Wedding Checklist – To Make Your Occasion Perfect!

A good planning is the mantra to Success for almost everything. So for a wedding to be a complete success, planning needs to be started months in advance. Preparing a wedding checklist is the most precise and organized way to plan for it, and since it’s a checklist that covers almost every aspect and every event of the wedding, ‘Time’ is the important entity that is to be kept in mind while making the Checklist more accurate.

The following things are the checklist points that are created with hypothetically taking marriage to happen after 6 months, and Time duration may exceed or may be less in different scenarios. So if you have six or more months in your wedding, here goes the list.

Girl making online wedding checklist

6 or More months Before Marriage

  1. Decide the wedding date
  2. Make a list of all the events that you want to have – Roka, Engagement, Cocktail party, Sangeet, Jagran… its your occassion, after all!
  3. Decide your wedding budget
  4. Prepare a list of all the guests and know the estimated count

5 Months Before Marriage

  1. Finalize the wedding venue
  2. Decide the wedding theme
  3. Start looking at invitation card designs.
  4. Make a list of all the items and quantity that you have to shop for, like Bridal Lehnga, Jewellery, Gifts for Relatives, Groom Sherwani….Etc
  5. If you wish to settle out of India, find out about marriage registration and license

4 Months Before Marriage

  1. Finalize the Caterers
  2. Finalize the Florists for decoration of the venue and your home.
  3. Select and finalize your wedding invitation card.
  4. Make a list of all the out of town guests who will be coming and decide upon their accommodation setting
  5. Choose a Honeymoon destination and make all the proper arrangements like renewing passports and getting the Visas.
  6. Start shopping for the Wedding Dress including all the attires that are to be worn on Reception and other ceremonies like, Sangeet, Mehndi etc.
  7. Shop for Jewelry, footwear and other accessories that are needed.
  8. Start taking the pre-bridal sessions from your beauty parlor

2 Months Before Marriage

  1. Make hotel booking at your honeymoon destination.
  2. Book travel tickets (airfare/railways) for Honeymoon.
  3. Finalize the photographer for your wedding, confirm by paying an advance.
  4. Finalize the band that will play in marriage.
  5. Decide on the meal menu of caterers

Wedding Checklist

1 Month Before Marriage

  1. Start distributing the wedding Invitation Cards
  2. Make stay arrangements for out of town relatives/guests. Book hotels/guesthouses if required
  3. Make travel arrangements for your guests – book their tickets if required
  4. Decide the pundit ji / priest/ officiant who will perform the marriage rituals
  5. Hire a choreographer for sangeet (optional)
  6. Book the mehndi wala for ‘Mehndi ki Raat’.
  7. Book a beauty parlor / makeup artist for your bridal make up

18 Days Before Marriage

  1. Decorate your home with lights and flowers
  2. Book Mithai/fruits/dryfruits from vendors
  3. Book lights or any other audiovisual equipment you might want to rent.
  4. Decide the DJ and music for Bachelor party/mehndi/ sangeet ceremony.
  5. Check all your clothes’ fittings : Suits/Blouse/Dresses/Sherwani/Wedding Lehnga (case) etc and see if any of them needs alterations/exchange
  6. Confirm all honeymoon travel plans (including hotel booking, transportation to airport etc)
  7. Arrange and Organize your visa and passports, traveler cheque, foreign currency(if required)

One Day Before Wedding

  1. Get the Facial, Manicure & Pedicure done.
  2. Assign somebody as a Bride’s maid and Groom’s man to take care of the Gifts and envelops.
  3. Check the last minute arrangements for Honeymoon.
  4. Get the wedding dress ready

On The Wedding Day

  1. Get the hair & make-up done by your stylist.
  2. Get Dressed.
  3. Get Married.

Also Read : The 9 Do’s And Dont’s Of Wedding Planning

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  • HIMANSHU YADAV November 21, 2013

    The first and foremost important thing when you start planning a wedding is to make a check list. Really liked the way you have described it month wise.

  • AABHAS SHARMA December 6, 2013

    Making a checklist always assures you that you are not forgetting anything and all the work is being done on time as scheduled. Chances of getting fumbled up reduces to bare minimum. Since lots of work is to be managed in wedding I guess making a checklist is by far the 1st and most important work to do.

  • Divya Shahi December 15, 2013

    Making a checklist is I guess 1 of the most imp. thing to execute a task in a perfect way. So I really liked the things mentioned above.

  • Avantika Sahni December 23, 2013

    Wowww…!!! nice way to plan the wedding. Instead of pen down everything, it is nice to keep it saved on your pc so that there is no chance of loosing the papers and missing any important work. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Raviesha Kapoor January 28, 2014

    My wedding is on 5th dec 2014. Going through the procedure mentioned is really helping a lot. I have already registered myself on this site and maintained my checklist and now I am sure there is no scope of getting messed up for “The Wedding Day..!!!” (lets hope!)

  • Niranjan June 29, 2015

    These tips should be kept in mind as making a checklist is the most important work during a wedding so that we do not forget anything. Forgetting any small thing during the preparation leads to big problems. So making a checklist is very useful in the preparation of a wedding.

  • Swayam July 15, 2015

    Most useful and important blog till date.

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