Basic Wedding Planning Checklist

A wedding planning checklist is a valuable tool indeed…but where to start? If you’re recently engaged or just getting started down the path to your wedding day, your head is probably swimming with the endless ideas,  suggestions from friends and family trying to be helpful, budget considerations and probably some scary thoughts about how you’re going to get it all done!  Never fear…the basics are the same no matter what the details may be.  Make planning your wedding in Rome, Cartersville, Calhoun, Dalton, Dallas, Bremen and Douglasville GA a breeze!

This basic checklist is simply an organizational tool to  help you sort your thoughts as you begin. No matter what size, type, theme, budget or location of your wedding, this checklist will help you begin thinking about the order of events and some of the items to be considered for each:


  • Engagement photo and announcement
  • Pick a date


  • Engagement Announcements
  • Save the Date
  • Shower Invitations
  • Wedding Invitations
  • Thank you notes
  • Place Cards
  • Programs
  • Napkins

Rehearsal Dinner

  • Location/Facility
  • Determine budget
  • Menu
  • Caterer
  • Who is paying?
  • Decorations
  • Guest list

Ceremony may require:

  • Marriage License & Certificate
  • Choose an Officiant
  • Wedding Rings
  • Music
  • Decorations: pew bows, flowers, bouquets, wedding arch, candles, ring pillow, aisle runner
  • Transportation
  • Parking
  • Photographer
  • Seating


  • Venue
  • Caterer
  • Menu
  • Bartender
  • Decorations
  • Outdoor Wedding contingency plan
  • Party rentals: tent, tables, chairs, flatware, linens, etc.
  • Music
  • Parking
  • Serving Staff
  • Wedding Cake


  • Bridal Bouquet
  • Throw Away Bouquet
  • Bridesmaids Bouquet
  • Headpieces
  • Alter Arrangements
  • Boutonnieres
  • Pew Bows
  • Corsages
  • Flower Petals – Flower Girl