Wedding Planning Checklist


One of the most significant events in a couple’s life together is their wedding day. Planning it can be a complex and overwhelming task. Having a Wedding Planning Checklist is an essential tool that helps couples stay organized and on track throughout the planning process.

Here are some reasons why having a wedding planning checklist is important:


Keeps you organized:

A wedding planning checklist helps you keep track of all the tasks you need to complete for your wedding. It ensures that you don’t forget any crucial details and helps you stay on top of your deadlines.

Helps you prioritize:

With a wedding planning checklist, you can prioritize your tasks and focus on what’s important. It can help you decide what needs to be done first, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Reduces stress:

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but having a checklist can help reduce that stress. When you have a clear plan and know what needs to be done, you’ll feel more in control and less anxious.

Saves time and money:

A wedding planning checklist can help you avoid unnecessary expenses and save time. By knowing what needs to be done and when you can make better decisions about vendors and services and avoid last-minute rush fees.

Wedding Planning Checklist:

Here is my wedding planning checklist to help you stay organized, reduce stress, save time and money, and ensure that your big day runs smoothly.

12-18 Months Before the Wedding:

  • Set a budget
  • Choose a date and venue
  • Create a guest list
  • Hire a wedding planner (optional)
  • Book a caterer
  • Book a photographer/videographer
  • Book a florist
  • Book a DJ/band/musicians
  • Order your wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Register for gifts
  • Hire an officiant
  • Research and book transportation
  • Research and book a honeymoon destination
  • Start planning the rehearsal dinner

9-12 Months Before the Wedding:

  • Book a wedding cake baker
  • Book a hair and makeup artist
  • Order wedding invitations
  • Reserve rental equipment (tables, chairs, linens, etc.)
  • Purchase wedding rings
  • Create a wedding website
  • Choose wedding favours
  • Select ceremony and reception music
  • Choose bridesmaids’ accessories
  • Hire a calligrapher (if desired)
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner menu and venue

6-9 Months Before the Wedding:

  • Finalize guest list and send save-the-date cards
  • Schedule engagement photo session
  • Plan ceremony details (readings, music, etc.)
  • Purchase groom and groomsmen attire
  • Decide on wedding favours and order
  • Choose wedding cake style and flavours
  • Purchase wedding shoes and accessories
  • Hire a wedding day-of coordinator (optional)
  • Choose wedding readings and officiant
  • Book transportation for the wedding day
  • Book accommodations for the wedding night

3-6 Months Before the Wedding:

  • Finalize wedding invitations and send
  • Schedule dress fittings
  • Choose a wedding menu and schedule a tasting
  • Plan ceremony and reception decorations
  • Book honeymoon travel
  • Plan bachelor/bachelorette parties
  • Finalize ceremony and reception music
  • Purchase wedding favours and welcome bags
  • Create a wedding day timeline

1-3 Months Before the Wedding:

  • Finalize ceremony and reception details
  • Confirm all vendor arrangements
  • Purchase wedding party gifts
  • Get marriage license
  • Schedule final dress fittings
  • Choose wedding ceremony and reception music
  • Write vows
  • Plan wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Finalize seating chart

1 Week Before the Wedding:

  • Confirm all vendor details and timing
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Give final guest count to the caterer
  • Confirm rehearsal dinner details
  • Create a wedding day emergency kit
  • Have a spa day

Wedding Day:

  • Relax and enjoy your special day!


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