12 Month Wedding-Planning Checklist
Posted on: March 28, 2016

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If you’ve just become engaged and are imagining your dream wedding, your head may be spinning with all that you need to do. This 12-month wedding checklist calendar will ensure that everything comes together beautifully.

12-plus months before your wedding day:

□ Choose a date and time, with several options.

□ Visualize your ideal wedding and plan the budget.

□ Check date and time with venues, special guests and hired help.

□ Research and book ceremony and reception sites.

□ Assemble a planning team.

□ Begin your guest list.

□ Ask relatives and friends to be in your wedding party.

At 8-10 months:

□ Shop for and order a wedding gown.

□ Decide on reception entertainment.

□ Plan reception food.

□ Select décor and floral arrangements.

□ Interview and hire vendors (musicians, DJ, florist, videographer and photographer).

□ Reserve hotel accommodations for guests.

□ Contact rental companies for chairs, tables, tents, etc.

□ Join a gift registry.

At 6-8 months:

□ Order bridesmaid dresses.

□ Book musicians.

□ Send out save-the-date cards (for a holiday or destination wedding).

□ Plan your honeymoon.

At 4-6 months:checklist photo

□ Order wedding rings and wedding invitations.

□ Research wedding cakes and hire a cake designer.

□ Purchase formal wear.

□ Acquire passports, if needed.

At 3 months:

□ Address invitations (or hire a calligrapher).

□ Order the wedding cake.

□ Rent men’s formal wear.

□ Book transport (cars, limousines).

At 2 months:

□ Write wedding vows.

□ Mail invitations.

□ Purchase gifts for your wedding party.

□ Book hair stylist and makeup artist.

At 1 month:

□ Apply for marriage license.

□ Have final bridal gown fitting and bring it home.

□ Confirm with bridesmaids that their gowns are ready.

□ Confirm arrangements with vendors.

□ Create a wedding program for guests.

□ Order in-room welcome baskets for guests.

At 2 weeks:

□ Review RSVPs and call anyone who hasn’t responded.

□ Check in with wedding vendors.

□ Go to beauty salon for wedding haircut.

□ Send song list to band or DJ.

□ Deliver instructions to photographer and videographer.

At 1 week:

□ Give caterer and reception site final head count.

□ Give vendor requests to ceremony and reception sites.

□ Give site managers a schedule of deliveries and setup times with contact numbers.

□ Contact vendors to confirm details and make any necessary changes.

□ Create reception seating chart and print table and place cards.

A few days before:

□ Pick up men’s formal wear.

□ Plan wedding party positions and processional.

□ Give table cards, place cards menus, favors and centerpieces to site manager or caterer.

□ Connect with wedding vendors for final confirmation.

□ Make arrangements to pick up guests, if needed.

□ Deliver welcome baskets for guests to hotel.

□ Give locations and pickup times to car rental or limousine company.

The day before:

□ Give photographer, band and others an emergency phone number for wedding day.

□ Write checks for wedding services; confirm any final balances with hosts.

The night before:

□ Meet with officiant, wedding party, family and other participants at ceremony site and review/rehearse ceremony. Bring necessary accessories.

□ Give marriage license to officiant.

□ Attend the rehearsal dinner and present gifts.

On your wedding day:

□ Give each other and your parents their gifts.

□ Give wedding bands to the maid of honor and best man to present during the ceremony.

□ Give officiant’s payment to the best man.

□ Introduce reception site manager to a contact person for any issues that arise.

□ Assign someone to assist the photographer.

After the wedding:

□ Arrange for rentals to be returned and for bridal gown to be cleaned.

□ Send thank you notes for gifts that arrived on the wedding day.

It’s a long list, but being well-organized will make the best day of your life run smoothly, so everyone can concentrate on having a wonderful time!