Stress-free Wedding Checklist
THE PERFECT CHECKLIST FOR BRIDES
Here is a comprehensive wedding checklist for brides to help in planning a seamless and stress-free wedding:
12+ Months Before:
- Pick a Date: Choose a wedding date that’s meaningful, practical, and considerate of your guest's availability.
- Draft Guest List: Make a rough list of guests you'd like to invite.
- Research Venues: Look at different venues and their availability on your chosen date.
- Envision Wedding Style: Think about the style and theme you want for your wedding.
- Engagement Announcement: Share the happy news with friends and family.
9-11 Months Before:
- Book Venue: Finalize your venue and secure your date.
- Hire Key Vendors: Book your photographer, caterer, and DJ/band.
- Hire a Wedding Planner: Consider hiring a professional to help you in planning.
- Shop for Dress: Begin shopping for your wedding dress.
- Create a Wedding Website: Share details about your wedding day with guests.
- Research Accommodations: Look into hotels nearby for out-of-town guests.
6-8 Months Before:
- Choose Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Select the dresses for your bridesmaids.
- Start a Registry: Choose the items and experiences you'd like to register for.
- Send Save-the-Dates: Notify your guests of the date and location of your wedding.
- Order Invitations: Select and order your wedding invitations and thank you cards.
- Book Florist: Decide on flowers and book a florist.
- Book a Cake Tasting: Schedule a tasting and choose your wedding cake.
- Arrange Transportation: Book transportation for the wedding party and guests if needed.
4-5 Months Before:
- Finalize Menu: Confirm the food and drink menu with the caterer.
- Hair and Makeup Trials: Schedule trials and book your wedding day hair and makeup.
- Order Wedding Bands: Choose and order your wedding rings.
- Plan Honeymoon: Research and book your honeymoon.
2-3 Months Before:
- Send Invitations: Mail out your wedding invitations.
- Schedule Dress Fittings: Ensure your wedding dress fits perfectly.
- Finalize Seating Chart: Decide where guests will be seated.
- Purchase Wedding Day Accessories: Choose shoes, jewelry, and other accessories.
- Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties: Plan or attend your pre-wedding celebrations.
1 Month Before:
- Apply for Marriage License: Make sure all the legal paperwork is in order.
- Finalize Vows and Speeches: Write or finalize your wedding vows and any speeches.
- Confirm Details with Vendors: Ensure everyone is on the same page for the big day.
- Pick Up Wedding Bands: Collect your rings and make sure they fit.
1-2 Weeks Before:
- Pack for Honeymoon: Start packing for your honeymoon.
- Last-minute Dress Fitting: Have a final fitting to ensure your dress is perfect.
- Create a Wedding Day Timeline: Develop a schedule for the day and share it with the wedding party.
- Confirm Guest Count: Give the final head count to the caterer and venue.
- Relax: Get a massage, read a book, do whatever helps you relax.
- Rehearsal Dinner: Attend the rehearsal and dinner with your wedding party.
- Prepare Payments: Put final payments and tips for vendors in envelopes.
- Pack a Wedding Day Bag: Pack everything you’ll need for the wedding day (makeup, shoes, accessories).
- Eat Breakfast: Have a good breakfast; you’ll need the energy.
- Get Ready: Allow plenty of time for hair and makeup.
- Take Deep Breaths: Relax and try to stay calm.
- Enjoy Your Day: This is your special day; enjoy every moment.
After the Wedding:
- Send Thank-You Notes: Thank everyone who attended and those who gave gifts.
- Change Your Name: If you’re changing your name, start the official process.
- Review Vendors: Provide feedback on your vendors.
- Relax and Enjoy Married Life: You did it! Time to enjoy life as a married couple.
Please note that this checklist is a general guideline and can be tailored to fit individual preferences and timelines.