Wedding Planning Checklist
Photos courtesy of Tyra Gefroh Photography

Wedding Planning Checklist

Congratulations on getting engaged! But what’s next? Stay organized with this 12-month guide to plan your big day, without the stress.

 

When you get engaged

  • Settle on your budget
  • Select your wedding style!
  • Start your guest list

 

12 months before

  • Hire a wedding planner (if needed)
  • Book a photographer and videographer. Don’t procrastinate!
  • Find and reserve a venue
  • Finalize your wedding date!

 

11 months before

  • Choose wedding party members
  • Book a caterer
  • Reserve musician/DJ for reception
  • Book a block of hotel rooms for guests

10 months before

  • Wedding dress shopping!!
  • Set up gift registries
  • Finalize guest list
  • Search for officiant

 

9-8 months before

  • Choose bridesmaids dresses and accessories
  • Select florist
  • Order wedding rings!
  • Start planning and budgeting for your honeymoon

 

7-6 months before 

  • Make arrangements for any rental items (tables, chairs, linens, etc.)
  • Design and purchase invitations
  • Arrange for transportation
  • Decide on Groom and Groomsmen attire

5-4 months before

  • Send out Save the Date cards
  • Taste and order the wedding cake
  • Schedule hair and makeup artist. Don’t forget to book trial appointments!
  • First dress fitting
  • Make reservations for rehearsal dinner

 

3 months before

  • Set your music playlist. Keep a running list of songs you do and don’t want played
  • Compose a day-of timeline
  • Send event schedule to every vendor

2 months before

  • Mail wedding invitations
  • Finalize menu with your caterer. Don’t forget drinks!
  • Confirm details with the florist
  • Meet with the photographer

 

1 month before

  • Details, details, DETAILS
  • Get your marriage license
  • Finalize list of reception guests and assign seating
  • Confirm times for hair and makeup and details for all vendors
  • Final dress fitting

 

Week of the Wedding!

  • Delegate small wedding-day tasks
  • Confirm honeymoon travel arrangements
  • Rehearsal dinner

 

Wedding day – “The Big Day” 

Take a deep breath, your wedding day is finally here!!