Wedding Planning Template

Wedding Planning Template

Just got engaged and not sure where to start? Use this detailed wedding planning template to stay on top of planning!

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Up to 12 months before

  • Set a date
  • Get inspiration and ideas (see Pinterest and inspiration board)
  • Decide on a wedding style
  • Set priorities
  • Set budget
  • Choose wedding party
  • Find a venue for the ceremony and reception
  • Find a wedding planner
  • Find a photographer
  • Find a caterer
  • Find a florist
  • Find a musician
  • Find a wedding dress
  • Order save the dates

10 – 11 months before

  • Start looking for dresses and accessories for the bride and bridal party
  • Reserve a venue for ceremony and reception
  • Book a photographer
  • Book a DJ/band
  • Book a florist
  • Book a wedding planner
  • Book a caterer
  • Decide on décor
  • Start making a guest list

9 – 10 months before

  • Plan a honeymoon
  • Start looking for invitations and stationery (wedding invitations, menu cards, thank you notes)
  • Start looking for favors
  • Choose dresses and accessories for the bride and bridal party

7 – 8 months before

  • Find two hotels for guests coming from out of town
  • Create gift registries
  • Start deciding on hairstyle and makeup style
  • Book an officiant
  • Reserve tables, chairs, linens,
  • Reserve décor
  • Choose cake
  • Decide on menu

6 – 7 months before

  • Meet with officiant
  • Book cake
  • Schedule tastings
  • Decide on outfits for groomsmen
  • Book a florist
  • Book a musician
  • Finalize a guest list

4 – 5 months before

  • Choose flowers for the reception, party, attendants, etc.
  • Order wedding cake
  • Schedule dress fittings
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels
  • Book room for wedding night
  • Finalize a rehearsal dinner guest list
  • Purchase or rent toasting flutes and serving pieces
  • Purchase or make a guest book
  • Order a flower basket
  • Buy a ring bearer pillow

3 – 4 months before

  • Prepare playlists for DJ/band
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue
  • Finalize reception menu
  • Order menu cards
  • Order wedding favors
  • Order rehearsal dinner invitations

3 months before

  • Finalize honeymoon plans
  • Ensure passport is valid if your honeymoon is abroad
  • Plan ceremony
  • Plan reception seating
  • Experiments with hair to decide on a hairstyle
  • Create RSVP list
  • Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party for the week before
  • Book a manicure, pedicure, and massage for the day before

2 months before

  • Send wedding invitations
  • Update RSVP list
  • Begin writing wedding vows
  • Meet with officiant to plan the ceremony
  • Apply for a marriage license
  • Finalize fittings for wedding dress and wedding party
  • Finalize seating
  • Finalize playlists with DJ/band
  • Create a wedding day schedule and send to wedding party, vendors and officiant
  • Get “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue”
  • Order transportation for wedding day
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Buy shoes and undergarments

1 month before

  • Give a copy of your honeymoon itinerary to someone at home
  • Call vendors to confirm date, time and location
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Pick up your marriage license
  • Update registries
  • Delegate someone to return all rentals

2 weeks before

  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Final fitting for the wedding dress
  • Makeup trials
  • Follow up with guests who have not RSVP’d
  • Give the caterer the final count
  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit
  • Break-in wedding shoes
  • Send playlists to DJ/band
  • Prepare payments for vendors
  • Prepare cash tips for service providers
  • Meet with the photographer to discuss requests

1 week before

  • Get haircut and color
  • Prepare all wedding clothes
  • Get spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party

The day before

  • Get a mani/pedi/massage
  • Attend wedding rehearsal
  • Wedding day
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Give wedding rings to the best man

After the wedding

  • Return all rentals
  • Get wedding dress cleaned
  • Send out thank you cards
  • Get photos and video