The Only Wedding Checklist You Need
With specialized wedding planners and cluttered Excel sheets, wedding checklists are sure to get out of hand. Keep it simple and sweet with the only wedding checklist you’ll need to keep you organized and excited for the big day!
15-9 Months Prior
Make a dream board on Pinterest to get inspired by décor, fashion and all the wedding details. Don’t get too stressed out by all of the ideas you come up with-this is simply to determine what you like and envision for the big day.
Crunch some numbers
Form a wedding budget so you’ll know how much to allocate toward certain things. Pool together your finances, your family’s- whoever is supporting the biggest day of your life!
Pick your wedding party
As soon as you post that engagement photo on Instagram, your friends and family will start to wonder what their role is in the wedding. Get to it and tell them in a fun, innovative way.
Pick your party people
Determine how many guests you and your partner want to have. Whether it’s 50 or 200, this number will allow you to make decisions on venues, food and more. The best way to keep your budget low is to limit the number of guests, so think twice about inviting that friend of a friend or old neighbor you never see.
Secure a date and venue(s)
Pick a date along with ceremony and reception venues. At Wayfarers Chapel, your wedding reservation can be made in person or by phone through the Reservation Office. Your reservation also includes a planning conference with a wedding director, who will discuss aspects of your service and be there with you on your wedding day!
Meet with an officiant
At Wayfarers, ministers of the chapel officiate at all weddings and sign all documents. A chapel minister will meet with you for a minster’s conference and discuss what special plans you might have.
8 Months Prior
Consider and book photographers, music and flowers
Wayfarers actually has a curated list of suggested professional photographers we have worked with in the past. The photographers have intimate knowledge of the grounds and knowledge, and utilize the best angles at all times of day. For the ceremony, music is included and played by the chapel musician, so you’ll only need to find a band or DJ for your reception venue. For ceremony flowers, aisle and pew flowers are the only florals allowed in the chapel, and can be added as a flower package. This way, you only have to worry about flower arrangements at the reception!
Say yes to the dress!
Once you find a dress you love, you’ll need to book at least three fittings to make sure it’s just right. Whether you decide to accessorize with a veil or flower crown, you can shop for that within the next few months!
Make sure your out-of-town guests are covered
Make sure to reserve a block of rooms at a hotel near your reception venue for any out-of-town guests! Be considerate of price points, so choose two or three hotels to accommodate your guests’ needs.
Confirm a registry
Choose at least three retailers, and send out a list to your guests so they know exactly where and what they need to shop for! Popular picks are Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and more!
6 Months Prior
Purchase those invites!
Hire a calligrapher for handwritten script, or turn to Etsy for handcrafted or printed invites.
Start planning a post-wedding vacay and plan ahead when it comes to passports, shots or anything else you can get out of the way.
Pick dresses for your squad that align with your color palette and vision but also fit their style and comfort! Make sure to allow six months for the dresses to be ordered and fitted.
Mail those highly anticipated save-the-date cards!
Wedding day timeline
Start outlining exactly how the day will go, from the ceremony to the reception (cake-cutting, toast, first dance, etc.)
4 Months Prior
Book your rehearsal dinner venue, and finalize cost and menu.
Final check of wedding invites
Ask for a sample so you’ll know exactly what they’ll look like and can make any necessary adjustments before you mail them out!
Whether you’re a cake or cupcake person, attend a few tastings and decide on a flavor and a baker.
Shower guest list
Send the host of your bridal shower a guest list!
Pick a pair of wedding shoes and wear them to your fitting so length can be adjusted by your tailor.
Hair + Makeup
Select hair and makeup artists to doll you up for the big day. Be sure to clearly emphasize what you want, and show pictures for inspiration.
3 Months Prior
Finalize menu and flowers
Make sure your desired menu and florals are in season!
Gift your guests the perfect parting present! If you need ideas, make sure to check out our previous blog post on grown-up goodie bags!
Make a list of people you wish to make toasts at the reception, and give them a heads up so they can prepare.
Purchase the bling!
Order rings to allow appropriate time for resizing and engraving, if desired.
2 Months Prior
Meet with photographer
Discuss certain shots you wish to have taken, as well as certain areas of the venue.
DJ wish list
Touch base with the reception DJ or band to give them an outline of what you’d like played and when.
It’s finally time to mail those beautiful invitations!
Enjoy a bachelorette party with your closest friends for a well deserved night out!
1 Month Prior
Make a list of people who have RSVP’d yes, and call or email those who have not responded.
This process usually takes about a week, but it’s best to get it out of the way.
Plan place settings with whatever works for you- sticky notes, sketched out, etc.
Phew! There you have it! Your wedding day will be of utter perfection with this handy list at your side. Tag us in your photos so we can share in all the fun!