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Wedding Planning Checklist

Ready to dive into the wedding planning details? We've got your back. Simply print out this easy-peasy checklist to help you narrow down the decision making process and timeline needed to stay on track. To make your planning experience more fun and helpful, take advantage of our free 30-minute coaching session offered by our collection of professional, local wedding planners here.

12-15 Months To Go

  • Determine your size of wedding and potential guest count
  • Set your wedding budget
  • Choose your wedding date
  • Book your ceremony and reception venues
  • Hire a full service or month-of wedding planner
  • Draft a guest list and their addresses
  • Plan who will be a part of your wedding party

9–11 Months To Go

  • Research and book your photographer and cinematographer
  • Determine catering services or choose from venue caterers
  • Hire your wedding and floral designers
  • Finalize guest list
  • Shop for your wedding dress
  • Book your wedding entertainment – DJ, Band, etc.

6-8 Months To Go

  • Taste wedding cake and desserts options and place your order
  • Take engagement photos
  • Send out Save the Dates to your guests
  • Hire a hair and makeup stylist
  • Discuss honeymoon plans and book travel arrangements
  • Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Determine your bar services and whether it’s an open or cash bar
  • Select a ceremony officiator or religious celebrant
  • Shop for bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen’s suits
  • Order rentals and confirm design services

3-5 Months To Go

  • Send out wedding invitations
  • Order your wedding rings/bands
  • Book hair and makeup trials
  • Book hotel rooms for night before/day after wedding celebrations
  • Finalize wedding itinerary, food menu and floral arrangements
  • Determine and select a rehearsal dinner venue
  • Order wedding favors, additional entertainment and centerpieces
  • Plan and organize bridal shower and bachelor/bachelorette parties

1-2 Months To Go

  • Get the marriage license
  • Collect RSVP’s and finalize guest list for the last time
  • Confirm the wedding venue decor and setup
  • Determine seating chart
  • Walk through itinerary with wedding party
  • Order beverages and alcohol if you’re having an open bar
  • Purchase a guest book and other wedding day accessories
  • Put together gifts for the wedding party
  • Have final dress fitting
  • Decide who will be saying the toasts
  • Select grand entrance and first dance songs
  • Write wedding vows
  • Confirm honeymoon plans

1-2 Weeks To Go

  • Pick up rings, wedding dress and groom’s suit
  • Ensure bridesmaids and groomsmen have their attire
  • Check-in with the venue, wedding planner, and emcee to review the itinerary and wedding events
  • Pack for honeymoon

Week Of:

  • Confirm vendor arrival times
  • Organize guest transportation
  • Pack an emergency kit
  • Get your nails and other beauty preparations done
  • Give wedding party their gifts
  • Get excited for your big day!

Day Of Your Wedding!

  • Eat breakfast
  • Spend time with your bridesmaids
  • Check-in with your wedding planner and review anything delegated to your maid of honor
  • Share a special moment with your spouse
  • Enjoy your ceremonies!

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