The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist
Let's face it, no matter how much time you have, wedding preparation takes a long time to finish. In reality, the average time spent preparing a wedding is around 240 hours! With job commitments, friends, and family, it might be challenging to research and hire the providers that will make your wedding unique. Not to mention all of the details, options, and decisions that come with arranging one of life's most important celebrations.
As a result, we created a timeline guide (which you can download in a shortened form here) that includes all of the tasks you'll need to do in the lead up to your wedding.
One year and more before the wedding
You said yes, and now it's time to party! All of the new stuff might be overwhelming, but now is the ideal time to connect with your future spouse and genuinely have in-depth talks about how you both imagine your wedding day.
Announce your engagement!
Choose your wedding party
Hire a wedding planner
Decide the theme and style
Choose a venue
Hire a caterer
11-10 months before the wedding
Prepare your Pinterest boards and choose your favorite colors, wedding apparel, and photographs. This is the period when you will be reviewing vendors who are actually booked months in advance. But that's part of the joy of finding the right one!
Choose a color scheme
Hire a photographer, videographer, band, DJ, and florist
Pick out your wedding attire and/or go dress shopping
Shop around for wedding invitations
9-7 months before the wedding
Ready to spread the news of your wedding!
Buy wedding attire and/or wedding dress
Send out your save-the-dates
Start a wedding gift registry
Choose favorite florals
Research and book your rehearsal dinner location
Select music for wedding ceremony
Research and select rentals
Hire an officiant
6-5 months before the wedding
We've made it halfway to the finish line! If your wedding site is a long distance away from where your guests will be sleeping. Remember to reserve hotel rooms and organize transportation for you and your visitors.
Book transportation for yourself and your guests
Reserve your honeymoon
Place rental order or buy wedding party attire
4-2 months before the wedding
The big day is almost here before you know it. Use this time to do some pampering and connect with your future spouse on outlining the ceremony and what you both want.
Choose your wedding cake
Order wedding bands
Make appointments for hair and makeup trials
Choose favors for guests
Send out your wedding invitations
Begin writing your vows
Think about ceremony readings
Break in those wedding shoes
1 month before the wedding
Congrats! You in the final days and soon single digits until you marry the love of your life. Remember to finalize your plans and commitments to prevent worrying out in the days leading up to the big day.
Assemble gift bags
Make final payments to vendors
Create a seating chart
Go through a final venue walkthrough
Final wedding attire fitting
Practice your vows out loud
The night before the wedding
You did it! Pop the bottles of champagne. You’re getting married tomorrow!
Eat healthy meal
Get a good nights sleep
Do you still need advice on how to organize your wedding day? We love discussing the details of your unique I Do's. Fill out our contact form to set up a complimentary consultation with us! I'm very excited to meet you!