Wedding Planner Checklist

November 9, 2018

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12+ Months


Choose a wedding date

Determine your budget

Consider a wedding planner!

Choose the style of your wedding

Pick your wedding party

Schedule engagement party and photos

Start compiling a guest list

Research venues for ceremony and receptions

Research wedding dresses and plan to shop

Create and order save the dates

Hire a wedding planner


10-12 Months


Create a wedding website

Mail the save the dates

Research florists

Book ceremony and reception venues

Book officiant

Book desired vendors

Purchase wedding dress and veil


8-10 Months


Research hotels near your venue and reserve a block of rooms

Finalize guest list

Choose bridesmaid attire and accessories

Register for gifts

Book florist


6-8 Months


Decide on wedding cake style and flavor

Research wedding favors

Research hair and makeup; book stylist

Meet with your officiant and plan ceremony

Start planning honeymoon

Choose grooms and groomsmen attire

Book transportation to and from venue

Purchase wedding bands

Book rehearsal dinner venue

Research wedding invitations



4-6 Months


Order wedding invitations

Order wedding cake

Book accomodations for wedding

Book honeymoon

Work with florist to decide on flowers

Plan welcome bags

Schedule dress fittings and alterations

Decide on a playlist and a “do not play” list

Order favors


3 Months


Purchase wedding decor

Order gifts for your bridal party

Finalize reception menu

Order menu cards

Order rehearsal dinner invitation


2 Months


Mail invitations

Collect and organize RSVPs

Write wedding vows

Apply for marriage license

Finalize seating arrangement

Create a wedding day schedule for vendors

Order welcome bags


1 Month






1-2 weeks

Review ceremony with officiant

Finalize timeline for ceremony and reception

Get final haircut/color

Have final payments and cash tips on hand for all vendors

Provide readers scripts for readings

Deliver must have image lists to your photographer/videographer


Day before

Make sure all vendors have been updated

Pack for your wedding day

Deliver welcome bags to hotels

Attend wedding rehearsal and dinner



Day of

Eat healthy breakfast

Give best man the wedding rings

Start hair and makeup




Amy McLaughlin Lifestyles is a wedding planning, design and production firm based in Newburyport, Massachusetts and serving all of New England. AML magical memories on a global scale for a diverse set of clients that have included private individuals, socialites, royalty, red-carpet celebrities and captains of industry. Their expertise lies in not only planning and executing weddings, but creating iconic experiences for our clients and their guests.

For couples with grand visions and high expectations. AML is an all-inclusive wedding planning firm. Branding your wedding, designing invitations, hiring the most perfect vendors, creating your wedding website, designing the most breathtaking florals. These services and more...all provided by one firm, thus creating a seamless design.


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