Planning a wedding requires the newlyweds-to-be to juggle many tasks all at once, and in between florist visits, bridal salon appointments, and negotiating with vendors, it's easy to forget what has to be done by when. Enter, our planning checklist. A complete and comprehensive list of everything you need to do and when to do it. While the checklist is based on a somewhat traditional timeline of about 12 months, we realize that not everyone has that kind of time on their hands. Whether you're a laid-back fiancé(e), you just want a short engagement and get straight to the festivities, or have already checked most of the tasks off your list and want an abridged version, we've created a mini checklist counting down from that oh-so important three month mark.
Keep scrolling for a quickie guide to everything that's left to be done. On your marks. Get set. Go!
At Three Months
For couples in this final stage of wedding planning, it's time to get all of your details set in stone. By now, you should have locked in all of the big details—your dress, venue, vendors, and guest list should all have been secured.
This month, focus on all of the little aspects that will make your wedding come together. That means you, too, grooms. Your husband-to-be should be picking out his wedding-day attire, including shoes, shirt, tie, and cuff links. Brides, it's time to ask around for hairstylist and makeup artist recommendations, as well as scheduling your trials. And don't forget about your bridesmaids. Make sure their dresses were ordered and that you have a confirmed delivery date. You should also order your cake, confirm your honeymoon plans, and pick out any readings you'd like for your ceremony. If you are having a destination wedding, 12 weeks before the wedding is the recommended time to send out those invitations.
At Two Months
Time to party. Of course, this is a matter of personal preference and schedule synchronization, but traditionally this is when bachelor/bachelorette parties go down. You absolutely must mail your invitations at this time, giving guests at least eight weeks to make travel arrangements. You should also have your dress fittings, look into getting your marriage license, and finalize any décor details including stationery orders for elements like programs and escort cards.
At One Month
Finally, with one month out from your wedding day, you should be handling those last-minute necessities. Provide your vendors with all of the final details, including a finalized seating chart, head count, delivery details and day-of timeline, as well as confirming any final payments. Pick up your dress and your spouse's attire, pack for your honeymoon and wedding day, and work on your vows and toast. Most importantly, don't forget to enjoy the moment. There's no doubt that the past few months or weeks have completely flown by in a blur of wedding planning, so be sure to take some time to enjoy your last few weeks of engagement and savor these special moments with your partner.
We promise, if you follow our carefully-crafted checklist you'll be well prepared (and stress-free) on the day of your wedding.