The Ultimate White Wedding Checklist

Planning your wedding just got a little bit easier!

Planning a wedding takes time, patience, and most of all, a comprehensive and detailed list! We’ve created the Ultimate White Wedding Checklist to help you stay on track leading up to your white wedding and make sure you don’t forget a thing.

Prefer to print out the checklist and fill it out by hand? No worries! You can download it as a PDF below.

When you get engaged (12 or more months before)

  • Make a Pinterest board
  • Settle on your wedding budget
  • Book wedding planner (optional)
  • Start compiling your guest list
  • Narrow down potential wedding dates to 2 or 3
  • Research wedding and reception venues & wedding vendors
  • Schedule engagement photo shoot
  • Contact us about starting on your wedding website
  • Start looking at wedding dress and wedding style inspiration
  • Research and hire photographer
  • Book wedding dress designer/ Start shopping for your dress
  • Research second dress styles and designers
  • Finalize wedding date and venue
  • Start contacting hotels for discounts for out of town guests
  • Choose your bridal team
  • Research florist and caterers

8 to 10 months before

  • Finalize wedding website details
  • Book wedding venue and reception
  • Book desired specialty vendors
  • Look for officiant
  • Book desired florist, caterer and cake baker
  • Create gift registry
  • Finalize hotel discounts for out of town guests
  • Send out save the dates
  • Book officiant
  • Finalize guest list
  • Book second dress designer
  • Choose bridesmaids dress style and accessories
  • Book Bridesmaids dress designer
  • Research and book DJ and MC for wedding reception
  • Research and book makeup artist and hair stylist

6 to 8 months before

  • Order any hair accessories and jewelry
  • Plan and book your honeymoon
  • Decide on wedding cake style and flavor
  • Research wedding favour
  • Choose groom and groomsmen’s attire
  • Book any transportation to and from venue
  • Purchase wedding bands
  • Research wedding invitation designers
  • Update gift registry

4 to 6 months before

  • Order wedding invitations
  • Order wedding cake
  • Consult a wedding decorator
  • Book accommodation for wedding night
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotel
  • Schedule dress fittings
  • Decide on a playlist for DJ (including a DO NOT play list)
  • Order wedding favours
  • Attend premarital counselling and get health checks done

3 months before

  • Finalize timeline for ceremony and reception
  • Finalize wedding décor (mock table etc)
  • Order bridal party gifts
  • Book wedding day transport
  • Finalize reception menu with caterer
  • Order menu cards
  • Look for wedding undergarments
  • Update your gift registry one last time

2 months before

  • Send out invitations
  • Organize RSVPs from your website
  • Write wedding vows (if you are writing your own)
  • Review ceremony details with officiant
  • Decide on content for the program
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Create a schedule for your wedding day and distribute to vendors
  • Wedding dress first fitting
  • Buy wedding under garments
  • Bridesmaids dress fittings
  • Second dress fitting
  • Decide on bouquets with florist

1 month before

  • Attend final dress fitting (with lingerie and shoes)
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations and pack
  • Check with vendors and confirm details
  • Pick up marriage license
  • Order thank you notes
  • Pick up wedding dress

1 to 2 weeks before

  • Follow up with guests who have not RSVPd
  • Give final headcount to caterer
  • Make sure musicians/ DJ have playlists
  • Prep hair and skin
  • Have final payments and cash tips on hand for vendors
  • Provide readers script for readings
  • Deliver must have images to videographer and photographer
  • Pick up second dress
  • Pick up bridesmaids dresses

The Night Before

  • Lay out and pack wedding day essentials (wedding dress, rings, marriage license)
  • Get mani/pedi
  • Attend wedding rehearsal
  • Get your beauty sleep!

On the Big Day

  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Give best man/maid of honour wedding rings and officiant fee
  • Hair and makeup
  • Have fun!