Your Ultimate Wedding Checklist

We know, a lot goes into planning a wedding!

To help you every step of the way, here’s a handy checklist.

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11–12+ Months Before  

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Using your wedding photographer for engagement pictures gives you a chance to get to know them—and vice versa—before the big day.


Decide on a wedding budget

A few things to make sure you plan for: the venue, your dress and alterations, flowers, photography, music, and invitations.

How not to blow your budget >

Discuss guest count with your fiancé

Are you hoping to have a small and intimate celebration or a grand affair? Start the guest list early because estimating the size of the wedding will help guide your budget and venue decisions.

Think about your event’s theme and colors

Start a Pinterest board and save ideas for your ceremony, reception, bridesmaid dresses, wedding cake, flowers, and more.

Explore Wedding Themes >

Wedding Checklist by David's Bridal
Using your wedding photographer for engagement pictures gives you a chance to get to know them—and vice versa—before the big day.


Consider your wedding dress options

Browse styles online and take our Dress Finder quiz on the David’s Bridal app so you can figure out what you like and start saving your favorites.

Download our app >

Hire a wedding coordinator or planner

They keep everything organized so you can simply enjoy the day. A trusted coordinator can be especially helpful for destination weddings.

FIND LOCAL WEDDING PLANNERS >

Scout ceremony & reception sites

Seek out a few venues you really like and schedule visits to see them in person.

FIND LOCAL VENUES >

Schedule your wedding gown appointment

Make your appointment online or call 1-844-400-3222. Before you head to the store, save your favorite gowns on our website or app.

MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT >

Confirm your wedding date & book your ceremony & reception venues

Read the contracts carefully and note whether you need to obtain permits or insurance.

Schedule engagement photos

Ready, set, smile! Book a photographer for engagement photos. This session will help you and your fiancé feel comfortable in front of the camera.

FIND LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS >

Order & send save the dates

Select a design that matches your theme, or pick one that spotlights your engagement photos.

SAVE THE DATES >

Enjoy your engagement celebration

Coordinate with family and friends if you want to throw an engagement party. Remember, all invitees should be on your wedding guest list.

LITTLE WHITE DRESSES >

9–10 Months Before  

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Can’t pick just one kind of cake? Many bakers let you pick a different flavor for each layer.


Pop the question: Will you be my bridesmaid?

Ask your friends to stand by your side on the big day.

BRIDESMAID GIFTS >

Choose your wedding dress

Our stylists are ready to help you find your dream wedding dress, within budget. Bring a friend or two if you’d like a second opinion!

Schedule your first dress fitting

Get the perfect fit with the help of our alterations experts. They can also personalize your dress with details like sleeves, a corset back, or a bustle.

LEARN ABOUT ALTERATIONS >

Wedding Checklist by David's Bridal
Can’t pick just one kind of cake? Many bakers let you pick a different flavor for each layer.


Order your wedding cake

Give your baker specific details and inspiration photos to ensure your cake is picture-perfect.

EXPLORE CAKE IDEAS >

Choose a color scheme

Put together a wedding palette to tie together everything from invitations to bridesmaid dresses.

EXPLORE COLOR PALETTE >

Browse bridesmaid dresses

Mark your favorite styles on our website or app, then share with your friends.

EXPLORE BRIDESMAID DRESSES >

Start a gift registry

Make a date with your fiancé to set up your gift registry. It’s a good idea to do this early on so guests can use it for the engagement party, shower, and wedding.

GIFT REGISTRY IDEAS >

Book your ceremony officiant

If you don’t have a specific officiant in mind, ask your venue to recommend one who suits your style and spirit.

7–8 Months Before  

Schedule your bridesmaid appointment

Make your wedding party appointment online or call 1-844-400-3222, and have a girls’ day out! We also have appointments for mothers of the bride and groom.

MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT >

Book your photographer & videographer

Hire pros you trust to capture beautiful memories of your special day.

FIND LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS >

Decide on a caterer

If your venue doesn’t include catering, research options and give their sample menus a try.

