I’m Engaged, Now What? A Wedding Checklist

Engaged couple holding each other on the beach

Congratulations on your engagement! It’s an exciting time, so don’t let the stress of wedding planning bring you down. Here’s a checklist to keep you on the right track and ensure you have the wedding day you’re envisioning.

10-12 Months Away

  • Set your budget
  • Decide on your wedding party and ask them
  • Brainstorm – find inspiration on Pinterest or wedding websites
  • Draw up a first draft of the guest list
  • Find your wedding dress
  • Book your:
    • photographer
    • venue
    • caterer
    • DJ or band of your choice

6-9 Months Away

  • Find an officiant
  • Send out save-the-dates
  • Choose a florist and discuss ideas
  • Sample cakes and choose one
  • Create a gift registry
  • Book your wedding stylist

3-5 Months Away

  • Book rentals such as tables, glassware, or decor
  • Order wedding favours
  • Shop for the groom’s formal wear
  • Purchase wedding rings
  • Finalize:
    • Guest list
    • Invitations
    • Ceremony and vows
    • Menu
  • Send out the invitations
  • Book hair and make up appointments

1-2 Months Away

  • Schedule dress fittings
  • Apply for your marriage license
  • Have final dress fitting

1-3 Weeks Away

  • Provide venue and caterer with final guest count
  • Arrange seating
  • Pick up your dress and bring it home

The Day Before

  • Pack any wedding day necessities
  • Ensure all payments have been made or are ready to give the day of
  • Give the officiant your marriage license
  • Attend the rehearsal dinner

The Day Of

  • Relax as best you can and enjoy your day

Post written by Grace Furman, owner/writer of Heartful Habits