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Wedding Planning Timeline

Congratulations on your engagement! The question has been popped, the ring is on, so now what? With so many tasks to take care of and details to arrange, planning a wedding can seem overwhelming. But, if you give yourself enough time to plan and sort the tasks month by month with a wedding-planning checklist, the job becomes more fun and less stressful. Here is our 12-month Wedding-Planning Timeline to help brides plan a stress-free path to “I do!”


12 Month Wedding Planning Timeline

12 Months Before the Wedding

  • Set a Date
  • Determine the budget
  • Reserve your ceremony & reception locations

12 Months- 9 Months Before the Wedding

  • Pick your wedding party
  • Start the guest list
  • Hire a planner, if desired
  • Determine wedding colors & themes
  • Shop & choose a wedding dress
  • Shop & Choose bridal party attire
  • Book your officiant
  • Research & choose: photographer, videographer, dj/musicians, caterer, & florist

9 Months- 6 Months Before the Wedding

  • Select flowers for bouquets, centerpieces, altar display, corsages, etc.
  • Reserve wedding day transportation
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
  • Make honeymoon travel accommodations
  • Register for wedding gifts
  • Send Save-the-Dates

6 Months-4 Months Before the Wedding

  • Select tuxedos for groom, groomsmen, fathers of bride and groom
  • Select wedding cake
  • Purchase rings
  • Select & purchase invitations and other printed materials
  • Choose music for: 1st dance, Father-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Dance

4 Months- 2 Months Before the Wedding

  • Book rehearsal & rehearsal dinner venue
  • Mail invitations
  • Purchase gifts for bridal party
  • Schedule hair & makeup artists

1 Month Before the Wedding

  • Final fitting for all attire
  • Confirm reservations
  • Obtain all legal documents & apply for marriage license
  • Make appointments for massage, haircut/color, and manicure/pedicure

1 Week Before the Wedding

  • Confirm final head count with caterer & venue
  • Pack for wedding
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Relax and have your spa day

Night Before the Wedding

  • Rehearsal
  • Give out gifts for bridal party
  • Layout wedding attire