• Tish! of Simone Elise

Wedding Planning Checklist

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

When you think about a wedding as a guest, you can only relate to it from ceremony to the last song you heard as you left the dance floor. If you have ever been in a wedding, you have a more in-depth look at how long the day can be, as well as a bit of the shopping for attire, shoes, and jewelry. But when it is your wedding, you can't begin to imagine how involved it will be from beginning to end until you start the planning process.

Well, we want to take the time to share with you a snippet of what is to come. We are giving you a wedding planning checklist. Yes, GIVING! (you're welcome!)

You can use this as your guide to help you move throughout the course of planning your day. There may be some things you decide to add, and even a few things you feel don't apply to you. But this will assist you in readying yourself for what is to come, what needs to be done along the way, and ideas you may decide to add as you take this journey.

Here you go!

Wedding Planning Checklist

9 to 12 months: date ____/____/____

_____ Select a Wedding Date

_____ Announce Engagement

_____ Arrange marriage prep-courses, if desired (*highly recommended*)

_____ Determine a realistic wedding budget and how expenses will be shared

_____ Begin creating a guest list

_____ Begin researching, interviewing, and booking all wedding locations and professionals

_____ Select wedding party

_____ Hire a Wedding Consultant/Coordinator

_____ Select and order bridal gown

_____ Begin looking for attire for wedding party (Be considerate of time given for payments to be made for attire by wedding party)

6 to 9 months: date ____/____/____

_____ Give Wedding Party a list of their responsibilities

_____ Schedule fittings for bride, bridesmaids, and flower girl(s)

_____ Mail save-the-date cards, if desired

_____ Select and order invitations, programs, place cards, favors, and any other wedding


_____ Select and book caterer (unless food is provided by reception


_____ Select and start booking any wedding day professionals not yet hired

_____ Contact rental companies and reserve any rental items

_____ Setup gift registry

_____ Start planning your honeymoon (hotel reservations, airline

tickets, etc.)

4 to 6 months: date ____/____/____

_____ Start addressing your invitations

_____ Send invitations to out-of-town guests

_____ Order party favors

_____ Set date, time, and location of rehearsal dinner

_____ Select and book wedding day transportation

_____ Shop for your wedding gifts to each other, wedding party, and parents

_____ Select and book honeymoon night suite (especially if you're not leaving after the reception)

_____ Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests

2 to 4 months: date ____/____/____

_____ Take formal engagement picture (if not already done)

_____ Finalize all ceremony details including participants and music

_____ Finalize and secure services with all wedding vendors

_____ Finalize written wedding vows and other readings for ceremony

_____ Determine what your record keeping system will be for receiving RSVPs

_____ Purchase all ceremony and reception accessories (guest book, pen, toasting glasses, unity candle or sands, garter, flower girl basket, ring pillow, etc.) and provide them to decorator/florist, if permitted

_____ Begin preparing reception favors

_____ Select your something old, new, borrowed, and blue

_____ Make a list of everything needed for honeymoon

6 to 8 weeks: date ____/____/____

_____ Send out your wedding invitations

_____ Develop a record keeping system of pre-wedding party gifts received, as well as early wedding gifts, and send thank you(s)

_____ Go on trials and book wedding day hair and makeup (bring headpiece and wear a shirt with a similar color of the gown)

_____ Schedule final fittings/payments for entire wedding party, including bride and groom (Also, be sure to bring maid of honor or planner along to learn to bustle wedding dress, if needed.)

_____ Mail invitations to shower and/or any other pre-wedding parties

_____ Mail invitations to all attending the rehearsal dinner

_____ Obtain marriage license (expires in 90 days). Also, be aware of the process for the local bureau where you plan to wed.

2 to 6 weeks: date ____/____/____

_____ Finalize all menu items with caterer for reception

_____ Write your rehearsal dinner toasts

_____ Finalize all rehearsal and dinner arrangements

_____ Make sure everyone included in wedding party has all wedding day attire ready for wedding day, including appropriate undergarments

_____ Discuss special seating for ceremony, if desired

_____ Discuss reception seating chart/plan, if desired

_____ Pick up wedding rings

_____ Pick up honeymoon tickets

_____ Be sure all outstanding balances have been satisfied

_____ Provide caterer/reception site with final guest count

_____ Get last pre-wedding hair coloring or cuts (both bride and groom)

_____ Get final beauty treatments (facials, waxing, brow-shaping, etc.)

_____ Attend all pre-wedding parties

_____ Contact guests that haven’t replied to RSVPs by the deadline

_____ Make necessary arrangements for name and address changes

1 week: date ____/____/____

_____ Have wedding dress steamed, if desired

_____Break in wedding day shoes

_____Confirm responsibilities previously arranged with family and friends

_____ Make any final arrangements for transportation for out-of-town guests

_____ Pack for your honeymoon

Day of Rehearsal and Dinner: date ____/____/____

_____ Make sure you have all final payments to be received on day of wedding in envelopes and ready for the planner to distribute

_____ Pack overnight bag for honeymoon suite

_____Groom and male attendants pick up attire

_____ Go to rehearsal

_____Provide officiant with marriage license

_____ If permitted, drop off all wedding accessories and décor to ceremony and reception site not provided by vendors

_____ Attend rehearsal dinner

_____ Make sure you bring all gifts to be given at dinner

Wedding Day: date ____/____/____

_____ Eat breakfast

_____ Follow your wedding day itinerary

_____ Go to all appointments for wedding day preparations (hair, make up, nails, feet, etc.)

_____ Give the maid of honor the groom’s ring, and best man the bride’s ring

_____ Present parents (if not a part of the ceremony) and each other with gifts

_____ Give best man the officiant’s fee envelop, for final payment after ceremony

______ Get married!!!

(Remember to look around and soak in the experience of the day you waited so long and worked so hard for!)

Post-wedding Day: date ____/____/____

_____ Write and send thank-you notes to guests for attending and vendors who were especially helpful.

(Don't let your 1 month anniversary catch up with sending out your thank you notes!)

lastly...Have Blessed and Happy Marriage!

No matter how you use this form, be sure you have fun with this experience. And feel free to call us if you need some help. I am more than positive that we have a package that will fit your wedding day needs.

Until next time...

be sweet & happy planning!


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in Memphis Tennessee and surrounding Tennessee areas


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