12 Month #Wedding #Checklist

October 13, 2011

in Planning

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When you are planning a wedding it is easy to forget something! There are so many small things that need to be done. The best tip I can give you for your wedding checklist is to do things as early as possible. You do not want to get down to the last month with a million things on your list! Here is a wedding checklist. Feel free to add things as needed!

12 Months

10 Months

  • Decide who will perform the ceremony
  • Choose your attendants (and be sure to ask them! We were in a wedding where the couple forgot to ask one of the attendents and was left wondering why he wasn’t participating a month before)
  • Start your guest list (you need to know this early – many of your budget wedding issues revolve around the size of your guest list)
  • Decide on the flowers you want. Consider using in-season wedding flowers or using silk flowers to save money!

8 Months

  • Book help! Caterer (sometimes this will come with your venue), Florist, DJ, and photographer
  • Create a wedding website
  • Order your dress – here is a way you can order a designer cheap wedding gown

6 Months

  • Meet with your vendors to plan details
  • Order the wedding invitations
  • Register
  • Order the wedding rings
  • Book your honeymoon
  • Reserve wedding day transportation

4 Months

  • Order the bridesmaid dresses and the groomsmen/grooms tuxes (or suits)
  • Schedule the rehearsal dinner

2 Months

  • Find your ceremony readings and songs
  • Mail your invitations (out of state invitations should be mailed around 10 weeks before the wedding, in state invitations can wait until 6-8 weeks before)
  • Decide on your hair, makeup, and accessories
  • Find favors for your wedding reception

6 Weeks

  • Print the programs
  • Buy gifts for your parents and people in your wedding party
  • Send the announcement to the newspaper

2 Weeks

  • Get your final wedding day schedule down
  • Get the marriage license
  • Give your DJ all the songs you want during your reception

1 Week

  • Pick up your dress
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Relax! Schedule any waxings or facials now

1 Day

  • Manicures and pedicures!
  • Get ready to enjoy your day

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

My Love Wedding Ring June 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

You’ve picked up on some really good points here without going overboard – at such a busy time it is so easy for things to slip through the net, so that is a great checklist just to keep as a reminder!!


Kevin Kavanagh March 12, 2015 at 8:29 am

This is great content , I like the information about the music for your DJ.
Well done on a great blog



Christina January 11, 2017 at 10:46 am

Figuring out your wedding budget early is a smart suggestion. Getting inspiration, from magazines and Pinterest, is also a nice tip.


Mike March 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm

I love the way that you broke it down with the weeks. So thoughtful and helpful for those of us going through probably one of the most stressful times of our lives! Thanks for the great blog!


Bride Photo April 27, 2017 at 10:33 am

Wow! A very detailed list indeed! I totally agree that you should plan your wedding a year before the date since it only happens once in a lifetime. It is also very crucial to avoid being pressured which you usually encounter if you don’t have that much preparations. Thanks for this one! Please do also visit my blog, bridephoto.net about future brides. I hope this helps.


Louis Conselatore September 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

All of your tips are great yet some people nowadays are doing quick, simple weddings and call me a few days before their wedding. But good planning is always a great idea.


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