Take the Stress Out of Your Big Day with Our Wedding Checklist
Posted: January 20th, 2019
You’ve met that special someone and now you’ve decided to spend the rest of your lives together.
But the glow of engagement often gives way to loads of stress once you realize that planning that dream wedding is a big undertaking, to say the least!
To help you out, we’ve put together a handy, comprehensive wedding planning checklist to help you consider all the options. Use this as your guide to know what you need to do — and most importantly, when you need to do it — to make sure your big day goes off without a hitch.
The ideal length of time to plan a wedding is about 12 months. But if you have less time than that, it’s okay! The key is to make all of the big decisions and purchases up front. Then you’ll be running right on schedule the rest of the way.
Book hotel room block for out-of-town guests: 9-10 months
Order and send save-the-dates: 9-10 months
Select and order invitations: 6-10 months
Book florist: 7-9 months
Book officiant and begin premarital counseling if required: 6-9 months
Set up wedding gift registry: 6-9 months
Hire bakery and select wedding cake: 6-8 months
Select bridesmaids’ dresses and schedule fittings: 6-8 months
Book rehearsal dinner: 6-7 months
Select hair and makeup artist: 6-7 months
Order rental items including chairs and other furniture, linens, draping, plates and cutlery, dance floor and tent: 6-7 months
Finalize guest list: 6 months
Plan vows: 6 months
Plan honeymoon: 6 months
Now that you’ve taken care of the biggest decisions, you’re ready to start filling in the details. Early fittings allow plenty of time to make any necessary adjustments to your wedding dress and other attire. And of course you need to get that all-important marriage license!
Begin wedding dress fittings
Buy or rent groom’sattire
Buy wedding rings
Schedule hair and makeup trials
Book transportation for wedding party and guests
Get your marriage license
Update passport if you’re traveling overseas for wedding or honeymoon
Now is the time to get those invitations in the mail. You also need to begin finalizing your wedding plans and making payments to vendors.
Send invitations and track RSVPs: 3 months
Create day-of timeline: 3 months
Finalize menu with caterer: 3 months
Finalize ceremony with officiant: 3 months
Plan music selections with DJ or musicians: 3 months
Order wedding-day paper products including ceremony program, menus, place cards and table numbers: 3 months
Plan guest favors or gift bags: 3 months
Order gifts for members of your wedding party: 2-3 months
Buy wedding shoes and start breaking them in: 2-3 months
Start creating any DIY items: 2-3 months
Finalize floral design: 2-3 months
Confirm and pay vendors: 2 months
Check to make sure wedding party has all necessary attire: 2 months
Send rehearsal dinner invitations: 2 months
Confirm lodging for out-of-town guests: 2 months
Buy a guest book: 2 months
Less than 30 days until your special day! This is when the finer points of your wedding come into sharper focus.
Confirm day-of timeline with vendors
Finalize ceremony outline
Create seating chart
Finalize day-of plans with wedding party
Print wedding program, escort cards, place cards and other paper items
Final dress fitting
Schedule nail and spa appointments
Assemble gift bags or favors for guests
Conduct a final venue walk-through
Confirm all vendor and rental payments
Final 2 Weeks
Now that you’re on the home stretch, it’s time for more final confirmations, payments and pampering yourself.
Check on RSVP stragglers and confirm final headcount, menu and deliveries with all vendors
Finalize transportation for wedding party and guests
Confirm photo requests with photographer and assign a contact person for photographer
Finalize venue setup and takedown plans
Prepare day-of payments and gratuities
Provide vendors with emergency contact information
Clean and press all wedding attire
Get engagement and wedding rings cleaned
Pack for honeymoon and share itinerary with family
Pack a day-of bag for items you’ll need at the ceremony and reception, including emergency items
Enjoy any pre-wedding beauty treatments including manicure, pedicure, waxing, eyebrows, hair color or massage
Can you believe it’s already Wedding Day Eve? Just a few more things to take care of before your celebration begins.
Finalize arrangements with caterer and venue
Confirm honeymoon transportation
Print your vows if needed
Eat healthy and drink lots of water
Pack last-minute items to take to wedding and reception: rings, marriage license, attire, driver’s license, wallet, money, passport, payments and tips, umbrella, snacks, water
Get a good night’s sleep — you’ll need to be well-rested for your big day!
Set your alarm
Day of Your Wedding
At long last! After months of seemingly endless planning, your big day has finally arrived. This is your special day, so take a deep breath and soak it all in.
Stay off your feet until the wedding begins
Eat a healthy breakfast
Lay out attire and accessories for photographer to capture beforehand
Thank all of your guests for coming
Relax and enjoy!
After the Wedding
There will still be things left to do after the wedding. So be sure to tie up these remaining loose ends while you’re still basking in the glow of your newly-wedded bliss.
Send thank-you notes for wedding gifts
Return all rented items
Confirm that all vendors have been paid
Handle any name changes on driver’s licenses, social security card, etc.
Review and select wedding photos
Have a great marriage!
Keep this checklist close at hand to ensure that your wedding goes smoothly.
And contact Les Bourgeois Vineyards to learn how to host your special day at the most unique wedding destination in mid-Missouri!