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I know as well as any bride how daunting it can be to plan a wedding, instead of keeping a million handwritten notes around the place (and losing them!). What’s better than the FREE wedding planning checklist I have complied. This is a step by step planning timeline of all the main things you need to do to pull off an amazing day! Download your FREE PRINTABLE here!



12 Months +

Browse Wedding Dress Styles

Browse, Design And Order Your Save The Dates

Create A Wedding Website?

Decide Formality/Theme Of Wedding

Determine Budget

Get Engagement Pictures Taken

Get Wedding Insurance

Hire A Wedding Planner

Make Guest List

Select Caterer

Select Venue



10-11 Months

Book Hotel Room Blocks For Guests

Book Officiant

Choose Bridal Party Wear

Choose Color Theme

Establish A Fitness And Beauty Routine

Hire Your Photographer, DJ, Band, Videographer, And Caterer

Post Your Save The Dates!

Purchase Wedding Dress, Veil, And Undergarments

Reserve Ceremony And Reception Venue

Start Looking At Invitations



8-9 Months

Begin Planning Honeymoon

Meet And Hire Florist

Refine/Finalize Guest List

Register For Gift Registries

Select The Bridesmaids’ Dresses + Schedule Fittings



6-7 Months

Book Transport To And From Venue (Yourself And Guests!)

Choose Cake Style And Schedule Tastings

Decide On Groomsmen’s Attire

Hire Wedding Musicians

Look Into Wedding Hair + Makeup Styles

Meet With Officiant To Discuss Plans

Order Thank You Cards!

Order Wedding Invite Sample

Purchase Wedding Bands

Reserve Rentals: Chairs, Linen, Lighting, Decor, Etc.



4-5 Months

Book Honeymoon

Book Rehearsal Dinner Venue

Book Room For Wedding Night

Buy Or Rent Groom’s Tuxedo

Hire Lighting Technician

Make Rehearsal Dinner Guest List

Order Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Order Wedding Cake

Prepare List Of Desired Music For DJ



3 Months

Book Photo Booth?

Create Or Plan Your Menu

Decide Your “Something Old, Borrowed, New, Blue”

Hair + Makeup Trial

Have Final Tasting With Caterer

Order Invites

Pick Up Your Marriage License

Plan Ceremony And Reception Seating

Select Readings

Start Crafting Any DIY Items

Write Vows



2 Months

Book Spa/Beauty Treatments For Bridal Party

Buy All Small Items (Table Numbers, Cake Topper, Etc.)

Buy Wedding-Party Gifts

Create Wedding Day Timeline And Send To: Your Vendors, Officiant And Wedding Party

Do Floral Mock Up With Florist

Finalize Readings And Readers

Finalize Reception Menu

Finalize Seating And Playlists

First Dress Fitting

Give The Song Selections To Your Ceremony Musician + DJ

Order Wedding Favours And Menu Cards

Review Ceremony Details With Officiant­­­­­

Send Out Invites!

Send Out Rehearsal-Dinner Invitations



1 Month

Assemble Gift Bags

Break-In Your Wedding Shoes

Call Vendors To Double Check Timings

Confirm Honeymoon Reservations

Create A Seating Chart

Final Dress Fitting

Have A Final Venue Walk Through

Order Wedding Programs

Order/Make Place Cards

Pack For Honeymoon

Pay Vendors In Full

Pick Up Rings

Write Thank You Notes As You Receive Gifts



Final Week

Any Edible Crafting

Chase Any RSVP Stragglers

Get A Mani/Pedi

Get A Massage

Get Hair / Eyebrows Done

Give Readers Their Scripts

Lay Out Wedding Clothes

Practice Vows Out Loud

Prepare Wedding Day Emergency Kit



The Day Before

Attend Wedding Rehearsal

Deliver Welcome Baskets

Get To Bed At A Decent Hour!

Pack A Clutch Of Personal Items

Put Any Boxes, Suitcases, Etc In The Car Ready For The Next Day!­­­




Order Thank You Cards

Return Any Rentals

Take Wedding Dress To The Cleaners