Wedding Planning Timeline Checklist

You just got engaged! There is so much to do, where do you start? What do you do, and when? Luckily for you, our experienced wedding coordinators have put together a wedding planning timeline checklist to ease you through the process – which starts after you have booked The Peachtree Club as your venue of course ;).

 

8 Months Before

  • Research and book your wedding professionals – DJ, Florist, Photographer, Videographer, Wedding Coordinator, etc.
  • Reserve accommodations for guests. Helpful tip: Look for hotels that offer discounts when booking more than 10 rooms.
  • Begin your registry for gifts

 

6-8 Months Before

  • Shop for wedding dress!
  • Book ceremony musicians – if different than DJ or band
  • Order bridesmaids dresses
  • Start planning your honeymoon
  • Send save-the-date cards

 

4-6 Months Before

  • Shop and order invitations
  • Shop and order wedding rings
  • Book your bakery for wedding cake

 

3 Months Before

  • Rent the men’s formalwear
  • Hire wedding day transport: limousines, other cars, shuttles

 

2 Months Before

  • Mail your invitations
  • Write your vows
  • Purchase gifts for parents, attendants, and each other
  • Book hairstylist and makeup artist. Schedule trial run with each to find the perfect look.
  • Determine wedding party placement for ceremony and determine the order for processional and recessional

 

1 Month Before

  • Apply for your marriage license
  • Have final gown fitting. Helpful tip: Bring your maid of honor or mom to learn how to bustle your dress.
  • Contact all bridesmaids and make sure they have their dresses ready for wedding day
  • Plan and order in-room welcome baskets for hotel rooms
  • Make last minute adjustments with all vendors
  • Finalize menu and beverages

 

2 Weeks Before

  • Review final RSVP list and contact any guests who have not replied
  • Turn in final headcounts to vendors and venue
  • Deliver final shot list to photographer including names of those included in formal and group shots
  • Deliver final song list to DJ or band including special song requests and “do not play” list

 

1 Week Before

  • Confirm final details with all wedding professionals. Leave with them an emergency contact for your day-of event.
  • Arrange for someone to return any rentals following the wedding
  • Plan for someone to take the wedding dress to be cleaned and to return the groom’s formalwear following the event
  • Groom: Get hair cut or trimmed

 

2-3 Days Before

  • Have bridal gown pressed or steamed
  • Groom: Attend final fitting and pick up formalwear
  • Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fitting and pick up formalwear
  • Confirm final pick up times and locations with transportation company
  • Arrange for airport pick-ups of traveling family members and out-of-town guests
  • Deliver welcome baskets to hotel concierge, make sure to include names and delivery instructions

 

Day Before

  • Create envelopes and write checks for any vendors expecting payment at or after the wedding
  • Organize checks/tips to given out at wedding
  • Bring unity candle, programs, place cars, guestbook, favors, and any other personal items for wedding day to rehearsal. Give to wedding coordinator.
  • Bring and give marriage license to your officiant at rehearsal
  • Rehearse your wedding ceremony! Encourage all bridal party members, ceremony readers, immediate family, and officiant to attend, making sure all details are planned.
  • Attend rehearsal dinner. Present gifts to attendants.
  • Get a good night’s rest!

 

Day Of Wedding

  • Present gifts to parents. Coordinate and exchange gifts to each other.
  • Give wedding rings to Best Man and Maid of Honor
  • Assign a family member to be the photographer’s contact so they know who is who
  • GET MARRIED!
  • Enjoy your wedding reception!

 

Post Wedding

  • Honeymoon!!
  • Write and send thank-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful
  • Send positive praise to any exceptional vendors by writing them a review online