WEDDING PLANNING CHECKLIST

12+ MONTHS

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:

wedding planner, photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, and entertainment

____ Begin compiling a guest list

____ If wearing a dress, browse wedding dress and veil styles

____ Get engagement photos taken

10-11 MONTHS

YOU'RE ON A ROLL...

____ Choose wedding party attire and accessories

____ Reserve ceremony and reception venues or secure a tent for an outdoor wedding

____ Choose cake style and schedule tastings

____ Book officiant

____ Hire photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, florist, and wedding planner

____ Mail your Save the Dates

____ If wearing a gown, purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments

____ Establish beauty and fitness routines

8-9 MONTHS

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 fun extras like a photobooth or even a chocolate fountain!

____ 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

6-7 MONTHS

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

4-5 MONTHS

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

2-3 MONTHS

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

1 MONTH

CRUNCH TIME!

____ 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

2 WEEKS

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

1 WEEK

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!

WEDDING DAY

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!

 

OR…

 

Let the knowledgeable wedding coordinators of the AAWA take care of all your wedding details for you!

Visit our website for details or contact our office at 518-792-6092 to set up a personal consultation.