Wedding planning can be both exciting and overwhelming, with a seemingly endless list of tasks to check off. But fear not, soon-to-be-wed couples! This handy checklist will guide you through the entire process, from securing the perfect venue to saying “I do” with confidence and joy. So grab a glass of bubbly, put on your favorite planning playlist, and let’s get started on creating your dream wedding!

12-18 Months Before the Wedding:

☐ Set a budget for your wedding.
☐ Create a guest list.
☐ Research and book your ceremony and reception venues.
☐ Start exploring wedding themes and styles.
☐ Hire a wedding planner or coordinator if desired.
☐ Begin looking for and booking vendors (photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, etc.).
☐ Start shopping for your wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses.
☐ Send out save-the-date cards.
☐ Research and book hotel accommodations for out-of-town guests.

9-12 Months Before the Wedding:

☐ Finalize your guest list.
☐ Choose and order your wedding invitations.
☐ Book your officiant.
☐ Plan and book your honeymoon.
☐ Start planning the ceremony details (vows, readings, music, etc.).
☐ Select and order your wedding rings.
☐ Schedule dress fittings for yourself and the bridesmaids.
☐ Arrange transportation for the wedding day.
☐ Plan and book accommodations for the wedding night.
☐ Begin planning your wedding registry.

6-9 Months Before the Wedding:

☐ Select and book your DJ or band for the reception.
☐ Decide on the menu and finalize details with the caterer.
☐ Order the wedding cake or other desserts.
☐ Choose and book a florist for your ceremony and reception.
☐ Arrange for any rental items needed (chairs, tables, linens, etc.).
☐ Plan the wedding ceremony and reception layouts.
☐ Start planning your wedding vows and speeches.
☐ Schedule hair and makeup trials for yourself and the bridal party.

3-6 Months Before the Wedding:

☐ Send out wedding invitations.
☐ Schedule a final dress fitting.
☐ Confirm details with all vendors.
☐ Plan the seating arrangements for the reception.
☐ Purchase or rent groom and groomsmen attire.
☐ Attend pre-wedding counseling if required.
☐ Arrange for wedding day transportation.
☐ Order wedding favors or gifts for guests.
☐ Plan the rehearsal dinner and send out invitations.

1-2 Months Before the Wedding:

☐ Apply for a marriage license.
☐ Finalize the ceremony details with the officiant.
☐ Confirm the final guest count with the venue and caterer.
☐ Create a wedding day timeline.
☐ Purchase any necessary accessories (veil, shoes, jewelry, etc.).
☐ Arrange for any necessary event insurance.
☐ Start writing thank-you notes for gifts received.
☐ Plan and purchase decorations for the ceremony and reception.

2 Weeks Before the Wedding:

☐ Confirm all final details with vendors.
☐ Pack for your honeymoon.
☐ Pick up the wedding rings.
☐ Have a final meeting with the venue coordinator.
☐ Confirm the final guest count with the caterer.
☐ Arrange for someone to collect gifts and handle any payments on the wedding day.
☐ Create a detailed shot list for the photographer and videographer.

1 Week Before the Wedding:

☐ Confirm the final timeline with all vendors.
☐ Rehearse the ceremony with the wedding party.
☐ Pick up the wedding dress and make sure it’s properly steamed or pressed.
☐ Prepare tip envelopes for vendors.
☐ Get a manicure and pedicure.
☐ Pack an emergency kit with essential items (pins, sewing kit, etc.).
☐ Attend any final appointments (hair, makeup, etc.).

On the Wedding Day:

☐ Enjoy your special day and cherish every moment!