Wedding Planning Checklist

18 – 12 Months Prior

  • Decide on style of wedding
  • Select date based upon reception location availability
  • Reserve ceremony site
  • Reserve officiant
  • Choose attendants
  • Begin guest check list

12 – 6 Months Prior

  • Gift registry
  • Order bridal dress
  • Contract photographer
  • Contract videographer
  • Contract band or DJ
  • Contract transportation
  • Contract florist

6 – 4 Months Prior

  • Book rehearsal dinner
  • Ceremony rehearsal plans
  • Bridesmaids dresses / shoes
  • Music for ceremony
  • Order tuxedos / men’s attire
  • Contract florist
  • Coordinate mother’s attire
  • Make honeymoon plans
  • Order invitations
  • Contact hairdresser
  • Select favors
  • Order rings
  • Gown fittings
  • Second deposit due for reception and catering
  • Attend a bridal tasting
  • Menu and detail meeting

2 Months Prior

  • Complete final guest list
  • Select attendants’ gifts
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Address and mail invitations
  • Select music for ceremony / reception

1 Month Prior

  • Confer with photographer
  • Confer with videographer
  • Confer with florist
  • Confer with band / DJ
  • Review duties with bridal party
  • Wedding announcements to newspapers
  • Write thank you notes as gifts arrive
  • Record invitation responses
  • Arrange seating for reception

3 Weeks Prior

  • Final apparel fitting
  • Confirm rental attire
  • Prepare placecards
  • Confirm the ceremony
  • Plan to have something old, something borrowed,
    something blue
  • Wear wedding shoes to break in

2 Weeks Prior

  • Confirm services contracted and determine balance due
  • Confirm the due dates for all final payments

1 Week Prior

  • Pack for wedding trip and honeymoon
  • Make sure dress is pressed
  • Take place cards, glasses, guest book, favors, cake knife and server to the venue
  • Try to relax!

After the Wedding

  • Send thank you notes to both sets of parents / wedding hosts
  • Gift acknowledgements
  • Preserve gown
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