WEDDING CHECKLIST

A guide to help you plan for the big day!

12 Months Before

  • Announce your engagement to family and friends and plan an engagement party
  • Sign up for a wedding website to keep your guests informed about event details, area information, etc.
  • Work on the budget
  • Consider purchasing wedding planning software to organize everything, or hire a wedding planner to help secure contracts, etc.
  • Choose a wedding date – select a few days in case your first choice is booked
  • Begin a rough guest list and compile current addresses
  • Choose a location and reserve your ceremony and reception site(s)
  • Decide on who you’d like to have as your attendants, including your maid of honor and best man
  • Begin shopping for your wedding gown
  • Attend a local bridal show or two and jot down notes about any vendors you really liked
  • Purchase a wedding planning organizer or calendar to keep track of important dates and appointments (fittings, showers, etc.)

 

6-9 Months Before

  • Research and choose one or more bridal gift registry
  • Order your wedding gown and buy undergarments that you will wear with it (bring these to all fittings)
  • Order other bridal accessories – shoes, gloves and veil
  • Begin shopping for bridesmaid’s dresses
  • Find an officiant who will perform your ceremony
  • Research local vendors and book ceremony musicians, a wedding band/DJ, photographer, videographer, caterer and florist

 

4-6 Months Before

  • Select and order your wedding invitations, invitation envelopes and thank-you cards
  • Hire a calligrapher, if desired (check with a local stationery store for referrals)
  • Select and purchase wedding favors and wedding favor accessories – boxes, personalized wedding ribbon, labels, etc.
  • Purchase any desired ceremony and reception decorations – unity candles, vases, aisle runner, etc.
  • Start researching local bakeries for your wedding cake
  • Book your honeymoon and verify that you have any necessary travel documents including passports and visas
  • 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 guests
  • Finalize your guest list and send out save-the-date cards, if using
  • Compile a list of area information and things to do for out-of-town guests
  • Reserve transportation for you and your wedding party as well as a bus or trolley for your guests (if necessary)

 

2-4 Months Before

  • Find out what your state’s requirements are for obtaining a marriage license and get blood tests done, if required
  • Order tuxedos for the groom and groomsmen
  • Meet with your caterer to discuss the menu and your bar/liquor needs
  • Meet with your officiant to discuss ceremony details, wording and wedding vows
  • Select wedding readings
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Buy thank-you gifts for your attendants, flower girl and ring bearer
  • Shop for a gift for your new spouse-to-be
  • Select and purchase wedding rings, and have them engraved, if desired
  • Coordinate and choose a location for the rehearsal dinner
  • Contact party rental companies for tents, tables, arches, etc. if necessary
  • Book any other specialty services – ice sculptures, photo booths, etc.

 

1-2 Months Before

  • Mail invitations out to everyone eight weeks prior to the wedding date and send accommodation info to your out-of-town guests
  • Compile and complete name change documents or purchase a bridal name change kit online
  • Fill out a change of address form at the post office, if necessary
  • Have ceremony programs printed
  • Purchase a guest book, pen and other wedding accessories including toasting glasses, cake knife, ring pillow, etc.
  • Keep your wedding website updated with directions and event details
  • Choose your hair and makeup stylists and schedule a trial for both; also book appointments to have your hair, make-up and nails done on the day of the wedding
  • Review insurance information with your fiancé and check with employers to see what documents need to be updated once you are legally wed (car, home, medical, etc.)

 

2 Weeks to 1 Month Before

  • Create a seating chart for the reception and make table numbers and place cards (or have your calligrapher work on these)
  • Contact your caterer with a final guest count
  • Print out a timeline of events for your wedding party and vendors – include contact information and cell phone numbers
  • Meet with your photographer to finalize your wedding photo list of any must-have photos
  • Contact your florist to confirm your final flower order (bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, etc.) and go over any decor details or venue logistics for the big day
  • Finalize your ceremony and reception music and song lists for your wedding band or DJ
  • Confirm lodging reservations for out-of-town guests
  • Plan a bridal luncheon, brunch or dinner with your bridesmaids
  • Pick-up wedding bands and make sure the fit is good
  • Schedule a final wedding dress fitting
  • Apply for your marriage license
  • Write rehearsal dinner toasts

 

1 Week Before

  • Write out final checks to your wedding vendors (each organized in an envelope) and let your wedding coordinator or family member to distribute at the wedding
  • Pick up your wedding gown
  • Pick up your marriage license
  • Confirm limo or other transportation reservations
  • Pack for your honeymoon and confirm travel arrangements
  • Treat yourself to a spa day – you deserve it!

 

The Day Before

  • Welcome out-of-town guests as they arrive
  • Attend the rehearsal and enjoy the rehearsal dinner!

 

The Wedding Day

  • Set aside some time before the festivities to share gifts with your bridesmaids or close family members
  • Eat a healthy breakfast – you’ll need your energy for the big day ahead!
  • Enjoy it; it’s finally here and everything will be wonderful… Congratulations!!