Your Go-To Wedding Checklist ✅


Photography By: Artina Becker, forHisglory Photography


12+ MONTHS BEFORE

Plan your wedding budget

Assemble your ‘planning team’. (Hire a wedding consultant if desired)

Set your wedding date

Start planning the guest list

Book ceremony and reception sites

Select your wedding party and ask them to be a part of your big day


8-10 MONTHS BEFORE

Shop for and order your wedding gown

Research and book wedding professionals:

Photographer

Videographer

Reception Band or DJ

Florist

Graphic designer (for invitations, signs, etc.)


6-8 MONTHS BEFORE

Book ceremony musicians

Order attendant dresses

Research hair salons and make-up professionals

Start planning your honeymoon

Send save-the-date cards


4-6 MONTHS BEFORE

Attend pre-wedding counseling, if required / desired

Order invitations and wedding rings

Show for men’s formal wear

Renew / get passports if needed for honeymoon

Research and book baker / cake designer

Call to schedule alterations appointments

Schedule rehearsal dinner


3 MONTHS BEFORE

Order wedding cake

Hire wedding day transportation: limousines or other cars


2 MONTHS BEFORE

Make sure all wearing suits / tuxedos have been measured for formal wear

Mail your invitations

Purchase gifts for parents, attendants, and each other

Do your hair and make-up trials


1 MONTH BEFORE

Apply for a marriage license

Have a final gown fitting.

Remember to bring along the person who will be helping bustle your dress

Set your pick-up date for your gown (if applicable) so that it will be pressed and ready for your big day

Make sure attendants have finalized alterations, pick-up dates, and steaming / pressing for their dresses

Make last-minute adjustments with vendors

Create a wedding program


2 WEEKS BEFORE

Review final RSVP list

Finalize photography must-have shots and list of who should be included in formal shots

Deliver final song list to DJ or bandleader

Get your last pre-wedding haircut and color


WEEK OF

Give reception site / caterer final guest count

Supply location manager with vendor requests

Plan seating chart

Print place cards and deliver to reception site manager

Coordinate and confirm vendor setup and delivery times and wedding day details

Those wearing suits / tuxedos should attend formal wear final fittings


DAY/NIGHT BEFORE

Write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts (parents) about any final balances that need to be paid at the end of the reception

Rehearse ceremony and enjoy rehearsal dinner

Bring unity candle or any ceremony accessories to the site

Give your marriage license to your officiant


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