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Your Guide To Making Wedding Planning Easy

Updated: Feb 5, 2021

 With so many tasks to take care of and details to arrange, planning a wedding can seem overwhelming. But, if you give yourself enough time to plan and sort the tasks month by month with a wedding-planning checklist and wedding timeline, the job becomes more fun and less stressful.

By Breaking down the task into bite size pieces it will be a lot easier and a lot less hectic. lucky for you we have a month to month timeline for your special day!

10-12 Months Before Wedding

  • Introduce both families and officially announce your engagement.

  • Find out who pays for what and start a budget.  

  • Create a guest list.

  • Compare calendars and select a tentative date.

  • Choose your wedding party.

  • Create a wedding website to share your engagement.

  • Conduct interviews and hire a wedding coordinator if applicable.

  • Decide if you want premarital counseling.

  • Start looking at photos of wedding dresses for inspiration.  

  • Begin thinking about where you want to honeymoon.

  • Visit and book your reception site, and arrange for parking.

  • Visit and book your ceremony location, including rehearsal time.

  • Create a save-the-date guest list.

6-9 Months Before Wedding

  • Alert out-of-town guests of wedding date by sending out save-the-date cards.

  •  Find a bridal salon and begin trying on wedding dresses and veils.

  • Get ideas for honeymoon locations and research pricing.

  • Start looking at floral designs and interview florists for style and cost.  

  • Search for menu ideas and start meeting with caterers.  

  • Book Doodle Fly photography and Epic Entertainment

  • Finalize flower and décor ideas, and select a florist.  

  • hire a caterer

  • Order your gown and wedding veil.  

  • Shop for and select the perfect bridesmaid dress.

  • Book your honeymoon!

  • Find out if your ceremony location requires liability insurance.

  • Finalize contracts with your wedding photographer and videographer.

  • Browse and purchase wedding dress accessories, shoes, lingerie, purse

  • Choose your officiant and discuss ceremony ideas.

  • Start thinking about all of your gift registry options.

  • Select three hotels in varying price ranges and reserve rooms for out-of-town guests.

4-5 Months Before Wedding

  • View wedding invitation styles

  • Look at photos to get ideas for wedding cake designs, and meet with bakers to taste samples.

  • Discuss menu ideas with your catering manager.

  • Shop for wedding rings.

  • Look for the groom’s tux and decide what groomsmen will wear.

  • Confirm your bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories.

  • Have your mother and future mother-in-law select their dresses.

  • Compare pricing and place your wedding invitation order.

  • Purchase your wedding rings

  • Get ideas for wedding favors.

  • Confirm dates for bridal showers and bachelorette parties.

  • Make sure you’ve started your registries before bridal shower invitations are sent.  

  • Choose your baker and finalize wedding cake.

  • Reserve rental equipment such as chairs, tables, linens, tents, etc.  

  • Research and book your rehearsal dinner location.

  • Get ideas for wedding hair and makeup.

  • Interview and hire any additional management staff and babysitters if needed.

  • Give your guest list to shower hostesses and check that your registry has enough items.

  • Update wedding website.

  • Consider getting wedding insurance.

2-3 Months Before Wedding

  • Book makeup artist and hairstylist.

  • Order your wedding favors.

  • Candles, baskets, ring pillow… it’s time to start browsing and purchasing wedding accessories!

  • Consider signing up for dance classes.

  • Schedule your last tasting and finalize menu.

  • Find gifts for each other

  • Confirm tuxes have been ordered for groom and groomsmen.

  • Prep for your honeymoon.

  • Finalize wedding transportation.

  • Check that there are enough options left on your registry, and update your wedding website.

  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans and order rehearsal invitations, menus, table numbers, escort cards, and any other stationary accessories.

  • Mail invitations eight weeks before your wedding day.

1-2 Months Before Wedding

  • Have your first bridal gown fitting. Remember to bring stockings, shoes, the appropriate bra, hair accessories, jewelry, a camera, and your mom or best friend.

  • Finalize ceremony readings and songs, review with performers.

  • Order liquor and beverages not handled by caterer.

  • Meet with your officiant to finalize the ceremony, including attendant formations.

  • Begin writing your vows if applicable.

  • Begin writing thank-you notes for the bridal shower and early wedding gifts. Also update your registry.

  • Research where to get your marriage license.

  • Schedule the bridesmaids’ luncheon and buy attendant gifts if you haven’t already.

  • Consider liability insurance for your reception location.

3-4 Weeks Before Wedding

  • Finalize your jewelry, which may include something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

  • Prepare a must-have shot list for your wedding photographer and videographer.

  • Finalize your “must play” and “don’t play” music lists and review with musicians.

  • Practice your first dance wearing your bridal shoes.

  • Design and order your wedding program.

  • Confirm honeymoon and travel arrangements, and give loved ones your itinerary in case of emergency.

  • Call guests who haven’t RSVP’d.

  • Pick up your wedding rings.

  • Get your marriage license, typically no earlier than 30 days before the wedding.

  • Research how to change your name.

  • Mail your rehearsal-dinner invitations.

  • Meet with your stylist to discuss and test the perfect makeup and hair for your bridal style.

1-2 Weeks Before Wedding

  • Have your final wedding gown fitting.

  • Finalize your wedding-day schedule and share with attendants, parents, and all vendors.

  • Confirm all of your beauty appointments.

  • Confirm pick-up times, schedules, and addresses with your wedding-day transportation.

  • Pick up your wedding dress and make sure all your accessories are together.

  • Pick up the groom’s outfit, make sure it fits, and gather all of his accessories together.

  • Finalize your vows for the ceremony.

  • Get your hair colored and trimmed.

  • Confirm final headcount.

  • Give final attendance numbers to vendors and confirm final date and time for deliverables and pick-ups after wedding.

  • Pack for your wedding night and honeymoon.

  • Create a “wedding box” to gather your ceremony accessories (marriage license, candles, ring pillow, basket, guest book) and assign someone to transport.

  • Prepare a “reception box” for accessories such as guest books, cameras, toasting goblets, cake toppers, etc., and assign someone to transport.

  • Prepare all of your wedding favors for transportation to reception venue and assign someone to move them.

  • Finalize your seating arrangements and submit to caterer.

  • Prepare place cards.

  • Confirm dates, times, and locations for all photo and video sessions the day of the wedding.

  • Confirm dates, times, locations with all vendors.

The Day Before Wedding

  • Prepare a list of payment envelopes – including tips – earmarking who is responsible for distributing to vendors.

  • Hand out assignment lists and checklists to ensure everyone knows their tasks, including the person responsible for transporting gifts.

  • Hand out ceremony box to appropriate person.

  • Hand out reception box to appropriate person.

  • Hand out favor box to appropriate person.

  • Assign someone to mail your announcement cards.

  • Gather together your wedding dress, accessories, and bridal emergency kit.

  • Get a manicure, pedicure, and massage.

  • Rehearse ceremony with officiant and wedding party.

The Wedding Day

  • Your day has arrived! You may be nervous, but try to eat breakfast and drink plenty of fluids.

  • Take a lavender bath – it’s very relaxing.

  • Be sure to wear a button-down shirt for your hair and makeup appointments.

  • Enjoy the day!

After The Wedding

  • Get your wedding dress cleaned and preserved.

  • Preserve your bouquet.

  • Write and mail your thank-you notes.

  • Complete your name-change kit.

  • Check into your store’s bridal registry completion program.

  • Meet with photography and videographer to finalize albums and video.

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!! A go to list your big day!

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