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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

The experts at Platinum Bridals, one of the best bridal shops in Denver, CO, also know a thing or two about wedding planning. Here's the ultimate wedding checklist that covers all the essential tasks and details so you can plan a stress-free wedding.

Stay organized with this comprehensive list.


12-18 Months Before the Wedding

  1. Determine your budget and establish a plan.

  2. Create a guest list and gather contact information.

  3. Choose a wedding theme or style.

  4. Research and book the ceremony and reception venues.

  5. Hire a wedding planner if desired.

  6. Start looking for wedding dresses and suits.

  7. Book key vendors like photographers, videographers, caterers, florists, and entertainment.

  8. Book accommodations for guests who are flying in.


9-12 Months Before the Wedding

  1. Finalize the guest list.

  2. Send save-the-date cards.

  3. Select and order the wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, and groomsmen attire.

  4. Arrange transportation for the wedding day.

  5. Plan the ceremony and reception decor.

  6. Book additional vendors: cake baker, officiant, hair and makeup artist.

  7. Start planning the honeymoon and ensure passports and travel documents are up to date.

6-9 Months Before the Wedding

  1. Choose and order wedding invitations.

  2. Arrange for any necessary permits or licenses.

  3. Plan the wedding ceremony details.

  4. Plan the reception timeline and select music.

  5. Attend menu tastings and finalize the catering details.

  6. Order wedding rings.

  7. Arrange accommodations for the wedding night.

  8. Start planning the rehearsal dinner.


3-6 Months Before the Wedding

  1. Send out wedding invitations.

  2. Choose and order wedding favors and decorations.

  3. Plan the seating arrangement and create a seating chart.

  4. Schedule dress fittings and alterations

  5. Confirm all vendor bookings and review contracts.

  6. Plan the wedding ceremony readings and vows.

  7. Create a wedding registry.

1-3 Months Before the Wedding

  1. Finalize the menu and drink selections.

  2. Schedule and attend final dress fittings.

  3. Create a detailed timeline for the wedding day.

  4. Confirm all vendor details, including arrival and setup times.

  5. Apply for a marriage license.

  6. Send the final guest count to the caterer and finalize seating arrangements.

  7. Plan any additional pre-wedding events, such as a bridal shower or bachelor/bachelorette party.


1-2 Weeks Before the Wedding

  1. Confirm all details with vendors one last time.

  2. Pack for the honeymoon.

  3. Finalize the seating chart and place cards.

  4. Provide the final headcount to the venue and caterer.

  5. Create a wedding-day emergency kit.

  6. Try your wedding shoes.

  7. Pick up the wedding rings.


On the Wedding Day

  1. Relax, enjoy, and cherish the moments!

  2. Have a designated point person for vendors and last-minute details.

  3. Get ready, have your hair and makeup done, and get dressed.

  4. Exchange vows and celebrate with family and friends.

  5. Dance, eat, and make lasting memories.


After the Wedding

  1. Send thank-you notes to guests and maybe even vendors.

  2. Preserve your wedding dress or suit.

  3. Return any rented items.

  4. Review and organize your wedding photos and videos.

  5. Update your legal documents if necessary.


Live happily ever after!

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