Wedding Planning Checklist

Congratulations on your wedding!  We created a Wedding Planning Checklist to help make your planning a lot less stressful.

Wedding Planning Checklist

10-12 months before:

  • Select your wedding date.
  • Decide on your wedding budget.
  • Start a wedding planning folder.
  • Book your ceremony venue.
  • Book your reception venue.
  • Hire a wedding planner if you feel you need one.
  • Decide on the number of guests.
  • Begin planning your guest list.
  • Hire your Officiant
  • Research photographers, caterers, florists, bakeries and musicians/DJs.
  • Choose a color scheme.

6-8 months before:

  • Hire a photographer.
  • Hire a videographer.
  • Hire a florist and decorator.
  • Choose and purchase a wedding dress and accessories.
  • Select bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s clothing.
  • Complete guest list.
  • Book music and reception entertainment.
  • Start a bridal registry.
  • Set up a wedding website.
  • Meet with caterers and plan menu.
  • Start honeymoon plans.
  • Mail save-the-date cards.

4-6 months before:

  • Order tuxedos.
  • Book your hair salon and makeup appointment and also arrange practice run.
  • Purchase invitations and matching thank you cards.
  • Finalize honeymoon plans, book tickets, etc.
  • Meet with Officiant.
  • Reserve venue rentals (linens, decorations and centerpieces)
  • Choose and book a florist.
  • Hire wedding day transportation.
  • Order wedding cake.
  • Purchase toasting flutes, unity candle set, flower girl basket, ring bearer pillow.
  • Make appointments for dress fittings.
  • Choose music.
  • Order wedding favors or candy buffet
  • Book venues for rehearsal and dinner.

2-4 months before:

  • Finalize timeline and order of ceremony.
  • Finalize ceremony readings.
  • Arrange reception toasts.
  • Purchase rings.
  • Finalize schedule with all vendors.
  • Address invitations.
  • Purchase attendants’ gifts.
  • Arrange engagement announcement in local papers.
  • Notify participants of rehearsal date and time.

2 months before:

  • Obtain marriage license.
  • Mail invitations.
  • Confirm honeymoon arrangements.
  • Arrange final wedding dress fitting.
  • Begin list to record gifts received.
  • Finalize seating chart.
  • Prepare wedding program.
  • Meet with photographer to discuss details.
  • Review band or DJ playlist.

1 month before:

  • Review RSVPs and finalize attendees.
  • Stock reception bar.
  • Confirm times with hair salon and all vendors.
  • Write and learn vows.
  • Pick up wedding dress.

1-2 weeks before:

  • Pack for honeymoon.
  • Break-in wedding shoes (bride and groom).
  • Send final head count to caterers.
  • Write rehearsal dinner toasts.
  • Place checks in envelopes for fees due on wedding day.
  • Arrange final consultations with vendors.

Your wedding day is finally here!

Congratulations and Best Wishes from Ceremonious Weddings!