Wedding Planning Checklist

View the checklist below or download the printable version.


12-24 Months

  • Announce engagement
  • Discuss financial matters (money for wedding, joining households, etc.)
  • Determine if parents will be assisting with the wedding costs
  • Hire Eclectic Weddings as your wedding planner
  • Put together budget
  • Determine number of guests

12 Months Before

  • Finalize wedding date
  • Decide on theme/colors/d├ęcor
  • Book ceremony and reception venues
  • Book a caterer if not included with venue
  • Select bridal party and other attendants and ask them to participate in your wedding
  • Start guest list

10 -11 Months Before

  • Determine what customs and/ or traditions, personalized vows, readings and/ or exchanges you would like to include at the ceremony (e.g. lighting of unity candle, flowers to mothers, etc.)
  • Book wedding officiant
  • Book photographer/videographer
  • Book DJ/Band/Musician
  • Book Florist
  • Select and purchase wedding dress, headpiece/ veil, shoes, lingerie and accessories
  • Finish guest list
  • Mail Save the Dates

8-9 Months Before

  • Research parking/transportation
  • Research guest hotel accommodations
  • Reserve hotel room block for guests
  • Reserve honeymoon suite for wedding night
  • Reserve getting-ready suite for the day of the wedding, if required
  • Sign up for premarital counseling, if desired
  • Select bridesmaids and flower girl dresses and accessories
  • Consider ceremony/reception playlist

6-7 Months Before

  • Make arrangements to have bridesmaids and flower girl fitted with dresses
  • Have groomsmen (and possibly ring-bearer and ushers) fitted for tuxedos or alternative formalwear including shoes
  • Groom to select and get fitted for tuxedo or alternative formalwear and shoes
  • Have mothers select their dresses
  • Get listed at a gift registry and select desired gifts
  • Begin planning and booking honeymoon
  • Select invitation design, coordinate with programs, table cards, and thank-you notes
  • Make arrangements for the planning of a rehearsal dinner and day-after-wedding brunch, if desired
  • Order wedding rings
  • Consider your “wedding exit” and purchase something for your guests to throw/use

5 Months Before

  • Select ceremony music
  • Select reception music and prepare list of requests
  • Choose a baker and select wedding cake

4 Months Before

  • Select all flowers for the wedding
  • Decide on speakers (e.g. individuals making toasts) at the reception and ask these individuals about performing these duties
  • Select and arrange with individual(s) to handle guest book at ceremony and reception
  • Select and arrange with individual(s) to hand out wedding ceremony programs
  • Choose/write wedding vows
  • Hire calligrapher to address invitations or print labels

3 Months Before

  • Bride to make all appointments for hair and makeup (including trials) and manicure/ pedicure for wedding
  • Finalize food/menu and beverage selections
  • Select any readings (and readers) for the ceremony
  • Meet with the officiant to review ceremony and finalize vows
  • Determine what customs and/ or traditions you would like to include at the reception (such as formal cake cutting, toasts, etc.)
  • Finalize time and location of rehearsal

2 Months Before

  • Bride and maid of honor to attend follow-up wedding attire fittings
  • Prepare guest list for shower and give to maid of honor
  • Prepare guest list for groom's get together and give to best man
  • Pick up wedding rings; ensure they fit and are engraved
  • Purchase gifts for bridal attendants, parents, ushers and each other
  • Prepare wedding favors
  • Mail out invitations

1 Month Before

  • Obtain marriage license (within legal time required)
  • Write thank you notes as you receive gifts
  • Finalize lists of photos to be taken and video to be shot and provide these to photographer
  • Create seating plan for guests

3 Weeks Before

  • Bride to go in for trial hair and makeup appointment(s) and confirm wedding day appointments
  • Prepare wedding reception toast/speech
  • Select individual to arrange for return of groom's formalwear attire
  • Call anyone who has not responded to invitation

2 Weeks Before

  • Bride and bridesmaids to pick up their gowns/ dresses and all accessories (including veil and/ or headpiece for bride, lingerie for bride, shoes, jewelry, etc.)
  • Pick up all tickets, itinerary, travelers' checks, etc. for honeymoon
  • Provide honeymoon details to close friend or family member
  • Bride to arrange bridesmaids' luncheon and give gifts to attendants
  • Groom to arrange groomsmen get together and give gifts to attendants

1 Week Before

  • Arrange for where wedding gifts and cash that are received on day of wedding are to be dropped off
  • Prepare final checks for vendors' fees (such as musicians, officiant, caterer, florist and wedding planner fees, etc.) and provide these to the wedding planner
  • Pack for honeymoon including clothes, toiletries, tickets, passports, visas, maps, guide books, travelers checks, money, etc.
  • Pack for wedding night including going away outfits, wedding night clothes and next day clothes and toiletries
  • Arrange for temporary stoppage of newspaper and mail while away on honeymoon

2 Days Before Wedding

  • Groom and his attendants to pick up tuxedos/formalwear
  • Give gifts to parents and to each other
  • Confirm early meeting times with bridal party for the day of the wedding

Day Before Wedding/Rehearsal

  • Bride to get manicure/ pedicure
  • Attend rehearsal
  • Groom to give bride's ring to best man
  • Bride to give groom's ring to maid of honor
  • Attend wedding rehearsal dinner/party
  • Be sure to stay hydrated

Day of Wedding (Prior to Ceremony)

  • Wake up with plenty of time to get ready for your special day
  • Remember to eat
  • Bride to get hair and makeup done
  • Get dressed
  • Get to the ceremony venue on time

Day of Wedding (Ceremony and Reception)

  • Relax and enjoy the day!

After the Wedding

  • Send wedding announcements
  • Send out thank you cards for gifts
  • Send out change of address cards
  • Complete any name change paperwork
  • Take wedding dress and veil to cleaners who specialize in gown preservation
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