Your ultimate wedding planning checklist.
FROM THE LITTLE STUFF TO THE BIG STUFF.
You’re engaged! Now what? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’ve created a wedding planning checklist that includes a variety of tips and advice to help you to manage your time and RESULTS LIST (not a to-do list)—right up until your big day.
Wedding planning can quickly become overwhelming, but if you’re organized, you’ll have more time to enjoy to actually the process and each other instead of constantly worrying if you have everything figured out. I’m here to make your wedding process fun, easy-going, and simple!
12+ MONTHS OUT
Don’t worry, you’ve got this!
+ Determine your budget, but try not to get too specific. An overall budget is a good start.
+ Narrow down your top 3-5 venues, tour them, and choose your dream venue. Then make a guest list and narrow it down to a specific number once you know how many guests are able to fit at your venue.
+ Book your caterer and wedding planner (if you decide to have one — I highly recommend it), and have your overall wedding theme and design figured out.
9-11 MONTHS OUT
+ Book vendors that book up quickly; including your photographer, DJ, band, and videographer.
+ Begin shopping for your dream wedding dress! TIP: Start pinning away all your dream wedding dresses on Pinterest to give you an idea of what type of dress you’d love.
+ Schedule your engagement session with your photographer.
+ Start looking at invitations. Get some inspiration and ideas with my Pinterest board here.
+ Book a hotel room block (if needed) for your guests.
+ Refine your guest list.
+ Begin planning your dream honeymoon.
8-10 MONTHS OUT
+ Choose your wedding party.
+ Order invitations / save the date cards.
+ Create a registry and a wedding website.
+ Book any vendors you haven’t yet (transportation, florist, calligrapher, etc.)
+ Book your rehearsal dinner venue.
+ Hire an officiant.
4-7 MONTHS OUT
+ Buy or rent the groom’s tuxedo.
+ Plan and book your honeymoon.
+ Order any rental items, such as linens, draping, speciality chairs, etc.
(Etsy and Amazon are my favorite).
+ Have your final tasting with the caterer.
+ Choose your cake.
1-3 MONTHS OUT
+ Schedule your hair and makeup trial.
+ Book a photo booth rental.
+ Start any DIY items you plan to do
+ Schedule bride’s dress final fitting and groom’s tuxedo fitting.
+ Buy wedding party gifts and assemble gift bags.
+ Create a seating chart and order or create escort + place cards
+ Have a final venue walk-through
+ Touch base with all your vendors just to make sure everything is going as planned.
+ Write your vows
+ Finalize all the final details.
+ Refreshing your hair color
+ Get your eyebrows done & a manicure/pedicure
+ Pack your bags for the honeymoon (don’t forget your passport if you’re leaving the country!), and confirm your travel arrangements
+ Clean your ring (head to your jeweler to get your engagement ring professionally clean so it’s extra sparkly on your wedding day.)
+ Clear your work to-do list so you can only focus on wedding festivities and take it all in!
+ Get ready for the best day of your life in a few days!
THE NIGHT BEFORE:
+ Pack a clutch or small big of personal items
+ Practice your vows out loud.
+ Drink lots of water (it helps make your skin glow)
+ Get a good night's sleep
+ Put any boxes, suitcases, bags, and survival kits to bring to the ceremony or reception in the car. (You'll thank me tomorrow!)
THE MORNING OF:
+ Eat a good breakfast & drink even more water
+ Take your dress and veil out of the bag early on and have someone steam them if needed
+ Lay out all the items (rings, invitations, etc.) that you want your photographer to capture
+ Lastly… have the best day ever and enjoy every moment!!!