Wedding Planning Checklist

Consider this my digital timeline! Crossing off items as I go…counting the days until we say I DO!!

August, September, & October 2016

  • Announce Your Engagement
  • Envision Overall Wedding Style And Colors
  • Draw Up Budget With Help From Families
  • Protect Your Engagement Ring (Appraisal And Insurance)
  • Choose Wedding Date And Time
  • Start Outlining Initial Guest List
  • Create Wedding Website
  • Start Researching Ceremony And Reception Sites
  • Book Any Priority Vendors
  • Interview And Book A Day Or Week Of Planner

November, December, 2016 & January 2017

  • Reserve Your Date At Your Church, Or Plan Civil Service Site
  • Book Reception Venue
  • Choose And Book Officiant
  • Choose Bridal Party (Bridesmaids, Groomsman, Flower Girl, Ring Bearer, Readers, Guest Book Attendants)
  • Settle On Wedding Colors And Style
  • Decide On A Caterer And Determine Rough Price Per Head And Think About Menu
  • Start Shopping For Wedding Dresses
  • Finalize Guest List
  • Research Photographers
  • Research Djs
  • Procure Your Flowers, Set Up Appointments With Florists In The Area And Discuss Options
  • Research Lighting And Rental Places In Your Area

February, March, & April, 2017

  • Order Wedding Dress
  • Register For Gifts
  • Think About Bridesmaid Dresses
  • Plan Out Ceremony
  • Book Florist
  • Book Photographer
  • Book DJ
  • Engagement Photos
  • Plan Honeymoon
  • Book Ceremony Musician
  • Research Hair And Makeup
  • Interview And Book Cake Baker
  • Choose Bridesmaids Dresses So They Can Order And Have Fittings
  • Prep For Out Of Town Guests, Set Aside A Block Of Rooms At A Nearby Hotel (Include This On Your Wedding Website And In Invitation Insert)
  • Order Save-The-Dates And Send To All Guests
  • Start Planning Rehearsal Dinner
  • Finalize And Order Wedding Invitations
  • Finalize Menu With Caterer
  • Confirm Bridesmaids Have All Ordered Their Dresses
  • Research Wedding Insurance
  • Browse Centerpieces Ideas

May & June, 2017

  • Finalize Your Flower Proposal With Your Florist
  • Decide On Formal Wear For The Guys
  • Begin Addressing Envelopes
  • Finalize Rental List (Tables, Chairs, Extras)
  • Make Honeymoon Travel Reservations, Flights, Rooms, Ensure Passports Are Up To Date
  • Book Wedding-Night Accommodations
  • Book Rehearsal Dinner Site And Finalize Menu

July 2017

  • Choose Accessories For Your Bridesmaids And Confirm Dress Deliveries
  • Buy Or Rent Decorations That Aren’t Included In Your Flower Proposal
  • Make All Prewedding Beauty Appointments (Facials, Haircuts)
  • Attend Prewedding Counseling
  • Have Rings Adjusted
  • Send Out Invitations!!!
  • Decide On Wedding Favors
  • Finalize Details For Bridesmaid Luncheon
  • Arrange For Day Of Transportation, If Needed
  • Confirm Delivery Date Of Your Dress And Schedule Fittings
  • Purchase Your Under-The-Dress Essentials In Time For First Fitting
  • Have Your Bridal Shower
  • Figure Out Ceremony Readings
  • Start Writing Your Vows
  • Draw Up Reception Song List

Aug 2017

  • Start Working On The Ceremony Program
  • Bachelorette Party!!
  • Buy Wedding Veil, Shoes, And All Accessories
  • Decide On Your “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue”
  • Research Local Marriage License Requirements
  • Confirm OOTG Hotel Reservations And Check With Hotel To Ensure You Don’t Need To Block Out More Rooms
  • Schedule Hair And Makeup Trail Appointments To Take Place 3-4 Weeks Before The Wedding
  • Get Going On Those Thank You’s For The Gifts!

Sept. 1-16, 2017

  • Finalize Ceremony
  • Send Rehearsal Dinner Invites
  • Have Ceremony Programs Printed
  • Work Out Day Of Schedule (Hour By Hour)
  • Plan Night Before
  • Organize OOTG Welcome Bags

Sept. 15-31, 2017

  • Call Guests Who Haven’t Returned Their RSVP Cards
  • Organize Seating Chart
  • Give Caterer, Baker Final Headcount
  • Get All Needs From Vendors
  • Work On Escort Cards
  • Confirm Any Transportation
  • Shop And Pack For The Honeymoon
  • Confirm ALL Final Payments
  • Confirm And Distribute Day-Of Schedule And Contact List To Wedding Party, Family, Vendors
  • Prepare Wedding Toasts
  • Practice Walking In Your Wedding Shoes
  • Pack Wedding Overnight Bag
  • Leave A Copy Of The Honeymoon Itinerary With Close Friends And Family, Including Contact For The Hotel
  • Put Any Final Payments And Tips In Envelopes And Give To Someone To Distribute Day Of
  • Give The “Must-Take” List To The Photographer
  • Apply For Marriage License Together
  • Special Song Request List To DJ
  • One Last Haircut Or Trim Or Color
  • Arrange For Transportation For OOTG Who Will Not Rent Cars

Oct. 1-9, 2017

  • Touch Base With Ceremony & Reception Venue
  • Give Place Cards, Table Numbers, Menu Cards, Guest Book To Caterer (If They Are Organizing Them)
  • Reconfirm With Florist
  • Deliver Welcome Bags To OOTG Hotels
  • Confirm Toasts With Bridal Party And Family

Oct. 13, 2017 – DAY BEFORE

  • Manicure, Pedicure
  • Bring Any Ceremony Accessories To Site
  • Rehearse The Ceremony
  • Give Marriage License To Officiant
  • Give Attendants Gifts At The Rehearsal Dinner
  • Prep Hair And Makeup Schedules
  • SLEEP!!!!!!

October 14,2017 – WEDDING DAY!

  • Try To Get Hair And Makeup Done Early
  • Give Gifts To Parents And Each Other
  • Give Rings To Best Man And Maid Of Honor




About Alexa

I may not be a Christina Hendricks red-head, but I am by no means a brunette! I'm a 20-something young professional working as a corporate receptionist and office assistant in Bethesda, MD! I have a great interest in DIY, organization, photography, wine, anything creative, travel, beaches and writing. Check back for updates on the blog about product reviews, gender-related topics, my take on trending topics in the entertainment industry, DIY projects, recipes, wedding planning stories and life's happenings. Oh, and sports (Go Redskins!; C-A-P-S! CAPS! CAPS! CAPS!; Let's Go NATS!).
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