We get that wedding planning is one of the most stressful and overwhelming periods of your life, why not make it easier with our checklist? Step by step to-do lists will help you keep calm, tackle each task individually, and see the big picture coming along.
16 to 9 Months Before Your Wedding
Create a wedding folder, binder, or Pinterest page with any wedding ideas you’d be interested in incorporating into your wedding. From there, you can decide on which color schemes and themes you want to move forward with!
Determine a Budget
Budgets determine the rest of your wedding planning, so put some thoughtful consideration into this step. Consult with everyone involved with paying for the wedding and create an excel sheet outlining how much you should spend on certain items. You’ll be thankful you created a budget in the long-run, trust us!
Find Your Perfect Venue
Now that you know what kind of wedding you prefer and how much you are willing to spend, you can determine where exactly you want your venue to be. It’s best to do this step so far in advance because you can for sure reserve the space. Don’t wait until the last minute and settle for anything less than your dream venue!
Create Your Guest List
Since you’ll know the type of wedding and the size of the venue, you can easily figure out who and how many people to invite. This includes the wedding party, so also plan announcements for who will be your bridesmaids and groomsmen!
Hire Your Vendors
From catering to music to photographers to officiates, there’s a lot of third-party vendors involved in making your special day! Do your research on who you’d like to hire and get them booked!
8 Months Before Your Wedding
Wedding Dress Shopping
One of the most fun parts of getting married, hands-down. Find a date for your bridesmaids to come with and help you pick out the perfect dress to walk down the aisle and dance the night away. Later on, decide on another day to get your bridesmaids’ dresses.
Reserve Hotel Rooms for Out-of-Town Guests
You want to make sure your out-of-town guests will have somewhere to stay, and be able to easily access the venue. This consideration goes a long way for your guests and is best to get done soon in advance.
Create a Registry
Try to register at a minimum of 3 places to allow your guests some flexibility based on their own locations and budgets.
6 Months Before Your Wedding
Start Planning Your Honeymoon
Travel plans are usually booked out 6-8 months ahead of time, decide with your significant other on your ideal honeymoon location and get to planning!
4 Months Before Your Wedding
Order Your Cake
Meet with a baker to taste flavors and decide on designs that go with your wedding theme.
Send your guests off with a little something to remember your wedding day with!
3 Months Before Your Wedding
Organize Day-Of Timeline
This step is a huge help in the planning process to ensure everything on your wedding day runs smoothly. This includes scheduling hair and makeup, determining the order of the ceremony and reception, make a list of those expected to give toasts, and determining the final menu and courses.
Buy the Wedding Rings
This step doesn’t take much processing, so it can be done closer to the date.
2 Months Before Your Wedding
Send Out Invitations
The date is set, venue booked, guests lists made – now you just need to inform everyone of the details!
1 Month Before Your Wedding
Organize Your RSVP List
This includes reception seating and possibly an personalized favors.
Get Marriage License
Can’t be legally wed without that!
Send Out Directions/Necessary Information
You want everything to run as smoothly as possible, so make sure your guests have all required information.
Final Dress Fitting
Make sure the seamstress makes all necessary final adjustments to ensure the perfect fit.
1 Week Before Your Wedding
Confirm Everything with All Vendors
Arrival/delivery times, preferences, song choices, and send them the final guest lists.
Pack for Your Honeymoon
Don’t worry about the stress of packing the day before your wedding, get it done sooner so you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything.
Delegate Small Tasks
Each member of your wedding party can help with any small tasks that you shouldn’t have to worry about. Think of the smallest details and assign them to someone.
Break in Your Shoes
You don’t want to be breaking them in the night of your wedding, that’s just a recipe for disaster.
Lastly, enjoy your big day! This checklist will help you organize every step of your dream wedding and ensure that everything runs smoothly. So breakout the notepad and wedding magazines and get to it!