The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

Planning a wedding is always the best and most exciting part of every woman’s dream. However, behind every successful wedding event is the dreadful preparation that every couple undergoes. Whether you have four months or three years to do it; doing research, managing a budget, and working out what to do when can be stressful. To achieve the wedding of your dream, we made you a checklist that you can use to make planning a wedding somehow easier. We listed down wedding checklists that can help in your wedding planning.

12 Months Out

  • Determine your budget

Budget is the first thing you always think of before you can start anything. Figuring out who’s paying for what determines your wedding’s bottom line. List down your wedding’s top priority and start allocating funds accordingly. It’s smart to start a detailed spreadsheet since these numbers will change over time to make the job easier and more organized.

  • Make a guest list

When deciding your headcount, consider how much you can afford and how many people your venue can fit. From there, figure out how you’re going to split up the list. If you and your partner are handling the bill, assuming you’ll get 70 percent of the invites, while both sets of parents will split the other 30. From there comes cutting, negotiating, and cutting some more until you reach a final number.

  • Decide formality and overall theme

The theme and vibe of the wedding must be a mutual decision between partners so you need to have a heart-to-heart conversation with your soon-to-be. To get the conversation flowing, pour a glass of wine/water/tea and consider what’s important to you and why.

  • Select the venue

Choosing the venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make right now since all other things depend on what your venue will be like. Explore your options by visiting the top contenders, and ultimately select a place that fits your guest count, style, and budget. 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

Your wedding is the best and largest dinner party of your life. Start with hiring people you trust to deliver—whether that’s the venue’s in-house caterer, a preferred caterer recommended by your planner, or even your favorite taco truck. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your menu, it helps your guests feel closer to the couple.

Here are more of the things you need to consider the following months of planning:

 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

  • Take engagement photos
  • Start looking at invitations
  • Start shopping for your wedding dress
  • Book hotel-room blocks for guests
  • Create your wedding website

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

  • Hire an officiant
  • Hire a lighting technician
  • Book the rehearsal-dinner venue
  • Hire the ceremony musicians
  • Order rental items, such as specialty chairs, linens, draping, lounge furniture, white dance floor, etc.

5 Months Out

  • Book transportation for guests, if needed
  • Begin premarital counseling
  • Book the bride and groom’s transportation (limo, specialty car, etc.)
  • Book the honeymoon
  • Buy or rent the groom’s tuxedo

4 Months Out

  • Buy wedding bands
  • Select groomsmen’s attire and schedule fittings within the month
  • Hair and makeup trial
  • Have your final tasting with the caterer
  • Choose your cake

3 Months Out

  • 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
  • Order the invitations and hire a calligrapher
  • Create or plan your menu
  • Brainstorm guest favors and gift bags

2 Months Out

  • 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
  • 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

1 Month Out

  • Assemble gift bags
  • Put cash in tip envelopes for your planner/delegate to distribute
  • Break-in your wedding shoes
  • Pay your vendors in full
  • Create a seating chart
  • Order or make your escort cards and place cards
  • Have a final venue walk-through