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Wedding Planning Checklist

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Plan your wedding with confidence! Our free wedding planning checklist guides you through each stage of the planning process, helping you manage your time and your to-do list right up until you say “I do”.

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First Things First
Ready, Set, Check
Crunch Time
Down to the Wire
The Big Day
Happily Ever After

First Things First

Just engaged? Don’t panic!
Start with these items first.

12+ months before your wedding

  • Congratulations! Announce engagement.
  • Choose a date.
  • Talk budget and determine
    who is contributing what.
  • Decide on a wedding style. (Take our quiz!)
  • Choose wedding party:
    Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, Best Man and Groomsmen, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.
  • Create a wedding website.
  • Get engagement ring insured and
    consider purchasing wedding insurance.
  • Take engagement photos.
  • Personalize and order Just One® Save the Date.
  • Begin compiling your guest list.
  • Research ceremony and reception venues.
  • Research wedding planner and vendors:
    photographer, videographer, caterer, and musicians.
  • Research wedding dress and veil styles.
  • Sign up for Pinterest and create wedding style/idea boards. Start pinning!
  • Subscribe to Bride Vibe, MagnetStreet’s e-newsletter.
  • Order Save the Dates.

10–​12 months before your wedding

  • Mail Save the Dates.
  • Research florists.
  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories.
  • Book ceremony and reception venues.
  • Book officiant.
  • Book photographer, videographer, caterer,
    musicians, and planner.
  • Purchase wedding dress and veil.
  • Establish a fitness routine.
  • Establish a skin care/beauty routine.

8–​10 months before your wedding

  • Research three hotels for out-of-town guests.
  • Finalize guest list.
  • Register at three national retailers.
  • Book florist.

Ready, Set, Check

You’re on a roll!
Let’s check some more things off.

6–​8 months before your wedding

  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings.
  • Choose groomsmen attire.
  • Book ceremony musicians.
  • Book transportation to and from venues.
  • Purchase wedding bands.
  • Personalize and order Just One® Wedding Invitation.

4–​6 months before your wedding

  • Choose flowers:
    wedding party, venues, cake, attendants.
  • Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.
  • Schedule dress fittings.
  • Prepare {play/do not play} playlists for DJ/band.
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels.

3 months before your wedding

  • Plan ceremony and reception
    seating arrangements.
  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist.
  • Finalize readers and readings.
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue.
  • Purchase: toasting flutes, serving pieces,
    guestbook, flower basket and ring-bearer pillow.
  • Finalize reception menu.
  • Order Menu Cards and other Reception Items.
  • Order Favors and Thank You Cards (if you do not plan to include a wedding photo on your Thank Yous).

Crunch Time

You’re getting close!
Time to tackle your next to-do list.

2 months before your wedding

  • Mail Invitations.
  • Develop system for organizing RSVPs.
  • Begin writing vows.
  • Review ceremony details with officiant.
  • Lay out the content for Wedding Programs.
  • Apply for marriage license: order 2-3 extra.
  • Finalize wedding day timeline.
  • Finalize seating arrangements.
  • Finalize playlists with musicians.
  • Finalize fittings and attire for
    wedding party and parents.
  • Create “wedding day” schedule
    and send to vendors and officiant.
  • Create honeymoon itinerary for family at home.
  • Decide “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.”
  • Book spa and beauty treatments
    for you and bridal party.
  • Book wedding day transportation.
  • Purchase gifts for attendants.
  • Order Just One® Wedding Program.

1 month before your wedding

  • Call vendors to confirm date, times and location.
  • Final dress fitting.
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations.
  • Pick up wedding rings.
  • Pick up marriage license.
  • Pack for honeymoon.
  • Write Thank You notes as gifts are received.
  • Order Wedding Programs.

Down to the Wire

Don’t forget these last-minute details.
You got this!

2 weeks before your wedding

  • Follow up with guests who haven’t yet RSVP’d.
  • Give final count to caterer.
  • Update registries.
  • Begin breaking in wedding shoes.
  • Make arrangements for the caring of pets
    and plants while on honeymoon.
  • Get final haircut and color.
  • Get playlists to DJ/Musicians.
  • Delegate wedding day duties:
    gift table, guestbook, etc.
  • Delegate someone to return tuxes,
    rentals and tend to wedding dress.
  • Send directions to wedding day
    limo/transportation driver.

1 week before your wedding

  • Prepare final payments to vendors
    + cash tips for service personnel.
  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit.
  • Lay out wedding clothes.
  • Give readers their scripts, if necessary.
  • Give photographer and videographer
    your image and video requests.
  • Get spa treatments for you and the bridal party.

The day before your wedding

  • Deliver welcome baskets.
  • Get mani/pedi/massage.
  • Attend wedding rehearsal.
  • Have fun at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Get to bed at a decent hour!

The Big Day

You made it! Here are a few tips
to help make this your best day ever.

  • Eat a good breakfast!
  • Mail wedding announcements.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.
  • Give wedding rings and officiant fee to the Best Man.
  • Congratulations! Relax, smile, and soak in every incredible moment.

Happily Ever After

You’re married! Just a few final things to keep in mind.

After the wedding

  • Return tuxes, rentals.
  • Get wedding dress to preservationist or cleaners.

After the honeymoon