The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

by D Weddings

Planning a wedding is not for the faint of heart, but it’s easier if you have a good game plan. Here’s a 12-month timeline and checklist to guide you along the way.

Download a printable checklist here.

12 Months Before:
 Determine your budget.
☐ Make your guest list.
☐ Hire a planner.
☐ Reserve your date and venues.
☐ Book your officiant.
☐ Research vendors.
☐ Ask your wedding party.

Eight to 10 Months Before:
 Book the entertainment.
☐ Hire your photographer and videographer.
☐ 
Buy a dress.
☐ Meet with caterers.
☐ Reserve hotel-room blocks for out-of-town attendees.
☐ Register.
☐ Create your wedding website.

Six to Seven Months Before:
 Send save-the-dates.
☐ Buy your invitations.
☐ Book a florist.
☐ Order bridesmaids dresses.
☐ Start planning your honeymoon.

Four to Five Months Before:
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Book the rehearsal-dinner venue.
☐ Order your cake and groom’s cake.
☐ Shop for menswear.
☐ Begin dress fittings.
☐ Select songs for first dances and work on song list for band or DJ.
☐ Get/renew passports if needed.

Three Months Before:
 Rent menswear.
☐ Finalize the order of the ceremony and the reception.
☐ Purchase wedding bands.
☐ Order favors.
☐ Print menu cards and programs.
☐ Book hair and makeup artists and complete trial runs.

Two Months Before:
 Mail invitations.
☐ Scout locations with photographer if needed.
☐ Purchase gifts for bridal party, parents, and each other.

One Month Before:
 Get your marriage license.
☐ Mail rehearsal-dinner invitations.
☐ Complete final dress fitting.
☐ Determine seating arrangements.
☐ Send in final payments.
☐ Confirm times with vendors.

Two Weeks Before:
 Give photographer your shot list.
☐ Give DJ or band your final song list.
☐ Complete any skin or hair treatments.
☐ Check with invitees who haven’t RSVPed.
☐ Send the final guest list to the caterer and venues.

Week Of:
 Reconfirm times with vendors.
☐ Send day-of timeline to the bridal party and family.
☐ Pick up your dress.
☐ Put together welcome baskets and distribute.

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2 Responses to “The Ultimate Wedding Checklist”

  • Shanna | August 14, 2015 | Reply

    As a makeup artist, I can tell you that if you wait till three months out to book your beauty vendors (especially if you’re booking during April, May, September, or October) you may very well find yourself out of luck. We are booking May of 2016 already. This timeline may need some updating. 🙂

    • Sasha | October 8, 2015 | Reply

      Hi Shanna: You are absolutely right! I just booked my venue and beginning to shop for a dress, make up artist, photographer, etc. Are you in LA by any chance?