Wedding Checklist

10-12 months before the wedding

Announce your wedding to friends and family

Send out engagement notices

Have an engagement party

Start thinking about the overall theme of the wedding (size, setting, formality, colors, indoor or outdoor, etc)

Set the date and time for your wedding (consider weather and climate, also determines formality)

Set the budget (number of guests is a big factor)

Decide how the wedding expenses are going to be shared (who pays traditionally)

Start the guest list

Select the wedding and reception sites

Hire a wedding consultant

Choose and book officiant

Choose bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, ring bearer and flower girl

Meet with florist

Meet with DJ or band

Meet with caterers and arrange a tasting


8-10 months before the wedding

Select dress and other wedding accessories

Book caterer

Choose arrangements and book florist

Book DJ or band

Select and book photographer or videographer

Plan honeymoon

Select and order bridesmaids dresses

Start selecting your favors

Meet with cake maker

4-6 months before the wedding

Send save-the-date announcements to out of town guests

Start making the favors

Start planning rehearsal dinner

Reserve rentals dishes, tables, linens, tents

Register for gifts

Order the cake

Arrange for transportation

Collect addresses for invitations

Order stationary, invitations, response cards, thank you notes

Size and order tuxedos for groom and groomsmen

Purchase rings

Books wedding night accommodations you yourself and out of town guests

Buy gifts for wedding party and parents


2-3 months before the wedding

Meet and plan with photographer for special photos

Select menu with caterer

Meet with the officiant

Write vows

Bridal shower

Write and mail invitations, maybe includes maps to venues

Plan makeup and hair and book

Schedule rehearsal dinner and wedding rehearsal

Check marriage license requirements

Complete name change documents

Send wedding announcement to newspapers


1 month to your wedding

Apply for your marriage license

Final fitting of your wedding dress

Confirm bridal party is set with their attire

Confirm with all vendors about date and times

Make welcome baskets for out of town guests

Send change of address notices to the post office

Write thank you cards as you receive gifts

Check guest list for non-responders and finalize


1-2 weeks before the wedding

Arrange seating place and write place cards

Give final counts to the caterer

Write toasts

Break in wedding shoes

Pickup your dress

Attend bachelor or bachelorette parties

Finalize seating chart


1 day before your wedding


Spend time with out of town guests

Assign wedding day responsibilities

Confirm transportation

Beautify yourself

Give your wedding party gifts

Rehearse ceremony

Rehearsal dinner


The day of your wedding

Hair and makeup

Get dressed

Give gifts to your parents

Pre-wedding photographs with bridal party

Enjoy the wedding and reception