Boss Playa Productions

Wedding Checklist – The ultimate guide to planning your big day

Savannah Wedding guide checklist

So you’ve said ‘yes’ to the big question! CONGRATULATIONS! You’re getting married and have set the date. The next question is “What should I do next”? Whether you’re planning your special day three months or three years in advance, there is no question about it. It’s going to take just a little bit of organizing!

Welcome to our useful Wedding Checklist. It’s really more like a timeline, what to do and when to do it. Having a checklist also minimizes the negative domino effect that can be caused by simply forgetting to do something on the list. We know that no two weddings are the same; therefore, some of the points on this Wedding Checklist may not be relevant for you. However, it will serve as a guide to help you along the way. Happy planning!

Savannah Wedding Planning 101 for future brides

Wedding Checklist

Things to do once you’re engaged

  • Agree on a date (if you haven’t done so already)

  • Share the vision of your dream wedding with your fiancé

  • Set your budget

  • Begin setting out your guest list and agree on the number of guests you will be inviting

  • Research and create a list of potential Wedding Venues

  • Decide the ceremony location (if you prefer a different location from the venue)

  • Ask your bridesmaid’s/groomsmen to do the honors

One year before your Wedding

  • Start looking for your dress and suite

  • Discuss and agree on your wedding colors

  • Agree with what kind of entertainment you would like to have (Wedding DJ, Live Band, etc.)

  • Discuss venue decor (Uplighting, Flowers, Place settings, etc.) (DIY or wedding planner if required)

  • Consider Wedding Insurance

  • Book your ceremony location

  • Book your wedding planner (if necessary)

  • Book your wedding entertainment (Wedding DJ, Band, Soloist, etc.)

  • Book your Photographer

  • Book your Videographer

  • Book your Officiant

  • Schedule premarital counseling with your pastor or a premarital counselor

See our blog on Questions you should ask a wedding DJ before hiring.

About 8 months before your Wedding

  • Rent/Buy dresses and suits for bridal party (bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc.)

  • Place an order for your wedding cake

  • Book your Caterer (if not included with venue)

  • Discuss and decide on the menu, hors-d’oeuvres, drinks, etc.

  • Book your Bartender

  • Create your RSVP List

  • Purchase and Send out ‘Save The Date’ cards

  • Plan your honeymoon (Destination, how many days, budget, etc.)

  • Book your honeymoon

About 6 months before your Wedding

  • Plan your bachelor and Bachelorette parties

  • Plan your ceremony timeline and music

  • Plan your reception timeline and music

  • Discuss plans and share logistics with all hired vendors

  • Book Limo services or other Wedding Car Company

  • Get excited because you’re halfway there

About 4 months before your Wedding

  • Look at options for flowers

  • Sort out the legalities (Registrar, Celebrant, etc.)

  • Decide on invitations, the order of service, etc.

  • Book your Hairstylist/Barber

  • Book your Makeup Artist

  • Book your Nail Technician

  • Finalize your Order of Service, Prayers, Readings etc.

  • Get even more excited

About 2 months before your Wedding

  • Choose your Wedding Rings

  • Send out your invitations

  • Attend a wedding dress fitting

  • Organize gifts for bridal party, parents etc.

  • Go for your makeup trial

One month before your Wedding

  • Contact all your suppliers and find out if everything is in order (This can be done by the wedding planner)

  • Final wedding dress fitting

  • Print the Order of Service for the ceremony

  • Print the Order of Service for the reception

  • Finalize design of the wedding cake

2 weeks before your Wedding

  • Finalize your RSVP list

  • Finalize plans with all vendors

  • Organize final payments required to be paid to your vendors and suppliers

  • Make final payments for honeymoon

One week before your Wedding

  • Provide final guest numbers to your venue and caterer

  • Get place cards and menu printed

  • Full dress and wedding rehearsal

  • Make sure that everything has been marked complete on your checklist

  • Confirm pick up times with your Limo or other Wedding Car Company

  • Pack for your honeymoon

2 days before your Wedding

  • Drop off all place cards, menus, favors etc. at your venue

  • Make last-minute table plan changes if required

  • Confirm final look of the wedding cake

  • Groom: final fitting and pick up formal wear

The day before your Wedding

  • Rehearse your ceremony with everyone involved

  • Get a good nights sleep

Woman sleeping in bed before the wedding

Your Wedding Day

  • Make sure you have the wedding rings

  • Get married

  • Dance, party and enjoy your family, friends, and guests

  • Enjoy every single moment of your special day!

  • Honeymoon time! YAY!

Whether you’re a few months away or a year from your big day, plan each stage with confidence!

Ready to start planning your wedding?