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The PERFECT Wedding Planning Checklist


I’ve shot a-lot of weddings and planned my own. Here are the biggest tasks and a simple timeline of when you should be taking care of them!


12 months + before

☐ Select a date and reserve venue/reception hall.

☐ Choose your wedding party.

☐ Set a budget + determine who is helping with cost.

☐ Begin building a guest list.

☐ Find an officiant.

☐ Hire a wedding planner/day-of coordinator.

☐ Book a photographer, DJ + your make up artist.

2-4 months before

☐ Mail invitations or email them.

☐ Shop for wedding rings.

☐ Find a professional baker for your wedding cake.

☐ Purchase favors/gifts for your bridal party.

☐ Book your trial runs with make up + hair.

6 – 9 months before

☐ Find your dream dress.

☐ Create a wedding website.

☐ Begin to arrange day-of transportation.

☐ Find a caterer that fits your budget.

☐ Start planning your honeymoon.

☐ Create a gift registry.

☐ Find your wedding theme/color palette

☐ Select the bridesmaids + groomsmen attire.

1 – 2 months before

☐ Check in on bridal party attire + make sure everything fits.

☐ Meet/Call your vendors to work out details.

☐ Finalize the menu + flowers.

☐ Send rehearsal-dinner invitations.

☐ Create seating chart for day of event.

☐ Do your final dress fitting.

☐ Start writing your vows.

4 – 6 months before

☐ Mail the save-the-date announcements.

☐ Select + reserve any rental items needed.

☐ Meet with your officiant/pastor.

☐ Shop for wedding invitations or e-vites.

☐ Finalize date/time + location for rehearsal dinner.

☐ Finalize guest list.

☐ Check in with venue about special guidelines. (Covid)

☐ Book your florist.

1 week before

☐ Finalize all details.

☐ Finish writing your vows.

☐ Confirm with vendors.

☐ Set aside checks or tips for vendors.

☐ Delegate tasks to wedding party.

☐ Expect lots of last-minute things to come up, so try not to save anything you can get done sooner.

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