to top

Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Daydreaming, you remember how romance filled the air when your boyfriend knelt down and asked you the big question, “Will you marry me?” while you answer tearfully, “Yes!”. At that time, you didn’t know what you were getting yourself into, and I’m not even talking about the marriage itself! I’m talking about wedding planning and making sure you choose what you think is best, it is YOUR WEDDING for goodness sake!

Wedding planning can be stressful when you don’t know what to do or where to go first. This article is your perfect Step 1.

Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

 

Nothing will ever prepare you for what will happen on your wedding day, but then again, it pays to be ready. Wedding Planning includes making DIY project of more and more brides nowadays. This sort of trend does not only let the engaged couple save up the cost of hiring a wedding planner, but also because the experience of organizing your wedding the way you want it to be is priceless.

This guide will make sure that you will not miss out on any of the important details of your wedding.

 

Special thanks to Penn Oaks Westchester for this lovely infographic!

Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image source Visually

Preparation Is Key:

A Month-by-Month Guide to Planning Your Wedding

 

The average engagement in the U.S. is around 16 months. Here is a rundown of how to plan your wedding with the least amount of stress!

 

16 to 14 months in advance

 

Determine your budget

Determine your budget | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via usnews

Advance planning will give you a realistic idea of what to look for in a venue, your dress, and decor.

 

Begin your guest list

Begin your guest list | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via maharaja

The number of guests will affect your venue choice.

 

Choose your wedding party

Choose your wedding party | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via giantinvitations

Family members, childhood or college friends and your fiance’s siblings are traditional choices.

 

13 to 9 months in advance

 

Select a venue

Find one that can accommodate your guests and that suits your theme.

 

Set a date

Set A Date | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via weddingbells

Be sure to book your venue well in advance to avoid any scheduling conflicts further down the road.

 

Choose your wedding vendors

Choose Your Wedding Vendors | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via brides

Caterers, photographers, and bands get busy quickly – be sure you schedule them for your wedding before it’s too late.

 

Have an engagement party

Have An Engagement Party | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via karaspartyideas

Remember that anyone you invite to this party must also be invited to your wedding.

 

Make hotel arrangements

Reserve a block of rooms for wedding guests.

 

8 to 6 months in advance

 

Book an officiant

A religious leader, a family friend, or even a parent may conduct the ceremony as long as long as he or she is certified.

 

Find a rehearsal venue

Could be the same venue as the wedding, but in a different room.

 

Send out save-the-date reminders

Allow your guests to get time off of work and make travel plans if necessary.

 

Buy a wedding dress

Buy A Wedding Dress | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via kirstiekelly

May take several trips, so give yourself plenty of time.

 

Register as couple

Register As Couple | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via theknot

Let guests know what you’d like and where to shop.

 

Choose bridesmaid dresses

Choose Bridesmaid Dresses | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via jaeheebridal

Find out if your bridesmaids have strong preferences and give them a few options.

 

Arrange wedding day transportation

Reserve limos for the wedding party.

 

5-6 months in advance

 

Set the menu

Set The Menu | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via modwedding

Your have already chosen your caterer, so meet with them a final time to determine menu and logistics for the day.

 

Send out invitations

Give guests time to RSVP and make final travel plans.

 

Order the groom’s suit

A properly fitted suit may take some time to tailor so it looks perfect.

 

Plan the honeymoon

Plan The Honeymoon | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via phillymag

If you need to update your passport for international travel, do this as soon as possible.

 

Order a wedding cake

Order A Wedding Cake | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via stylemepretty

Schedule a few tastings and order your custom cake.

 

3-2 months in advance

 

Schedule dress fittings

Schedule Dress Fittings | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via leyamarini

Be sure to wear the right shoes so the length is correct.

 

Get a marriage license

You may need a few copies for name changes.

 

Buy the wedding rings

Buy The Wedding Rings | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via theknot

If you want the rings engraved, you’ll need enough time to do it before the ceremony.

 

Make the wedding day schedule

Make The Wedding Day Schedule | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via etsy

Outline how the entire day will go.

 

Send your schedule to your vendors

Send Your Schedule To Your Vendors | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via qceventplanning

Caterers, photographs, and bands can make any necessary changes with no surprises for you.

 

1 month advance

 

Make a seating chart

Make A Seating Chart | Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via onewed

Keep family politics in mind and allow guests to meet new people.

 

Schedule a final dress fitting

Schedule a final dress fitting| Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via weddingchicks

The dress should fit perfectly for the big day.

 

Make sure hair and make-up personnel are confirmed

Make sure hair and make-up personnel are confirmed| Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via bostonmagazine

They should have ample time on the wedding day to primp everyone.

 

Have a bachelor or bachelorette party

Have a bachelor or bachelorette party| Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via insideweddings

Have a good time!

 

Write your vows

Write your vows| Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via towerhillbarns

Give yourself time for revision and practice in front of a mirror.

 

2 weeks to 1 in advance

 

Get a haircut

Get a haircut| Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via todaysparent

Don’t do this the day before the wedding, as your hair may take a few days to settle.

 

Inform the wedding party of the schedule

Inform the wedding party of the schedule| Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via bridalguide

The best man and maid of honor should know what’s happening at all times.

 

Send a final guest list to the caterer

Send a final guest list to the caterer| Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via cleveland

Many companies do not allow changes within a few days of the wedding.

 

Pack for your honeymoon

You won’t want to stress about this right before or after your wedding.

 

Take a deep breath

Take a deep breath| Wedding Planning | A Complete Guide On How To Plan Your Big Day

Image via magic4walls

You’ve planned everything and your day will go off without a hitch!

 

What to Ask Yourself When Planning a Wedding

Make sure the details are covered and that you have answers to the following questions:

What is the contingency plan for an outdoor wedding in case it rains?

What happens if we move indoors and we lose electricity?

Do my vendors have any hidden fees?

Does our wedding band know the songs we want to hear?

Is there a vegetarian meal option for guests?

Who will be giving the toasts?

Do we have a room for unexpected guests?


As they say, “planning is not everything”, so you need to pray and have faith at the same time for everything to work out well. Once you follow this guide, getting married will be a breeze. When anxiety strikes, just tell yourself, “It’s better to be anxious and prepared, rather than be anxious and unready.” This list was truly of great help to me, I hope it will serve you well too!

Would you like to learn different bridal hairstyles? Read this next!

 

Did you like this? Then you will surely love:

 

Wedding Checklists | 4 Most Valuable Tips to Achieve The Most Astounding Wedding Reception

 

How to Make an Easy DIY Wedding Invitation With Sophisticated Bow

 

Bohemian Wedding Checklists: Say YES to a Boho Chic Wedding!

Comments

comments

Momma Mary

Hi there, I'm your Editor of Wedding Checklists. I'm a big fan of weddings and a self-proclaimed fairy godmother of Illinois. I love to lend a hand in organizing my friends' and relatives' wedding to help them have the fairy tale wedding they deserve. You can say that I am already a master in the art of wedding preparation. When not waving my magical wedding wand all over the place, I and my husband, with our two lovable twin daughters, spend our time binge-watching and re-watching Disney movies.

Leave a Comment