The ultimate wedding planning timeline

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Congratulations! You just got engaged, but where do you begin?! Use our ultimate wedding checklist to make sure you don't miss a thing when preparing
for your big day!

The day you have been looking forward to since you were a little girl has finally come... it's time to plan your wedding! Even with all of the excitement, it is still easy to get stressed out. So instead of becoming a bridezilla, use our checklist to stay calm, cool and collected on your path to the altar!

9 to 12 months out

  • Save the date!
  • Announce your engagement and throw a party
  • Start thinking of guest list
  • Agree on budget
  • Find your wedding planner
  • Book the venue
  • Start your gift registry
  • Start selecting vendors
  • Select your bridal party
  • Finalize and secure an officiant
  • Take engagement photos

6 to 9 months out


  • Say yes to the dress
  • Hire and secure all of your vendors
  • Start making accommodations for your guests
  • Order your cake
  • Select wedding stationery and invitations
  • Send out save-the-dates
  • Plan your honeymoon
  • Finalize the guest list

3 to 6 months out


  • Buy wedding bands
  • Order bridemaids' dresses
  • Mail out invitations
  • Figure out your wedding favors
  • Shop for your bridesmaids
  • Finalize catering menu
  • Dress the groomsmen
  • Get confirmation from vendors
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner

2 months out

  • Purchase any accessories to go with your dress
  • Write your vows
  • Book and confirm day of transportation
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Get everything set in stone by having it all printed
  • Attend your bachelorette party and bridal shower
  • Schedule all fittings and alteration appointments
  • Decide on hair and makeup styles

1 to 2 weeks out

  • Finalize floor and seating plans
  • Get final headcount of all attendees
  • Work with DJ or band on a list of songs
  • Have final dress fitting
  • Start any self-grooming that needs to be done
  • Confirm photographer
  • Confirm and pack for honeymoon
  • Pick up and organize all wedding-day attire

1 day before the wedding

  • Get pampered
  • Give the bridesmaids their gifts
  • Have rehearsal dinner
  • Relax and get a good night's sleep!

The big day!

  • Pop in a breath mint, smile, relax and get ready to say "I do!"

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