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Your Stress-Free Guide to Planning a Wedding

Image: Wedding Checklist Planning a wedding is often considered one of the most stressful tasks in life. But what if we told you that it doesn't have to be that way? With our free wedding...

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Planning a wedding is often considered one of the most stressful tasks in life. But what if we told you that it doesn't have to be that way? With our free wedding planning checklist, you can ensure that everything runs smoothly without the added stress.

Whether you're just starting to plan or have already made some progress, this comprehensive checklist will help you stay organized and make sure you don't miss a thing. The checklist is available in three different formats: Word document, editable PDF file, and Excel. So, you can choose the one that suits you best.

Getting Started: Printable Wedding Checklist

Wedding Checklist PDF

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The PDF version of our wedding planning checklist is editable, allowing you to add your own notes before printing. You can also mark each checklist item as you go, making it easy to track your progress.

Wedding Planning Checklist Excel

This wedding planning checklist takes customization to the next level. Simply enter your wedding date, and the checklist will automatically adjust accordingly. You can change the date at any stage, ensuring that your planning timeline stays on track.

Word Wedding Checklist Template

If you prefer a more traditional approach, our wedding planning list is also available as a Word document. Easily edit and personalize the checklist to fit your unique wedding needs.

The Complete Wedding Checklist

Now that you have your printable checklist, let's dive into the details. Here's a breakdown of the items included in our comprehensive wedding checklist:

Up to 12 months before

  • Set a date
  • Get inspiration and ideas (see Pinterest and inspiration board)
  • Decide on a wedding style
  • Set priorities
  • Set a budget
  • Choose the wedding party
  • Find a venue for the ceremony and reception
  • Find a wedding planner
  • Find a photographer
  • Find a caterer
  • Find a florist
  • Find a musician
  • Find a wedding dress
  • Order save the dates
  • Consider purchasing wedding insurance
  • If desired, set up a wedding website

10 - 11 months before

  • Start looking for dresses and accessories for the bride and bridal party
  • Reserve a venue for the ceremony and reception
  • Book a photographer
  • Book a DJ/band
  • Book a florist
  • Book a wedding planner
  • Book a caterer
  • Decide on décor
  • Start making a guest list
  • Research legal requirements for marriage in your state or country

9 - 10 months before

  • Plan a honeymoon
  • Start looking for invitations and stationery (wedding invitations, menu cards, thank you notes)
  • Start looking for favors
  • Choose dresses and accessories for the bride and bridal party
  • Consider engagement photos or a pre-wedding photoshoot

7 - 8 months before

  • Find two hotels for out-of-town guests
  • Create gift registries
  • Start deciding on hairstyle and makeup style
  • Book an officiant
  • Reserve tables, chairs, linens
  • Reserve décor
  • Choose a cake
  • Decide on the menu
  • Begin thinking about wedding vows or readings for the ceremony

6 - 7 months before

  • Meet with the officiant
  • Book the cake
  • Schedule tastings
  • Decide on outfits for groomsmen
  • Book a florist
  • Book a musician
  • Finalize the guest list
  • Research and book transportation for out-of-town guests

4 - 5 months before

  • Choose flowers for the reception, party, attendants, etc.
  • Order the wedding cake
  • Schedule dress fittings
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels
  • Book a room for the wedding night
  • Finalize the rehearsal dinner guest list
  • Purchase or rent toasting flutes and serving pieces
  • Purchase or make a guest book
  • Order a flower basket
  • Buy a ring bearer pillow
  • Look into wedding insurance if you haven't already
  • Discuss and plan pre-wedding parties or events

3 - 4 months before

  • Prepare playlists for the DJ/band
  • Book the rehearsal dinner venue
  • Finalize the reception menu
  • Order menu cards
  • Order wedding favors
  • Order rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Finalize any rental orders or adjustments

3 months before

  • Finalize honeymoon plans
  • Ensure your passports are valid if your honeymoon is abroad
  • Plan the ceremony
  • Plan reception seating
  • Experiment with hair to decide on a hairstyle
  • Create an RSVP list
  • Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party
  • Book a manicure, pedicure, and massage for the day before

2 months before

  • Send out wedding invitations
  • Update the RSVP list
  • Begin writing wedding vows
  • Meet with the officiant to plan the ceremony
  • Apply for a marriage license
  • Finalize fittings for the wedding dress and wedding party
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Finalize playlists with the DJ/band
  • Create a wedding day schedule and share it with the wedding party, vendors, and officiant
  • Get "Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue"
  • Order transportation for the wedding day
  • Pick up the wedding rings
  • Buy shoes and undergarments
  • Discuss and finalize ceremony details: readings, music, etc.
  • Consider preparing welcome bags for out-of-town guests

1 month before

  • Give a copy of your honeymoon itinerary to someone at home
  • Call vendors to confirm the date, time, and location
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Pick up your marriage license
  • Update registries
  • Delegate someone to return all rentals
  • Consider a teeth-whitening procedure, if desired

2 weeks before

  • Pack for the honeymoon
  • Have the final fitting for the wedding dress
  • Conduct makeup trials
  • Follow up with guests who have not RSVP'd
  • Provide the final count to the caterer
  • Prepare a wedding day emergency kit
  • Break-in your wedding shoes
  • Send playlists to the DJ/band and create a "Do Not Play" list
  • Provide any specific song requests for special moments
  • Prepare payments for vendors
  • Prepare cash tips for service providers
  • Meet with the photographer to discuss any requests

1 week before

  • Get a haircut and color
  • Prepare all wedding clothes
  • Get spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party
  • Confirm the day-of timeline with all vendors
  • Make any final adjustments with vendors
  • Finalize any personal DIY projects or decorations
  • Prepare an overnight bag for the wedding night
  • Ensure someone is designated to gather and keep safe gifts/cards from guests
  • Designate a point person for vendor questions on the day

The Day Before

  • Get a mani/pedi/massage
  • Attend the wedding rehearsal
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Give the wedding rings to the best man

After the Wedding

  • Return all rentals
  • Get the wedding dress cleaned
  • Send out thank you cards
  • Review photos and video
  • Consider preserving the bouquet
  • Leave online reviews for vendors you were happy with
  • If changing your name, start the legal name change process

Follow this stress-free guide, and you'll be well on your way to planning the perfect wedding. Remember, organization and preparation are key, but don't forget to enjoy the process and savor every moment of your special day. Happy planning!