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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Trust, You'll Be Prepared to Say "I Do"

When planning a wedding, the list of tasks and to-do's seem to be ever-growing and never-ending! It's so important to stay organized and on top of everything to ensure that every detail gets handled, but it can be overwhelming if you don't have a good place to start. Our Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist will simplify your wedding to-do's all in one place. Keep this checklist handy for easy reference and check back every few months to ensure you're on target for the big day.

Good luck! 

24 months - 13 months Before Your Wedding  (Refers to longer engagements. These tasks can be handled at the one year mark as well)

  • Tell all your family and friends you’re engaged!
  • Insure your engagement ring
  • Set up a wedding website
  • Start a Pinterest board
  • Start planning your guest list to get a good idea of numbers
  • Start your wedding budget
  • Choose your wedding date/season
  • Choose a wedding theme
  • Host an engagement party
  • Begin looking at venues 

1 Year Before Your Wedding

  • Book reception facility 
  • Book your officiant
  • Hire a wedding planner (if necessary and budget permits)
  • Have an engagement photo shoot (hint – this is a good way to find out in advance if you’ve chosen the right photographer for your wedding)
  • Choose your wedding party
  • Choose your color scheme
  • Plan and budget for your honeymoon
  • Order your passport if you plan to travel for your honeymoon
  • Start wedding dress and bridal party shopping 
  • Start researching your bachelor/bachelorette parties
  • Get started on a health and skincare routine

6-9 Months Before Your Wedding

  • Finalize your guest list
  • Hire your photographer 
  • Book your DJ, musicians or other entertainment
  • Hire your floristcaterer and other wedding vendors
  • Order your invitations and thank you cards
  • Purchase your wedding dress and bridal party dresses
  • Send out save the date cards
  • Book any transportation needs and reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
  • Book a suite for your wedding night
  • Revisit your budget to make sure you’re on track and make any adjustments
  • Confirm any rentals you may need, including a tent, tables, chairs, linens and table settings

4 Months Before Your Wedding

  • Order your flowers 
  • Register for marriage classes
  • Book your rehearsal dinner
  • Decide on your hair and makeup style and book appointments with stylists
  • Have several tasting sessions and choose your cake and food
  • Start writing your vows and choose any ceremony readings
  • Create a schedule of the ceremony and reception activities
  • Schedule dress fittings for yourself and your bridal party
  • Purchase your rings 
  • Plan the menus for all your pre-wedding events 
  • Purchase gifts for your wedding party

6 to 8 Weeks Before Your Wedding

  • Send out your wedding invitations (can be done earlier if you're expecting international guests or a destination wedding)
  • Start tracking RSVPs
  • Arrange for your marriage license
  • Plan any name change documents and insurance
  • Finalize your reception menu
  • Finalize any outstanding vendor bookings
  • Purchase a guestbook
  • Purchase favors 
  • Create a seating plan
  • Confirm any travel arrangements
  • Get together with your bridal party to help you coordinate the details of the day
  • Purchase your wedding accessories including shoes, jewelry, veil, ring pillows, gloves etc. 

1 Month Before Your Wedding

  • Finalize your wedding vows
  • Have a trial hair and makeup day
  • Finish tracking and following up RSVPs
  • Final fitting of your gown
  • Find something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue!
  • Pick up your wedding rings 
  • Start preparing DIY elements of your wedding
  • Prepare thank you cards
  • Prepare a shot-list for your photographer
  • Get a facial and continue with your skincare routine

2 Weeks Before Your Wedding

  • Finalize your guest list and give a final headcount to your reception facility, caterer etc.
  • Confirm all final arrangements with your vendors
  • Send detailed instructions to your bridal party and vendors, including the final schedule for the ceremony and reception
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Provide a final song-list to your DJ/musicians
  • Print place cards
  • Prepare payment for all your vendors
  • Write speeches
  • Pick up your wedding dress

1 Week Before Your Wedding

  • Build a bridal emergency kit with tissues, lipstick, band aids, a sewing kit, safety pins etc.
  • Check the weather forecast and make any required alternative plans
  • Have a spa day with your bridal party. (Be careful about getting a facial this close to your wedding day. It may cause breakouts.)

1-3 days Before Your Wedding

  • Get a manicure/pedicure
  • Wedding rehearsal or pre-wedding dinner
  • Pack all your wedding day items including your rings, booking receipts, passports, shoes, accessories, vows and your marriage license 
  • Arrange for someone in your wedding party to transport any gifts or flower arrangements before and after the wedding
  • Finish DIY elements and arrangements 
  • Arrange for return of rental items
  • Get as much rest as possible

Your Wedding Day

  • Give the rings to the best man and maid of honor
  • Spend a lot of time getting ready
  • Eat breakfast
  • Attend hair and makeup appointments
  • Include your photographer in the wedding preparation process
  • Give your bridesmaids their gifts
  • Meet with your vendors and officiant and go over any final arrangements
  • Get dressed
  • Get married!
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