Planning a wedding can be very stressful, there are so many details to think about and keep track of. Staying organized is most important, and having a wedding checklist is essential. Use this detailed wedding checklist, with a timeline based on a 12-month length engagement.
12 months before
Decide on the size, venue and theme of your wedding
Create your budget
Book your venue, officiant or priest
Select your bridal party
Draw up a guest list.
9 months before
Start dress shopping for yourself, MOB and bridal party
Book your photographer, dj, band and or videographer
Book your decorator for linens, centerpieces and seat covers
Reserve your florist
Order your wedding cake
Book your wedding transportation
Register for your gift items at local department stores.
Book hotel rooms for out of town guests (if required)
Book your honeymoon destination
6 months before
Look for wedding favors or investigate charitable organizations if you choose this route
Order your wedding invitations
Don’t forget to ensure all wedding documents are in place
3 months before
Choose the reader for your ceremony and work on program
Set up appointment with venue or caterer to discuss menu and floor plan
Contact all vendors again to touch base with them
Instruct fiance to take ushers for wedding attire
2 months before
Make an appointment with your hairdresser and make up for a trial run
Send out your wedding invitations
Make another appointment with clergy or officiant to discuss rehearsal, readers
Schedule your wedding dress fitting
1 month before
Have groom plan rehearsal dinner
Meet with your photographer and dj/band to confirm details
Book your manicure and pedicure
2 weeks before
Finalize all details with your venue/caterer
Draft your speech
Call any guests who have not RSVP’d
Re-connect with florist and decorator
1 week before
Finalize seating plan.
Determine the order for the procession.
Have your rehearsal.
Confirm accommodation reservations.
Pick up your wedding dress and accessories
Confirm details with the limousine company
Deliver your marriage licence to the officiant.
Have place cards ready and drop off any items to the venue
Give out wedding tasks to the bridal party
Make any outstanding payments to your vendors
Make sure the best man has the wedding ring
Pass any last minute information to MOH or Best Man that need to be taken care of
Try to snack and keep hydrated throughout the day
Smile and enjoy each other
Pack for your honeymoon