FIND LOCAL CATERERS >

Research music options for your ceremony & reception

From a string quartet to a rock band to your favorite playlist, music helps define the wedding’s vibe. Decide if you want live music or a DJ—or both.

FIND LOCAL VENDORS >

5–6 Months Before  

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The groom will stand out stylishly if he wears a tie that’s a different color from the groomsmen’s.


Choose wedding-day looks for the guys

Purchase or rent the groom’s tuxedo or suit, and select styles for groomsmen.

Tuxedos >

Choose your bridesmaid dresses

With so many colors and styles, there are endless ways to coordinate your bridesmaids.

BRIDESMAID DRESS IDEAS >

Arrange wedding-day transportation

Plan how your wedding party and guests will get to and from their hotel, the ceremony, and the reception.

FIND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION >

Wedding Checklist by David's Bridal
The groom will stand out stylishly if he wears a tie that’s a different color from the groomsmen’s.


Browse wedding invitations

Don’t forget to include an RSVP date on your response card! It’s best to give guests 1–2 weeks to respond after they receive the invitation.

INVITATIONS >

Decide where you’ll stay on your wedding night

Reserve a romantic honeymoon suite for your first night as a married couple.

Purchase wedding bands

Consider engraving your rings with your initials and the wedding date or words that mean something special to the two of you.

SEE PARTNER SAVINGS >

Discuss bridal shower & bachelorette party plans with your maid of honor

Even though you’re not in charge of planning these events, prepare a list of invitees for the hostess. Consider an informal celebration to thank your bridesmaids for being a part of your special day.

PRE-WEDDING EVENT OUTFITS >

Plan and book your honeymoon

Get excited for your getaway! Book early so you'll have the best options—and the best prices.

DISCOVER AMAZING ESCAPES >

3–4 Months Before  

Wedding Checklist by David's Bridal
Even if you’re having a professional do your makeup, buy a tube of your wedding-day lipstick so you’ll have the right color for touch-ups.


Book your glam squad

Schedule hair and makeup trials so you don’t have any surprises on the big day. Don’t forget to bring your veil or other hair accessories to the appointment.

FIND LOCAL STYLISTS >

Check in with bridesmaids about their dresses

Make sure your bridesmaids have ordered their dresses and accessories so they’ll arrive in time.

Go to your first bridal gown fitting

Invite your maid of honor or your mom to join you! Don’t forget to bring the undergarments and shoes you plan to wear at the wedding.

Wedding Checklist by David's Bridal
Even if you’re having a professional do your makeup, buy a tube of your wedding-day lipstick so you’ll have the right color for touch-ups.


Select wedding decorations

Pick out all the trimmings you need to make the ceremony and reception venues feel festive, including a ring pillow, guest book, and unity candles.

DECORATIONS >

Order wedding flowers

From bouquets to centerpieces, flowers add natural beauty to your wedding setting.

FIND LOCAL FLORISTS >

Finalize the details of your ceremony & reception

Choose honored guests to say readings, and give them copies of the text so they’ll have plenty of time to practice. Decide on songs and who will be singing or playing them.

Order & mail out invitations

Sending invitations 8–12 weeks before the ceremony gives guests enough time to RSVP before you need to confirm the final head count with your caterer.

SHOP INVITATIONS >

Decide on your wedding vows

Discuss whether you’ll say traditional wedding vows or write your own.

Find gifts for your wedding party

Thank your parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and flower girls with personalized gifts.

GIFTS >

Finalize the menu with your caterer

Discuss any special meal requests, and choose a signature cocktail to serve.

Decide on wedding favors

Leave your guests with something to remember the day. We have little somethings to match every wedding theme, from rustic to elegant.

FAVORS >

Plan your rehearsal dinner

Send invitations to your rehearsal dinner guests. Some couples invite only the wedding party, but it’s also a nice gesture to include out-of-town guests.

Check in with your mom & future mother-in-law about their dresses

For help picking out a style that coordinates with the party and flatters her in every way, make an appointment with a stylist.

