Need A Wedding Checklist? Look No Further!


One of the things that have become very clear to us during my time as a wedding coordinator is that wedding planning checklists for budget-friendly weddings are very different than wedding planning checklists for more formal weddings. As it turns out, wedding planning timelines and checklists are awesomely unique and creative, just like couples.


For instance, if you're not having a florist because your super talented aunt with a green thumb is creating your wedding centerpieces in order to save you money on your wedding flowers, then you do not need to book your florist six months in advance. So how do you know when should be doing certain wedding planning tasks?


In all honesty, there is no straight answer, because every budget-friendly wedding is different. One wedding may have branches and leaves in a large mason jar for centerpieces (which can be made a few weeks before the wedding), while another may have fresh flowers picked from a flower farm.


However, there are some standard wedding planning tasks that can be done at certain times if you're planning your own wedding. Below you'll find a comprehensive list, so dive in, plan away, and make sure to have fun doing it!


When you first get engaged:

-Determine goals for your wedding.

- Decide on the style, theme, or overall vibe for your wedding.

-Determine how much time you can devote to wedding planning.

-Create a budget if necessary.

-Figure out how many family and friends you expect to help you put your wedding together.

-Decide on a wedding party if you are having one.


Shortly after you're engaged:

-Find and book your wedding venue.

-Choose a ceremony and reception start time.

-Create the guest list.

-Start booking your key wedding vendors (for example, the caterer, officiant, photographer, etc.).

-Get event insurance.


Six to eight months out:

-Decide on wedding attire for you, your partner, and the wedding party. Our bridal stylists, wedding party stylists, and tuxedo specialist can help walk you through bringing your wedding style to life. It’s never too early to start this process.

- Start looking into reservations for any group wedding weekend activities if applicable.

-Set up your wedding website.

- Send out your save the dates.

-Begin to book other vendors applicable to your wedding that you haven't already booked.

-Book your rehearsal dinner location.

Five months out:

- Start thinking about and choosing your wedding decor, as well as other wedding items such as the guest book, seating chart, and favors.

-Decide what DIY projects you want to do, and plan when you will do them.


Four months out:

-Visit the venue again, and make your event layout.

-Start looking for your wedding rings.

-Set up a wedding registry


Three months out:

- Discuss and choose with your partner what things you would and wouldn't like to include in your day-of timeline (for example, a cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc.).

-Start creating your job list for family and friends who will be helping on your wedding day.

-Start creating your wedding playlists if applicable.


Two months out:

-Get your wedding attire altered if necessary.

-Start writing or brainstorming your vows.

- Finish up any DIY projects that you can.


Six weeks out:

-Mail your wedding invites, including rehearsal dinner invites, and track RSVPs.

-Loop in your wedding coordinator (or the person who will be the point person on your big day), if you decide to have one.

- Finalize the items in your day-of timeline and assign exact times to the different parts of the day.


One month out:

-Finalize your wedding ceremony with your officiant.

- Go over your wedding timeline with your coordinator or point person, photographer, caterer, and DJ to get their feedback, and then update accordingly.

-Get your marriage license.

-Finish up your wedding purchases and projects for things like menus and programs.


Two to three weeks out:

-Track down any missing RSVPs.

- Finalize your seating chart.

-Finalize outstanding details with vendors.

-Update your day-of timeline with information from vendors.

- Make your short list for your wedding photographer.

- Make your song list for your DJ and specify the order of your wedding party for introductions.

-Have a meeting with your coordinator (or point person) to go over all the final wedding details.

-Start packing for your honeymoon if applicable.


One week out:

-Send out a final timeline to all wedding vendors and make sure they have directions to the venue, unloading info, and parking info.

-Make a packing list of things you want to bring to the venue, including a DIY wedding emergency kit.

-Write out final checks for payments and gratuities for your wedding vendors.


A couple of days before the wedding:

-Begin set-up at the venue as early as the venue will let you in.

- Drop off welcome goodies for guests at hotels if applicable.

-Buy any perishable food items that you are responsible for serving during the wedding weekend.


The day before the wedding:

-Finish (or start) setting up the wedding ceremony and reception spaces.

- Have a wedding rehearsal.

-Hand over the planning reins and your planning materials to your wedding coordinator or point person.


The day of the wedding (yay!):

-Get married and soak in all the love you feel from your partner as well as your nearest and dearest family and friends because DIY weddings are super amazing


The day after the wedding:

- Clean up, pack up, and go on your way as a newly married couple.


The week or few days after the wedding:

-Take a breather from wedding-related tasks and go on a honeymoon, mini-moon, or even a stay-at-home honeymoon.


One to three months after the wedding:

- Send thank you cards.


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