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 Wedding Planning Checklist to help make your wedding day perfect and stress-free. Print it out and use to assist your wedding planning or read below. Happy planning! 



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!


[  ] 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!