Breaking your wedding planning into manageable chunks is one of the best things you can do for your wedding planning experience. One of the ways to do that is by having a wedding planning checklist. Here a general sample checklist that you can use to start yours. You can add or remove activities, depending on the kind of ceremony that you’ll be having.

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12 Months Before

  • Do Your Budget

No budget equals no wedding.

  • Organize Your Guest List

You need this information so that you can choose the right venue for your wedding too.

  • Round-Up Your Wedding Party

If you’ll be having your friends play a role in your wedding, now’s the time to ask them.

  • Book Your Venue

Are you having an outdoor or indoor wedding? Make up your mind and choose a venue for your event.


8 Months Before

  • Hire A Photographer

Make sure that they are a good one because they’ll be the one to capture the memories of your wedding that will last a lifetime.

  • Hire A Caterer

Make sure you get a good caterer for your wedding.

  • Get Your Wedding Dress

Whether you’re renting or buying, you need to get the dress done early so that any fixes that need to be done, can be done on time.

  • Choose A Wedding Theme

Once you have decided on a theme, your decor, dress code, and other details will fall into place.

  • Hire an Officiant

They’ll anchor your ceremony and play the role of host.

  • Hire A Wedding Planner

With an expert, your planning can go even easier and faster.


6 Months Before

  • Your Makeup and Hair Trial

It’ll help you know what works for you and the professional can get to know it too.

  • Book A Florist

With professionals like these, the best recommendations usually come from family and friends.

  • Book Your Entertainment

Are you having a DJ or a wedding band?


4 Months Before

  • Purchase Your Rings

Buy them and resize them if necessary, so that they’re ready in time for your wedding.

  • Send Out Your Save The Dates

This will give your guests time to prepare so they can be available on your date.


2 Months Before

  • Order Your Invitations

Start with one first, so you can ensure that no mistakes have been made and then order the rest.

  • Buy Your Wedding Favors

Or if you’re going DIY, start to assemble the components that you’ll put together.

  • Organize Transport

How will you and your wedding party be getting to and from your event?


6 Weeks Before

  • Handle Your Legalities

File your license and have it approved.

  • Do A Rain Check with All Your Vendors

Please make sure they’re all on track and ready for your event.

  • Send Out Your Invites

It’s time to let your guests know that your celebration time is almost near.

2 Days Before

  • Rest

Your vendors and other professionals should be able to handle things from this point.

  • Pamper Yourself

Get a fresh manicure, pedicure, and a massage.

  • Put Your Emergency Kit Together

It should contain necessities like bobby pins, a sewing kit, blotting paper, makeup, tweezers, tissue, painkillers, mints, clear polish, wipes, the phone numbers of all your vendors, and more.

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