The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Plan a stress-free path to "I do" with the ultimate wedding-planning checklist and timeline

  • 12 Months Out

  • 11 Months Out

  • Choose a Color Theme and Start Thinking of Overall Design

  • Hire Vendors Who Book Up Quickly, Including Your Photographer, Band, DJ, and Videographer

  • 10 Months Out

  • Start Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

  • Book Hotel-Room Blocks for Guests

  • Create Your Wedding Website

  • Take Engagement Photos

  • Start Looking at Invitations

  • 9 Months Out

  • Buy Your Wedding Dress

  • Send Save the Dates

  • 8 Months Out

  • Register for Gifts

  • Select the Bridesmaids' Dresses and Schedule Fittings Within the Month

  • Meet With Potential Florists

  • 7 Months Out

  • Book the Rehearsal-Dinner Venue

  • Hire the Ceremony Musicians

  • Order Rental Items, Such as Specialty Chairs, Linens, Draping, Lounge Furniture, White Dance Floor, Etc.

  • Hire an Officiant

  • 6 Months Out

  • Hire a Lighting Technician

  • 5 Months Out

  • Book Transportation for Guests, If Needed

  • Book the Newlyweds' Transportation (Limo, Specialty Car, etc.)

  • Book the Honeymoon

  • Buy or Rent the Groom’s Tuxedo

  • Begin Premarital Counseling

  • 4 Months Out

  • Have Your Final Tasting With the Caterer

  • Choose Your Cake

  • Buy Wedding Bands

  • Select the Groomsmen's Attire and Schedule Fittings Within the Month

  • Hair and Makeup Trial

  • 3 Months Out

  • Order the Invitations and Hire a Calligrapher

  • Create or Plan Your Menu

  • Brainstorm Guest Favors and Gift Bags

  • Book a Photo-Booth Rental

  • Write Your Vows

  • Select Readings

  • Meet With the Officiant and Invite Him or Her to the Rehearsal Dinner

  • Start Crafting Any DIY Items If You Haven’t Already

  • 2 Months Out

  • Send the Wedding Invitations (With RSVPs Due One Month Before the Wedding)

  • Send Out Rehearsal-Dinner Invitations (These Can Be Included With the Wedding Invitations If You Like)

  • First Dress Fitting

  • Pick Up Your Marriage License

  • Buy Wedding-Party Gifts

  • Do a Floral Mock-Up With Your Florist

  • Give the Song Selections to Your Band or DJ

  • Give the Song Selections to Your Ceremony Musicians

  • Buy All Small Items

  • 1 Month Out

  • Assemble Gift Bags

  • Pay Your Vendors in Full

  • Create a Seating Chart

  • Order or Make Your Escort Cards and Place Cards

  • Have a Final Venue Walk-Through

  • Put Cash in Tip Envelopes for Your Planner/Delegate to Distribute

  • Break in Your Wedding Shoes

  • Final Week

  • Night Before and Day of the Wedding

  • The Night Before:

  • The Morning Of:

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