Wedding Planning List


The following wedding planning list is provided to give you some structure to the planning process. Even though the information on this site is mainly about wedding receptions, it would be hard to give you a wedding planning timeline for your reception without giving some brief information to help you plan the ceremony as well.



A Year Before the Day
(or as soon as you become engaged)

  • Select a wedding date
  • Put together a guest list. Creating a guest list should be at the top of your wedding planning list. The number of guests has a direct impact on your budget as well as the ceremony and reception venues that you choose
  • Create a budget

Eleven months prior

  • Develop a theme and color scheme for your day
  • Choose a ceremony site

Ten months prior

  • Pick the members of your bridal party
  • Shop for the bride and bridesmaids dresses

Nine months prior

  • Find someone to officiate the ceremony
  • Order your wedding dress

Eight months prior

  • Research honeymoon destinations
  • Find hotel for out-of-town guests, wedding day preparation and wedding night

Seven months prior

  • Order bridesmaids dresses
  • Set up gift registry

Six months prior

  • Select musicians and/or DJ
  • Order wedding stationary
  • Decide on wedding rings

Five months prior

  • Make final guest list
  • Find apparel for the groom and groomsmen
  • Mail your save-the-date cards

Four months prior

  • Select ceremony flowers
  • Arrange the rehearsal dinner

Three months prior

  • Obtain a marriage license
  • Determine decorations
  • Send invitations

Two months prior

  • Make appointments for hair, make-up, and nails
  • Decide on an order for the ceremony
  • Get transportation

One month prior

  • Confirm arrangements with your vendors
  • Get gifts for the bridal party
  • Buy your accessories: aisle runner, unity candle, etc.
  • Do your final gown fitting
  • Select your wedding music

One week prior

  • Pay all of your vendors
  • Go to bachelor/bachelorette party or bridal shower

The day before

  • Have a massage
  • Go to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Get some rest

The wedding day

  • Eat a meal
  • Go to your appointments (better yet have them come to you)
  • Have photos taken
  • Enjoy your day


This wedding planning time line is just here to get you started with your planning process. You may also want to get more help by checking out this wedding planning list , you could also view a possible wedding reception order of events.