A Simple Wedding Plan Checklist

Are you planning your wedding and finding it difficult to keep track of everything and not forget a very important step? If so, try our simple wedding plan checklist. We have made it easy and convenient for brides to be to plan ahead for their special day and not miss anything along the way.

12 Months Before

  • Work on the budget
  • Choose a wedding date – select a few days in case your first choice is booked
  • Choose a location and reserve your ceremony and reception site(s)
  • Begin a rough guest list and compile current addresses
  • Decide on who you’d like to have as your attendants, including your maid of honor and best man
  • Begin shopping for your wedding gown

6-9 Months Before

  • Choose one or more bridal gift registry
  • Order your wedding gown
  • Order other bridal accessories – shoes, gloves and veil
  • Begin shopping for bridesmaids dresses
  • Find an officiant who will perform your ceremony

4-6 Months Before

  • Select and order your wedding invitations, invitation envelopes and thank-you cards
  • Start researching wedding cake pictures and local bakeries for ideas
  • Book a room for your wedding night, if you will be leaving for your honeymoon the next morning
  • Book hotel rooms or arrange other accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Finalize your guest list and send out save-the-date cards, if using
  • Print out directions to the ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner and hotel(s) for guests

2-4 Months Before

  • Find out what your state’s requirements are for obtaining a marriage license and get blood tests done, if required
  • Order tuxedos for the groom and groomsmen
  • Meet with your caterer to discuss the menu and your bar/liquor needs
  • Meet with your officiant to discuss ceremony details, wording and wedding vows
  • Select wedding readings
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Buy thank-you gifts for your attendants, flower girl and ring bearer
  • Shop for a gift for your new spouse-to-be
  • Select and purchase wedding rings, and have them engraved if desired
  • Coordinate and choose a location for the rehearsal dinner
  • Contact party rental companies for tents, tables, arches, etc. if necessary
  • Book any other specialty services – ice sculptures, photo booths, etc.
  • Choose your hair and makeup stylists and schedule a trial for both; also book appointments to have your hair, make-up and nails done on the day of the wedding

1-2 Months Before

  • Mail invitations out to everyone eight weeks prior to the wedding date and send accommodation info to your out-of-town guests
  • Compile and complete name change documents or purchase a bridal name change kit online
  • Have ceremony programs printed
  • Purchase a guest book, pen and other wedding accessories including toasting glasses, cake knife, ring pillow, etc.

2 Weeks to 1 Month Before

  • Create a seating chart for the reception and make table numbers and place cards (or have your calligrapher work on these)
  • Contact your caterer with a final guest count
  • Print out a timeline of events for your wedding party and vendors – include contact information and cell phone numbers
  • Meet with your photographer to finalize your wedding photo list of any must-have photos
  • Contact your florist to confirm your final flower order (bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, etc.) and go over any decor details or venue logistics for the big day
  • Finalize your ceremony and reception music and song lists for your wedding band or DJ
  • Pick up wedding bands and make sure the fit is good
  • Schedule a final wedding dress fitting
  • Apply for your marriage license

1 Week Before

  • Write out final checks to your wedding vendors (each organized in an envelope) and let your wedding coordinator or one of your attendants to distribute at the wedding
  • Pick up your wedding gown
  • Pick up your marriage license
  • Confirm transportation reservations

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