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Wedding Planning Checklist

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Happiness is ...
being organized!

Whether you’re 2 months away from your wedding date or 12, plan each stage with confidence!

From the little stuff
to the big stuff

Our free wedding planning checklist guides you through 12+ months of the planning process, helping you to manage your time and to-do list—​right up until your big day and beyond.

Mark off your to-do’s and write-in your own. If you’re organized, you’ll have more time to enjoy the process and each other!

Be happy. Download your printable pdf of the checklist today.

Wedding Planning Checklist PDF
12+ months or more

No worries, you got this!

  • Choose a date (or up to 3 so you can be flexible).
  • Talk budget and decide who is contributing what.
  • Discover your 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.
  • Begin compiling a guest list.
  • Explore ceremony and reception venue options.
  • Start assembling a team of wedding pros:
    planner, photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, and musicians.
10-11 months

You’re on a roll ...

  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories.
  • Reserve ceremony and reception venues.
  • Book officiant.
  • Hire photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, florist, and planner.
  • Mail your Save the Dates.
  • Purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments.
  • Establish a fitness routine.
  • Establish a skin care/beauty routine.
8-9 months

Get your colors on!

  • Find 3 hotels (at different price points) for out-of-town guests.
  • Refine guest list.
  • Create gift registries at 3 national retailers.
  • Request your Free Custom Color Swatches (for easy color matching with attire, décor, etc.)
  • Browse Wedding Invitation designs and coordinating stationery (Enclosures, Programs, Menu Cards, Thank Yous, and Favors).
  • Begin planning honeymoon
6-7 months

Good job! What’s next?

  • Explore wedding day hair and makeup styles.
  • Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony.
  • Reserve rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor, etc.
  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings.
  • Decide on groomsmen attire.
  • Personalize & order Just One® Wedding Invitation.
4-5 months

The finishing touches...

  • Choose flowers for: wedding party, attendants, venues, cake, etc.
  • Schedule dress fittings.
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels.
  • Book room for wedding night.
  • Order wedding cake.
  • Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.
  • Prepare {play/do not play} lists for DJ/band.
  • Finalize wedding guest list.
  • Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list.
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue.
  • Order Rehearsal Dinner Invitations.
3 months

You’re getting close!

  • Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order.
  • Plan ceremony and reception seating.
  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist.
  • Finalize readers and readings.
  • Purchase: toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow.
  • Finalize reception menu.
  • Order Menu Cards.
  • Order Wedding Favors.
2 months

Crunch Time

  • Mail Wedding 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 seating arrangements.
  • Finalize playlists with musicians.
  • Finalize fittings for wedding party and parents.
  • Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant and wedding party.
  • Write out honeymoon itinerary for family at home.
  • Decide “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.”
  • Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party.
  • Book wedding day transportation.
  • Purchase gifts for attendants.
  • Order Just One® Wedding Program.
1 month

Don’t Forget ...

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

Down to the wire.

  • Follow up with guests who have not 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.
  • Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians.
  • Get final haircut and color.
  • 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

Relax, almost there!

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

Day Before

Can you believe it?

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

Wedding Day

Enjoy your day!

  • Eat a good breakfast! Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.
  • Give wedding rings and officiant fee to best man.
  • Relax, smile, and soak in every incredible moment.
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Wrapping things up...

  • Ensure tuxes and rentals have been returned.
  • Get wedding dress to preservationist or cleaners.

Wishing you all the best!

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