Planning your wedding checklist

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Planning your wedding checklist

12 Months Out

Determine Your budget

Make a Guest List

Hire a Wedding Planner

Decide Formality and Overall Theme

Select the Venue

While selecting your venue, throw out that pros and cons list and trust your gut—this decision is about how you feel when you’re there.

Select the Caterer

11 Months Out

Choose a Color Theme and Start Thinking of Overall Design

Hire Vendors Who Book Up Quickly, Including Your Photographer, Band, DJ, and Videographer

10 Months Out

Start Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

Book Hotel-Room Blocks for Guests

Create Your Wedding Website

Take Engagement Photos

Start Looking at Invitations

9 Months Out

Buy Your Wedding Dress

Send Save the Dates

8 Months Out

Register for Gifts

Select the Bridesmaids’ Dresses and Schedule Fittings Within the Month

Meet With Potential Florists

7 Months Out

Book the Rehearsal-Dinner Venue

Hire the Ceremony Musicians

Order Rental Items, Such as Specialty Chairs, Linens, Draping, Lounge Furniture, White Dance Floor, Etc.

Hire an Officiant

6 Months Out

Hire a Lighting Technician

5 Months Out

Book Transportation for Guests, If Needed

Book the Newlyweds’ Transportation (Limo, Specialty Car, etc.)

Book the Honeymoon

Buy or Rent the Groom’s Tuxedo

Begin Premarital Counseling

4 Months Out

Have Your Final Tasting With the Caterer

Choose Your Cake

Buy Wedding Bands

Select the Groomsmen’s Attire and Schedule Fittings Within the Month

Hair and Makeup Trial

3 Months Out

Order the Invitations and Hire a Calligrapher

Create or Plan Your Menu

Brainstorm Guest Favors and Gift Bags

Book a Photo-Booth Rental

Write Your Vows

Select Readings

Meet With the Officiant and Invite Him or Her to the Rehearsal Dinner

Start Crafting Any DIY Items If You Haven’t Already

2 Months Out

Send the Wedding Invitations (With RSVPs Due One Month Before the Wedding)

Send Out Rehearsal-Dinner Invitations (These Can Be Included With the Wedding Invitations If You Like)

First Dress Fitting

Pick Up Your Marriage License

Buy Wedding-Party Gifts

Do a Floral Mock-Up With Your Florist

Give the Song Selections to Your Band or DJ

Give the Song Selections to Your Ceremony Musicians

Buy All Small Items

1 Month Out

Assemble Gift Bags

Pay Your Vendors in Full

Create a Seating Chart

Order or Make Your Escort Cards and Place Cards

Have a Final Venue Walk-Through

Put Cash in Tip Envelopes for Your Planner/Delegate to Distribute

Break in Your Wedding Shoes

Final Week

Congratulations! You’ve made it all the way to the final week of your wedding planning. Deep breaths now, most of the hard work is over at this point. Now all that is really left is the nitty-gritty details. Take care of things like:

Night Before and Day of the Wedding

The big day is finally here. All your careful preparation and creative planning have come to fruition, and it’s time to enjoy the wedding. Here’s what to do:

The Night Before:

  • Eat a healthy meal
  • Pack a clutch or small bag of personal items
  • Drink water
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Put any boxes, suitcases, bags, and survival kits to bring to the ceremony or reception in the car (you’ll thank us tomorrow)

The Morning Of:

  • Stay off your feet as much as possible
  • Eat breakfast
  • Drink even more water
  • Take your dress and veil out of the bag early on and have someone steam them if needed
  • Lay out all the items (rings, invitations, etc.) that you want your photographer to capture
  • Exchange notes with your partner
  • Say thank you to everyone around you Logo

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