There are many, many checklists out there to help any bride. I reviewed a few and put this one together. I hope it is thorough enough and will help you!

Happy Planning!


12 – 18 months

_____ Purchase Engagement Rings
_____ Take Engagement Photos
_____ Send Engagement Announcement to Newspaper (some opt out of this because everything is online now)
_____ Send Engagement Announcement by email to friends
_____ Set Wedding Budget
_____ Set Wedding Date
_____ Decide type of Wedding (Informal or Formal)
_____ Choose Wedding Consultant (Hire an experienced, educated and trained consultant,
_____ Determine number of guests to be invited and create guest list (with addresses, phone numbers & email addresses)
_____ Select Ceremony Site
_____ Select Reception Site
_____ Choose Caterer
_____ Choose Photographer
_____ Choose Videographer
_____ Start a wedding binder (2-3 inch) or buy a wedding organizer
_____ Throw an engagement party (if you wish… but remember invitees should also be wedding guests)


6 – 12 months

_____ Final Selection on Wedding Rings
_____ Send save-the-date cards to guests
_____ Create and launch a wedding website
_____ Open joint bank accounts
_____ Take dancing lessons for first dance if you wish (start practicing)
_____ Choose and order Wedding Gown
_____ Reserve Limousine/ Wedding Transportation
_____ Choose color theme for wedding
_____ Choose wedding party
_____ Select Bridesmaid Dresses and Shoes
_____ Plan details of decorations (From Arch to Flowers)
_____ Select Florist
_____ Select Musicians (From Live Band, DJ, Harpist to Quartet)
_____ Select Officiant (Pastor, Priest or Family/Friend) for wedding ceremony
_____ Select Hair & Make-up Artist
_____ Shop for Trousseau & Going away attire
_____ Select Baker (Wedding Cake)
_____ Select Lighting and Draping Company (for reception venue, for ‘wow’ factor)


4 – 6 months

_____ Consult with Attorneys (If applicable, prenuptial agreement and other legal matters)
_____ Select Bridal Registry items (online or stores, 2-3 retailers)
_____ Select Music for Wedding Ceremony and Reception
_____ Reserve rental equipment if needed
_____ Prepare accommodations for Out of Town Guest (reserve a block of rooms, maybe pick 2-3 hotels at different price points close to the reception venue)
_____ Plan Bridal Shower Party (hostess is maid of honor)
_____ Plan Bridesmaid luncheon (maid of honor and bridesmaids work together)
_____ Purchase Veil and Bridal Accessories
_____ Purchase gifts for Wedding Party
_____ Make appointment for practice session for Hair & Make-up
_____ Order Wedding Favors
_____ Review plans for Wedding Ceremony & Reception
_____ Have Mothers choose their own dresses
_____ Make Honeymoon Plans (get new passport if necessary)
_____ Select and order Invitations (note: 1 per couple or family, order extra just in case)
_____ Give the bridal shower guest list to hostess
_____ Give the bachelorette party guest list to hostess
_____ Give the bachelor party guest list to host


