The Complete Wedding Checklist

Did you get engaged over the holidays or for Valentine’s Day?

Congratulations on your recent engagement! This is such an exciting time for you and your fiancé. To help you stay organized and stress free during the wedding planning process we have created a 12-month comprehensive checklist. Enjoy!


  • Insure your beautiful engagement ringScreen Shot 2015-02-25 at 4.46.09 PM
  • Throw an engagement party
  • Consider announcing your big news in local papers

10-12 Months Before:

  • Set a budget and determine how costs will be divided
  • Hire a photographer and schedule engagement photo shoot
  • Choose your wedding party
  • Hire a wedding planner and day-of coordinator
  • Reserve your date and begin to book your venues
  • Start planning your guest list
  • Create a wedding website
  • Begin browsing bridal dresses online for inspiration
  • Research vendors such as florists, bands, DJs, videographers, caterers, party rentals, etc.

7-9 Months Before:

  • Purchase your wedding bandsScreen Shot 2015-02-25 at 4.34.18 PM
  • Finalize guest list
  • Order your dream wedding gown
  • Register for gifts
  • Appoint an officiate
  • Design and send save-the-date cards
  • Shop and select the perfect bridesmaid dresses
  • Book your vendors
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
  • Start planning your ultimate honeymoon

4-6 Months Before:

  • Order wedding cake
  • Confirm and book any outstanding vendors
  • Research wedding stationers for invitations, place cards, ceremony programs, menus, etc.
  • Order the groom’s and groomsmen’s attire
  • Determine who is responsible for the rehearsal dinner and begin discussing details
  • Purchase accessories to complete your look
  • Finalize honeymoon plans, book travel, accommodations and activities
  • Conduct trial runs for day-of hair and make-up

1-3 Months Before:

  • Send InvitationsScreen Shot 2015-02-25 at 4.38.23 PM
  • Research requirements and file for your marriage license
  • Order wedding favors for your guests
  • Select music and create playlists
  • Purchase a party or cocktail dress for your rehearsal dinner
  • Write your vows
  • Finalize all ceremony details such as readings and special preferences

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