12 Month Wedding Planning Checklist


A step-by-step wedding planning timeline of all the main things you need to do to pull off a fabulous wedding day. Wedding planning can be daunting; doing research, managing a budget, and working out what to do when. So we created a full downloadable task list of all the essential things you will need to do, from finding a wedding venue to going dress shopping, and planning a honeymoon to organising the RSVP list.

12 Months Out
- Determine your budget
- Make a guest list
- Decide formality and overall theme
- Select the venue
- Select the caterer

11 Months Out
- Choose color theme and start thinking of overall design
- Hire vendors who book up quickly, including your photographer, band, DJ, and videographer

10 Months Out
- Start shopping for your wedding dress
- Book hotel-room blocks for guests
- Create your wedding website
- Take engagement photos
- Start looking at invitations

9 Months Out
- Buy your wedding dress
- Send save-the-dates

8 Months Out
- Register for gifts
- Select the bridesmaids' dresses and schedule fittings within the month
- Meet with potential florists

7 Months Out
- Book the rehearsal-dinner venue
- Hire the ceremony musicians
- Order rental items, such as specialty chairs, linens, draping, lounge furniture, white dance floor, etc.
- Hire an officiant

6 Months Out
- Hire a lighting technician

5 Months Out
- Book transportation for guests, if needed
- Book the bride and groom's transportation (limo, specialty car, etc.)
- Book the honeymoon
- Buy or rent the groom’s tuxedo
- Begin premarital counseling

4 Months Out
- Have your final tasting with the caterer
- Choose your cake
- Buy wedding bands
- Select groomsmen's attire and schedule fittings within the month
- Hair and makeup trial

3 Months Out
- Order the invitations and hire calligrapher
- Create or plan your menu
- Brainstorm guest favors and gift bags
- Book a photo-booth rental
- Write your vows
- Select readings
- Meet with the officiant and invite him or her to the rehearsal dinner
- Start crafting any DIY items if you haven’t already

2 Months Out
- Send the wedding invitations (with RSVPs due one month before the wedding)
- Send out rehearsal-dinner invitations (these can be included with the wedding invitations if you like)
- First dress fitting
- Pick up your marriage license
- Buy wedding-party gifts
- Do a floral mock-up with your florist
- Give the song selections to your band or DJ
- Give the song selections to your ceremony musicians
- Buy all small items

1 Month Out
- Assemble gift bags
- Pay your vendors in full
- Create a seating chart
- Order or make your escort cards and place cards
- Have a final venue walk-through
- Put cash in tip envelopes for your planner/delegate to distribute
- Break in your wedding shoes