“The Ultimate Wedding-Planning Checklist: From Start to Finish”


Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Planning a wedding can be an exciting but also overwhelming experience. To help you stay organized, below is an ultimate wedding-planning checklist from start to finish.


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12+ Months Before:

  • Set a budget: Determine your overall budget and what percentage of it you want to allocate to each aspect of the wedding, such as venue, catering, and attire.
  • Choose a date and venue: Pick a date that works for you and your partner and start looking for a venue that fits your style and budget.
  • Create a guest list: Decide on who you want to invite to the wedding and create a guest list.
  • Hire a wedding planner: If you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring a wedding planner to help you with the planning process.
  • Book a photographer and videographer: Research and book a photographer and videographer who can capture your special day.
  • Book a caterer: Choose a caterer that suits your taste and budget, and schedule a tasting.
  • Choose your wedding party: Decide who you want to have as your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other members of your wedding party.

6-12 Months Before:

  • Choose a wedding dress: Start shopping for your wedding dress and accessories, and book appointments for fittings.
  • Hire a DJ or band: Choose a DJ or band that fits your taste and budget, and book them for your wedding day.
  • Send save-the-dates: Send save-the-date cards to your guests so they can plan accordingly.
  • Plan the ceremony: Decide on the type of ceremony you want to have and book an officiant.
  • Book a florist: Choose a florist who can create beautiful arrangements for your wedding day.
  • Book a transportation: If needed, book transportation for you and your wedding party.

3-6 Months Before:

  • Order invitations: Choose and order invitations that match the style of your wedding.
  • Choose wedding rings: Select your wedding rings and have them resized, if necessary.
  • Plan the honeymoon: Start planning your honeymoon and book travel arrangements.
  • Schedule hair and makeup trials: Schedule hair and makeup trials to ensure you look your best on your wedding day.
  • Purchase bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen attire: Decide on attire for your wedding party and purchase their outfits.
  • Finalize menu and decor: Finalize your menu and decor with your caterer and florist.

1-3 Months Before:

  • Obtain marriage license: Obtain your marriage license from your local government office.
  • Confirm vendors: Confirm details and timelines with all vendors.
  • Have final dress fittings: Schedule final dress fittings for you and your bridesmaids.
  • Purchase wedding favors: Choose and purchase wedding favors for your guests.
  • Plan seating chart: Decide on a seating chart for your reception.
  • Send final guest list to caterer: Send your final guest list to your caterer.
  • Send invitations: Send out your wedding invitations.

1 Week Before:

  • Confirm details with all vendors: Confirm details and timelines with all vendors.
  • Pack for the honeymoon: Pack for your honeymoon and confirm travel arrangements.
  • Confirm seating chart and final guest count: Confirm your seating chart and final guest count with your caterer.
  • Rehearsal: Have a wedding rehearsal with your wedding party.
  • Pamper yourself: Take time to pamper yourself before your big day.

On the Day:

  • Relax and enjoy: On the day of your wedding, take a deep breath and enjoy the special moment with your loved ones.
  • Have a backup plan: In case of any unexpected situations, have a backup plan in place.
  • Eat and drink: Make sure you eat and drink throughout the day to stay energized.
  • Thank your guests: Take time to thank your guests for being a part of your special day.

Congratulations on your wedding


After the Wedding:

  • Send thank-you cards: Send thank-you cards to your guests for attending your wedding and any gifts they may have given.
  • Preserve your wedding dress: Have your wedding dress professionally cleaned and preserved.
  • Review vendor contracts: Review vendor contracts and make sure all payments have been made.
  • Change your name (if desired): If you plan to change your name, start the process with your local government office and other necessary institutions.
  • Share photos: Share your wedding photos and video with family and friends.
  • Reflect on your wedding day: Take time to reflect on your wedding day and celebrate the beginning of your new life together.

Wedding planning can be a lot of work, but with a little bit of organization and a lot of love, you can create the wedding of your dreams. Congratulations on your special day, and may you have a lifetime of happiness together!

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