12 Month Wedding Checklist for Toronto Brides

12 Months Out

  • Set a budget
  • First draft of guest list
  • Set your priorities
  • Assign planning tasks
  • Create an email account
  • Create a hashtag
  • Decide formality
  • Start a Pinterest board
  • Select an overall theme
  • Pick possible dates
  • Research venues and caterers
  • Research photographers
  • Create a question list for vendors
  • Book venue tours
  • Book calls with photographers


10 Months Out

  • Book venue and caterer
  • Have a "rain" plan
  • Purchase wedding insurance
  • Research alcohol permits
  • Menu tastings
  • Book your photographer
  • Engagement photoshoot
  • Second draft of guest list
  • Finalize colour palette
  • Choose wedding party
  • Start dress shopping
  • Begin your wedding website
  • Research guest accommodations
  • Research florists and DJs


8 Months Out

  • Order your dress
  • Start dance lessons
  • Design Save the Dates
  • Finalize guest list
  • Finalize style and colours
  • Plan bridesmaid attire
  • Plan groomsmen attire
  • Research rentals and officiants
  • Find guest accommodations
  • Book florist and DJ


6 Months Out

  • Gift registry
  • Finalize menu selections
  • Complete wedding website
  • Dress fitting
  • Order bridal party attire
  • Meet with florist
  • Research cake, and hair + makeup
  • Book officiant and bartenders
  • Reserve rental items
  • Start planning your honeymoon


4 Months Out

  • Finalize drink selection
  • Finalize linen selection
  • Thrift shop for decor
  • Book transportation for guests
  • Book hair and makeup
  • Book dessert
  • Book honeymoon
  • Book time off work for wedding day and honeymoon
  • Purchase wedding bands
  • Hair and makeup trial
  • Groomsmen attire fittings
  • Start organizing seating chart
  • Plan guest book, welcome table etc.


2 Months Out

  • Bridal shower
  • Send invitations
  • Plan or order wedding favours
  • Meet with most vendors
  • Send song selections to DJ
  • Send photo requests to photographer
  • Floral mock-up with florist
  • Final dress fitting
  • Research marriage license
  • Final details list
  • Create a list of everything you need to bring on the day
  • Buy wedding party gifts
  • Purchase small items (cake topper, guest book etc.)
  • Practice first dance and parent dances


1 Month Out

  • Bachelorette Party
  • Call guests who haven't RSVP'ed
  • Finalize seating chart
  • Order reception stationary (menus, table numbers, seating chart)
  • Finalize guest count
  • Write out a final timeline
  • Communicate wth caterer about food selections
  • Finalize ceremony flow
  • Pick up marriage license
  • Write vows
  • Wedding dress undergarments


2 Weeks Out

  • Beauty treatments
  • Send out contact lists and timeline to wedding party and vendors
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Message any vendors that haven't reached out
  • Delegate responsibilities for wedding day
  • Pack emergency kit
  • Wrap gifts for bridal party, spouse, and parents
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner
  • Practice first dance with partner


3 Days Out

  • Prepare vendor payment envelopes (with tips)
  • Hair treatment
  • Mani + pedi
  • Edible DIYs!
  • Confirm transportation accommodations
  • Practice walking in shoes
  • Confirm timeline with important people
  • Print out hard-copy of timeline, contact list, shot list, and vows
  • Prepare dress
  • Communicate with venue if you're doing an outdoor or indoor ceremony


1 Day Out

  • Ceremony rehearsal
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Decorate reception area (if you have access to venue)
  • Decorate ceremony space
  • Give tips to Day of Coordinator
  • Give marriage license to officiant
  • Hand off rings to trusted party
  • Go over timeline with bridal party
  • Put bags in car
  • Charge electronics and phones
  • Sleep and drink water!


Wedding Day!

  • Eat breakfast
  • Drink water
  • Double check all bags
  • Meet bridal party at getting-ready location
  • Hair and makeup
  • Steam dress if needed
  • Lay out items for photographer (rings, invitations, dress)
  • Exchange notes with your partner
  • Get married!


After Wedding

  • Honeymoon!
  • Leave reviews for vendors and send thank you notes
  • Preserve flowers
  • Get dress cleaned
  • Request a name change
  • Start on thank you notes for gifts





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