The Wedding Guide You Never Thought You Needed: 500+ Resources on Planning Your Wedding Day
Life’s milestones are always a reason for celebration. The start of a couple’s new life together in marriage is no exception.
Today, weddings are a billion-dollar industry. The global market for bridal wear alone was estimated to be at $59.1 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach $79.8 billion in 2027.
Wedding services in the United States experienced a decline of over 30 percent at the beginning of the pandemic. But according to IBISWorld, revenue will return to an upward trajectory in the next five years to 2026 as operators accommodate both new and postponed weddings.
It’s necessary to plan your “I Dos.” Whether you plan to get hitched in front of a judge or a banquet hall with 300 guests, wedding planning and timelines need to be sorted to avoid any snags (big ones, at least) on that special day.
You might think this is easier said than done because…where does one even begin? How much should you be spending on a wedding? What should get the lion’s share of your budget? Should you do away with wedding ceremony traditions in your culture? What does it really mean to have a “small” wedding?
These are all questions that will come up when you plan to get hitched.
And while the web has resources to answer this question, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of blogs, vendor sites, online forums, and podcasts available there.
It’s much better to have just one reference point containing all the information engaged couples need.
This is that guide. Read on to learn how to create a wedding planning checklist that covers all bases.
Table of contents
- Physical, Emotional & Mental Preparation
- Pre-Wedding Parties, Events & Activities
- Determine Your budget
- Hire a Wedding Planner
- Decide Formality and Overall Theme
- Create a Guest List
- Decide When to Get Married
- Research and Book High Priority Vendors
- Reception Planning
- Pick your save-the-date cards and Invitations
- What You Should Know About Planning A Tiny Wedding, According To Industry Experts
- How to Emotionally Prepare for Your Wedding Day
- How Visualization Can Help You Mentally Prepare for Your Wedding Day
- How to Take Care of Your Mental Health While Planning a Wedding
- Coping With Social Anxiety When You Are Getting Married
- Managing Pre-Wedding Jitters
- Practical Tips for the Anxious Bride and Groom
- Setting Clear Expectations For Postponing Your Wedding
How to Announce Your Engagement
- Announcing Your Engagement: The Who’s, When’s, & How’s
- How to Plan a Beautiful Engagement Party on A Budget
- Best Ways to Announce Your Engagement
- Engagement Announcements: The Dos and Don’ts of Sharing Your Big News Online
- PreNup Shoot Preparations
- When to Take Engagement Photos and How to Prepare
- The Why and How of Engagement Shoots
Bride (and Groom) Wedding Shower
- What is a Bridal Shower? (Planning Mistakes to Avoid)
- How to Throw a Bridal Shower on a Budget: A Guide for the Frugal Host
- Dozens of Easy Bridal Shower Ideas Your Gal Pals Will LOVE!
- Bridal Shower Etiquette: Who Hosts, Who Pays, & More
- Couples Shower: Ideas, Invitations and Themes For a Co-Ed Wedding Shower
- Do Grooms Go To Bridal Showers? [They May Do – Here’s Why]
- How to Plan a Groom’s Shower
- Comprehensive Guide to Same- Sex Wedding Showers
Throw a Bachelor and Bachelorette Party
- Bachelor vs. Bachelorette Party (19 Things You Need to Know)
- 10 Ways to Throw a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party on a Budget
- 21 Tips for a Low-Cost Bachelor or Bachelorette Party at Any Destination
- How to Throw a Combined Bachelor/Bachelorette Party
- What is a combined bachelor and bachelorette party called?
- The Best Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Games and Activities
- Modernizing the Pre-Wedding Party Traditions to Make Them LGBTQ-Inclusive
- The Best US Cities for LGBTQ+ Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties
- Rehearsal Dinner Ideas on a Budget
- Creative Ideas for a Rehearsal on a Budget
- Rehearsal Dinner Alternatives That Will Save You Money
- Rehearsal Dinner 101: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Best Rehearsal Dinner
- The Complete Guide on How to Plan a Rehearsal Dinner
- Rehearsal Dinner DO’s & DON’Ts
- How to Determine the Size of Your Wedding
- How to Budget for a Small Wedding
- How Do You Budget for an Intimate Wedding?
- How Much Should a Micro Wedding Cost?
- How Much Does a Small Wedding Cost? 5 Average Price Examples
- How Much Does the Average Wedding Cost?
- How to Budgeting for Your Perfect Wedding
- 14 Wedding Cost Statistics for the Upcoming Nuptials Season
- Average Cost of a Wedding: By State and Feature
- Do I need a wedding planner for a small wedding?
- When to Hire a Wedding Planner (& How to Know You Need One)
- 43 Questions to Ask During a Wedding Planner Consultation
- How Much Does a Wedding Planner or Coordinator Cost – Prices
- Can I Afford a Wedding Planner? 5 Strategies to Hire a Wedding Planner While Staying On Budget
- The Difference Between Full Service and Partial Wedding Planners, Month and Day Of Coordinators, and Venue Coordinators
- Where to Find Wedding Inspiration – Beyond Pinterest!
