As some of you know, I got married on 12/31/2022. Coming from the wedding industry I knew all things DAY OF for weddings but was lost when it came to getting the nitty gritty details together. So after my wedding I created a checklist that I used to plan my own wedding!

12+ Months

  • Have fun announcing your engagement
  • Choose date (try to figure out 3 dates) 
  • Talk budget and decide who is contributing what
  • Choose your wedding party. Maid of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, flower girl and ring bearer
  • Get your engagement ring insured and consider purchasing wedding insurance 
  • Explore ceremony and reception venues
  • Start assembling your team of wedding pros: planner, photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, etc. 
  • Browse wedding dresses and veil styles
  • Create wedding and style boards on Pinterest
  • Get engagement photos taken 
  • Start browsing Save the Date designs to find your favorite shape and size
  • Begin compiling your guest list 
  • Place your Save the Date order

10-11 Months

  • Choose your bridal party attire and accessories
  • Reserve ceremony and reception venues
  • Book officiant and check into premarital counseling 
  • Hire photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, florist, and planner
  • Finalize your guest list
  • Mail your Save the Dates
  • Purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments
  • Establish a healthy skin and wellness routine
  • Research honeymoon destinations

8-9 Months

  • Find 3 hotels (at different price options) for out of town guests
  • Browse wedding invitation designs
  • Begin planning honeymoon
  • Refine and update your guest list as needed
  • Create gift registries at 2-3 national and/or online retailers. (Good to have at least one in person store for older demographic) 

6-7 Months

  • Explore wedding day hair and makeup styles
  • Meet with your officiant to discuss plans for the ceremony
  • Reserve rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor, etc. 
  • Choose desert style and schedule tasting
  • Purchase wedding bands
  • Decide on a date for the Bachelor and Bachelorette party or weekend
  • Order Thank You cards (for bridal shower and gifts that arrive early) 

4-5 Months

  • Place your full Wedding Invitation order
  • Choose flowers for your wedding party, attendants, venues, cakes, etc. 
  • Schedule dress fitting
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels
  • Book room for your wedding night
  • Order your wedding dessert/cake
  • Plan on welcome baskets for out of town guests
  • Prepare a play/do not play playlist for your DJ/Band
  • Finalize your guest list
  • Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue
  • Order rehearsal dinner invitations

3 Months

  • Finalize your honeymoon plans and ensure that all your documents are in order
  • Plan your ceremony and reception seating
  • Experiment with hair and veil styles
  • Finalize readers, readings and music for the ceremony 
  • Purchase; toasting flutes, serving pieces, guest book, flower basket and ring bearer pillow
  • Finalize reception menu 
  • Order menu cards and wedding favors
  • Mail wedding invitations 

2 Months

  • Develop system to organize your RSVPs
  • Begin writing vows
  • Review your ceremony details with your officiant 
  • Lay out your content for Wedding Programs 
  • Apply for your marriage license 
  • Finalize seating arrangements 
  • Finalize appointments for alterations 
  • Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant, and wedding party
  • Write out your honeymoon itinerary 
  • Decide on “something old, new and blue”
  • Book some facials and treat yo self 
  • Finalize your music playlist

1 Month

  • Call your vendors to confirm date, time, and location
  • Confirm your honeymoon arrangements 
  • Start packing for your honeymoon 
  • Pick up your wedding rings 
  • Confirm ceremony plans with your officiant 
  • Order your wedding programs 
  • Final dress fitting with your shoes and accessories
  • Write thank you cards as gifts are received 
  • If you have pets look for a sitter for day of wedding and honeymoon
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette PARTIES

2 Weeks

  • Follow up with your guests who have not RSVP’d
  • Delegate someone to return tuxedos/dress if rented. 
  • Give final headcount to caterer
  • Give directions to your limo/transportation driver
  • Update your registries
  • Begin breaking in your wedding shoes
  • Send out your playlists to your DJ
  • Get final haircut and color 
  • Delegate wedding day duties to your people; getting ready playlist, gift table, centerpieces, etc. 

1 Week

  • Prepare your final payments and cash tips to your wedding day professionals 
  • Give readers their scripts 
  • Give photographer/videographer your final shot list 
  • Lay out your wedding day attire 
  • Prepare your wedding day emergency kit 

The Day Before

  • Deliver welcome baskets to out of town guests 
  • Get mani/pedi
  • Attend your rehearsal dinner (can also be done two days before your wedding) 
  • Go to bed at a decent hour 


  • Eat a good breakfast 
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready 
  • Give wedding rings and officiant fee to the best man 
  • Assign someone to be in charge of feeding you throughout the day