Wedding Planning Checklist

At least one year in advance

  • Choose a date that works for you, or at the very least a specific month. Summer weddings are popular but expensive; late Spring and early Fall are good alternatives.
  • Decide on a day or an evening wedding, and the time between the ceremony and the reception.
  • Figure out whether you want an official engagement party or not.
  • Write down preliminary budget. Ask your respective families if and how much they are willing to commit financially.
  • Decide on the reception space, and make the reservation as soon as you have a date. Popular spaces fill up quickly, and you might have to take your second or third choice.
  • Decide which kind of officiant you want for the ceremony. Contact them and reserve the date.
  • Choose between a major reception or a more intimate get-together after the ceremony.
  • Build a temporary guest list, depending on the size of your reception. Send early invitations by email or phone.
  • Decide the budget for the rings and to go your jeweler or to online catalogues.

Nine months to a year in advance

Six to nine months in advance

Three to six months in advance

2 months in advance

One month in advance

Two weeks in advance

One week in advance

Wedding day

After the wedding

A good wedding, any wedding, requires planning. This checklist is intended to help you concentrate on what you have to do, instead of figuring out the next step on your own. We understand that your wedding day is one of the most important day of your life, and so we have taken great care to put everything we believe will be useful to you, so that your day is as amazing as you pictured it. A well-sized traditional wedding requires a year to plan, and can be expensive. Of course, weddings are different from culture to culture and can have different planning stages, but we hope that this list will help you get started on the wedding of your dreams.

Tips

Don't forget that you will need input, financial and otherwise, from your family and friends involved in the ceremony and the reception. Do listen to their ideas, but do not let them turn your wedding into theirs.

Develop a business relationship with many suppliers such as caterers, bakers, florists, entertainers and many more. Every detail must be accounted for: where your out-of-town guests will stay, what will be included in the wedding favours, how many chairs you will need to seat everyone. If you know someone who has been through the same process recently, meet up with them and ask them for their wedding file if they kept one. You will have access to their experience with local businesses and ideas on how to make your wedding easier to plan.

Every major town has a yearly wedding show, which you can attend during your planning year. There you will meet potential suppliers, see fashion trends and probably get discounts on services.

There are many wedding magazines out there, so choose one that appeals to you and get a subscription. You can visit wedding websites and get in contact with other couples like you, planning their wedding day. They are a great resource and they can become a part of your support system.

Some event planners specialize in weddings, so if you can afford it, hire one. A wedding planner will substantially ease the process for you by dealing directly with the suppliers, leaving you to think about your dress, the colors of the decorations and the flavour of the cake.