Wedding Checklist: 3 Reasons Why You Need One

Confession time: I've been MAJORLY slacking in the wedding planning department.  As in, I needed a DJ/Band like yesterday.

Okay, maybe not that bad, but I really haven't made any huge vendor decisions since I left for Australia...in JanuaryYikes.

Maybe it was just the excitement of going to Aussie, then coming home and celebrating Mardi Gras, all while throwing myself into full-time job search mode?  I don't know.  But whatever it is needs to stop, because it has thrown me into a somewhat indecisive state.  And that's a scary place for any bride.

That's why my goal for this week was to create and share with you the wedding timeline checklist that I've been using.  I know that sharing something to help keep you all organized for your wedding is just the motivation I need to keep up on mine!  Sadly, my main goal for this wedding (besides marrying my love) was to be as organized as possible.  I didn't really want a week or two to slide by without me having done something wedding related.  And, well, aside from browsing Instagram and Pinterest for ideas, that's exactly what has happened.  <insert obligatory sad face>

A word to the wise?  Make wedding planning a priority- even if you are vacationing on the other side of the world!  Trust me, it will creep up on you!  However, I am quite proud of myself for securing most of my essential vendors before my trip to Aussie.  Go me.


The first page of my free wedding checklist!  (You can click on it to download.)

The first page of my free wedding checklist!  (You can click on it to download.)

Why Do You Need a Wedding Checklist?

A wedding checklist is beneficial for any bride, both DIY and not.  Even if you are hiring a professional planner, having your own wedding checklist will keep you on task and aware of all the progress you are making.  And for worrywarts like me, that will definitely give you some peace of mind.  Bonus!

1).  Staying on track

A wedding checklist is a lot like a goal sheet- just like writing your goals down for New Year's, having a wedding to-do list on paper will make you more accountable for getting things done.  This is especially true if you put the list somewhere that you will see it everyday!

2).  Focus

On top of staying on track, a wedding checklist will give you focus to complete the right things at the right time.  This will help you plan and better allocate time to the things you really want to do (or have to).  Like what?  Well, that's completely up to you.  Maybe you have a big deadline at work that will be needing all your focus during a certain month.  Or maybe, like me, you have a special trip planned and will need to have a list of important things to do that can't wait until you return.  The more focused your planning, the less chance for essential items to be skipped over, which means...

3).  Less Stress

When you are on track and focused, you will be more organized and less stressed out about the task at hand.  And let me tell you, ladies, it is a domino effect.  The less stressed you are, the more pleasant you are, meaning less bickering with your fiance/Mom/MOH/etc.  Also, less stress equals better mental clarity.  So long, scatterbrain!  Think of it this way: do you want to remember your wedding planning experience as a stressful, negative time in your life?  Definitely not. 

The Printable

My goal for this checklist was to not only outline a solid guide for your wedding timeline, but to also give you a more detailed format than some of the other checklists floating around out there.  Personally, I can't deal checklists that give you a list of things to do between "9-12 months to go."  No way.  I'll take mine month-to-month, thank you very much. 

If you're more detail oriented (and crave organization, like me), then this printable is for you!  I tried to make this checklist as inclusive as possible, even including a timeline for Second Line booking! 

You can click here to download the file.


Plan of Action

Use this checklist as your jumping off point to starting the planning process.  I would:

  1. Read over this checklist and decide if there is anything on it that isn't relevant to your wedding.  Cross it off.  (Feels good already, right!?)
  2. If you haven't already done so, start thinking about your budget.  Figure out anyone who may be planning on pitching in financially (parents, grandparents, etc.) and discuss with them.  This will help streamline some of the process.
  3. After deciding on a budget, think about whether or not you would like to hire a professional wedding planner, and if your budget will allow it.
  4. In the comments below, share the number one item on the list that YOU think will be most challenging to accomplish.  Better yet, find me on Instagram or Twitter (@NewlyNOLABride) and tell me what will be your biggest planning challenge!  #weddingchecklistchallenge

That's it for now, friends!  Was this post helpful?  Show a fellow bride some love and let me know in the comments section below!  I love hearing your feedback.

Until next time,

-The NOLA Bride