Wedding Checklists and Calendars

A helpful way to simplify and organize the planning process is to use wedding checklists and calendars to keep all of your planning tasks and deadlines organized! Here are some of our go-to checklists and calendars.

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Twelve Or More Months Before The Wedding

  • Set your date and times
  • Establish your budget
  • Decide on the size and style of your wedding
  • If desired, book your wedding consultant
  • Choose your wedding party and confirm the participants
  • Meet and book your wedding officiant
  • Start working on your guest list

Nine to Twelve Months Before

  • Announce your engagement
  • Order your wedding dress and attendant’s attire
  • Book a photographer and/or videographer
  • Book the caterer
  • Book your music (live entertainment or DJ)
  • Book your florist
  • Book any rental items you might need i.e.: chairs, linens, etc.
  • Book the ceremony and reception locations
  • Research accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Plan your honeymoon

Two Months Before

  • If required, make appointments for blood tests
  • Decide on your wedding vows
  • Confirm wedding details with your officiant
  • Confirm wedding details with your musician
  • Purchase parents’ gifts
  • Make hair and beauty appointments
  • Compile guest lists for showers and give to hostess
  • Schedule final dress fitting
  • Have programs printed
  • Purchase any additional bridal wear (veil, shoes, etc.)
  • Confirm attendants’ attire
  • Finalize your gift registry
  • Record all gifts received with name, address and type

One Month Before

  • Have final meeting with photographer/videographer
    * give a list of Must-Have Photos
  • Plan and send out invitations to rehearsal dinner
  • Get the marriage license
  • Confirm all of your travel arrangements
  • Have the bachelor and bachelorette parties
  • If needed, get all the appropriate name change documents
  • Attendants should have their final fittings done
  • Confirm your transportation

Two Weeks Before

  • Submit wedding announcement (with photo) to the local papers
  • Have the final fitting on your wedding dress
  • Contact any guests who have not replied
  • Notify your caterer of the final guest count
  • Write your toasts/speeches
  • Have a party for your attendants
  • Finalize the reception details
  • Deliver your song lists to your musician
  • Confirm your honeymoon plans
  • Break in your new shoes

One Week Before

  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans
  • Finalize seating arrangement
  • Determine order for the procession
  • Pick up attire for the men
  • Assign responsibilities to the attendants

Confirm details with (if you haven’t already)

  • Caterer
  • Florist
  • Musicians
  • Officiant
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Transportation
  • Honeymoon
  • Wrap your attendants’ gifts
  • Have all your beauty treatments
  • Write any required cheques (i.e.: officiant, caterer, etc.)

One Day Before

  • Have your rehearsal
  • Give the attendants their gifts
  • Give the parents their gifts

The Wedding Day

  • Take your time getting ready
  • Give the wedding rings to the best man
  • Give the written cheques to the best man to hand out
  • Relax and enjoy your special day!

After The Wedding

  • Make a gift list and send out thank-you cards
    * should be done with two months of receiving
  • Arrange for cleaning and preservation of your wedding gown

See a sample of this section of our wedding planner PDF