Wedding Planning Checklist

9+ Months Prior

[] Start a wedding binder where you can organize all the inspirational pictures of what you’re looking for to include in your perfect wedding

[] Set your budget by determining how much money you have to spend based on how much you and your family have to contribute

[] Establish who is in your wedding party, as they can help with the wedding planning and preparation

[] Create the guest list to get a head count of how big of a wedding you’re throwing

[] If you’re looking to save a lot of headaches, hire a wedding planner

[] Set the wedding date

[] Reserve the venue and reception site

[] Book your officiant

[] Start planning for your honeymoon

6 Months Prior

[] Hire a photographer / videographer

[] Establish the wedding decor

[] Book the entertainment

[] Research and hire a caterer

[] Find and purchase a dress

[] Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests

[] Book your honeymoon

[] Purchase the invitations

[] Purchase the bridesmaid dresses

[] Book a florist

[] Book wedding transportation (i.e. limos, minibuses, town cars)

[] Create your wedding day timeline (Your wedding day concierge can help with this)

[] Send out save-the-date cards

3 Months Prior

[] Send out your wedding invitations with the RSVP date set out to 3 weeks after the postmark date

[] Book the rehearsal dinner

[] Order the cake

[] Purchase your wedding shoes and assure your dress fits

[] Schedule your hair and make-up

[] Choose your music

[] Find the groom’s tux and groomsmen attire

[] Finalize the food and flowers now, as they’re both affected by the season

[] Order wedding favors

[] Establish who you would like to give a toast

[] Determine your readings

[] Purchase the ring

[] Print the menu cards and programs

[] Send your event schedule to your vendors

[] Sign up for wedding dance lessons (i.e. with The Ballroom at Villa Incanta)

1 Month Prior

[] Follow up with your vendors to make sure all are on the same page

[] If you’re planning to submit a newspaper wedding announcement, do it now

[] Gather your RSVPs

[] Get your marriage license

[] Set up the bar

[] Confirm times with all vendors

[] Assign seating

[] Purchase wedding party gifts

1 Week Prior

[] Follow up with all wedding vendors and confirm their arrival times

[] Assure wedding decorations are up

[] Delegate wedding day tasks (i.e. Pick someone to carry your things, bustle your dress, in charge of gifts, be the to-go person for the vendors) *This is another point where a planner will come in handy

[] Pick up your fitted dress

[] Send out the guest list to your caterer and venue

[] Break in that wedding shoe

[] Prepare place cards

[] Pack for honeymoon

1 Day Prior

[] Prepare payment envelopes for vendors

[] Hand out assignments

[] Get a manicure, pedicure