A wedding checklist should include all booking, shopping and budget concerns for the wedding. Wedding planning should start at least 12 months prior to the date.
The first stage on a wedding event planner checklist should include pre-planning such as picking a wedding date, researching ceremony sites and registering for gifts.
The next stage should be eight to 10 months before the wedding. This checklist should include selecting the wedding party, working on the budget, starting the guest list and reserving the venue. This stage also includes research on photographers, bands, florists and caterers.
Six to eight months out, the checklist includes booking items for photographers, bands, florists and caterers. This is when bride and bridesmaid dresses are ordered and save-the-date cards sent out.
From four to six months before the wedding, the list includes buying invitations, arranging transportation and accommodation for out of town guests, and ordering wedding rings. Order the groom's and groomsmen's suits at this stage and research the wedding cake.
At three months, the scheduling includes details such as booking a hairdresser, ordering the wedding cake and ordering wedding favors. At the two-month mark, the list includes mailing invitations, finalizing plans with all vendors and writing vows. One month out, finalize all details and apply for a marriage license.
Two weeks out, review the guest list and start delegating small tasks. One week out, pick up everything associated with the wedding and reconfirm the timeline with all vendors and the bridal party.