12-Month Checklist | Wedding Planning

 

12-Month Checklist | Wedding Planning:

We are frequently asked if we have a general timeline when it comes to wedding planning.  We've come up with this one as a guideline for those looking to DIY their wedding.

12 MONTHS

  • Announce engagement

  • Guest List

  • Create a Google Account for the wedding

  • Planner or DIY?

  • Research ceremony & reception venues

  • Draft a Budget

  • Consider your date

  • Tour Venues – time to book!

  • Make a Pinterest Board

 

11 MONTHS

  • Google Spreadsheet – Vendors & Payments

  • Bridal Shows

  • Open Houses & Bridal Garage Sales

  • Engagement Party

  • Bridal Party & Groomsmen

  • Flower Girl & Ringbearer

  • Choose a color scheme / theme

  • Book a Photographer

  • Engagement Photo Shoot

 

10 MONTHS

  • Book Videographer

  • Wedding Website

  • Catering – Tastings & Book

  • Wedding Dress – Shop & Order

  • Wedding Hashtag

  • Wedding Insurance

 

9 MONTHS

  • Save the Dates

  • Research Honeymoon Plans

  • Research DJ / Band / Entertainment

  • Wedding Rings

  • Wedding Registry

  • Bridal Party Gowns – Shop & Order

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8 MONTHS

  • Order Invitations

  • Research & Book Officiant

  • Other Stationery Items

  • Rentals & Décor

  • Centerpieces for Reception Tables

 

7 MONTHS

  • Decide Ceremony Timeline

  • First Look | Bride & Groom – Decide  First

  • Look | Others – Decide

  • Guest Accommodations & Hotels

  • Book Florist

 

6 MONTHS

  • Hire Day-of-Coordinator

  • Draft a Wedding Day Timeline

  • Finalize Honeymoon Plans

  • Book a Make Up Artist

  • Book a Hair Stylist

  • Send Invitations

  • Research & Hire Bartenders

  • Wedding Cake – Tasting & Order

  • Additional Décor & Accessories  

  • MOB & MOG – dress shopping

 

5 MONTHS

  • Ceremony- Readers & Singers  

  • Undergarments

  • Meet with Officiant

  • Photobooth

  • Ringbearer Outfits  

  • Flower Girl Outfits
     

  • Gifts for Bridal Party  

  • Dance Lessons

  • Bride & Groom – Letters & Gifts
     

 

4 MONTHS

  • Rehearsal: Location, Guest List & Invites  

  • Ceremony Programs & Guest Comfort

  • Bride Accessories

  • Wedding Gown Alterations

  • Bridal Party Gowns - Alterations  

  • Groomsmen - Tux Fitting

  • Bridal Party Shoes

  • Transportation

  • Gifts – FOB, MOB, FOG, MOG

  • Memory or Heritage Table

 

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3 MONTHS

  • Meet with DJ – Finalize Song List & Timeline  

  • Guest Favors

  • Send Off Items

  • Bridal Shower

  • Guest Sign In

  • Flower Girl / Ringbearer Accessories

 

2 MONTHS

  • Marriage License

  • Book Skin & Beauty Appointments

  • Accommodations for Bride & Groom

  • Unity Candle

  • Vows

  • Collect RSVPs for rehearsal & wedding day

  • Signs

  • Photos for Print

  • Getting Ready – What to Wear?

  • Slideshow & Cocktail Hour

  • Something old, blue, & borrowed

  • Inclement Weather Plan

 

1 MONTH

  • Check your registry

  • Bachelor / Bachelorette Parties

  • Finalize RSVP’s & Guest Count

  • Reception – Seating Plan

  • Wedding Gown- Final Fitting

  • Hair / Makeup Trail

  • Bridal Photoshoot

  • Venue Walk Through

  • Toasts & Speeches

 

1 WEEK

  • Gratuities

  • Groom – Haircut / Shave

  • Relax

  • Confirm Details with Vendors  Pack for Honeymoon

  • Out-of-Town Guests

  • Manicure / Pedicure

  • Watch the Weather

 

NIGHT BEFORE

  • Dinner & Get Together  

  • Sleep, seriously.

  • Load the Car

 

WEDDING DAY

  • Rehearsal  Smile

  • Tissues

  • Eat

 

AFTER

  • Brunch

  • Marriage License to County

  • Return Rentals

 

2 WEEKS AFTER

  • Name Change

  • Review Vendors

  • Send Thank-You’s to Guests  

  • Gown & Veil Preservation

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