This wedding planning checklist to give you an idea of what you need to be thinking about as you plan your wedding. You might not wish to do everything on this list, so just scratch out what won’t apply. Not everyone has a ring bearer and a flower girl. Not every bride sends her bridesmaids to the salon on her wedding day—you can still be radiantly beautiful without spending hundreds of dollars on a hairdo. But the list may also spark some ideas that you may not have considered.

I’ve made two lists: an at-a-glance Wedding Planning Checklist to be used as a basic overview, and a detailed Wedding Planner with wedding tips to help you get organized.

Click here for the printable Wedding Planning Checklist

At-a-Glance Wedding Planning Checklist

  • Invitations with reply cards
  • Thank You Cards

Clothing and Accessories

  • Rings
  • Wedding Dress and Shoes, Veil, Tiara or Hair Piece
  • Bridesmaids Dresses and Shoes and Hair Pieces
  • Jewelry
  • Purses
  • Garter
  • Tux for the Groom, the Fathers, and the Groomsmen
  • Black and Black Socks for the Gentlemen
  • Ring Bearer Tux and Shoes
  • Flower Girl Dress and Shoes
  • Gifts for the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
  • Alterations
  • Hairstyles

Flowers and Decorations

  • Brides Bouquet
  • Maid of Honor Bouquet
  • Boutonnieres for the Groom, the Fathers, and the Groomsmen
  • Corsages for the Mothers
  • Pew Flowers or Ribbons (these can be taken to the reception for decoration)

For the Ceremony

  • Guest Book and Pens
  • Program
  • Vows
  • Ceremonial Candle and Holder
  • Isle Runner
  • Ring Bearer Pillow
  • Flower Girl Basket
  • Gifts for Officiant
  • Honorarium for Officiant
  • Sewing Kit


For the Reception

  • Transportation to the Reception
  • Venue
  • Music
  • Reception Order-of-Events
  • Menu
  • Place Cards
  • Centerpieces
  • Printed Napkins
  • Wedding Favors
  • Cake Topper
  • Wedding Cake Table Decorations
  • Cake Knife
  • Bride and Groom Champagne Flutes
  • Small Bells at the Tables/Bubbles/Wedding Rice

People to Hire

Depending on your budget, you may want to consider enlisting friends and family to do some of the jobs that would normally be hired out. Ask around for people who are good at videography or video editing. Some high school and college students can be quite good at video editing and slide shows—you’ll pay them a fraction of the cost of a professional. Another way to save big is to get someone with a nice/clean car to drive you to the reception.

  • Officiant
  • Florist
  • Decorator
  • Caterer
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Baker
  • DJ/Band
  • Transportation to the Reception

Important things to Consider

  • Ceremony Location
  • Reception Hall
  • Accommodations for out-of-town guests

Music for:

  • Prelude
  • The Ceremony (candle lighting, etc)
  • Reception
  • First Dance
  • Fathers/Daughters Dance
  • Mothers/Sons Dance
  • Cake-cutting

Rehearsal Dinner

  • Location
  • Menu
  • Decorations
  • Guest list
  • Invitations
  • Gifts

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