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The Ultimate Wedding Checklist for Brides-To-Be

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

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Congratulations on getting engaged! Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, with so many things to take care of and details to arrange. However, it will be more enjoyable and less stressful if you give yourself enough time to plan and organize things into a formal wedding checklist.

We've created a wedding checklist to help you stay organized and give you ideas on what to do and when.

The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

The following are a list of things you should do when you arrange your wedding:

12 Months Before the Wedding

Create a Budget

Now is the time to talk with your partner about how much you want to spend on your wedding.

Organize the Venue

Find a location that suits your guest count, style, and budget by doing some research.

Decide on a Wedding Date

Typically, engaged couples base their decisions on the wedding season. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each season will help you decide which is ideal for you.

Hire a Wedding Planner

As your right hand, they will support you in any decisions you make to maintain order.

Book Vendors and Order Invitations

The sooner you contact your chosen providers, the better, because caterers, photographers, and entertainment tend to fill up quickly. You may send out cards whenever you're ready if you buy paper items in advance.

7-9 Months to Go for Brides

Purchase Your Wedding Gown

It is best to start early and take your time while shopping because your first excursion rarely ends well. 6–9 months is recommended so that tailors can have time to make adjustments if there are any.

Select Bridesmaids and Groomsmen’s Outfits

If you want a specific dress or color scheme for the wedding, now is the perfect time to choose their clothing.

Employ a Celebrant

Brides can hire a professional to make it legal if you are not getting married in a religious setting.

4-6 Months to Go

Purchased Wedding Rings

Give yourself plenty of time to find the ideal pair of rings because they serve as a symbol during the wedding ceremony.

Order a Wedding Cake

Plan a taste test after meeting a few bakeries. Decide on the specifics of your order after making your choice.

Plan a Honeymoon

This is the average window of time for vacation reservations. Make a decision regarding whether you want to leave after the reception or stay a little longer to settle in before the trip.

1-3 Months to Go

Distribute Invitations

Your guests can arrange their travel and vacation time if you send out invites in advance, especially if they live far away.

Apply for Your Marriage License

States have their own requirements and costs. Make sure you have all you need by doing some research.

Wedding Day

You may now finally relax and enjoy your wedding day. Have fun and treasure this special day of your lives as a married couple. The last thing you need to do is remember your vows and keep hydrated. Hire an expert like Firestorm Talent to guide you through the process!


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