These Franklin, Tennessee Wedding Photographers think that this checklist will help you tremendously as you are planning your wedding.

Certainly, planning a wedding involves many details to consider. Here's a general wedding checklist to help guide you through the process. Keep in mind that your specific needs might vary, so feel free to customize this list accordingly:

12-18 Months Before:

  • Set a Budget: Determine how much you're willing to spend on your wedding and allocate funds to different aspects.
  • Create a Guest List: Decide on the number of guests you'll invite. This will impact your venue choice and other arrangements.
  • Choose a Date and Venue: Select a wedding date and book your ceremony and reception venues.
  • Hire a Wedding Planner (if desired): A wedding planner can help with coordination and logistics.
  • Research Vendors: Start looking for and booking vendors such as photographers, videographers, caterers, florists, and musicians.
  • Start Dress Shopping: Begin looking for your wedding dress and the attire for the bridal party.
  • Send Save the Dates: If your wedding is a destination or during a busy season, send out save the date cards.

8-12 Months Before:

  • Choose Bridal Party: Decide who will be part of your bridal party and ask them to join.
  • Order Invitations: Design and order your wedding invitations.
  • Plan Accommodations: If needed, arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests.
  • Book Officiant: If you're not having a religious wedding, book an officiant or celebrant.
  • Taste Testing: Schedule tastings with your chosen caterer.
  • Book Music and Entertainment: Secure a DJ, band, or other entertainment for the reception.
  • Register: Create a wedding registry for gifts.
  • Book Transportation: Arrange transportation for you and your bridal party, if necessary.

6-8 Months Before:

  • Order Wedding Rings: Choose and order your wedding bands.
  • Finalize Guest List: Lock in your final guest list.
  • Plan Rehearsal Dinner: Organize the rehearsal dinner for the night before the wedding.
  • Book Honeymoon: Plan and book your honeymoon.
  • Select Attire: Finalize your wedding dress and bridal party attire.
  • Hair and Makeup Trials: Schedule trials with hair and makeup artists.
  • Arrange Rentals: Rent any necessary items such as chairs, tables, and linens.

4-6 Months Before:

  • Send Invitations: Mail out wedding invitations.
  • Plan Ceremony: Decide on readings, vows, and other ceremony details.
  • Finalize Menus: Work with your caterer to finalize the menu.
  • Apply for Marriage License: Obtain your marriage license from the appropriate authority.
  • Plan Seating Arrangements: Create seating arrangements for the reception.
  • Schedule Fittings: Arrange for dress fittings and alterations.
  • Book Beauty Services: Book hair and makeup services for the wedding day.

2-4 Months Before:

  • RSVP Tracking: Keep track of RSVPs and meal preferences.
  • Finalize Timeline: Work with vendors to finalize the wedding day timeline.
  • Gifts: Purchase gifts for your bridal party, parents, and each other.
  • Plan Wedding Party Attire: Ensure that all members of the bridal party have their attire ready.
  • Confirm Vendors: Double-check arrangements and details with all vendors.

1 Month Before:

  • Final Meetings: Have final meetings with vendors to confirm details.
  • Finalize Payments: Make final payments to vendors.
  • Pack for the Honeymoon: Start packing for your honeymoon.
  • Confirm Timeline: Go over the wedding day timeline with your wedding party.

1 Week Before:

  • Confirm Details: Confirm all details with vendors one last time.
  • Delegate Tasks: Assign tasks to trusted friends or family for the wedding day.
  • Wedding Rehearsal: Have a wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

Wedding Day:

  • Get Married!

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Remember that this checklist is a guideline, and you should adjust it based on your own preferences, timeline, and priorities. Planning a wedding can be both exciting and overwhelming, so don't hesitate to ask for help from friends, family, or professionals if needed. Good luck and enjoy your special day!


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