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Wedding Planning Checklist

By: William Manor

Ideally, you would want to have at least a year to plan the wedding, but that is not always possible or desired. For the purposes of this guide, I have set up a 12 month wedding timeline that will certainly make it a little bit easier to host your wedding.

12 Months Before Your Wedding Day

  • Announce the engagement
  • Set your wedding date
  • Create a budget
  • Hire a Wedding Coordinator (optional)
  • Create your guest list
  • Start brainstorming ideas and themes
  • Reserve your Ceremony spot
  • Book an Officiate
  • Make reservations for your Reception area
  • Book a Photographer and Videographer
  • Book Caterer, Florist and Music (Band, DJ, etc.)
  • Look for a Wedding gown and Tux, allowing time for alterations and fittings
  • Register for gifts
  • Select and call the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
  • Agree on a date to order bridesmaids' dresses and groomsmen's tuxes
  • Choose a destination for your Honeymoon
  • Apply for passports, if required
6 Months Before Your Wedding Day
  • Finalize your guest list
  • Decide on the timeline and details of Ceremony and Reception
  • Order/make invitations, and thank you notes
  • Make airline and hotel reservations for the Honeymoon
  • Choose a caterer, a florist and place an order for the wedding cake.
  • Book Transportation (Limo, Antique Car, Etc.) for wedding day
  • Shop for any Party rentals
3-4 Months Before Your Wedding Day
  • Mail out/hand deliver invitations
  • Confirm wedding details and contracts with all wedding vendors
  • Choose gifts for your attendants
  • Set a date and time for the rehearsal dinner
  • Help make travel arrangements for any out-of-town guests
  • Make final alterations and fittings for the Wedding Gown and Tux
  • time with your Photographer for the Bridal Portrait or Engagement shoot
1 Month Before Your Wedding Day
  • Apply for the marriage license
  • Buy your wedding bands
  • Finalize music list and no-play list with band or DJ
  • Attend showers
  • Make insurance arrangements
1-2 Weeks Before Your Wedding Day
  • Schedule the rehearsal a day or two before your wedding day
  • Make an appointment with a Beauty Salon for day of wedding
  • Send a wedding announcement to the local newspapers (optional)
  • Make necessary arrangements for name & address change, if any.
  • Discuss final details with the reception Site and the Caterer
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Write out all checks needed for wedding day
  • Send reminders to the rehearsal dinner attendees about the location & time
  • Discuss final details of the ceremony and reception with family and bridal party
Wedding day or day before
  • Visit your Beauty Salon for manicure and pedicure
  • Host the rehearsal and dinner.
  • Make sure the ushers have the final guest list.

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