Updated: Feb 4, 2020
So your engaged. Well, what do you do now!?
I've put together the ultimate wedding planning checklist for you because lets be honest, planning a wedding can be absolutely nuts!
Before we jump into it I just want to state that every wedding is different and what you may need to for your wedding my not require all of these things and on the other hand it may require more!
Please feel free to copy and paste this list to a word document, make a PDF out of it, or Email it to yourself so you always have at the ready!
14 to 12 Months Before
(Don't sweat it if your already past some of these "Due Dates" you have plenty of time!)
Collect design inspiration..
Scroll through Instagram, leaf through bridal magazines, and browse your favorite lifestyle and fashion sites for inspiration. Take a good look around your home and closet, too—you'll never know where you'll find unexpected design ideas.
Work out your budget.
Determine how much money you have to spend on your ceremony and reception, based on your families’ contributions and your own.
Pick who will be in your wedding party.
As soon as you’re engaged, people will start wondering who’s in.
Consider your guest list.
Make a head count spreadsheet to use throughout your planning process, with columns for contact info, addresses, RSVPs, gifts, and any other relevant info. (Planning a party on a budget? It may be brutal, but the best way to cut costs is to reduce your guest list.)
Hire a planner, if necessary.
A good planner will always have relationships with top-rated vendors.
Book your venue and lock down your wedding date.
Decide whether to have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception, factoring in travel time between the two venues.
Hire a photographer, filmmaker, florist, caterer, band, and other must-have wedding vendors.
Keep in mind that the best event pros tend to book up over a year in advance.
Nine Months Before
Book any remaining entertainment.
Attend gigs of potential acts to see how they perform in front of audiences, then reserve your favorite.
Determine your dinner and drinks menu.
If your wedding venue doesn’t offer its own catering service, look for one now and hire the service this month or early next.
Purchase a dress, suit, jumpsuit, or your wedding outfit of choice.
You’ll need to schedule time for at least three fittings. Veil shopping can be postponed for another two to three months.
Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
Pick three hotels at different price points close to the reception venue.
Register for gifts.
Sign up at a minimum of three retailers across a range of budgets.
Create a wedding website.Create a personal page where you'll tout the date of the nuptials, travel information, accommodations, and registry info.
Seven to Six Months Before
Select and purchase invitations.
Hire a calligrapher, if desired. Addressing cards is time-consuming, so you need to budget accordingly.
Start planning your honeymoon.
Make sure that your passports are up to date, and schedule doctors’ appointments for any shots you may need.
Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses..
Allow at least six months for the dresses to be ordered and sized.
Meet with the officiant.
Map out the ceremony and confirm that you have all the official documents for the wedding (these vary by county and religion).
Send out save-the-dates.Reserve structural and electrical necessities.Book portable toilets for outdoor events, extra chairs