A Free Wedding Checklist

by Rose Sartaguda

Keep a wedding checklist handy.

Pen, Flowers and Diary image by csourav from Fotolia.com

A wedding requires careful planning and preparation, so you'll need all the help you can get. A wedding checklist detailing every step from the engagement announcement to the day before the wedding helps alleviate unnecessary anxiety and stress, and lets you enjoy your special day. The checklist serves as a handy reminder of important wedding tasks, so you're sure you've covered everything at the proper time.

12 Months Before

Visit a few possible ceremony and reception venues, decide on a wedding date, and book your chosen venue as soon as possible. Set a budget, find a wedding planner and start planning with her according to your budget. Choose your entourage, start creating your guest list, and create a wedding website so you easily can share wedding details with your invitees. Find inspiration for your wedding theme from various websites and magazines. Start planning for your honeymoon as well.

6-9 Months Before

Meet with your wedding officiant to discuss ceremony details. Obtain the legal requirements. Go for food sampling, interview caterers and sign one up. Find a couturier (fashion designer), choose a wedding gown and tux design, and have your measurements taken. Shop for bridesmaids' dresses or have them made by the same couturier. Interview florists, photographers, musicians and other suppliers. Reserve your bridal suite, arrange out-of-town guest accommodations, and book your honeymoon. Send out your save-the-dates.

3-5 Months Before

Order your invitations and stationery. Buy or order your wedding rings. Sign up for a gift registry. Meet with your planner regularly as well as with your suppliers and get updates regarding the status of your orders. Shop for wedding accessories, lingerie and other honeymoon essentials.

1-2 Months Before

Address and mail your invitations. Track the RSVPs and make the necessary adjustments regarding seating arrangement and menu specifications. Attend your bridal shower or bachelor party, as well as other pre-wedding events. Schedule your trial makeup and prenuptial pictorials. Shop for gifts for your attendants.

3-4 Weeks Before

Finalize your photo and/or video shot lists, flowers, seating arrangements and music. Rehearse your first dance with your bridal shoes. Write and memorize your vows. Finalize the ceremony details with your officiant.

1-2 Weeks Before

Pick up your bridal gown and attendants' attire. Confirm final guest headcount, finalize the seating arrangement and create place cards and/or escort cards. Pack the necessary stuff for your wedding night and honeymoon. Meet with your planner for final instructions.

Day Before

Attend the wedding rehearsal and dinner. Get a facial, nail spa and massage. Relax and try to get some much-needed sleep for the special day ahead.

Photo Credits

  • Pen, Flowers and Diary image by csourav from Fotolia.com

About the Author

Rose Sartaguda is a freelance writer/creative consultant. A professional writer for more than 10 years, she is also the creative director of Music of My Soul, a nonprofit media organization.