A Complete Wedding Checklist

A Complete Wedding Checklist

Planning a wedding is super exciting but can get a little hectic sometimes. So to help you there, we have compiled a detailed wedding checklist for you to get going & plan your big day without any worries.

10-12 Months Before the Wedding

▢ Figure the contributions and Draw a budget for your wedding.

▢ Select your wedding date. Availability of venues & your special guests.

▢ Decide your wedding style and colors.

▢ Book your wedding venue, ceremony location & rehearsal time well in advance.

▢ Choose your wedding rings.

▢ Start preparing your guest list.

▢ If you wish, you can also choose to hire a wedding planner.

▢ Book officiant.

6-9 Months Before the Wedding

▢ Select & order your wedding gowns.

▢ Decide your wedding team- Maid of Honor / Best Man, Bridesmaids / Groomsmen, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.

▢ Finalize your guest list.

▢ Send out Save-the-Date Invitations.

▢ Reserve guest accommodations.

▢ Register for gifts.

▢ Finalize your menu.

▢ Book your photographer, videographer and wedding band or DJ.

▢ Get in touch with rental companies to finalize the designs & quantities.

4-5 Months Before the Wedding

▢ Make bookings for your honeymoon

▢ Reserve your caterer

▢ Schedule cake tastings and choose your wedding cake.

▢ Book your florist.

▢ Order bridesmaids / Groomsmen dresses.

▢ Select the reader for your ceremony.

2-3 Months Before the Wedding

▢ Write your vows.

▢ Apply for marriage license

▢ Send out wedding invitations.

▢ Book make-up artist & hair stylist. Do the trials.

▢ Finalize & order accessories including veils & shoes.

▢ Hire your Limousine or any other transport required for the wedding day.

▢ Purchase gifts for parents and attendants.

▢ Buy toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow.

3-4 Weeks Before the Wedding

▢ Have trial & get done the final fittings your wedding gown / Tux.

▢ Get in touch with all your bridesmaids / Groomsmen & make sure their dresses are ready for the wedding day

▢ If planning for welcome baskets, order them.

▢ Review the RSVPs. Follow up with the guests who haven’t replied yet. Call for final confirmations.

1-2 Weeks Before the Wedding

▢ Deliver the list of must-have shots / videos to the photographer & videographer.

▢ Give the final guest count to your caterer.

▢ Finalize the reception seating chart.

▢ Both bride & groom should get their haircuts.

▢ Print table cards & get the other stationary ready.

▢ Deliver your marriage license to the officiant.

2-3 Days Before the Wedding

▢ If needed get your wedding gown & tux ironed & steamed.

▢ Run final checks with the vendors regarding the wedding arrangements.

▢ Deliver table cards, place cards, cameras and other stuffs, needed for setting the table, to the site manager.

▢ If you have booked transport for some guests, provide their names & arrival timings to the transport agency

▢ Write cheques or prepare payment envelops required for the wedding day.

The Day Before the Wedding

▢ Rehearse ceremony with your family, close friends and your officiant.

▢ Make sure you have a handy list & contact details of all your vendors. Give a copy to your best man / maid of honor for any follow ups.

▢ Get the welcome baskets delivered to the hotel.

The Wedding Day

▢ Assign a family or friend as a point of contact for photographer or videographer to understand who’s who.

▢ Give wedding rings and officiant fee to best man.

▢ Give wedding bands to best man & maid of honor.

▢ Handover presents to parents and attendants.

Post Wedding Day 

▢ Make a list of the gifts you have received and by whom.

▢ Write & send thank you notes to these guests.

▢ Return the rentals with the help of person you chose in advance.

▢ Get your wedding dress cleaned

▢ Meet photographers & videographers to finalize the photos for album & videos


Thank you for reading,

The GWM Team

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