2 – 3 months

_____ Pick-up wedding rings – make sure they fit and are engraved correctly
_____ If changing your name – Order name change kit – See Name Change Checklist
_____ Update Immunization for out of country travel
_____ Send out Invitations (1 month prior to RSVP date for Local Guests, 2 months prior for Out of Town Guests)
_____ Make a photographer‘s Checklist of photos
_____ Purchase Gifts for each other
_____ Apply for Marriage License
_____ Address & Send out Invitations
_____ Select & Coordinate Wedding Ceremony Program (with music selection and readings, if applicable)
_____ Appoint Guestbook Attendants for Wedding Ceremony & Reception
_____ Confirm Out of Town Guest accommodations
_____ Get your Hair Trimmed
_____ Confirm & Finalize details with Florist
_____ Confirm Rehearsal and Ceremony Program with Officiant
_____ Confirm Guest count with Caterer/Restaurant
_____ Final Fitting for Bridesmaids Dresses & Wedding Gown
_____ Select Tux Styles for Groomsmen & Fathers
_____ Meet with Wedding Consultant/Coordinator regarding Wedding Day Schedule (Itinerary)
_____ Confirm Transportation Schedule
_____ Reserve restaurant for rehearsal luncheon or dinner
_____ Have Bridal Shower (hostess is normally the maid of honor)
_____ Have Bachelorette Party (hostess is normally the maid or matron of honor)
_____ Have Bachelor Party (host is normally the best man)
_____ Change mailing address if moving
_____ Have Formal Wedding Portrait taken
_____ Review Checklist for Wedding Day Ceremony & Reception
_____ Make reservations for Bridesmaids luncheon
_____ Complete Trousseau shopping
_____ Purchase Floater Insurance for wedding gifts (if necessary)
_____Hire security for wedding reception (if necessary)


1 Month

_____ Call guests that have not yet RSVP’d
_____ Get your teeth cleaned/whiten
_____ Write vows, if necessary
_____ Confirm honeymoon plans & pick-up airline tickets
_____ Assign Wedding day helpers
_____ Keep track of gifts received and start on thank you notes
_____ Arrange for a professional to preserve and heirloom your Gown & Bouquet
_____ Pick-up Bridesmaids Dresses & Wedding Gown (Already Pressed)
_____ Break in your shoes
_____ Start seating arrangement, prepare and print seating name cards
_____ Print Ceremony and Reception programs and menu cards
_____ Confirm final details with Florist
_____ Confirm final details with Photographer
_____ Confirm final details with Officiant
_____ Confirm final details with Videographer
_____ Confirm final details with Baker
_____ Confirm final details with Restaurant/Caterer
_____ Confirm final details with Wedding Consultant/Coordinator
_____ Confirm final details for Wedding Transportation
_____ Confirm music selection for Ceremony and Reception
_____ Confirm final details with Bridal party
_____ Confirm final details with Wedding Helpers
_____ Confirm final details with Rental Equipment Company
_____ Confirm final details with Musicians
_____ Double Check Attire and Accessories for Bridal Party & Yourself
_____ Confirm schedule for Hair & Make-up Artist
_____Wedding Consultant/Coordinator emails Draft Wedding Day Timeline to all vendors, wedding party, family and volunteers
_____ Get a Facial
_____ Begin writing thank you notes for gifts already received (you have 1 year to write these)


1 Week

_____ Final Guest count with Caterer/Restaurant
_____ Arrange for Postal Office to hold or forward your email during your honeymoon
_____ Relax – take a long leisurely bath
_____ Re-confirm with Travel Agent or Airlines
_____ Review all seating arrangement with ushers and helpers
_____ Pack for Honeymoon Trip
_____ Arrange for Bridal Party, Parents & Family and Photographer and Videographer to all meet at a designated location (when taking pictures after the Wedding ceremony)
_____ Wedding Consultant/Coordinator emails Final Wedding Day Timeline to all vendors, wedding party, family and volunteers


1 – 2 Days

_____ Get a Manicure & Pedicure
_____ Get a Massage
_____ Attend Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
_____ Give all wedding items/vendor payments (if needed) to Wedding Consultant/Coordinator after the rehearsal
_____ Pick-up Rental Tux for Groomsmen (Groom or Best Man)
_____ Prepare Final payment in individual envelopes for each Professional


Wedding Day

_____ Nice long bath or shower – Relax
_____ Go to Hair & Make-up appointment
_____ Get Dressed
_____ Have Fun – It’s your Wedding Day! (let someone else deal with details and stress!)


After Wedding Day – Month after

_____ Mail wedding announcement to the newspaper
_____Take your gown to cleaners for cleaning and packaging
_____ Obtain certified copies of your marriage license
_____ Change your name and address on documents
_____ Write and send Thank you notes for gifts and assistance through wedding plans
_____ No more wedding plans!