12 Month Wedding Checklist // January, 2019

You said YES, and you are now engaged.

Where does one begin when planning a wedding? if you were anything like me, the thought of it all made my stomach hurt. Luckily, I had a girlfriend who had just walked down the aisle herself who helped me out. For all those who don’t have anyone to guide you through the process, I’ve put together a 12 months checklist for you. This time should be exciting, not overwhelming – plus, no one loves a bridezilla so let’s get organized. Download a printable check list here.


You’re a year away from the “I dos” - sounds like a lot of time, right? Not really time can slip away quickly – it’s best to do research and get a few essential items checked off your list right away.

  • Set a date
  • Set a wedding budget
  • Create a Pinterest board
  • Try on wedding dresses
  • Book a planner or “day of” coordinator
  • Choose your wedding party
  • Draft wedding guest list
  • Tour and book wedding venue.
  • Source and book a photographer and videographer


Research should be done, and you are ready to get some big details booked and deposits paid.

  • Compile addresses for guests
  • Set up your wedding registry
  • Source and book a florist
  • Create a wedding website
  • Meet and book an officiant
  • Book guest hotel blocks and your room
  • Research and meet with caterers
  • Tour and book wedding venue
  • Take engagement photos


Now is the time to finalize the details

  • Book your décor rentals
  • Book hair and makeup artists
  • Book a caterer
  • Finalize your guest list
  • Send out Save-The-Dates
  • Buy bridesmaids and groomsman outfits
  • Start planning your honeymoon
  • Discuss bachelor and bachelorette party dates


Take a moment and pat yourself on the back, most of the hard stuff is done.

  • Book the rehearsal dinner venue
  • Book the DJ or live music
  • Order your cake or main dessert
  • Begin bridal dress fittings
  • Finalize the honeymoon and accommodations
  • Make your documents are up-to-date


Start finalizing details and create a rough draft time line for your wedding day.

  • Buy your wedding rings
  • Buy Thank You gifts
  • Buy wedding shoes
  • Order any outstanding décor
  • Book transportation
  • Finalize the menu with your caterer.
  • Finalize ceremony details with your officiant.
  • Create a wedding day-of timeline.
  • Send out your wedding invitations.


Your wedding is weeks away, so it’s time to start getting yourself ready for the day.

  • Buy wedding accessories
  • Confirm bookings with your vendors
  • Wedding Party Check In
  • Final Guest Numbers


At this point, all of your big planning should be done, so it’s time to start writing your vows.

  • Final guest numbers
  • Book your final dress fitting
  • Break in your wedding shoes
  • Final details to vendors
  • Create your seating chart
  • Rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Rehearsal Dinner Outfit
  • Practice Your Vows
  • Wedding Party duties on wedding day
  • Pick up your marriage license


You made it!

Enjoy your day and being with your loved ones.