Wedding Planning Checklist

9 to 12 months before
Choose the wedding date

Determine your budget – do not forget the budget for the wedding cake

Choose your wedding party

Create the guest list

Hire a wedding planner (Carismas Party Planning Services LLC)

Reserve ceremony and reception venues

Book the officiant

Order and send save the dates

Host the engagement party – do not forget to include an engagement cake


8 to 9 months before
Shop for and purchase wedding gown; book fittings

Shop for and order bridesmaids’ dresses; book fittings

Book photographer and videographer

Book ceremony, reception and dance musicians

Book caterer and cake decorator (book in advance)

Book florist

Book wedding transportation

Reserve a block of hotel rooms

Register for gifts (Bed, Bath & Beyond)


6 to 7 months before
Plan honeymoon and make reservations

Shop for men’s formal wear; book fittings

Reserve any rental items needed (tents, chairs, lighting, sound equipment, etc.)


5 to 6 months before

Order wedding invitations and begin addressing

Order thank you notes for bridal shower and other gifts


4 to 5 months before
Book rehearsal dinner venue and plan menu

Book wedding day hair and makup appointments


3 months before
Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony details

Order wedding programs

Order other printed items: table number cards, place cards, menu cards, coasters,
napkins, favors, etc.

Finalize plans and details with all vendors


2 months before
Mail wedding invitations

Submit announcement to newspaper

Purchase gifts for each other

Purchase gifts for the wedding party and your parents


1 month before
Mail rehearsal dinner invitations

Get marriage license

Create wedding day schedule for bridal party and vendors

Write your vows


Week of the wedding
Submit final payments to vendors

Confirm plans and details with all vendors

Notify caterer and venues of final guest count

Pack for honeymoon


The wedding day
Make sure to take a few quiet moments together

Enjoy and make memories!

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