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Our Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

A 12 month wedding checklist can be a valuable tool for a bride and groom as they plan their wedding. It allows them to break down all of the tasks and decisions that need to be made into manageable chunks, making the planning process less overwhelming. By following a timeline, a couple can ensure that they are on track with all of their planning and that important tasks are not forgotten. Additionally, a 12 month wedding checklist can help the couple stay organized and budget for expenses over a longer period of time, rather than trying to tackle everything at once. Overall, using a 12 month wedding checklist can help make the planning process smoother, more efficient, and less stressful for the bride and groom. Here's our suggestions:

12 months before the wedding:

  • Set a budget and start saving

  • Choose a date and venue

  • Start looking for a wedding planner (if desired)

  • Create a guest list

  • Begin researching and booking vendors, such as a photographer, florist, and caterer

9-12 months before the wedding:

  • Finalize the guest list and send out save-the-dates

  • Book transportation for the wedding party

  • Select and order the wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses

  • Choose the wedding party, including the best man and maid of honor

  • Start planning the honeymoon

6-9 months before the wedding:

  • Finalize the wedding menu and order the cake

  • Book the officiant and finalize the ceremony details

  • Order invitations and send them out

  • Start planning the music and entertainment for the reception

  • Begin dress fittings and alterations

3-6 months before the wedding:

  • Meet with the wedding planner (if applicable) to finalize the details

  • Choose wedding rings and have them sized

  • Book hair and makeup artists for the wedding party

  • Create a seating chart for the reception

  • Finalize the wedding day schedule and distribute it to the wedding party and vendors

1-3 months before the wedding:

  • Confirm final numbers with the caterer and adjust the seating chart if necessary

  • Have final dress fittings

  • Purchase any remaining wedding day accessories, such as veils and shoes

  • Confirm honeymoon travel plans and accommodations

  • Attend any pre-wedding events, such as a bridal shower or bachelor/bachelorette party

1 month before the wedding:

  • Finalize the wedding vows and readings

  • Confirm details with all vendors

  • Have a final dress rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

  • Assemble wedding favors and welcome bags for out-of-town guests

  • Send a final schedule to the wedding party and vendors

1 week before the wedding:

  • Confirm transportation and accommodations for the wedding party

  • Pick up the wedding rings

  • Have a final fitting for the wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses

  • Pack for the honeymoon

  • Have all wedding day attire and accessories ready to go

1 day before the wedding:

  • Have a final meeting with the wedding planner (if applicable)

  • Have the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

  • Set out any items for the ceremony and reception, such as the guest book and place cards

  • Relax and get a good night's sleep

Wedding day:

  • Eat a healthy breakfast and stay hydrated

  • Have hair and makeup done

  • Put on the wedding dress and get ready for the ceremony

  • Exchange vows and enjoy the reception

  • Start the honeymoon!


MAETOG Wedding Checklist
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