Free wedding planner checklist printable to download today.
Why do you need a checklist?
There are so many tasks that need to be carried out in the planning of a wedding and small hiccups may happen, but it’s much less stressful if you are organised and if you don’t have a wedding planner you will need to keep a tight reign on the finer details! Let’s face it, tearing your hair out is not going to give you a good look for your wedding!
Remove some of the stress by using a wedding to do list. This way you know you have everything covered and it will be clear at a glance, what you still have left to do.
You also get an indication of when you should be tackling tasks. Did you know that you really need to get your stationery ready to send a few months before your wedding? This timeline increases even further if you want to send save the dates. Did you know that you need to get all the RSVP’s nailed down before you can start looking at table plans and place cards? Wedding planning is like a chain of dominoes, if one falls all the other go too!
First make sure you read our wedding planning post! Then download your free wedding planner checklist printable, there are a list of tasks that you will need to do and a general indication of when they should be done by, but the most important task of all is on the day before the wedding, make you sure keep to that one!
6 months to go
Set a date for the wedding
Book the wedding venue and meet with the officiate
Book your reception venue
Set the budget and agree who will pay for what
Book the caterer
Order your wedding stationery
Book a photographer and videographer
Book wedding cars to and from the wedding and reception.
Order your cake
Identify accommodation possibilities for guests
Draft a guest list
Book entertainment for reception ( Band etc.)
Choose bridesmaids, flower girls, groomsmen etc.
Book your honeymoon
Choose a wedding theme or colors
3 months to go
Choose dresses and men’s attire
Send out save the date (earlier if guests are coming abroad or your wedding is in holiday season)
Buy wedding rings
Write a gift list
Check if you need travel visas and jabs
Plan stag / buck and bridal shower / hen nights
Agree your menu with caterers
6-8 weeks to go
Agree the RSVP date
Send out invitations
Choose gifts for the wedding party
Have a “dress rehearsal” with your hairdresser, beautician etc.
Book wedding night accommodation
Take out a wedding insurance policy
Start sending change of names forms ( if applicable)
Make / order favors
Arrange wedding rehearsal
2-3 weeks to go
Give your wedding party a list of duties and timings of the day
Check RSVPs received and chase up non-replies
Provide venue and vendors with a final attendance numbers
Draw up a seating plan
Have final dress fitting
Have a wedding rehearsal
Wear in wedding shoes around the house
1 week to go
Make sure all vendors are paid and re-confirm all arrangements
Collect dresses and men’s attire
Agree who will ensure on the day deliveries are managed ( this should not be any of the bridal party). Provide them with a list of contact numbers and give their number to suppliers
Pack for your honeymoon (or wedding night if not leaving on honeymoon immediately)
The day before
Have spa day and really pamper yourself
Have a dinner for any out of town guests to mingle before the wedding
The day after
Best man / bridesmaid to arrange return of any rentals ( mens morning suits etc.)
When you get back from your honeymoon
Write thank you cards
Share official wedding photos, set up website for all to update informal photos
Well that’s the end of our list! There are sooooo many things to do and the days fly by. So download your Free wedding planner checklist printable now, so that you can tick off tasks as they are done. We have saved the checklist as an excel sheet for you to edit online and a PDF to print and tick off the old fashioned way – your choice!
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