The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

21 Jul

There are so many moving parts to organize and keep organized when planning your wedding day.  Below is a check list to hopefully help keep you organized, stress free.   The saying “It’s about the journey, not just the destination” is true about the wedding planning process as well.  Having a well thought out plan of attack will definitely aid in making your engagement fun and memorable!

1 Year – 2 Years Before Wedding

-Tell your parents about your decision to get married
-Announce your engagement
-Set a date for your wedding
(have a backup date in mind in case reception site is not available)
-Decide on the type of wedding you would like: Take into consideration:
-Time of day, Number of guests, formality of event, theme indoor, outdoor, seasonal etc.
Set a budget
-Keep an organized record of when, how and on what is money spent
-Consider hiring a wedding planner
Compile a guest list. Take into consideration:
-Grooms family, Brides family and decide who needs to be invited
-Those you need to invite
-Those you should be invited/ those you would be nice to invite
-Decide if you want in invite children with their parents
-Reserve your officiate & reception site
-Send engagement announcement to newspapers or an email blast out to friends and family (don’t forget to change your facebook profile status lol)
-Select your flower girl and ring bearer
-Decide if you would like to have an engagement party
-Determine your color scheme.
-Order your passport, birth certificate for your honeymoon or marriage license
-Purchase engagement ring…look at wedding bands
-Decide on the ceremony and reception sites
Research! Start looking for a photographer, DJ Service, Videographer, caterer, florist etc
-Decide who the attendants will be
-Join a fitness club.
-Start to attend Wedding Shows

8 – 12 Months Before the Wedding
-Select a wedding dress and accessories
-Purchase or rent a wedding dress
-Select formal wear for the groom
-Select and order dresses for bridesmaids
-Start looking at wedding cakes
(taste the different flavors of cake to help in selection)
-Make your final bookings (photographer, DJ, videographer, caterer photographer Register for gifts
-Select patterns and colours
(i.e. room decoration colours, dish patterns)
-Select and order invitations
-Discuss honeymoon destinations
-Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out of town guests
-Look into liability insurance for your Stag and Doe and Wedding Reception

4 – 8 Months Before the Wedding
-Order your wedding cake
-Book your limousine
-Order your flowers
(sit down with florist and decide on bouquets & boutonnieres, fresh or silk)
-Make an appointment for your first dress fitting
-Make an appointment with your hair stylist
-Go to the salon for all of your styling needs
-Have the salon come to you for your styling needs
-Book rehearsal dinner
-Plan the menu for the rehearsal dinner
-Make sure bridesmaids have gone for their fittings
-Plan the menu for the reception
-Start writing out invitations
-Select and buy gifts for attendants
-Book honeymoon
-Get the appropriate name-change forms

2 – 4 Months Before Wedding
-Check to make sure you have all the requirements to get married in Ontario -Confirm your honeymoon reservations
-Confirm your music selection
-Bridal Showers should be arranged
-Consider making reservations for a golf outing, an in-room massage, etc. —Apply for your marriage license
-Go for your final fitting – bring shoes and lingerie to be worn that day
-Have Ushers go for their fittings
-Mail the invitations
-Keep up with writing your thank you cards

1 Month Before
-Apply for a marriage license
-Arrange seating arrangements
-Plan the rehearsal dinner party
-Have hairdresser work with your headpiece and make-up
-Purchase your lipstick
-Purchase your perfume
-Rehearse your wedding vows
-Maintain a record of RSVPs and all gifts received
-Arrange final fitting of bridesmaid’s dresses
-Finalize shopping for wedding day accessories, ring pillow, toasting glasses, nylons,
-Make sure all your vendors have maps to all locations, brides home, grooms home, ceremony, park for the pictures and reception
-Find “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a six pence (or shiny penny) for your shoe”

1-2 Week Before Wedding
-Call your rehearsal site with the final number of guests who will be attending your rehearsal
-Call your reception site with the final number of guests who will be attending your reception and finalize seating plan
-Pick up your dress
-Pick up attire for the groom and ushers
-Pack for your honeymoon
-Purchase traveler’s cheques
-Accommodations at the hotel
-Florist order
-Photographer and confirm special photos you want taken
-All music for the ceremony
-Details with the limousine company
-Music for the reception- first dance
-Write place cards and draw a seating chart for the reception
-Write speeches
-Determine the order for the procession
-Contact guests who haven’t responded
-Arrange all final payments to your vendors
-Have someone hand out bombonieres

The Day Before Your Wedding
-Obtain your marriage license if you have not yet done so
-Confirm all of your reservation times and give out gifts
(i.e. limo pick up, hair appointment, etc.)
-Enjoy your rehearsal dinner
-Get a good night sleep…word to the wise, no bachelor parties the night before

The Day of your Wedding
-Eat breakfast (You are going to need your energy!)
-Give the grooms ring and the brides ring to the best man
-Schedule plenty of time to get ready
-Go to your hair appointment
-Go to your make-up appointment
-Splurge and get a massage
-Have someone hand out programs at the ceremony (organize in advance)
-Have someone hand out bombonieres (organize in advance)
-Relax, Enjoy & Have Fun!!

After the Wedding & Honeymoon
-Pick out your thank you picture from your photographer
-Write out/email Thank you cards Send thank you cards with pictures to all your guests & suppliers
-Email out a blog link that has all your wedding photos to all friends and family

-Take your dress to the cleaners
-Return any rented items ASAP
-Enjoy being Married!



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4 Responses to “The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist”

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  3. Irene July 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    I noticed you didn’t mention rregister for wedding gifts. You need to do that in plenty of time for the wedding shower.

  4. More August 2, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

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