The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Before your engagement…

After you are engaged…

  • Take engagement pictures.
  • Send out engagement announcements; announce your wedding in the newspaper if you’d like.
  • Have your engagement party.

12 months before your wedding day…

11 months before your wedding day…

10 months before your wedding day…

9 months before your wedding day…

8 months before your wedding day…

7 months before your wedding day…

  • Order save-the-date cards or magnets
  • Get all your guests’ addresses
  • Order bridesmaids dresses & accessories
  • Decide on a baker and order your wedding cake. Need help deciding what kind? Take our quiz: What type of wedding cake fits your personality? 
  • Think about what your groom and groomsmen will wear. Suits or Tuxes?
  • Shop around for invitations and work on the invitation wording

6 months before your wedding day…

  • Make a final selection for a wedding dress
  • Choose your veil and accessories to match your dress
  • Decide what your parents will wear
  • Finalize your honeymoon details
  • Request off work if you need to
  • Send out save the date cards
  • Purchase or rent groom’s and groomsmen’s suits or tuxes
  • Finalize the menu with the caterer
  • Register! All your wedding registry questions are answered here.

5 months before your wedding day…

  • Order or make your wedding favors. Here are some unique ideas.
  • Reserve hotel rooms and make accomodations for out-of-town guests
  • Start thinking about your make-up and hair
  • Order your wedding invitations
  • Create a wedding day timeline
  • Make your wedding night plans & reservations
  • Begin thinking about the rehearsal dinner

4 months before your wedding day…

  • Plan your rehearsal dinner; decide on a location, menu, etc.
  • Reserve a car, limo, or your desired wedding transportation
  • Think about your wedding music (first dance song, father/daughter dance song, etc.)
  • Book a hair dresser and make-up artist
  • Help your maid of honor make a bridal shower guestlist
  • Shop for your wedding bands

3 months before your wedding day…

  • Have your wedding shower
  • Make sure your dress is tailored
  • Finalize your wedding music
  • Address the envelopes for your invitations
  • Buy your wedding rings
  • Have the maid of honor and best man make sure the wedding party has purchased their outfits and accessories
  • Designate people to give toasts at the reception
  • Make sure you have started an exercise routine and diet if you need to lose a few inches before getting into your dress! Here are some tips to tighten your tummy before your wedding day.

2 months before your wedding day…

  • Buy your wedding party their gifts. Check out some cool wedding party gift ideas.
  • Write your wedding vows if you so desire. Read about the secret to writing great vows!
  • Send your wedding invitation 6-8 weeks before the wedding
  • Start making a final guestlist as you begin to hear back from guests
  • Fill out any documents needed to change your name
  • If you are going to have your rings engraved, do so
  • Fill out any documents needed to change your insurance information after married
  • Create and print wedding programs
  • Buy lingerie or undergarments before final dress fitting
  • Send thank you notes for gifts received at your shower

1 month before your wedding day…

  • Work on your seating chart
  • Make or buy placeholder cards
  • Get anything you need before your honeymoon (passport, shots, etc.)
  • Do a final fitting for your dress; begin a diet and exercise routine if necessary
  • Confirm all the details (arrival time, cost, etc.) with your wedding vendors
  • Get a marriage license
  • Send rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Order alcohol
  • Buy a guestbook

2 weeks before your wedding day…

  • Take care of all the details like what you will use to cut the cake, toasting glasses, etc.
  • Prepare welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
  • Purchase thank you notes
  • Finalize the menu, etc. for the rehearsal dinner.
  • Finalize your seating chart.
  • Give final headcount to caterer, etc.
  • Do a hair and make-up trial run.
  • Plan the activities for the night before your wedding.
  • Help your wedding party plan the bachelor and bachelorette parties if they need it.

1 week before your wedding day…

  • Get checks ready to give your wedding vendors.
  • Make sure you have something old, something new, something borrowed, and (most importantly to us) something blue.
  • Make sure you have a garter.
  • Get a manicure, pedicure, hair cut, eye-brow wax, etc.
  • Pick up your wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses
  • Confirm all the details with your florist.
  • Give the members of your wedding party their tasks for your special day.
  • Pack for your honeymoon!

The day before your wedding day…

  • Go to the spa to get a massage!
  • Hold the rehearsal dinner.
  • Give your wedding party and parents their gifts.
  • Attend the bachelor or bacheloretter party.

After your wedding day…


  1. Great list. A checklist is very important to planning a wedding. Easy to make sure everything is getting done. Highly recommended.

  2. My goodness! I have been looking for something like this for the longest time. Your checklist is the most comprehensive I have found. Thanks for the help, I am going to follow this religiously!

  3. Wow, great list…. This is perfect for me because my wedding is a little over a year away… thnx

  4. Crystal Couture says

    Wow. what a thorough guide.

  5. I could have used a checklist like this when I got married. I realized the day before the wedding that I couldn’t do everything alone & was recruiting help at the last minute…luckily everything worked out beautifully & I am happily married to a wonderful man.

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