COLOR IDEAS FOR MOM >

Order flower girl dresses

Since little girls grow fast, it’s best to shop for these styles a little closer to the date.

FLOWER GIRLS >

1–2 Months Before  

Go to your final gown fitting

Bring your shoes, lingerie, and other wedding-day accessories for one last look!

Arrange for your marriage license & request certified copies

Regulations vary by state, so check local guidelines. If you’re planning to change your name, you’ll need certified copies of your marriage license.

Create your wedding ceremony programs

Customize your wedding ceremony programs with the names of the people in your wedding party, your ceremony readings, and a note of thanks to guests for attending.

Programs >

Order stationery for the reception

Coordinate your table numbers, escort cards or place cards, menus, napkins and more.

RECEPTION STATIONERY >

Be a thoughtful host

Think about providing welcome bags and tips for out-of-towners. Consider hiring a babysitter or planning kid-friendly activities so grown-up guests can relax and enjoy the party.

2–4 Weeks Before  

Wedding Checklist by David's Bridal
A signature cocktail is a great way to introduce guests to something new. Don’t forget to give your drink a fun name!


Confirm the ceremony details with your officiant

Running through the order of the readings and other details will give you peace of mind.

Confirm the guest count & meal options

Call anyone on your guest list who hasn’t RSVP’d to find out if they’re coming.

Give your seating chart & final head count to your caterer, venue, or host

Figure out where everyone is sitting, and share the arrangement and meal counts. Don't forget to include food for the vendors like the photographer and DJ.

Wedding Checklist by David's Bridal
A signature cocktail is a great way to introduce guests to something new. Don’t forget to give your drink a fun name!


Write or print place cards & table cards

Consider displaying place cards in a fun way that corresponds to your theme. String them on lengths of twine, stand them in decorative holders—oh, the possibilities!

RECEPTION STATIONERY >

Write toasts for your rehearsal dinner & reception

If you or your fiancé will be giving a speech, jot down your thoughts so you’re prepared when it’s time to stand in front of the mic.

1 Week Before  

Prepare payments & tips for your officiant & vendors

Designate a responsible friend or relative to make sure everyone gets paid—that way you won’t have to worry at the reception. A handwritten thank-you note is always a nice touch.

Put together a wedding-day schedule

Send guests an email with a schedule of the day’s events, directions, and any transportation info.

Ask your bridal party to help with wedding-day tasks

Friends can distribute wedding programs, welcome guests, encourage guest book signatures, fasten your bustle after the ceremony, deliver payments or info to vendors, and transport gifts.

Confirm transportation, deliveries, & the wedding-day schedule with vendors

Double-check one last time that your baker, florist, photographer, and other vendors know where to go and what time to be there.

1 Day Before  

Head to the spa

Invite your bridesmaids to get mani-pedis or massages.

SEE PARTNER SAVINGS >

Rehearse the ceremony & enjoy the rehearsal dinner

Run through the order of events to ensure everything goes smoothly on the actual day. At the rehearsal dinner, give your parents and party their gifts.

Day Of  

Enjoy your wedding day!

Soak up every moment of the incredible celebration you planned.

Post Wedding  

Officially change your name & update important documents

If you’ve decided to make the switch, a name change service can streamline the process.

SEE PARTNER SAVINGS >

Preserve your wedding dress

Turn your gown into a keepsake after the wedding by having it preserved. Cleaning is included in the process, and you can also include your veil and other accessories.

GOWN PRESERVATION KIT >

Deposit checks & cash gifts

Some banks are strict about the names on the account, so now is a good time to set up a joint account.

Send thank-you notes

A personal thank-you note is always appreciated! Aim to put them in the mail within two months of your wedding.

THANK-YOU NOTES >

Create a wedding album

Photo books make great gifts for parents and grandparents.


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Find your style, stay in budget

Our stylists can help put together a look that
checks all the boxes.

Find your style, stay in budget

Our stylists can help put together a look that checks all the boxes.