A good wedding checklist organizes items by category or timeline leading up to the event. The list includes all necessary actions and groups them under categories such as apparel, flowers, stationery, reception and gifts and flowers. Ceremony, rehearsal dinner, photography, rings and honeymoon are also important parts of a checklist.
Another way to develop a good wedding checklist is to organize the list by when the couple, coordinator or other helpers must complete each item. For example, activities more than nine months out would include working out a budget, picking the wedding party, starting a guest list, reserving dates at venues and booking an officiant.
As time for the event gets closer, the couple should book a photographer, entertainment, caterers and a florist. They must purchase a dress and invitations, choose dresses for the bridesmaids, order the cake, choose the music, and schedule hair and makeup appointments.
At two to three months out, it's time finalize things such as flowers and the order of the ceremony. This is also the time to print menus and programs and send out the invitations. About one month before the wedding, they should obtain the marriage license and write vows, if necessary.
During the week of the ceremony, the couple reconfirms times and details with vendors, picks up the dress and packs for the honeymoon.