Wedding Planning Checklist

You’ve got the groom, the dress and the bridal party, but is it that simple? We’re here with a big wedding planning checklist so you don’t forget anything.

Most usual engagements are at least a year long. You may be in a spot where you only have a few months to plan or over a year. You can make the wedding planning time less stressful no matter your timeline if you make checklists!

Let’s plan on a 12 month long engagement. The first list on your wedding planning checklist needs to be budget. How much do you want to spend on your wedding? Keep in mind unforeseen costs too and what are you willing to compromise on? Who is paying for the wedding? It’s usually a tradition for the bride’s family to pay, but these days it’s more common for the groom’s family to cover some cost as well. At this point in time, you also will want to make a guest list. This can get tricky with everyone wanted everyone involved so be sure to make your wishes clear.

10 months out you’ll want to start the fun of wedding dress shopping and venue selecting! You may fall in love with the first dress you try on but keep an open mind. Sometimes what you envision doesn’t quite match up to how it looks actually on you. You will want to start looking at invitations and take engagement photos if you want. We’ve put together a wedding planning checklist to keep things easy:

  1. Book hotel rooms/blocks for guests
  2. Send out save the dates around 9 months before the big day
  3. Buy wedding dress
  4. Register for gifts
  5. Select bridesmaid’s dresses
  6. Meet with florist and other rental accessories
  7. Book rehearsal dinner venue
  8. Hire musicians/DJ for reception
  9. Hire Officiant
  10. Book the honeymoon, guest transportation and your own transportation on the wedding day
  11. Buy/rent the tuxedoes
  12. Choose your cake
  13. Buy wedding bands
  14. Hair and makeup trial
  15. Select groomsmen’s attire
  16. Brainstorm guest favors
  17. Select readings (from any religious texts you may want in the ceremony)
  18. Meet with Officiant and invite them to rehearsal dinner
  19. Send out wedding invitations and/or rehearsal dinner invitations
  20. Dress fitting
  21. Marriage license

These are only a few of the myriad of things you’ll want to keep track of. You may find it helpful to hire a wedding planner to help keep everything on track! No matter what, enjoy your wedding day because you’ve certainly worked hard enough planning it!

How to Plan a Wedding Without It Consuming Your Life

There is no doubt that planning a wedding can be very time consuming. It is easy to get caught up in the joys and stresses of wedding planning and to spend all of your free time thinking about and working on the plans for your big day. But it isn’t healthy to focus all of your energy and time on wedding plans. You still need to make time for other hobbies, activities, and events. (Your friends are excited for you, but they’d appreciate talking about something besides your wedding sometimes.) Here is how to plan your wedding without letting the big day consume your life.


Too many brides waste precise time and energy on tasks and decisions that aren’t that important. Instead, they should focus on the essentials and tasks most important to them. If there are traditional wedding tasks that you don’t want to have to worry about, it is okay to cross them off the wedding checklist. It is also a good idea to delegate when possible. Your friends and family love to feel involved.


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Now is a great time to learn how to create schedules and to-do lists. It will keep you from getting overwhelmed and will help you manage your time. Figure out exactly what needs to be done and when. There is no need to worry about all the wedding tasks at once. If you break your to-do list into manageable chunks, you will be able to enjoy your wedding planning with less stress.


Have Some Fun

It is easy to get caught up in all the wedding tasks you need to complete before the big day, but don’t forget to take a break to have some fun. At least once a week, take a day off from wedding planning and spend time with friends, family, and your fiancé. Also, remember to make time for yourself. Go the gym. Treat yourself to lunch. Stay in your pajamas and watch movies. The wedding to-do list will still be there tomorrow.

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