Wedding Planning Checklist

Sixteen to Nine Months Before
__ Start a wedding notebook or binder
Print out our worksheets from
__ Create your budget
__ Pick your attendants
__ Start the guest list
__ Consider hiring a wedding coordinator or planner
__ Reserve your date at ceremony and reception venues
__ Book your officiant
__ Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers
__ Throw an engagement party. Anyone invited to your engagement party should also be on the guest list for the wedding.

Eight Months Before
__ Hire your photographer and videographer
__ Book your musicians and entertainers for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception
__ Meet with caterers and bakers
__ Purchase a dress. Leave enough time for up to three fittings
__ Reserve a block of rooms for out-of-town guests at an affordable hotel
__ Register at up to three stores
__ Launch a wedding website

Seven to Six Months Before
__ Select and purchase invitations
__ Start planning a honeymoon
__ Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses
Six months is a good time frame to allow for shipping and fittings.
__ Meet with the officiant
__ Send save-the-date cards
__ Reserve structural and electrical necessities
__ Book a florist
__ Arrange transportation
__ Start composing a day-of timeline

Five to Four Months Before
__ Book the rehearsal and rehearsal-dinner venues
__ Check on the wedding invitations
__ Select and order the cake
__ Send your guest list to the host of your shower
__ Purchase wedding shoes, undergarments, and start dress fittings
__ Schedule hair and makeup artists
__ Choose your music.
Three Months Before
__ Finalize the menu and flowers
__ Order favors, if desired
__ Make a list of who will give toasts
__ Finalize readings, songs, and special touches for your ceremony
__ Schedule your second fitting
__ Finalize the order of the ceremony and the reception
__ Print menu cards as well as programs
__ Purchase the rings
Leave time for sizing and engraving.
__ Send your event schedule to the vendors

Two Months Before
__ Touch base again with all the vendors
__ Meet with the photographer
__ Review the playlist with the band or DJ
__ Send out the invitations
__ Submit a newspaper wedding announcement
__ Enjoy a bachelorette party

One Month Before
__ Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database
__ Get your marriage license
__ Mail the rehearsal-dinner invitations
__ Visit your seamstress for your last fitting
__ Send out as many final payments as you can
__ Confirm times for hair and makeup and all vendors
__ E-mail and print directions for drivers of transport vehicles
__ Assign seating (if necessary)
__ Purchase attendant gifts
__ Write vows (optional)
__ Get your hair cut and colored, if desired, and have a facial

Week of the Wedding
__ Confirm arrival times with vendors
__ Delegate small wedding-day tasks
__ Send a timeline to the bridal party
__ Pick up your dress
__ Check in one last time with the photographer
__ Set aside checks for the vendors
__ Book a spa treatment
__ Send the final guest list to the caterer and all venues hosting your wedding-related events
__ Break in your shoes
__ Pack for your honeymoon