Wedding Planning Checklist

Countdown to Mr. & Mrs.

Remember, this is a traditional Wedding Planning Checklist Time Line as most engagements are approximately one year in length. However, if you have a slightly, or even significantly shorter engagement period to get your cheap wedding plans in order, DO NOT PANIC. With a little extra effort and creativity you can most certainly pull of the Wedding of your Dreams in whatever amount of time you have to work with.Your wedding planning checklist can be modified to suit your timeline.


SIX OR MORE MONTHS AHEAD

Get Your FAT 3-Ring Wedding Budget Planner Workbook Binder Ready!!

Think about the type of wedding you want – backyard or ballroom – big or small – and the time of year you’d like it to take place.

Set Your Budget – And Stick to It.

Hire a Wedding Coordinator. Oh wait, that’s You!!

Pick Your Date

Send Save-The-Date Announcement

Start Practicing Writing Your New Name :)

Choose Your Attendants

Compile and organize Guest List – MUST be invited; SHOULD be invited; Would like to invite if possible

Find and Order/Buy/Make Your Dream Wedding Dress

Pick the Date for and Plan Your Engagement Party

Reserve Ceremony and reception sites

Choose a Color Scheme

Book Officiant

Book Caterer

Book Florist if you aren’t DIYing your wedding flowers

Order Wedding Cake

Book Music (Don’t forget ceremony and reception musicians)

Book Photographer and Videographer

Plan and Book Your Honeymoon

Take and send in Engagement Photo for Newspaper Announcement


FOUR TO SIX MONTHS AHEAD

Register for Gifts

Purchase Wedding Rings

Purchase or Reserve Groom’s Tuxedo and Other Attire

Reserve Rental Equipment such as Tents, Tables and Chairs

Reserve Transportation for Your Wedding Day

Order Wedding Invitations and Book Calligrapher

Choose Bridesmaids’ Dresses

Decide on and Purchase Wedding Favors

Book Your Honeymoon Suite for the Night Of

Choose and Purchase Wedding Party Gifts

Book Rooms for Your Out of Town Guests

 


TWO TO FOUR MONTHS AHEAD

Finalize Catering Menu Selections

Schedule Rehearsal and Make Reservations for Rehearsal Dinner

Start Testing and Trying out Makeup and Hairstyles – Make sure to have your most honest friend with you

Finalize Ceremony Details such as Vows and Readings

Mail Your Wedding Invitations (YAY!!!)


ONE TO TWO MONTHS AHEAD

 

Arrange and Print Ceremony Programs

Prepare Necessary Items and Documentation for Your Name Change

Obtain Marriage License

Book Make Up Artist and Hair Stylist


TWO WEEKS AHEAD

Have Your Final Dream Dress Fitting with ALL Accessories, Undergarments/Lingerie and Shoes

Notify Caterer of Final Guest Head Count (Don’t forget your vendor meals)

Continue Practicing Writing Your New Name :)


ONE WEEK AHEAD (The Final Countdown!)

Pick Up Your Dress, or Arrange Delivery – If you don’t already have it from taking a Wedding Portrait

Confirm Last Minute Details with Caterer

Confirm Honeymoon Arrangements

Make Sure Everyone Knows Their Duties, Responsibilities and Tasks for the Day Of


ONE DAY AHEAD

Confirm Transportation Details for Ceremony and Reception.

Have Manicure and Pedicure.

Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner – Wedding Party Gifts are Presented at this Time.

Prepare Payment and or Tip Envelopes for Officiant and Vendors – Assign a trusted Person to Distribute Them.


THE DAY OF…….

Have a BLAST and Enjoy and Appreciate all Your Hard Work Planning the Budget Wedding of Your Dreams – with the help of your handy Wedding Planning Checklist, of course!