The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Bridal Party
Choose your bridal party early to give them plenty of time to make plans and budget for wedding expenses.

9-12 Months Before Wedding

  • Set wedding date
  • Determine budget
  • Start on guest list
  • Select bridal party
  • Create Pinterest boards for inspiration
  • Book vendors: venue, photographer, caterer, officiant, music


Wedding Dresses
What’s your style? Give yourself lots of time to find the perfect dress!

6-9 Months Before Wedding

  • Start shopping for wedding dress
  • Mail Save the Dates
  • Register for gifts
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Book hair & makeup appointments
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out of town guests
  • Start planning honeymoon


If you’re looking for details like foil imprint, embossed ink or letterpress, allow several months for invitation production.  

4-6 Months Before Wedding

  • Plan rehearsal dinner
  • Shop for bridal party attire (don’t forget kids & tuxes for the guys!)
  • Purchase wedding bands
  • Arrange wedding transportation
  • Finalize details with all vendors­—depending on your venue, see what they
    provide vs. what you will need to get from Dot’s Rentals. Let one of our friendly associates help you choose table linens, chairs & sashes, serving pieces, and decor and go ahead and reserve what you’ll need for your big day!
Think outside of the box. Tiny succulents make great wedding favors!

2-4 Months Before Wedding

  • Purchase accessories to wear with gown (shoes, jewelry, etc.)
  • Get wedding invitations printed
  • Get marriage license (check your specific state for timelines,  in Texas there is a waiting period of 72 hours after license is issued & license is valid for 90 days; in Arkansas there is no waiting period & license is valid for 60 days)


4-8 Weeks Before Wedding

  • Mail out invitations
  • Plan the order of the ceremony (optional: Print wedding programs. Don’t forget to include your wedding hashtag so guests can share their photos.)
  • Make a reception timeline
  • Order guest favors and/or bridal party gifts
Planning a shot list helps your wedding photographer make sure he/she captures the wedding moments that are the most important to you: for example, that romantic first dance.

2-4 Weeks Before Wedding

  • Call anyone who hasn’t RSVP’d
  • Work on seating chart
  • Pick up dress
  • Finalize guest list
  • Write vows or approve with officiant
  • Finalize shot list with photographer
  • Confirm times & details with all vendors. Make sure Dot’s Rentals knows whether you are picking up or need rentals delivered to your venue.

Week of Wedding

  • Get a manicure/pedicure
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Get married!

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