WEDDING PLANNING CHECKLIST
If you’re reading this, chances are you recently got engaged.
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!
We hope you will use EventsCherished as a resource to get inspired and plan for your big day! Knowing where to start when you first get engaged is overwhelming. Luckily, we have the right tools that will help to keep you organized and stress-free!
Get inspired! Visit our Real Weddings Gallery to get inspiration from real brides around the world!
Choose a color scheme! You can head over to our Image Gallery for color inspiration!
Work out your budget. Remember to prioritize what is most important to you on your wedding day
Select your wedding party
Start your wedding guest list
Hire a planner from our Best of the Best Hotlists
Reserve your date at your dream venue, and be sure to check out our Best of the Best Venues Hotlist
Research photographers, bands, caterers, florists, rentals, officiants, etc.
Start a wedding binder to keep all of your quotes, brochures, and notes in one place
After researching our Vendor Hotlists, hire your wedding photographer & videographer
Take your engagement photos! Don't know what to wear? Head on over to our "What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos"
Buy your dress! You can search through our Dress Gallery for inspiration
Create a wedding website
Meet with caterers
Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
Register at your favorite brands -- don't forget to include this information on your website!
Book the officiant
If you're having a destination wedding, be sure to read out Top Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding
Purchase your invitations
Finalize your guest list and request addresses
Start planning your honeymoon! You can check out our Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations 2014 for inspiration!
Choose the bridesmaids' dresses
Reserve lighting components, portable toilets, generators, etc.
Reserve any rentals you may need (chairs, tents, linens, etc.)
Book a florist
Send out save-the-dates!
Time to order your cake. Go cake tasting!
Send your bridal shower guest list to your host
Check on the status of your wedding invitations
Book the rehearsal and rehearsal-dinner venues
Schedule hair and makeup artists
Choose your processional music and reception playlist
Go to your first dress fitting, and pick up some accessories while you're at it!
Purchase/rent groom's attire
Book accommodations for your wedding night
Provide guest lists to maid of honor and best man for bachelor and bachelorette parties and bridal shower
Work with your caterer to finalize the menu for the reception
Print menu cards
Meet with your florist to finalize the florals for the event
Purchase the rings
Finalize the event schedule and start creating the day-of-timeline
Order your wedding favors and be sure to check out our Adorable Party Favor Ideas
Meet with officiant and coordinate readings from friends and family as well as anything else to include in the ceremony
Meet with your photographer to discuss day-of plans and specific shots you are wanting
Review the playlist with the band and DJ, and provide them with "don't play" and "must play" lists
Send out invitations
Submit your announcement to the local newspaper
Let loose at your bachelor/bachelorette parties
Send out as many final payments as you can
Touch base with all vendors
Make sure groomsmen attire has been purchased/rented
Get your marriage license
Attend your last dress fitting
Send out rehearsal-dinner invitations
Purchase alcohol and finalize your signature cocktails if needed
Confirm times for all of the vendors, and send out your day-of timeline again
For the reception, create your seating chart
Purchase wedding party gifts
Enter all RSVPs you have received into your guest list
Check on hotel room blocks
Call guests who have not yet RSVP'd for final head count
Make sure members of the wedding party know their roles and duties come the wedding day
Touch base with all vendors and ensure they have the day-of timelines
Outsource any small day-of tasks you can to family and friends
Ensure everyone in your wedding party has your wedding day timeline
De-stress at the spa!
Send the final guest list to the caterer
Have extra checks ready for day-of payments
Dance around in your shoes!
Pack for your honeymoon!!
After the Wedding & Honeymoon
Pay all remaining balances to vendors
Clean and preserve your wedding gown
Write "thank you" cards
Officially change your name!