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Wedding Planning Checklist

The ultimate guide to organizing the perfect wedding day


Wedding Planning Checklist
The ultimate guide to organizing the perfect wedding day

 
 
The Knot Book of Wedding Lists


 
The Knot Book of Wedding Lists

FLARE.com met with Carley Roney, author of The Knot Book of Wedding Lists, to give brides-to-be an easy, printable checklist to plan every detail of a dream wedding.

12 months
11 months
8 months
5 months
3 months
2 months
2 weeks
7 days

12 MONTHS TO GO

 
Excerpted from The Knot Book of Wedding Lists by Carley Roney Copyright © 2007 by Carley Roney. Excerpted by permission of Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
 

12 months
Set a date.
Determine your wedding day style and colours.
Hire a wedding planner.
Set up a budget.
Compile your final guest list.
Create a web page to announce your wedding.
Choose your wedding party.
Have an engagement party.
Book your ceremony and reception locations.
Book your officiant. °°°°°°°°°°

11 MONTHS TO GO

 
 
 

11 months
Send out save-the-date cards.
Book your caterer.
Book your entertainment.
Book your florist.
Book your photographer and videographer. °°°°°

8 MONTHS TO GO

 
 
 

8 months
Buy your gown.
Determine your menu.
Book your cake baker.
Book your transportation.
Book your ceremony musicians.
Buy bridesmaid dresses.
Register for gifts. °°°°°°°

5 MONTHS TO GO

 
 
 

5 months
Make honeymoon arrangements (see our favourite romantic getaways)
Rent or buy formalwear.
Order your invitations.
Order your wedding bands.
Hire a calligrapher, if using.
Reserve tables, chairs, and/or other rental equipment you’ll need. °°°°°°

3 MONTHS TO GO

 
 
 

3 months
Finalize the guess list.
Appoint ushers and other ceremony helpers.
Mail out invitations.
Book your hairstylist and makeup artist.
Decide on and buy accessories for wedding party.
Finalize postwedding brunch details, if having one.
Finalize rehearsal dinner details. °°°°°°°

2 MONTHS TO GO

 
 
 

2 months
Discuss your vows—will you write your own or recite traditional ones?
Purchase gifts for parents, attendants, and other special guests.
Have your final gown fitting.
Order welcome baskets.
Have your wedding shower and/or bachelor/bachelorette party.
Order favors
Have your bridal shower.
Finalize your floral proposal. °°°°°°°°

2 WEEKS TO GO

 
 
 

2 weeks
Apply for a marriage license.
Call guests who haven’t RSVP’d.
Assemble day-of emergency kit (or your Maid of Honour could do this).
Determine day-of assignments for the wedding party.
Call location manager and make sure your vendors have access to the site.
Finalize seating chart and get it to reception site manager.
Check in with all vendors and confirm all details.
Assemble or package favours. °°°°°°°°

1 WEEK TO GO

 
 
 

7 days
Rent your formalwear.
Have your rehearsal dinner.
Finalize all transportation details.
Pack for your honeymoon.
Set aside tips for your vendors. °°°°°

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