25 Tasks To Cross Off Your Wedding Checklist Before The New Year

Nov 1, 2016

Are you feeling overwhelmed that your wedding is next year and fast approaching? Sometimes all of the to-dos that come before the I Dos can feel like more than one person can handle. Thats why weve put together a list of small tasks that you can cross off your wedding checklist before the first of the year.


  1. If you havent already, create a shortlist of venues as top contenders for your ceremony and reception, or pull the trigger on one that youve had your eye on.
  2. Set a date.
  3. Start a wedding website.
  4. Set up a wedding registry for you and your future spouse.
  5. Choose a location for your engagement photo session. Think of somewhere with emotional significance to you and your fiance.
  6. Choose your wedding colors
  7. Gather wedding inspiration from wedding blogs, vendor directories like The Knot and WeddingWire, and Pinterest, of course!
  8. Finalize your bridesmaid and groomsmen roster.
  9. Brainstorm creative ways to ask your friends to be in your bridal party (for some groomsmen ideas, read Six Epic Groomsmen Gifts for Your Best Guys).
  10. Make a list of the vendors you still need to hire, and send some inquiry emails about your date.
  11. Meet with an officiant.
  12. Choose which type of music you envision for the ceremony.
  13. Brainstorm wedding favor ideas you like!
  14. Throw some ideas around with your fiance about honeymoon destinations (Its never too early to get the creative juices flowing!).
  15. Get started on your guest list (youre going to need the headcount for future planning!).
  16. Shop for your wedding dress. Schedule a fitting, and browse the styles before you head to your appointment to test the waters.
  17. Schedule appointments with caterers.
  18. Reserve hotel blocks for out of town guests.
  19. Research save the date designs you like.
  20. Check your budget to make sure youre staying on track.
  21. Think about purchasing wedding insurance, or check with your venue about liability insurance.
  22. Make a short list of Cake Designers and schedule cake tastings.
  23. Arrange and book any necessary transportation for the day-of.
  24. Create a timeline for next year that will keep track of the big wedding planning steps.
  25. Still feeling overwhelmed by your wedding checklist and looking for a hand with the bigger wedding planning steps? Research wedding planners in the area! K&Bs sister company, Moore and Co. Events, can help you navigate any of the tasks above.