12 Month Wedding Planning Checklist For Grooms-To-Be

Congratulations! You have popped the question and she has said Yes! Now begins the countdown to the bridal event. So roll up your sleeves and start doing some planning, dear grooms! To make things easy for you, we have a handy 12 month wedding planning checklist for you…

12-9 Months before the big day

  • Pick out the engagement and/or wedding rings/bands
  • Announce the news to family and friends
  • Draw up a budget and make initial lists
  • Select and finalize the wedding date
  • Choose and reserve wedding/reception venues
  • Select/ask groomsmen/best man
  • Reserve wedding and pre-wedding photographer/videographer

 6-9 Months before the big day

  • Reserve the wedding and reception venues and select the menu for both
  • Book the wedding entertainer/DJ/Band
  • Compile wedding guest list
  • Plan engagement photo-shoot
  • Discuss honeymoon location/plans with your partner
  • Block hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
  • Select wedding invitations
  • Select and send save-the-date cards

4-6 Months before the big day

  • Choose and order wedding clothing
  • Make gift registry list
  • Finalize wedding guest list
  • Start facial/hair treatments
  • Finalize honeymoon plans – get passport, visa, and other travel documents in order
  • Arrange wedding transportation

2-3 Months before the big day

  • Purchase gifts for bride, groomsmen, family members etc
  • Purchase attire for the rehearsal dinner
  • Order rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Choose songs for the wedding
  • Create information packets for out-of-town guests (when not included already on the invites) containing information about places to see, things to do, transportation etc
  • Apply for marriage license


6-8 Weeks before the big day

  • Send out wedding invitations
  • Confirm tuxedo/suit measurements
  • Buy wedding shoes and break them in. Buy accessories like cuff links, etc.
  • Complete facial/hair treatments


1 Month before the big day

  • Pick up the wedding bands
  • Send out rehearsal dinner invites


2-3 Weeks before the big day

  • Call up vendors and confirm last minute details
  • Confirm transportation arrangements and arrange wedding getaway car decorations
  • Finalize honeymoon reservations
  • Confirm final guest count to caterer and venue manager
  • Assign wedding day tasks to friends/family members


1 Week before the big day

  • Enjoy the rehearsal dinner
  • Finish last minute packing
  • Lay out the clothes, shoes and accessories you need for the wedding


A day before the wedding

  • Finalize last minute details
  • Relax and try to go to bed at a decent hour


On the Big Day

  • Arrive at the venue on time
  • Check details like rings (give them to the ring bearers) and marriage license
  • Get married and enjoy the day!

Main image courtesy of Rima Hassan Photography

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