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Wedding Planning Checklist

Planning a wedding can be very stressful.  Having a wedding planning checklist can help with some of that stress.  It's not easy to remember everything that needs to be done.  Here is a checklist that can help you through the entire process.  All you need to do is check off each task as it is completed.  

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1 Year Before the Wedding

  • Announce your engagement.
  • Decide on the type (informal, semi-formal or formal), theme and style of your wedding.
  • Make a list of what is important in your wedding as this will help you with your budget.
  • Sit down with everyone that will be helping to fund the wedding and discuss the budget.
  • Make a wedding organizer binder.  Keep all your contact info, vendor contracts, photos, etc. in the binder.
  • If you are having a religious wedding, speak with your officiant about any special requirements
  • Choose 2-3 dates for your wedding and start looking for venues.  Some very popular venues could be booked as far out as 2 years.
  • If you will be wanting a wedding planner, now is the time to start looking for and contracting with one.

9 - 11 Months Before the Wedding

  • Start searching for and interviewing potential vendors such as the photographer, videographer, caterer, officiant, and florist.
  • If you find a vendor you like and they are available for your date, book them immediately.  Some can be booked far in advance.  
  • Get with all parents and start compiling the guest list.  This will just be a preliminary list and will be edited to accommodate the budget at a later date.
  • Finalize the theme, style and colors for your wedding.
  • Select your wedding party.  Be sure each is aware of their respective duties.
  • Shop for and purchase your wedding rings.
  • Check into all aspects of your honeymoon.
  • Begin shopping for your wedding dress, veil, accessories and the bridesmaids dresses.

6 - 8 Months Before the Wedding

  • Start choosing music for ceremony and reception.
  • If you haven't already done so, finalize the purchase of your gown, veil and accessories.
  • If you will be using a prenuptial agreement, now is the time to take care of it.
  • Finalize the bridesmaids attire.
  • If required, begin pre-marital counseling.
  • Start shopping for invitations.
  • Start your gift registry.
  • Send Save-the-date cards.

4 - 5 Months Before the Wedding

  • Finalize your floral arrangements
  • Put wedding announcement into local papers.
  • Order your wedding invitations and other stationary.
  • Shop for the groom's and groomsmen's tuxedos.
  • Book your wedding transportation
  • Arrangement for accommodations for your out of town guests.
  • Choose your wedding cake and grooms cake (if you will be having one).
  • Make arrangements for the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner.
  • Choose your wedding favors.
  • If you are not using a wedding planner, consider asking a good friend (not in the wedding party) to be your coordinator and personal assistant for your wedding day.

3 Months Before the Wedding

  • Order the wedding cake and the groom's cake.
  • Discuss the details of the ceremony with your wedding officiant.
  • Finalize your guest list.
  • Confirm your plans for the rehearsal dinner.
  • Purchase your guest book, garter, toasting glasses and cake knife.
  • Choose gifts for your wedding party, parents and any helpers.
  • Have all tuxedos fitted.
  • Confirm the arrangements for the honeymoon.
  • If you are writing your own vows, now is the time to begin.
  • Begin addressing the wedding invitations.

2 Months Before the Wedding

  • Mail the wedding invitations.
  • Schedule a trial run on your hair and makeup.
  • Purchase or make the wedding favors.
  • Apply for your marriage license.
  • Schedule your first fitting.
  • Send thank you notes for any gifts that have already arrived.
  • If you will be using a program, begin putting it together.
  • Finalize arrangements will all vendors.
  • Complete all paperwork for a name change (if you will be doing so).
  • Finalize your music choices and give them to the proper people.
  • Have your formal wedding photograph taken.
  • Finalize the ceremony details with your officiant.
  • Reserve your room for your wedding night.

1 Month Before the Wedding

  • Confirm the reservations for your honeymoon.
  • Meet with your photographer and/or videographer for finalize any last minute details.
  • Begin working on the seating chart for the reception.
  • Final gown fitting.
  • Complete and print your wedding vows.
  • Confirm final payment amounts and arrangements for each vendor.
  • Pick up marriage license.

2 Weeks Before the Wedding

  • Finalize the seating chart.
  • Confirm delivery location and time with your florist.
  • Contact any guest that did not RSVP.

1 Week Before the Wedding

  • Pick up your wedding gown, the bridesmaids dresses and all accessories.
  • Give the caterer or your reception venue the final guest count.
  • Men should get their final fitting for their tuxedos.

1 Day Before the Wedding

  • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Give your bridal party their gifts.
  • Have your manicure and pedicure.
  • Put together tip envelopes for vendors and give to best man (or other designated person).
  • Confirm transportation.
  • Confirm hair and makeup appointments.
  • Lay out anything you will need for the wedding day.
  • Be sure everyone knows what time to be where.
  • Get to bed early and try to get some sleep.

Wedding Day

  • Eat breakfast...even if you don't think you're hungry.
  • Share some time with your fiance.
  • Get hair and makeup done.
  • Start dressing two hours prior to the time the ceremony is scheduled to begin.
  • Take a moment to breath and look at yourself before walking down the aisle.  









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