WEDDING PLANNING CHECKLIST
NO WORRIES, YOU GOT THIS!
____ Choose a date (or up to 3 so you can be flexible)
____ Talk budget and decide who is contributing what
____ Discover your wedding style and create inspiration boards on Pinterest (follow A-AWA for ideas!)
____ Contact the A-AWA for free wedding planning assistance
____ Choose your wedding party
____ Get engagement ring insured and consider purchasing wedding insurance
____ Explore ceremony and reception venue options
____ Start assembling your team of wedding pros:
____ Begin compiling a guest list
____ If wearing a dress, browse wedding dress and veil styles
____ Get engagement photos taken
YOU'RE ON A ROLL...
____ Choose wedding party attire and accessories
____ Choose cake style and schedule tastings
____ Book officiant
____ Mail your Save the Dates
____ If wearing a gown, purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments
____ Establish beauty and fitness routines
GET YOUR PLANNING ON!
____ Find three hotels (at different price points) for out-of-town guests
____ Refine your guest list
____ Create gift registries at 3 national retailers
____ Order wedding cake
____ Begin planning your honeymoon
____ Explore wedding day hair and makeup styles
____ Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony
____ Reserve rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor, etc
____ Decide on groomsmen attire
____ Purchase Wedding Invitations and Thank You Cards (for gifts that arrive early)
____ Hire ceremony musicians
____ Book transportation to and from venues
____ Purchase wedding bands
GOOD JOB! WHAT'S NEXT?
____ Choose flowers for:
wedding party, attendants, venues, cake, etc
____ Schedule dress fittings
____ Book honeymoon flights and hotels
____ Book room for wedding night
____ Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
____ Schedule alterations for gown and bridesmaid dresses
____ Finalize wedding guest list
____ Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list
____ Book rehearsal dinner venue
THE FINISHING TOUCHES...
____ Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order
____ Speak with a Financial Specialist about managing your money after you’re married
____ Plan ceremony and reception seating
____ Experiment with hair and veil with stylist
____ Try out wedding looks with your makeup artist
____ Finalize readers and readings
____ Purchase wedding day extras:
toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow
____ Finalize reception menu
____ Order Menu Cards
____ Order Wedding Favors
YOU'RE GETTING CLOSE!
____ Hire a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator who will make sure your day stays on schedule
____ Mail Wedding Invitations
____ Begin writing vows
____ Review ceremony details with officiant
____ Apply for marriage license (order 2-3 extra)
____ Finalize seating arrangements
____ Finalize playlists with musicians
____ Finalize fittings for wedding party and parents
____ Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant and wedding party
____ Write out honeymoon itinerary for family at home
____ Finalize plans for your Bachelor(ette) Events and Showers
____ Decide “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue”
____ Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party
____ Book wedding day transportation
____ Purchase gifts for attendants
____ Call vendors to confirm date, times and location
____ Confirm honeymoon reservations
____ Pack for honeymoon
____ Pick up wedding rings
____ Pick up marriage license
____ Order Wedding Programs
____ Follow up with guests who have not RSVP’d
____ Final dress fitting (with shoes & undergarments)
____ Write Thank You notes as gifts are received
DOWN TO THE WIRE...
____ Give final count to caterer
____ Update gift registries
____ Begin breaking in wedding shoes
____ Make arrangements for the caring of pets and plants while on honeymoon
____ Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians
____ Get final haircut and color
____ Delegate wedding day duties: gift table, guestbook, etc
____ Delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals and tend to wedding dress
____ Send directions to wedding day limo/transportation driver
RELAX. ALMOST THERE!
____ Prepare final payments to vendors + cash tips for service personnel
____ Give readers their scripts
____ Give photographer and videographer your image and video requests
____ Lay out wedding clothes
____ Prepare wedding day emergency kit
____ Get spa treatments for you and the bridal party
THE DAY BEFORE
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
____ Deliver welcome baskets
____ Get manicure/pedicure/massage
____ Attend wedding rehearsal
____ Have fun at the rehearsal dinner
____ Get to bed at a decent hour!
ENJOY YOUR DAY!
____ Eat a good breakfast! Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready
____ Give wedding rings and final payments to vendors + cash tips to best man
____ Relax, smile, and soak in every moment while your Coordinator takes care of everything!
BEYOND THE WEDDING
WRAPPING THINGS UP...
____ Ensure tuxes and rentals have been returned
____ Send wedding dress to preservationist or cleaners
____ Send out Thank You Cards (include a wedding photo)
____ Write reviews for all your wedding pros!
Let the knowledgeable wedding coordinators of the AAWA take care of all your wedding details for you!