Wedding Planning Checklist: A Step by Step Guide for 2019

Posted on September 14 2019

a checklist for a wedding

To Do List For Wedding

You're engaged, Congratulations! You are about to plan one of the biggest events of your life. Did you know that the average couple spends about 13-18 months planning their wedding? Don't feel the need to rush in and have all the answers.Take some time and soak this all in!   

When you are ready to dive in, we've got your covered! If you are looking for a checklist for a wedding, take a peek at below at our 12+ month plan below . This will help you plan out each month and help you stay organized. You can also download this wedding checklist pdf too. Happy planning! 

a checklist for a wedding

12+ Months

  • Choose a wedding date, pick a few so that you can be flexible with venues
  • Set a budget. (here's a calculator just for this) This will be a deciding factor in all of your decisions
  • Choose your bridal party: maid of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, flower girl, ushers etc.
  • Create a wedding website. Zola and The Knot are good places to start.
  • Begin compiling a guest list
  • Explore ceremony and reception venue options.
  • Start getting your wedding pros organized:
  • planner, photographer, videographer, caterer, florist
  • Get engagement photos taken


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       10-11+ Months

  • Choose bridal party attire
  • Purchase wedding dress and veil
  • Reserve reception and ceremony venues
  • Decide on your officiant and book:
  • Hire caterer, photographer, videographer, band/DJ, and florist
  • Mail your save the dates

wedding planning checklist

8-9+ Months

  • Find and and reserve a block of hotels or places for out of town guests
  • Create gift registry
  • Finalize your guest list
  • Start planning honeymoon

wedding checklist

6-7+ Months

  • Choose your cake and start testing
  • Book a florist
  • Send out save the dates
  • Arrange transportation
  • Reserve rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor, generators. etc.

wedding planning checklist

4-5+ Months

  • Schedule dress fitting
  • Book honeymoon and flights
  • Book the rehearsal and rehearsal-dinner venues
  • Choose your processional music and reception playlist
  • Purchase/rent groom's attire
  • Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue
  • Schedule hair and makeup artists

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3+ Months

  • Work with your caterer to finalize the menu for the reception
  • Plan ceremony and reception seating
  • Meet with your florist to finalize the flowers for the event
  • Purchase: wedding favors, serving pieces, guestbook,
  • flower basket and ring bearer pillow
  • Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents
  • are in order
  • Purchase the rings

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2+ Months

  • Meet with your photographer to discuss day-of plans and specific shots you want
  • Mail Wedding Invitations
  • Meet with your florist to finalize the flowers for the event
  • Review ceremony details with officiant
  • Send out as many final payments as you can
  • Bachelor/bachelorette party time!
  • Apply for marriage license, order more than one.
  • Touch base with all vendors
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Finalize fittings for bridal party
  • Make sure groomsmen attire is in order

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1+ Month

  • Call vendors to confirm date, times and location
  • Get your marriage license
  • Send out rehearsal-dinner invitations
  • Final dress fitting
  • Create your seating chart for reception
  • Purchase wedding party gifts
  • Write your vows
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations and transportation
  • Check on hotel room blocks for your guests
  • Go over wedding roles with bridal party

wedding checklist

1 Week

  • Give final count to caterer

  • Update gift registries
  • Final haircut and color
  • Call guests who have not yet RSVP'd for final head count
  • Purchase alcohol and finalize your signature cocktails
  • Send directions to wedding day directions to limo/transportation driver.
  • Write thank you card as gifts are received
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations and transportation
  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Break in your wedding shoes!

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    1 Day

    • Attend wedding rehearsal
    • De-stress at the spa and get a mani/pedi
    • Relax and have fun, you did great!

    Wedding Day!

    wedding planning checklist

    • Wake up early enough and give yourself plenty of time to get ready
    • Eat a good breakfast
    • Lay out your dress and accessories
    • Get your prepping on with your girls, take the cutest pictures in your bridal robes just before the aisle
    • Pop some bubbly and have a toast!

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