Our Perfect Planning Checklist

We have put together the perfect checklist for your special day! Use our comprehensive wedding checklist to help plan the special day!

10-12 Months Before

  • Find out who pays for what and start a budget
  • Create a guest list
  • Compare calendars and select a tentative date
  • Choose your wedding party
  • Send your engagement photo to the local paper
  • Visit and BOOK your reception site, and arrange for parking
  • Visit and BOOK your ceremony location, including rehearsal time
  • Create a save-the-date guest list

6-9 Months Before

  • Schedule and execute Engagement session if creating custom save-the-dates
  • Alert out-of-town guests of wedding date and/or send save-the-date
  • Begin trying on wedding dresses and veils.
  • Start looking at floral designs and interview florists for style and cost
  • Research wedding photography and interview photographers/videographers.
  • Finalize flower and décor ideas, and select a florist. Include specifics of each floral arrangement in your contract
  • Finalize contracts with your wedding photographer and videographer
  • Choose your officiate and discuss ceremony ideas
  • Select three hotels in varying price ranges and reserve rooms for out-of-town guests

4-6 Months Before

  • View wedding invitation styles and research proper wording
  • Look at photos to get ideas for wedding cake designs, and meet with bakers to taste samples
  • Discuss menu ideas with your catering manager
  • Look for the groom’s tux and decide what groomsmen will wear
  • Confirm your bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories
  • Place your wedding invitation order
  • Research and book your rehearsal dinner location
  • Notify any family or friends whom you would like to give readings, sing solos, serve as guest book attendant, etc.
  • Interview and hire any babysitters needed. 

2-3 Months Before

  • Finalize guest list and submit invitation
  • Confirm tuxes have been ordered for groom/groomsmen
  • Choose your get away! Finalize wedding transportation
  • Mail invitations eight weeks before your wedding day! 

1-2 Months Before

  • Begin writing thank you notes for bridal showers and early wedding gifts, and update your registry at the same time.
  • Research where to get your marriage license

3-4 Months Before

  • Prepare a must have shot list for your wedding photographer and videographer
  • Finalize your “must play” and “don’t play” music lists and review with musicians/DJ
  • Design and order your wedding program
  • Call guests who haven’t RSVP’d
  • Get your marriage license, typically no earlier than 30 days before the wedding
  • Research how to change your name 

1-2 Weeks Before

  • Finalize your wedding day schedule (including receiving-line order) and share with attendants, parents, and all vendors
  • Confirm final headcount
  • Give final attendance numbers to vendors and confirm final date/time for deliverables and pick-ups after wedding
  • Finalize your seating arrangements (making sure you involve both sets of parents) and submit to the caterer
  • Prepare place cards
  • Confirm dates/times/locations for all photo and video sessions the day of the wedding
  • Confirm dates/times/locations with all vendors

The Day Before

  • Prepare a list of payment envelopes-including tips-earmarking who is responsible for distributing to vendors
  • Hand out assignment lists and checklists to ensure everyone knows their tasks, including person responsible for transporting gifts
  • Rehearse ceremony with officiate and wedding party 

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