Organization is the key to entering this new phase of your life. Start your wedding planning with these easy-to-use wedding checklist that will keep you on top of things! I suggest you develop a planning notebook, a 2-3" three ring binder, print out the checklists and put them in your binder for easy reference.
Your Wedding Checklist: Tasks Month by Month
10 to 12 months before your wedding____Read The First Ten Steps for a Newly Engaged Couple
____Tell your parents, important family members, and close friends the good news! How to Announce Your Engagement
____You might also want to announce your engagement in the newspaper, on a wedding website with an email sent out to all your friends, or in the most traditional way, with mailed engagement announcements
____Have an engagement party, if you'd like
____Envision the tone of your wedding: Formal or casual? Day or evening? Religious or secular?
____Consider having a wedding theme, which will help pull together the style, look, and feel of your wedding
____Choose your wedding colors, which will add visual unity.
____Set your budget, read Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding
____Decide who will pay for the wedding. Will your parents cover it all? Can you contribute? How will expenses be split?
____Start your guest list
____Select date and time. Have backup dates in mind, in case a key element is unavailable.
____Select and reserve your ceremony and reception sites
____Hire a wedding consultant, if you're using one
____Choose and book your wedding officiant
____Choose bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers
____Meet with florists, caterers, and musicians.
____Arrange for a tasting with your caterer
8 to 10 months before your wedding____Shop for and order your wedding dress and accessories, including veil, gloves and shoes
____Sign a contract with your wedding caterer
____Book wedding florist and choose arrangements
____Book your musicians and/or DJ for both ceremony and reception
____Select and confirm your wedding photographer (and your videographer, if you're using one.)
____Look into wedding insurance and decide if it's a good option for you
____Plan your honeymoon
____Shop for and order your bridesmaid dresses
____If you're making your own wedding favors, start non food items now.
____Meet with wedding cake designers or bakers and arrange for a tasting.
4 to 6 months before your wedding____Send save-the-date announcements or call out of town guests to let them know the final date, time, and location of the wedding.
____If you're purchasing wedding favors, do so now
____Start planning your rehearsal dinner. Give the host(s) your guest list
____Examine your beauty regimen. Read Five months to perfect wedding day beauty
____If your caterer isn't doing it for you, reserve any rental equipment you'll need, including dishes, tables, chairs, linens, tents
____Register for gifts
____Select your wedding cake designer, and order your wedding cake
____Arrange wedding transportation
____Select a calligrapher, if you're using one
____Select the groom's tuxedo or other attire, what the groomsmen will wear, and arrange to purchase or rent
____Purchase your wedding rings
____Book wedding night accommodations and accommodations for out-of-town guests
____Buy gifts for your wedding party, parents, and each other .
2 to 3 months before your wedding____Give a list of "Must Take" photographs to your wedding photographer
____Discuss your wedding menu with your caterer
____Meet with your officiant to discuss the wedding ceremony
____Write your wedding vows
____Attend any bridal showers
____Mail your wedding invitations
____Think about your wedding hair and makeup - If you're doing your own, try out hairstyles, purchase any extra makeup, think about having a "makeover party" with your girlfriends.
____Book your hairstylist and/or makeup artist, if you're using them. Meet with each of them to experiment with styles and colors.
____Schedule your wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
____If your state requires you to make an appointment to get your marriage license, so now.
____If you're going to change your name, complete those documents.
____Send wedding announcements to local newspapers.
____Develop your wedding program, get correct spelling of all names and work up a 1st draft.
The month of your weddingIt's finally here! There's just a few more things to do to make sure everything's perfect
____Apply for your marriage license.
____Have your final gown fitting. It's helpful to have a bridesmaid with you to learn how to bustle your train and fasten any tricky buttons (and help you go to the bathroom, if you've got a big wedding dress!)
____Check with your bridesmaids and groomsmen to make sure they've gotten their attire, confirm arrival times, and answer any last minute questions
____Contact your vendors (caterer, officiant, cake baker, photographer, videographer, florist, musicians, transportation, hotels) to confirm arrival and delivery times.
____Finalize and print wedding programs.
____Create welcome baskets or bags for out-of-town guests
____Send change-of-address information to post office
___Write thank you cards as you receive wedding gifts
____Ask your mother or maid of honor to contact any guests who have not RSVP'd
One to Two Weeks Ahead____Arrange seating plan, and write place cards
____Give your final head count to your caterer, and confirm any last minute details
____Write toasts for the rehearsal dinner and reception
____Try on your wedding shoes, and wear them on carpeted surfaces around the house
____Arrange for a plant waterer/pet sitter/babysitter while you are on your honeymoon
____Pick up your wedding dress
____Attend your bachelor party or bachelorette party, if you're having them
____Send your travel plans and contact information to a family member and your house sitter (in case of emergency)
____Finalize seating chart
Your Wedding Checklist: The Day Before Your Wedding____Do something to relax and enjoy the company of your out-of-town friends
____Assign responsibilities to your wedding party (handing out corsages and boutonnieres, greeting and seating guests, checking on vendors)
____Confirm wedding day transportation
____Have a manicure and pedicure or other pre-wedding spa pampering.
____Give your wedding party gifts
____Hold the rehearsal dinner
Your Wedding Checklist: Day of the Wedding____Give thank you gifts to your parents
____Enjoy your wedding!
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