Wedding Planning Timeline Checklist


Wedding Planning Timeline Checklist

Congrats on your engagement! Now it is time to embark on your wedding planning journey. I am sure you are wondering where the heck to begin. At The Venlist, we are here to make the wedding planning process as seamless as possible. Therefore, we have compiled a wedding planning timeline checklist to help keep you on track. Check out the wedding planning timeline checklist below to make sure your big day goes off without a hitch!

Sixteen to nine months before

  • Start getting a wedding file and Pinterest board together
  • Create a detailed budget breakout
  • Build your wedding party list
  • Settle on a guestlist
  • Hire a wedding planner, if desired
  • Book the venue and wedding date book  the  officiant
  • Research photographers bands, florists, and caterers
  • Compile a list of needed vendors
  • Throw an engagement party, this is totally optional

Eight months before

  • Book the photographer and the videographer
  • Book entertainment
  • Build a registry
  • Purchase a dress
  • Start meeting caterers
  • Reserve block of hotel rooms for guests launch a wedding website

Seven to six months before

  • Start planning your honeymoon
  • Purchase invitations and hire a calligrapher
  • Meet with the officiant
  • Send save-the-date cards
  • Book wedding transportation
  • Reserve structural and electrical necessities book a florist
  • Start composing a day-of timeline

Five to four months before

  • Book the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner venue
  • Check on printing of wedding invitations
  • Find and order the cake  
  • Send the bridal shower guest list to the bridal shower hostess/or Host
  • Purchase shoes and start dress and/or suit fittings
  • Schedule hair and makeup artists
  • Select a first dance songs
  • Plan welcome bags

Three months before

  • Finalize the catering menu and the wedding flowers
  • Order favors, if desired   
  • Create a toast makers’ list
  • Purchase the rings
  • Finalize readings
  • Finalize the order of the ceremony and reception
  • Print menu cards and programs
  • Purchase undergarments
  • Visit the bridal salon for a second fitting
  • Send wedding “day-of” schedule to vendors

Two months before

  • Discuss  locations and shots with a photographer  
  • Review music playlist with the band or the DJ
  • Send invitations
  • Touch base with your wedding vendors
  • Submit a newspaper wedding announcement   
  • Enjoy your bachelorette party

One month before

  • Check and compile RSVPs and phone invitees who have not responded.     
  • Get the marriage license
  •  Mail rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Have a final dress fitting   
  • Stock the bar
  • Send out as many final payments as you can
  • Confirm times for hair and makeup and vendors
  • Make seating chart
  • Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts to hand out at the rehearsal di nner
  • Write vows, if needed
  • Get hair cut and colored,  if needed

Week of

  • Reconfirm arrival times with all vendors  
  • Delegate small wedding-day tasks to friends and family members
  • Send a final timeline to the bridal party
  • Pick up your dress and/or suit
  • Supply the photographer with your “must-have” photos list
  • Set aside checks and tip envelope for vendors
  • assemble welcome baskets 
  • Book spa treatment
  • Break- in  your shoes
  • Send final guest count to caterer and venues 
  • Distribute welcome baskets
  • Pack for the honeymoon


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