Wedding to-do timeline/checklist

Experts suggest at least a year to plan your big day. This checklist will help with all of your details for the wedding. Remember the earlier you get started the better. There’s also a printable version of a similar checklist here:

12 months before:

–      set a budget and decide who is paying for what

–     set a date

–     book a venue for both the reception and the ceremony

–     hire a wedding planner if you choose you want one

–     make the guest list

–     start deciding on invitations and save the dates

–     start collecting ideas on what you want for the big day

10 months before:

–          Decide on an officiant

–          Look for vendors: dj/band, cake, flowers, catering, photographer/ videographer, etc.

–          Decide on the bridesmaids and groomsmen

–          Start looking for your wedding dress. The earlier you order the better. It can take up to 8 months to get a dress in and you always want a month for alterations.

–        Pick colors, theme, decorations, etc.

–          Take engagement photos

8 months before:

–          Book the vendors that you love: dj/band, caterer, florist, photographer, and any rentals.

–          Start a wedding registry

–          Decide on duties of maid of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, and parents. Also decide ushers and their duties. Make a list.

–          Start helping guests book hotel rooms and other travel accommodations

6 months before:

–          Shop for the wedding rings

–          Send your save the dates

–          Order invitations

–          Pick and order bridesmaids dresses

–          Meet with your vendors to sign contracts and go over all the details

–          Decide (and book if necessary) your “getaway” mode of transportation

–          Book your honeymoon!

4 months before:

–           Plan your rehearsal dinner and notify attendants

–          Get grooms and groomsmen attire

–          Write thank you cards for your bridal shower or engagement party (if you had one)

–          Order the cake

2 months before:

–          Finalize the ceremony with your officiant

–          Write your vows if you are personalizing them

–          Mail the invitations

–          Book your stylist for hair and makeup. Have a trial run.

–          Get any accessories for the big day

–          Get gifts for the bridal party, finace, and parents

–          Apply for a marriage license

–          Get/ make  programs, menus and any other stationary that you may have

–          Set up an alterations appointment for you and bridesmaids

–         Confirm honeymoon details

–          Decide on a seating chart (check out this awesome tip on making a seating chart )

                                                                         Easy Seating Chart

2 weeks before:

–          Have your final dress fitting

–          Give a shot list to your photographer

–          Look over RSVPs and confirm those who have not responded

–          Give a playlist to your dj/band

–          Give final count to venue/ caterer.

–         Write rehearsal dinner and wedding toasts

Week of:

–          Get a tan, wax, facial, manicure, etc. Give yourself a few days before the wedding in case it doesn’t turn out how you expected

–          Pick up your dress if you haven’t already

–          Confirm times

–             Begin packing for honeymoon

–            Host a bridesmaid luncheon

Day before:

–          Rehearse the ceremony and have rehearsal dinner

–          Give your party and parents their gifts

–          Try to relax and go to bed early

Day of:

–          Give groom present

–          Give rings to maid of honor and best man

–          Eat small, healthy meals

–          Get married!!!

* Some ideas provided by Bride Magazine,, and premier bride idaho.


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