ] Finalize the timeline for your ceremony and reception. 

[  ] 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

[  ] 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

[  ] 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

[  ] 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

[  ] 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!

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!

 

Best wishes!

 
 

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