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A Wedding Planning Checklist
by: Samantha Taylor

Depending on your personal preferences and the preferences of your husband or wife-to-be, a wedding can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 2 years to plan. If one step in the planning process is missed, the whole wedding could be ruined. To prevent this from happening, we have created a wedding checklist in order to ensure everything goes according to plan on your big day.

7-12 Months Prior

- Announce Engagement and have your engagement party
- Decide on the wedding style and create a guest list
- Choose who you both want in the wedding party
- Set the date and time of the wedding
- Book your wedding officiant
- Choose your wedding song
- Decide on "extras" (cake, flowers, dj, photographers etc)
- Purchase your wedding dress and bridal accessories
- Purchase bridesmaids dresses and accessories (maid of honor as well)
- Start planning your honeymoon
- Buy (or make) your wedding favors
- Purchase your wedding invitations
- Plan your rehearsal ceremony and dinner

2-6 Months Prior

- Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests
- Finalize the dinner menu
- Book your limo (or other form of transportation)
- Book the rehearsal dinner site
- Book your honeymoon
- Purchase your wedding rings
- Purchase your gifts for the wedding party
- Rent the tuxedos for groom and groomsmen (including bestman)
- Schedule a dress fitting (bride)
- Book hair and makeup appointment (bride)
- Have your bridal shower
- Send out the invitations to your guests
- Plan the wedding program

1 Month Prior

- Get your marriage license (and blood tests if needed)
- Final dress fitting (bride)
- Arrange seating for your guests
- Have your stag and doe party

1-2 Weeks Prior

- Pick up the wedding dress
- Have your bachelor and bachelorette parties

The Day Before

- Give the wedding party their gifts
- Pick up the tuxedo(s)
- Decorate the wedding site
- Have your rehearsal dinner and greet out-of-town guests

Follow these steps in the first step towards a lifetime of marital bliss!

Samantha Taylor spent several years working in the weddings industry as a wedding planner.


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