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wedding planning checklist

Month by Month Wedding Planning Checklist

Once the excitement from getting engaged simmers down a bit, it’s time to start planning the wedding planning
checklist

is a godsend in such situations, so check out the following list and keep it with you as you plan your big

day!

12 Months Prior


Announce your engagement to friends and family and plan your engagement party



Plan an announcement for your local paper



Devise a budget



Hire a wedding planning checklist or purchase wedding planning software if desired



Choose a wedding date–have a few dates in mind in case your chosen venue is booked on your first choice



Choose a location and reserve your ceremony/reception sites



Start on the guest list and compile addresses



Decide on a bridal party, including Maid of Honor and Best Man



Start shopping for your wedding gown



Attend a local bridal show for inspiration. Bring a pen and paper!



Purchase a wedding organizer or wedding calendar to help you keep track of fittings and other important dates

Six to Nine Months Prior


Research and choose multiple bridal registries



Order your wedding gown and purchase the undergarments you’re going to wear with it–bring these to your
fittings



Order bridal accessories, such as shoes, veil and gloves



Start shopping for bridesmaid dresses



Find an officiant



Research local vendors and book musicians, wedding band or DJ, florist, caterer, photographer and videographer

Four to Six Months Prior


Select and order your wedding invites, invitation envelopes and thank-you cards



Hire a calligrapher if desired



Select and purchase wedding favors and wedding favor accessories



Purchase ceremony and reception accessories you need, such as a unity candle, aisle runner, vases, etc.



Start researching wedding cake ideas and local bakeries



Book your honeymoon and verify what travel documents you need



Book a room for your wedding night



Book hotel rooms/other accommodations for out-of-town guests



Finalize the guest list and send save-the-date cards



Print directions to rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and hotel for guests



Make a list of area information and attractions for out-of-town guests



Reserve transportation for you and your wedding party as well as bus or trolley if needed

Two to Four Months Prior-wedding planning checklist


Find out your state’s marriage license requirements and get blood tests if necessary



Order tuxedos for the groom and groomsmen



Meet with the caterer to discuss menu options and bar/liquor needs



Meet with your officiant to discuss vows and other ceremony wording/details



Order your wedding cake



Choose wedding readings



Buy thank-you gifts for attendants, ring bearer and flower girl



Purchase a gift for your groom



Select and purchase wedding rings



Choose a rehearsal dinner location



Contact party rental companies regarding tents, arches, tables, etc.



Book other specialty services if applicable–photo booth, ice sculptures, etc.



Purchase luggage and other honeymoon travel necessities



Order/renew passports if applicable



Schedule a dentist appointment if you want your teeth cleaned/whitened

One to Two Months Prior


Mail invitations at least eight weeks before wedding date



Complete name-change documents if applicable



Fill out change of address form, if applicable



Print ceremony programs



Purchase a guest book, pen, other wedding accessories such as toasting glasses, ring pillow, cake knife



Keep your wedding website updated with details and directions



Choose hair and makeup stylists and schedule trials; book wedding day hair and makeup appointments



Review insurance information with your groom to find out what requires updating once you’re legally wed

Two Weeks to One Month Prior


Create a seating chart for the reception, make table numbers and place cards



Contact your caterer with the final guest count



Print out an event timeline for your wedding party and vendors, and include all contact info



Meet with your photographer to finalize your wedding shot list



Contact your florist to confirm the final order



Finalize ceremony and reception music with your wedding band/DJ



Confirm lodging for out-of-town guests



Plan a wedding announcement in your local paper



Plan a bridal luncheon or dinner with the bridesmaids



Pick up wedding bands and ensure the fit



Schedule a final dress fitting



Apply for your marriage license



Write rehearsal dinner toasts

One Week Prior


Write out final checks to wedding vendors, place them in envelopes and have your wedding coordinator
distribute them at the wedding



Pick up your wedding gown and marriage license



Confirm the limo or other travel arrangements



Have your post office hold your mail, if necessary



Treat yourself to a spa day!

The Day Before


Welcome out-of-town guests wedding planning checklist



Go for a walk or take a yoga class



Schedule a hair appointment before the rehearsal dinner



Attend and enjoy the rehearsal!

The Big Day


Wake up early and perform some easy exercises or go for a walk



Set aside time to present bridal party/family with gifts



Eat a big, healthy breakfast

 Enjoy this magical, special, wonderful day!
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