Wedding planning checklist and timeline | Free downloadable PDF

Planning Checklist

Whether you're a couple months away
or a year from your big day,
plan each stage with confidence!

Get the PDF
You will be subscribed to the Truly Engaging email newsletter. Let us know if you do not wish to receive the latest news about the exclusive offers, giveaways, and wedding inspiration.
You will not be subscribed to the Truly Engaging email newsletter. Click here if you wish to receive the latest news about exclusive offers, giveaways, and wedding inspiration!

From the little stuff to the big stuff

Our free wedding planning checklist guides you through 12+ months of the planning process, helping you to manage your time and to-do list—​right up until your big day and beyond.

Mark off your to-do’s and write-in your own. If you’re organized, you’ll have more time to enjoy the process and each other!

Wishing you all the best!

Man proposing to woman | Wedding Planning Checklist | 12 months out
Book Advertisement

12+ months

No worries, you got this!

  • Choose a date (or up to 3 so you can be flexible).
  • Talk budget and decide who is contributing what. Use our wedding planning calculator for help.
  • Discover your wedding style. Take our quiz!
  • Choose wedding party:
    Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, Best Man and Groomsmen, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.
  • Create a wedding website.
  • Get engagement ring insured and
    consider purchasing wedding insurance.
  • Explore ceremony and reception venue options.
  • Start assembling a team of wedding pros:
    planner, photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, and musicians.
  • Begin compiling a guest list.
  • Browse wedding dress and veil styles.
  • Create wedding and style boards on Pinterest.
    Follow Truly Engaging for ideas!
  • Get discounts! Subscribe to Truly Engaging’s e-newsletter, for wedding stationery deals.
  • Get engagement photos taken.
  • Start browsing Save the Date designs to find your favorite shape and size.
  • See your design in person! Order a custom Save the Date sample.
  • Order your Save the Dates. Check our current promotions to seize the deal!
Bride-to-be and bridesmaids holding glitter | Wedding Planning Checklist | 10-11 months out

10 - 11 months

You're on a roll ...

  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories.
  • Reserve ceremony and reception venues.
  • Book officiant.
  • Hire photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, florist, and planner.
  • Mail your Save the Dates.
  • Purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments.
  • Establish a fitness routine.
  • Establish a skin care/beauty routine.
Wedding invitations & stationery | Wedding Planning Checklist | 8-9 months out

8 - 9 months

Get your colors on!

  • Find 3 hotels (at different price points) for out-of-town guests.
  • Refine guest list.
  • Create gift registries at 3 national retailers.
  • Browse Wedding Invitation designs and coordinating stationery
    (Enclosures, Programs, Menu Cards, Thank Yous, and Favors).
  • Begin planning honeymoon.
Silver wedding bands | Wedding Planning Checklist | 6-7 months out

6 - 7 months

Good job! What's next?

  • Explore wedding day hair and makeup styles.
  • Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony.
  • Reserve rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor, etc.
  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings.
  • Decide on groomsmen attire.
  • Personalize & order a custom Wedding Invitation sample.
  • Hire ceremony musicians.
  • Book transportation to and from venues.
  • Purchase wedding bands.
  • Order Wedding Invitation Suite. Check our current promotions to seize the deal!
  • Order Thank You Cards (for gifts that arrive early).
Wedding cake with berries on top | Wedding Planning Checklist | 4-5 months out

4 - 5 months

The finishing touches...

  • Choose flowers for:
    wedding party, attendants, venues, cake, etc.
  • Schedule dress fittings.
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels.
  • Book room for wedding night.
  • Order wedding cake.
  • Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.
  • Prepare {play/do not play} lists for DJ/band.
  • Finalize wedding guest list.
  • Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list.
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue.
  • Order Rehearsal Dinner Invitations.
Two flower girls wearing white dresses | Wedding Planning Checklist | 3 months out

3 months

You're getting close!

  • Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order.
  • Plan ceremony and reception seating.
  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist.
  • Finalize readers and readings.
  • Purchase: toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow.
  • Finalize reception menu.
  • Order Menu Cards.
  • Order Wedding Favors.
White gift box with twine tie | Wedding Planning Checklist | 2 months out

2 months

Crunch Time

  • Mail Wedding Invitations.
  • Develop system for organizing RSVPs.
  • Begin writing vows.
  • Review ceremony details with officiant.
  • Lay out the content for Wedding Programs.
  • Apply for marriage license: order 2-3 extra.
  • Finalize seating arrangements.
  • Finalize playlists with musicians.
  • Finalize fittings for wedding party and parents.
  • Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant and wedding party.
  • Write out honeymoon itinerary for family at home.
  • Decide “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.”
  • Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party.
  • Book wedding day transportation.
  • Purchase gifts for attendants.
  • Order a custom Wedding Program sample.
Wedding invitations & ceremony program fans | Wedding Planning Checklist | 1 month out

1 month

Don’t Forget

  • Call vendors to confirm date, times and location.
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations.
  • Pack for honeymoon.
  • Pick up wedding rings.
  • Pick up marriage license.
  • Order Wedding Programs.
  • Final dress fitting (with shoes & undergarments).
  • Write Thank You notes as gifts are received.
Groom wearing tuxedo for wedding | Wedding Planning Checklist | 2 weeks out

2 weeks

Down to the wire

  • Follow up with guests who have not RSVP’d.
  • Give final count to caterer.
  • Update registries.
  • Begin breaking in wedding shoes.
  • Make arrangements for the caring of pets and plants while on honeymoon.
  • Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians.
  • Get final haircut and color.
  • Delegate wedding day duties: gift table, guestbook, etc.
  • Delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals and tend to wedding dress.
  • Send directions to wedding day limo/transportation driver.
Bride wearing a wedding dress | Wedding Planning Checklist | 1 week out

1 week

Relax, almost there!

  • Prepare final payments to vendors + cash tips for service personnel.
  • Give readers their scripts.
  • Give photographer and videographer your image and video requests.
  • Lay out wedding clothes.
  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit.
  • Get spa treatments for you and the bridal party.
Wedding venue with flowers and decorations | Wedding Planning Checklist | The day before wedding Book Advertisement

The day Before

Can you believe it?

  • Deliver welcome baskets.
  • Get mani/pedi/massage.
  • Attend wedding rehearsal.
  • Have fun at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Get to bed at a decent hour!
Bride and groom posing for a picture on their wedding day | Wedding Planning Checklist | Day of wedding

Wedding Day

Enjoy your Day!

  • Eat a good breakfast! Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.
  • Give wedding rings and officiant fee to best man.
  • Relax, smile, and soak in every moment.
  • 10 Secrets to a Happy Marriage
Bridge and groom throwing glitter after their wedding ceremony | Wedding Planning Checklist | Beyond the wedding
Book Advertisement

Beyond the wedding

Wrapping things up...

  • Ensure tuxes and rentals have been returned.
  • Get wedding dress to preservationist or cleaners.
  • Order Thank You Cards (include a wedding photo).
  • Order Personalized Stationery with your new last name.
  • Put your favorite wedding photo on a beautiful Custom Canvas.

Looking to download and print the Wedding Planning Checklist? Low Resolution JPEG | Medium Resolution JPEG | High Resolution JPEG | High Resolution PDF