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Wedding Day Timeline
Planning ahead is key for a perfect wedding day and this timeline template makes it easy to create your own checklist. Starting one year out, this wedding day timeline provides all the essential details as your big day approaches month by month.

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Wedding Day Timeline TemplateForm 2677
Format: Word PDF
Category: Home Life, Wedding
Type: Checklist

Wedding Day Timeline

One Year Before Your Wedding Day

[___] Announce your wedding engagement to your family and friends and start to plan an engagement party

[___] In your local newspaper place an engagement announcement

[___] To inform your guests regarding wedding day details, area information, etc sign up for a wedding website

[___] Create a wedding day budget to keep your finances under control

[___] Hire a wedding planner or purchase wedding day planning software to organize your wedding

[___] Select a wedding date; you may want to choose several different days to be flexible when booking

[___] Select your ceremony and reception sites and place your reservations

[___] Start a guest list and create an address list

[___] Select your attendants, including your maid of honor and the best man

[___] Start to shop for your wedding dress

[___] Go to a local bridal show and take note of the vendors that you would like to work with

[___] Create a wedding planning organizer to keep track of all your important dates and appointments to attend.

Six to Nine Months Before Your Wedding Day

[___] Select a bridal gift registry

[___] Order your wedding dress

[___] Order all bridal accessories: veil, shoes and gloves

[___] Shop for your bridesmaids dresses

[___] Contact who you would like to perform your wedding ceremony

[___] Book: ceremony musicians, band for the reception or DJ, photographer, videographer, caterer and florist

Four to Six Months Before Your Wedding Day

[___] Order your wedding invitations and thank you cards

[___] Purchase your wedding favors, boxes, labels, etc.

[___] Purchase your ceremony and reception decorations: unity candle, vases, aisle runner, etc.




Four to Six Months Before Your Wedding Day Continued…

[___] Begin to research your wedding cake with local bakeries

[___] Book your honeymoon and check that you have all the proper travel documents including passports and visas

[___] Book a hotel room for your wedding night

[___] Arrange hotel accommodations for out of town guests

[___] Create a final guest list and send out save the date cards

[___] Create a list of local area information and things to do for your out of town guests

[___] Print out directions to the ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner and hotels for guests to use

[___] Place your transportation reservations for you and your wedding party

Two to Four Months Before Your Wedding Day

[___] Research what your state’s marriage license requirements are and get your blood tests completed if needed

[___] Place your tuxedos orders for both the groom and groomsmen

[___] Meet with your caterer to begin to discuss your reception menu and liquor needs

[___] Meet with who will be leading your wedding ceremony to finalize details, wording and wedding vows

[___] Select your wedding passages

[___] Place your wedding cake order

[___] Purchase your wedding thank you gifts for your attendants

[___] Purchase a gift for your new spouse

[___] Purchase your wedding rings and have them engraved

[___] Select a location for your rehearsal dinner

[___] If needed select a party rental company for: tents, tables, arch, etc.

[___] Place reservations for any other special wedding day services: ice sculpture, photo booth, etc.

[___] Purchase any luggage and travel items for your honeymoon

[___] Place your passport order if necessary

[___] Schedule a dentist appointment for the week before your wedding day to have your teeth cleaned




One to Two Months Before Your Wedding Day

[___] Mail your wedding invitations eight weeks before your wedding day along with accommodation information

[___] Purchase a bridal name change kit online

[___] Complete a change of address form at the post office if necessary

[___] Print your ceremony programs

[___] Purchase a guest book and any additional wedding accessories that are needed: cake knife, ring pillow, etc.

[___] Schedule your hair, makeup and nail appointments

[___] Review all of your insurance information: car, home, medical. Check to see what needs to be updated.

Two weeks to One Month Before Your Wedding Day

[___] Create a seating chart for your reception and make place cards and table numbers

[___] Give your caterer a final guest count

[___] Create a timeline for your wedding party and vendors with contact information

[___] Set up a meeting with your photographer to discuss your wedding photo list

[___] Meet with your florist to confirm your final flower orders and review any details for your wedding day

[___] Meet with ceremony musicians and your DJ or reception band to go over play lists

[___] Confirm your lodging accommodations for your out of town guests

[___] Contact your local paper and place a wedding announcement

[___] Plan a bridal luncheon with all of your bridesmaids

[___] Pick up your wedding rings and ensure they fit properly

[___] Set an appointment for a final wedding dress fitting

[___] Place your application for a marriage license

[___] Write your rehearsal dinner toasts




One Week Before Your Wedding Day

[___] Write your final checks to all of your wedding vendors and give them to your wedding coordinator

[___] Pick up your wedding dress

[___] Pick up your marriage license

[___] Double check your transportation reservations including your limo

[___] Pack for your honeymoon and confirm all of your travel arrangements

[___] Have a spa day and relax

The Day Before Your Wedding Day

[___] Welcome your out of town guests as they arrive

[___] Get some exercise and relax

[___] Attend the rehearsal dinner

The Wedding Day

[___] Wake up early and take in the day with a meditation session

[___] Share gifts with your bridesmaids and close family members

[___] Eat a healthy breakfast

[___] You have planned well…now enjoy your wedding day