The Ultimate Wedding Checklist


You’re planning a wedding, congratulations! Now you get to start planning the wedding you’ve always dreamed of! So, where do you start? What needs to be done and when do you need to start it? Lucky for you, we have just the trick!


10 to 12 months to go

Pinterest Breakout that secret Pinterest page you have with hundreds of wedding ideas!

Bridal Party Your girlfriends are going to be hinting that they want to be in the wedding party, so give them the good news and let the celebrating begin!

Guest List Start that guest list! Make things easy and organized by putting the guests names and contact information on an excel sheet.

Wedding Planner If you wish to hire a wedding planner, this would be the time to do so. Wedding planners will have experience and relationships with the vendors you are talking to!

Venue Start looking for the perfect venue that you’ve dreamed of! HINT: If you were looking for a gorgeous New Hampshire mountain, we at the Pats Peak Banquet Center would love to have you!

Save the Date Once you found your perfect venue and booked your date, let your guest list know! This way even the busiest of people can make sure they are able to celebrate with you.

Vendors Start looking for the vendors. If you need a caterer, florist, bands, photographer, videographer, officiate, or any of the other fun vendors you found on Pinterest, this is the time to start calling. If you don’t know where to start, you can find a list of our vendors and The Knot’s vendor list.

Venue Estimates This will help narrow your venue search and most places will ask you for this information. Be sure to ask for a sample estimate from each venue you consider based on the same guest count number so you can compare them easily.

Create a Website Create an easy to use and helpful wedding website to keep yourself and your guests organized on all wedding updates and needed information! We recommend The Knot and Wedding Wire! 

Time to party! Sit back, relax, and enjoy your engagement party!

6 to 9 months to go

Vendors Hire all your vendors. You did the research, now it is the time to book!

Dress Shopping Here comes the best part, start dress shopping! We know you have a thousand dresses you loved on Pinterest, so print out your favorites and head to the bridal shop.

Color Scheme Choose a color scheme for your wedding party dresses, decorations, etc!

Engagement Photos Have your engagement photos taken!

Gift Registry It’s time to start that gift registry! First, find out what stores have what you and your fiancé need and start registering away.

Hotel Rooms Make sure this is the time you are blocking off hotel rooms for out of town guests! All you need to do is call up the hotel and ask them to block off the amount of rooms you think you’ll need and they will give you a code for your guests when they do book their stay.

Bridesmaid Dresses Now, it is time to take your wedding party to get their dresses! Start looking for the perfect dresses that match your color scheme.

Transportation Start booking any transportation you will have for the wedding! This means flights, car rental, limousine, and transportation to and from the reception site.

Honeymoon Start looking into honeymoons!

3 to 5 months to go

Rehearsal Book your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner! Ask your venue for suggestions on where to have the rehearsal dinner.

Wedding Night Book your wedding night accommodations!

Rentals Make sure all your party rentals for tents, linens, chairs, etc. are booked!

Wedding Favors Start making or buy your wedding favors!

Accommodations Make sure all your party rentals for tents, linens, chairs, etc. are booked!

Tuxes Make sure those tuxes are rented, bought, or cleaned.

Finalize Guest list,purchase the wedding invitations, ceremony readings and vows and the reception timeline.

Hair Trial Book that hair and makeup trial run to find your perfect style!

Rings Shop around and buy wedding rings!

Honeymoon Finalize your honeymoon plans!

Cake Schedule a cake testing and order your cake

6 to 8 weeks to go

Invitations Mail out your invitations and make sure you have a system for writing down RSVP’s and meal choices (your excel spreadsheet might come in handy)!

Vows Write or decide on your ceremony vows and details.

Vendors Give your vendors a call to finalize any special details! This includes meeting with the florist to pick out your flowers.

License Time to look up marriage licenses in the state you’ll be married in along with name change information if you wish to change your last name.

Dress Fitting Time to get fitted for your dress! Be sure to buy the right undergarments first. Don’t forget your shoes! The seamstress will want to tailor the dress to your height.

Dresses Make sure all the bridesmaid’s dresses start to arrive!

Thank You Cards Don’t forget the thank you card for the engagement party and bridal shower!

3 to 5 weeks to go

Finalize Finalize the shot list with your photographer, the song list with your DJ/Band and the reception timeline with your venue.

Rings Pick up your rings!

Something Blue Make sure you have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!

Last Purchases Purchase the guest book, toasting flutes, cake servers and decorations!

Final Fitting Final dress fitting time!

Printed Materials Don’t forget to get your escort cards, ceremony programs and other print needs.

RSVP’s Make sure all the RSVP’s are in!

1 to 2 weeks to go

Final Count Give the final count to the wedding venue and caterer!

Seating Chart Make the seating arrangements!

The Gown Pick up the gown!

Timeline Make sure the vendors have the timeline for the day!

Packing Start the honeymoon packing!

Relax Try to spend a nice relaxing day at the spa!

One day to go

Packed Up Make sure everything is packed and ready!

Payments Figure out tips and final vendor payments!

Get Help Ask your maid of honor or a friend to bring back the grooms tux and help bring the presents back home!

Rehearse Have your rehearsal so everyone knows where they stand…literally. Then head off to your rehearsal dinner!

Get some rest! Tomorrow is the big day! Try to get to sleep early!

Today is the day

Enjoy Relax and enjoy the day you’ve planned so carefully!

After the wedding

Thank You Cards Write thank you cards!

Feedback Give feedback to vendors.

Photos  Touch base with your photographer for the wedding album.

Enjoy! Enjoy your new life!

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