wedding tips check list

Here is a helpful list that will make planning your special day go more smoothly. Let Elite reduce your stress by helping you accomplish the tasks on this list.


10-12 months away

  • Establish your budget by prioritizing desired items.
  • Look for theme ideas, (*psst* Pinterest is a great tool!)
  • Put together your preliminary guest list.
  • Choose your wedding party.
  • Scope out a venu and reserve your date. Research getting insurance & the type of questions you should be asking. 


  • Starting looking for that perfect dress and accessories. 
  • Consider hiring a wedding planner/coordinator to avoid stress. 
  • Begin hiring your day of team: caterer, photographer, officiant.
  • If you need another way to relax start dreaming up your honeymoon.
  • Send out your save the date! This can be sending out cards, emails and/or creating a wedding website.

6-9 months away

  • Decide on floral arrangements that go with your theme.
  • Go to tastings to choose your perfect wedding cake.
  • Decide what sort of music/entertainment you want.
  • Create / order your final wedding invitations.


  • Set up your gift registry - update this on your wedding website.
  • Arrange any necessary lodging and/or transportation. 
  • Shop for bridesmaid and flower girl dresses
  • Go over bridal shower, bachelorette, bachelor, stag/doe details. 

 3-5 months away

  • Book rehearsal / rehearsal dinner locations.
  • Order or make wedding favours for your guests. 
  • Solidify the guest list and create your seating chart.
  • Work on finalizing ceremony readings and vows. 
  • Finalize the bar, menu, and catering details. 


  • Establish a firm timeline for reception formalities. 
  • Do a makeup & hair trial and book your stylists.  
  • Establish your own fitness/beauty routine leading up to the day. 
  • Finalize honeymoon plans (including visas and passports)
  • Shop for and purchase your wedding rings

6-8 weeks away

  • Mail out your wedding invitations.
  • Touch base with vendors to confirm deposits & details.
  • Researching marriage licence requirements. 


  • Begin your dress fittings (*psst* remember appropriate underwear!)
  • Consider taking dance lessons to have that perfect first dance.
  • Write thank-you cards for shower gifts and early wedding presents.

3-5 weeks away

  • Send out rehearsal dinner invitations or e-vite.  
  • Obtain marriage license and name-change documents.
  • Pick up your wedding rings!
  • Get any necessary items for personal wedding traditions.


  • Buy or make gifts for your wedding party.
  • Have your final dress fitting, (bring shoes and accessories).
  • Chase down anyone who hasn't RSVP'd yet.
  • Finalize and confirm vows, vendors, entertainment & timeline. 

1-2 weeks away

  • Give your caterer and venu the final guest count.
  • Finalize your seating chart and make place cards.
  • Pick up your gown!


  • Confirm arrival times and finalize the wedding timeline.  
  • Put together your own Bridal Emergency Kit.
  • Check the weather, (have a backup if outdoors).

the day after 

  • Make sure everything you need is laid out. 
  • Figure out tips and payment for vendors. 
  • Plan clean up after the reception. 


  • Have a spa day with your bridesmaids, and get your nails done!
  • Attend the rehearsal dinner.
  • Get plenty of rest, tomorrow will go by in the blur!

the day of   

  • Allow for plenty of time to get ready. 
  • Make your rounds, thank guests for coming. 


  • If something goes wrong - don't panic! 
  • Take time to enjoy the day with your new spouse.