Use this wedding checklist to track all of your wedding details.
We love checklists! The most important thing to keep in mind, is your checklist should be designed to help you not forget small or large details and makes planning your wedding stress-free, fun and a time you will always cherish. Here is a sample wedding list to help you get started on your list.
9 to 18 months before…
_____ Think about the kind of wedding you would like ~ formal or informal, indoor or outdoors and your wedding theme.
_____ Create your budget ~ consider how much you have to spend, based on your families’ contributions and your own.
_____ Choose your wedding date ~ a meaningful date to you; also consider your wedding theme, weather, budget and holidays.
_____ Start a wedding binder or folder ~ this is where you can keep all of your inspirational pictures, contracts, ideas and notes.
_____ Select your wedding party ~ there is no right or wrong way to select your wedding party, but do consider availability, personality and responsibility.
_____ Start your guest list and collecting email and mailing addresses ~ slightly more than 20% of invited guests will not attend a destination wedding.
_____ Start researching venues and suppliers ~ keep their information in your folder or binder.
_____ Shop for your dress ~ keep in mind the weather and terrain if you are having an outdoor wedding. Keep in mind it can take up to 8 months to select, order, fittings and delivery.
_____ Decide if you will use a Wedding Planner ~ good planners are booked far in advance so start selection process early. Wedding planners will coordinate the details and ensure your wedding is flawless.
_____ Reserve your date and your venues with deposits ~ will the ceremony and reception be at the same location or separate?
_____ Reserve a block of hotel rooms for guests ~ decide if you’ll stay at same location.
6 to 9 months before…
_____ Launch your wedding website ~ include all the basic information and remember to share your excitement; have fun with it!
_____ Create your gift registry ~ select several retailers.
_____ Send out ‘Save the Date’ announcements with your website address.
_____ Hire your photographer / videographer ~ if your wedding is during a popular wedding time book your photographer early.
_____ Choose your officiate ~ don’t forget to research marriage requirements and timelines.
_____ Reserve your wedding night hotel room.
_____ Book your entertainment.
_____ Choose your caterer, menu and cake.
_____ Select your florist ~ florists can have several weddings on same day
4 to 6 months before…
_____ Order wedding invitations.
_____ Purchase wedding rings.
_____ Shop for grooms wedding attire.
_____ Select bridal parties dresses ~ make sure everyone orders their dresses on time.
_____ Finalize transportation ~ book your flights if needed and reserve wedding day transportation (consider limo’s, trolleys and mini-buses.)
_____ Buy your shoes, headpiece, jewelry and wedding accessories.
_____ Select your wedding activities ~ will you have a rehearsal dinner, group outings, welcome receptions or a day-after brunch?
_____ Start your wedding day timeline ~ this will be your schedule of events on your wedding day.
_____ Schedule your hair and makeup artists ~ schedule pre-appointments and take pictures to select your best look.
2 to 3 months before…
_____ Purchase your welcome bag gift items.
_____ Purchase your bridesmaids gifts.
_____ Purchase your fiance’s wedding gift.
_____ Confirm details with all your wedding suppliers.
_____ Mail your wedding invitations.
_____ Review playlist with the band or deejay.
_____ Plan your honeymoon.
_____ Keep up on your wedding website!
1 month before…
_____ Get your marriage license.
_____ Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database.
_____ Prepare welcome letter and assemble wedding gift bags.
_____ Have your final wedding dress fitting.
_____ Write your vows, if necessary.
_____ Send out as many final payments as possible.
2 weeks before…
_____ Review and reconfirm all details with suppliers
_____ Confirm your flight and hotel reservations
_____ Update your wedding website
_____ Create seating chart and place cards
1 week before…
_____ Start packing
_____ Pick up your wedding dress
_____ Delegate arrival and day-of tasks
_____ Send wedding day timeline to wedding party
_____ Send final guest count to appropriate suppliers
_____ Book a spa treatment and manicure & pedicure for day before wedding
When you arrive in Sedona…
_____ Do a walk through or rehearsal at your ceremony site
_____ Confirm details with your wedding officiant
_____ Have your dress steamed or pressed to remove wrinkles
_____ Relax and have fun!