Wedding TO DO Checklist (12-18 months)

12 – 18 months

  • Announce your engagement!
  • Select your wedding date
  • Discuss the budget and decide who will pay for what
  • Determine your wedding style
  • Select your wedding party:
    Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, Best Man and Groomsmen, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.
  • Create your wedding website (include date, time, location, accommodation info, gift registry, activities and events)
  • Get your engagement ring insured and consider purchasing wedding insurance
  • Begin compiling your guest list
  • Research ceremony and reception sites
  • Schedule ceremony and reception venue options
  • Research and begin assembling your team of wedding professionals: planner, photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, stationer and musicians
  • Research wedding dress and veil styles.
  • Create wedding inspiration (physical boards, Pintrest, etc.)
  • Have engagement photos taken
  • Start browsing Save the Date designs
  • Order your Save the Dates (include wedding date, city/state and website)

10 – 11 months

  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories
  • Reserve ceremony and reception venues (Metropolitan areas could be booked out 18 months)
  • Book officiant
  • Hire photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, florist, and planner
  • Mail your Save the Dates
  • Purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments

8 – 9 months

  • Find 2 or 3 hotels (at different price points) for out-of-town guests
  • Refine guest list
  • Create gift registries (consider including national retailers for out of town guests)
  • Browse Wedding Invitation designs and coordinating stationery (Enclosures, Programs, Menu Cards, Thank You notes, and Favors)
  • Begin planning honeymoon

6 – 7 months

  • Explore wedding day hair and makeup styles
  • Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony
  • Reserve rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor, etc.
  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings
  • Decide on groomsmen attire
  • Hire ceremony musicians
  • Book transportation to and from venues
  • Purchase wedding bands
  • Finalize guest list
  • Order Wedding Invitations
  • Order Stationery for your Thank You notes (bridal showers and wedding gifts)
  • Hire a Calligrapher if you plan to have your invitations addressed for you
  • Decide on hostess gifts (showers, etc)

4 – 5 months

  • Choose flowers for: wedding party, attendants, venues, cake, etc.
  • Schedule dress fittings
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels
  • Book room for wedding night
  • Order wedding cake
  • Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
  • Prepare (play/do not play) lists for DJ/band
  • Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue
  • Order Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

3 months

  • Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order
  • Plan ceremony and reception seating
  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist
  • Finalize readers and readings
  • Purchase: toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow
  • Finalize reception menu
  • Order Menu Cards and personalized beverage napkins
  • Order Wedding Favors

2 months

  • Mail Wedding Invitations (consider having them hand-cancelled at the Post Office)
  • Develop system for organizing RSVPs
  • Begin writing vows
  • Review ceremony details with officiant
  • Lay out the content for Wedding Programs
  • Order Wedding Programs
  • Apply for marriage license: order 2-3 extra
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Finalize playlists with musicians
  • Finalize fittings for wedding party and parents
  • Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant and wedding party
  • Write out honeymoon itinerary for family at home
  • Decide “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue”
  • Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party
  • Book wedding day transportation
  • Purchase gifts for attendants

1 month

  • Call vendors to confirm date, times and location.
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Pick up marriage license
  • Final dress fitting (with shoes & undergarments)
  • Write Thank You notes as gifts are received

2 weeks

  • Follow up with guests who have not RSVP’d
  • Give final count to caterer
  • Update registries
  • Begin breaking in wedding shoes
  • Make arrangements for the caring of pets and plants while on honeymoon
  • Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians
  • Get final haircut and color
  • Delegate wedding day duties: gift table, guestbook, etc.
  • Delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals and tend to wedding dress
  • Send directions to wedding day limo/transportation driver

1 week

  • Prepare final payments to vendors + cash tips for service personnel
  • Give readers their scripts
  • Give photographer and videographer your image and video requests
  • Lay out wedding clothes
  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit
  • Get spa treatments for you and the bridal party

Day Before

  • Deliver welcome baskets
  • Get mani/pedi/massage
  • Attend wedding rehearsal
  • Have fun at the rehearsal dinner
  • Get to bed at a decent hour!

Wedding Day

  • Eat a good breakfast! Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready
  • Give wedding rings and officiant fee to best man
  • Relax, smile, and soak in every incredible moment

Final Details…Don’t Forget

  • Ensure tuxes and rentals have been returned
  • Get wedding dress to preservationist or cleaners
  • Order Thank You notes (include a wedding photo)
  • Order Personalized Stationery with your new last name

Now. . .go live and enjoy your wonderful, fabulous, love-filled, happy life!



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