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Wedding Planning Checklist: From Engagement to 'I Do'

Updated: Jun 12

couple celebrating being married and walking down the steps at La Banque de Fleuve

Congratulations on your engagement! As you embark on this exciting journey towards your wedding day, having a detailed checklist can help you stay organized and stress-free. Here’s a comprehensive guide to planning your dream wedding, from the moment you say "yes" to the day you say "I do."

Our Wedding Checklist:

1. Celebrate Your Engagement

First Things First:

  • Announce your engagement to family and friends.

  • Host an engagement party to celebrate with your loved ones.

2. Set Your Budget

Important Steps:

  • Determine your overall budget.

  • Discuss financial contributions from family members, if applicable.

  • Allocate funds to key categories like venue, catering, attire, and photography.

3. Create a Vision

Define Your Style:

  • Choose a wedding theme or style that reflects your personalities.

  • Create a Pinterest board or mood board with inspiration for your wedding decor, colors, and ambiance.

4. Choose a Date and Venue

Secure Your Spot:

  • Decide on a wedding date and check availability with your desired venues.

  • Consider beautiful options like La Banque de Fleuve in Havre de Grace, Maryland, for stunning waterfront views.

5. Assemble Your Team

Hire Professionals:

  • Book your wedding planner, if desired.

  • Secure key vendors such as photographer, videographer, florist, and caterer.

  • Schedule tastings and consultations to finalize your selections.

6. Create a Guest List

Who’s Invited:

  • Draft a preliminary guest list.

  • Collect addresses for invitations.

  • Consider creating a wedding website to keep guests informed.

7. Send Save-the-Dates

Early Notification:

  • Send save-the-date cards about 6-8 months before the wedding.

  • Include your wedding website URL for more information.

8. Choose Your Wedding Party

Your VIPs:

  • Ask friends and family to be part of your wedding party.

  • Plan an outing or gathering to celebrate your chosen bridesmaids and groomsmen.

9. Shop for Attire

Looking Your Best:

  • Begin shopping for your wedding dress and suits/tuxedos.

  • Schedule fittings and alterations as needed.

  • Choose attire for your bridal party.

10. Plan the Ceremony

Personal Touches:

  • Meet with your officiant to discuss the ceremony structure.

  • Choose readings, music, and any special rituals you want to include.

11. Organize the Reception

Party Planning:

  • Select your menu and cake.

  • Plan your reception timeline, including speeches, first dance, and other activities.

  • Choose your music and create a playlist or hire a DJ/band.

12. Send Invitations

Formal Invites:

  • Send wedding invitations about 6-8 weeks before the wedding.

  • Include RSVP cards and information about accommodations.

13. Arrange Transportation and Accommodations


  • Book transportation for you and your guests, if needed.

  • Reserve hotel blocks for out-of-town guests.

14. Finalize Details

Last Steps:

  • Confirm details with all vendors.

  • Create a detailed wedding day timeline.

  • Have a final dress fitting and pick up your attire.

15. Enjoy Your Big Day

Relax and Celebrate:

  • Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

  • Get a good night's sleep before the wedding.

  • On your wedding day, relax and enjoy every moment as you celebrate your love.


Final Thoughts

Planning a wedding involves many details, but with this checklist, you can stay organized and ensure nothing is overlooked. Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy the journey and cherish the moments leading up to your special day.

If you're looking for a beautiful venue in Havre de Grace, Maryland, consider La Banque de Fleuve for a stunning and memorable celebration. Happy planning!



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