Wedding Planning Checklist

Making Sure You Remember It All On Your Special Day

Wedding Planning Checklist

Staying organized is a crucial to planning a successful wedding. Use this wedding checklist to keep track of the various steps that are necessary as the big day approaches. (If you have a wedding planning binder, add a copy of the checklist to the front section so you can easily refer to it as needed.)


12 Months Before

  1. Get engagement photos taken.
  2. Choose a wedding date, with two or three alternative choices you can use in case your desired venue isn't available on your preferred date.
  3. Set a wedding budget and decide who will be contributing financially to your big day.
  4. Select the members of your wedding party and ask them to be a part of your special day.
  5. Begin creating your guest list.
  6. Start a Pinterest board to keep track of ideas for stationery, decorations, favors, flowers, and food. If desired, add members of the wedding party as contributors so they can easily share ideas with you.
  7. Make a wedding website so you can keep in contact with everyone and provide updates as you finalize the details of your ceremony and reception.
  8. Hire a wedding planner, if desired.
  9. Attend your engagement party.

10-11 Months Before

  1. Consider purchasing a wedding insurance policy to protect your deposits.
  2. Book your ceremony and reception venues.
  3. Choose your officiant.
  4. Hire any other necessary wedding pros: photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, and DJ or musicians.
  5. Send out your Save the Dates if you're having a destination wedding or getting married near a holiday.

8-9 Months Before

  1. Purchase your wedding dress and any necessary accessories.
  2. Select the groom's tux and any necessary accessories.
  3. Choose attire for the members of your wedding party.
  4. Book a block of hotel rooms for out of town guests.
  5. Assemble your wedding gift registry, making sure to include options at a multiple price points.

6-7 Months

  1. Arrange for chairs, linens, and any other necessary reception rentals.
  2. Book transportation to and from the wedding venue, if needed.
  3. Purchase your wedding bands.

4-5 Months Before

  1. Order your wedding cake.
  2. Order any necessary wedding flowers.
  3. Book flights and hotels for your honeymoon.
  4. Finalize your guest list and compile mailing addresses.
  5. Print or order your wedding invitations.
  6. Book rehearsal dinner venue.
  7. Schedule any needed dress fittings.
  8. Attend any required pre-wedding counseling.
  9. Renew or apply for passports, if you'll need them for your honeymoon.

3 Months Before

  1. Finalize your reception menu with the caterer.
  2. Choose and order or assemble your wedding favors.
  3. Attend any wedding showers being thrown in your honor.

2 Months Before

  1. Choose a hairstyle and makeup with your stylist. 
  2. Mail your wedding invitations.
  3. Submit your newspaper wedding announcement.
  4. Develop a system for organizing your RSVPs.
  5. Begin writing your vows, if needed.
  6. Review ceremony details with officiant, including any desired readings.
  7. Create your wedding programs.
  8. Apply for a marriage license
  9. Purchase gifts for members of the wedding party.
  10. Decide on your “something old, new, borrowed, and blue.”
  11. Create a wedding day itinerary to give to your vendors and post on your wedding website.

1 Month Before

  1. Finalize seating arrangements after you've received your RSVPs.
  2. Provide a final headcount to the caterer.
  3. Confirm your honeymoon reservations.
  4. Attend your final dress fitting.
  5. Have other members of the wedding party attend any necessary fittings.
  6. Write thank you notes for any early gifts you receive.

2 Weeks

  1. Update your wedding registry, if needed.
  2. Give scripts to anyone doing a special reading for your ceremony.
  3. Meet with musicians or band to provide a playlist and a list of any requested “do not play” songs.
  4. Meet with photographer to provide a list of requested shots.
  5. Meet with videographer to discuss your filming requests.
  6. Cut and color your hair, if desired.
  7. Start breaking in your new wedding shoes so you don't need to worry about blisters on your big day.

1 Week

  1. Prepare a wedding day emergency kit with necessities such as a nail file, clear nail polish, aspirin, dental floss, breath mints, bobby pins, hand wipes, and bandages. 
  2. Ask someone to return your tuxes and reception rentals after the wedding. If desired, this person can also drop your dress off at the cleaners or preservationist.
  3. Calculate final payments to any wedding vendors.
  4. Pack your bags for your honeymoon.
  5. If needed, ask someone to care for your plants and/or pets while you're on your honeymoon.
  6. Attend your bachelorette party and have groom attend his bachelor party.

2-3 Days Before

  1. Have your gown pressed and steamed, if needed.
  2. Pick up tuxes for male wedding party members.
  3. Meet with your wedding planner to ensure everyone is on the same page regarding the itinerary for the big day. Provide all vendors with an emergency phone number they can call if needed.
  4. Arrange for out of town guests to be picked up at the airport, if necessary.

The Day Before

  1. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi and massage.
  2. Attend your wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  3. Answer any questions members of the wedding party have about the ceremony and reception.
  4. Get to bed early so you have plenty of energy for the big day.

Your Wedding Day

  1. Start the day off with a hearty breakfast.
  2. Attend your hair and makeup appointments.
  3. Bring granola bars, bottled water, and other snacks for members of the wedding as they're getting ready.
  4. Stop at the bank for extra cash for wedding day tips.
  5. Give wedding rings and officiant’s fee to the best man.
  6. Relax, smile, and enjoy the moment!

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team