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Wedding Checklist - Wedding Planning from Start to Finish

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

Planning a wedding can be an overwhelming task, but a well-organized checklist can help brides stay on top of all the details. Here's an in-depth wedding checklist for brides, divided into different phases of the planning process:

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12-18 Months Before the Wedding:

  • Set the Date: Choose a date that holds significance for you and your partner, considering the season and any special dates.

  • Determine the Budget: Establish a realistic budget, prioritizing elements that are most important to you.

  • Create a Guest List: Draft a preliminary guest list considering venue capacity and budget constraints.

  • Hire a Wedding Planner: If desired, hire a wedding planner to assist with the planning process.

  • Choose a Venue: Research and visit potential venues, securing the venue well in advance.

  • Research and Book Vendors: Identify and book key vendors such as photographer, videographer, caterer, and florist.

  • Start Dress Shopping: Begin the search for your dream wedding dress, factoring in time for alterations.

8-12 Months Before the Wedding:

  • Select Wedding Party: Choose bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other members of the wedding party.

  • Send Save-the-Dates: Notify guests of your wedding date and location.

  • Research and Book Accommodations: Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests.

  • Design and Order Invitations: Choose a design that reflects your wedding theme and order invitations.

  • Create a Wedding Website: Share important details, RSVP options, and registry information.

  • Choose a Caterer: Finalize the catering menu, considering dietary restrictions of guests.

  • Book Entertainment: Secure a DJ, band, or other entertainment.

4-8 Months Before the Wedding:

  • Finalize the Guest List: Confirm attendance and finalize the guest list.

  • Choose and Order Wedding Bands: Select wedding bands for both partners, allowing time for resizing if necessary.

  • Plan Honeymoon: Research and book your honeymoon.

  • Order Wedding Cake: Choose a baker and finalize cake design.

  • Select Attire for Wedding Party: Choose and order bridesmaids' dresses and groomsmen's attire.

  • Arrange Transportation: Book transportation for the wedding day.

  • Meet with Officiant: Plan the ceremony and discuss vows.

2-4 Months Before the Wedding:

  • Schedule Dress Fittings: Ensure your wedding dress fits perfectly.

  • Purchase Bridal Accessories: Choose shoes, jewelry, and any other accessories.

  • Apply for Marriage License: Check local requirements and obtain a marriage license.

  • Finalize Décor Details: Confirm floral arrangements, centerpieces, and other décor.

  • Plan Rehearsal Dinner: Choose a venue and plan the rehearsal dinner.

  • Confirm Vendors: Confirm details with all vendors and provide timelines.

  • Create a Day-of Timeline: Plan the schedule for the wedding day.

1 Month Before the Wedding:

  • Finalize Seating Chart: Create a seating chart and share with the venue.

  • Confirm RSVPs: Follow up with guests who have not responded.

  • Finalize Ceremony Details: Confirm readings, music, and any special rituals.

  • Pack for the Honeymoon: Ensure passports, tickets, and other essentials are ready.

  • Confirm Beauty Appointments: Schedule hair and makeup trials.

1-2 Weeks Before the Wedding:

  • Pick Up Wedding Attire: Collect your wedding dress and accessories.

  • Confirm Final Details: Confirm all details with vendors and the venue.

  • Prepare Wedding-Day Emergency Kit: Pack essentials like tissues, safety pins, and touch-up makeup.

  • Provide Final Guest Count to Venue: Confirm the number of guests attending.

  • Rehearse Ceremony: Practice the ceremony with the wedding party.

The Day Before the Wedding:

  • Relax and Rehearse: Take a moment to relax and rehearse your vows.

  • Drop Off Items at Venue: Provide the venue with any necessary items.

  • Get a Good Night's Sleep: Rest well for the big day ahead.

Planning a wedding involves careful coordination, but with this comprehensive checklist, you can navigate the process with confidence. Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy the journey and celebrate the love you and your partner share. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

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