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
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
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 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!