Wedding Checklist

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Wedding Checklist


12 Months Before


· Announce your engagement! Tell family & Friends and plan an engagement party. Place an engagement announcement in your local newspaper & or sign up for a wedding website to keep your guests in the loop.

· Hire a wedding planner to help secure contracts, vendors, etc. Consider purchasing a wedding planning software to stay organized.

· Choose a wedding date – have a few days as options in case our first choice is booked.

· Begin a rough guest list & confirm current mailing addresses.

· Choose a location and reserve your ceremony, reception and rehearsal diner site.

· Choose who you would like to have as your attendants, including or maid of honor and best man.

· Begin shopping for your wedding gown

· Start attending local bridal shows and start building relationships with vendors that interest you

· Buy a wedding planning organizer to keep track of important dates & appointments

· Work on budget


6-9 Months before


· Order your wedding gown and buy undergarments that you will wear with it.(be sure to bring these to all fittings.)

· Order bridal accessories – shoes, gloves and veil

· Begin shopping for bridesmaids dresses

· Find an officiant to perform your ceremony

· Research local vendors and book music, florist, photographer, videographer and caterer

· Choose one or more bridal gift registries and start populating them

· Send “save the date” notices. Send earlier if this is a destination wedding.


4-6 Months Before


· Design & order invitations, and thank you cards

· Hire a calligrapher, if desired

· Purchase any desired ceremony and reception decorations, unity candles, vases, aisle runner etc.

· Wedding cake choices need to be made. Search for pictures and local bakeries

· Select & purchase wedding favors & wedding favor accessories-boxes, personalized wedding ribbon, labels etc

· Honeymoon plans need to be booked. If travelling, verify that you have any necessary travel documents including passports, visas and medical requirements.

· Book a room for your wedding night, if you will be leaving for your honeymoon the next morning

· Book hotel rooms or arrange other accommodations for out of town guest.


2-4 Months before


· Schedule a meeting with your caterer to discuss the menu and your bar/liquor needs

· Determine your stat’s requirements are for obtaining a marriage license.

· Order tuxedos for the men in the wedding party and groom of course

· Order your wedding cake

· Buy thank you gifts for your attendants flower girl and ring bearer

· Reach out to party rental companies for tents, arches, tables, chairs etc

· If needed order/renew passports. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get them back.

· Choose size and purchase wedding rings decide whether you will have them engraved.


1-2 months before


· Eight weeks prior to the wedding date mail the invitations. Provide accommodations information if needed, especially for out of town guests.

· If needed, complete name change documents or purchase a bridal name change kit online.

· Purchase a guest book, pen and other wedding accessories including toasting glasses, cake knife, ring pillow, etc.

· Maintain your wedding web site with event details, directions 

· Schedule a trial for your hair and make-up stylists. When chosen, book appointments to have your hair, make up and nails done on the day of the wedding.

· Renew insurance information with your fiancé and check with employers to see what documents need to be updated once you are legal we(car, home, medical


2wks to 1 month before


· Work on seating chart for the reception. Make table numbers and place cards

· Contact your caterer with a final guest count and quick review of the final plans

· Meet with your photographer to finalize your wedding photo list of desired shots

· Finalize your flower order with your florist (bouquets, boutonnieres, center pieces, etc. & review an décor details or venue logistics

· Submit your wedding announcement to your local newspaper

· Confirm accommodation reservations for out of town guests

· Plan a bridal luncheon or dinner with your bridesmaids

· Final wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses should be don

· Appply for your marriage license

· Write rehearsal dinner toasts

· Create & print out a timeline of events for our wedding party and vendors be sure to include contact info with cell numbers

· Pick up wedding bands & make sure they fit


1 Week Before


· Pick up your wedding gown & bridesmaids dresses

· Complete payment to vendors, if you haven’t already. Confirm all transportation reservations& logistics

· Pack for your honeymoon & confirm travel arrangements


The Day Before


· Welcome out of town guests as they arrive if time allows

· Write a love note to your spouse 

· Attend the rehearsal & hand over your cell phone to your maid of honor or best man. Let them screen your calls and handle the little things

· Take some time for yourself: take a walk, meditate or do what you enjoy that calms and centers you.

· Get a good night’s sleep


· The Wedding Day


· Wake up early & do some light exercise like a peaceful outdoor walk

· Share gifts with your bridesmaids or close family members

· Eat a healthy breakfast – don’t skip this!

· Enjoy yourself and your family and friends! It’s your day and it will be wonderful