Stay Sane: The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

Planning a wedding has become a major project that many experts say to begin over a year before the big day. With all the information and advice available on wedding planning, it can seem quite daunting. You can stay calm and organized with the help of our ultimate wedding checklist.

Use A Wedding Binder

No need to keep track of stacks of information or separate lists and notes. Use this checklist to create your wedding binder and you need not feel overwhelmed by planning your wedding. We have helped you stay focused on the main tasks, so this list can draw you back to what is important when you feel distracted by the millions of voices and possibilities that are grasping at your attention.


Remember to delegate tasks where possible. Your friends and family want to help, so let them, especially with things that need to be done on the weekend of the wedding. Though it can be difficult to give over control, trying to do everything yourself will leave you burnt out and frustrated. Planning your wedding as a team will add to the fun and excitement of the day and keep you from becoming stressed.

Let this checklist be your guide to make sure that every base is covered. Keeping a binder divided by vendor or category can also help you stay organized and in control.

Here is the checklist in a Microsoft Word format for download:

The Ultimate Wedding Checklist >>

Or just go over the list right here :

TaskResponsibilityImportant DatesNotes
What needs to be done?Who needs to do it?When must it be done?What else must I remember?
Initial Wedding Planning
Collect ideas:
– Wedding Shows
– Bridal Magazines
– Pinterest
Set a budget
Choose wedding party
Start guest list
Hire a planner
Choose a date
Book officiate
Begin Research
– Ceremony
– Reception
– Rehearsal dinner
– DJ
– Band
– Other entertainment
Wedding dresses
Men’s formalwear
Reserve and Sign Contracts
– Ceremony
– Reception
– Rehearsal dinner
– Venue extras: porta potty, electric, tents, tables, chairs
– DJ
– Band
– Other entertainment
Men’s formalwear
For the Guests
Reserve hotel room block
Plan favors and gifts
Set up gift registries
Create & Customize a wedding invitation on Wedivite
Child care arrangements
Send invites
Go Shopping (yay!)
Wedding dress
Bridesmaid dresses
Wedding party gifts
Choose a theme
Table linens
Delegate décor setup
Set budget
Choose destination
Make bookings
Pack early
Update passports
Arrange house/pet sitter
Only Three Months to Go
Dress fittings
Finalize menu
Practice hair and makeup
Song list
Guest list to shower host
Readings and vows
Order of ceremony
Create timeline of the day
Touch base with vendors
Almost There: Last 30 Days
Review RSVPs & Export to CSV
Marriage license
Final dress fitting
Contract payments
Seating arrangement
Delegate tasks
– returning rentals
– transporting gifts
Break in your shoes
The Big Day
Have a wonderful time!
Greet all of your friends
Returning Home
Thank you cards
Wedding dress preservation
Meet with photographer
Download the photos you liked from your digital wedding album at Wedivite
Live happily ever after!


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