- Expert Wedding Planning Tips: The Search For Inspiration
- Wedding Inspiration, Not Wedding Replication
Indoor vs. Outdoor Wedding
- Indoor vs. Outdoor Weddings: How To Choose
- Types of Outdoor Wedding Locations
- How to Plan for Unexpected Outdoor Wedding Weather
- The Ultimate Indoor Wedding Guide
Traditional vs. Destination Wedding
- How to Make a Wedding Guest List for an Intimate Affair
- How to Make Your Micro Wedding Guest List
- The Guest Count Counts: Your Wedding Guest List
- Matching Your Wedding Guest List to Your Budget
- How to Limit Your Wedding Guest List Without Hurting People’s Feelings
- How to Uninvite Guests from Your Wedding
- Who to Invite to Your Wedding?
- How to Begin Creating Your Wedding Guest List
- Free Wedding Guest List Templates for Word and Excel
- Wedding Guest List Etiquette
- How to Handle Guest List Issues with Your Parents and Future In-Laws
Pick a Wedding Date
- Wedding Date vs. Wedding Budget: Which Decision Comes First?
- Timing Is Everything: How Dates & Times Affect Wedding Costs
- How to Pick a Wedding Date
- What to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Date
- Best Day to Get Married: 11 Things to Know
- How to Use Numerology to Find the Best Wedding Date for You
- How to Choose an Auspicious Wedding Date
- Why Is July an Unlucky Month for Weddings? (And Other Wedding Traditions)
- Numerology Wedding: Dates to Avoid for Marriage
- Calendar with important events, holidays and number of other people getting married on the same day
Selecting a Wedding Season to Get Wed
- How To Choose Your Wedding Venue
- Best Us Cities to Get Married In
- Getting the Most Out of Your Wedding Venue
- Make Sure Your Venue Is Large Enough for Your Wedding Reception
- How to Make a Large Wedding Venue Feel More Intimate
- 11 Tips for a Ceremony and Reception in the Same Place
- Affordable Ceremony-Only Wedding Venues – 7 Tips to Save
- 8 Tips To Choose The Best Wedding Reception Location
- How to Narrow Down Your Search for the Best Wedding Venue
- How to Pick a Destination Wedding Venue Without Seeing It
- Ten Tips to Finding Your Dream Venue
- Ultimate Guide to Booking Your Wedding Caterer
- Micro weddings: tips for choosing your wedding menu
- Expert Advice: A Guide to Wedding Catering Styles
- 40 questions to ask your wedding caterer
- How Much Does it Cost to Cater a Wedding for 100 People?
- How Much Does it Cost to Cater a Wedding?
- Wedding Catering Checklist & Timeline
- Everything You Need To Know About Saving Costs On Wedding Catering
- How to Cater Your Own Wedding
- Insider’s Guide to Hiring a Wedding Photographer
- Things to Look for When Hiring a Wedding Photographer
- 50+ Best Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer
- A Quick Guide to Booking a Destination Wedding Photographer
- How much does a wedding photographer cost?
- Twice as Nice: 5 Signs You Need Two Wedding Photographers
- How to Avoid The Biggest Mistake 8 Out of 10 Brides Make When Choosing A Wedding Photographer
- When to Book Your Wedding Photographer
- Should I ask a friend to photograph my wedding?
- Pros & Cons of Hiring A Friend as Your Wedding Photographer
- How to Say No to Family and Friends’ Wedding Services
- Wedding Photographer Scam Detector
- How to Avoid Scammy Wedding Vendors
- Is Your Wedding Photographer Legit?
- What to Know Before Hiring Your Wedding Videographer
- When Should You Book Your Wedding Videographer?
- Is a videographer worth it for a wedding?
- Should I Hire A Wedding Videographer For My Small Wedding?
- Questions To Ask Your Wedding Videographer
- How Much Does a Wedding Videographer Cost in 2022?
- Your ultimate source for wedding videographers
- How to Spot and Avoid Shady Videographers
- Everything you need to know to organise a religious wedding ceremony in a church
- 12 Church Wedding Guidelines You Need to Know
- Should You Consider a Church Wedding Ceremony? Here Are the Pros and Cons
- Christian Wedding Ceremony
- Your Courthouse Wedding Checklist, According to Experts
- Essential Tips for Planning an Intimate Courthouse Wedding
- How to Make Your Courthouse Wedding or Civil Ceremony Special
- How to Get Married at the Courthouse & What to Expect
- Courthouse Wedding Planning Dos and Don’ts
- What To Expect At A City Hall Wedding (Ceremony & Budget).
- What are the Benefits of an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony?
- Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Tips
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Hosting an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
- Outdoor Ceremonies That Will Make You Rethink Your Venue
- Same Sex Wedding Ceremony
- LGBTQ+ Ceremony Scripts and Readings
- How to Walk Down the Aisle in a Gay or Lesbian Wedding
- How to Make Your Same-sex Wedding Ceremony Language Inclusive
Find an Officiant
- Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Wedding Officiant
- When it’s Legal to Have a Friend Officiate Your Wedding and When It’s Not
- When should we hire the wedding officiant?
- Why Hire a Professional Wedding Officiant
Timeline & Program
- Wedding Reception Program 101
- Wedding Reception Timeline
- Extraordinary Small Wedding Reception Ideas
- How to Plan the Perfect Wedding Reception Timeline
- The Best Seating Arrangement for Intimate Wedding Receptions
- Wedding Reception Seating Etiquette
- Considering Open Seating at Your Wedding? Read This!
- Wedding Invitations 101
- When To Order Your Wedding Invitations (And Other Helpful Tips)
- Wedding Invitation Design and Layout Tips
Create a wedding website
- Creating a Wedding Website for RSVP’s and More
- The Best Places to Build a Cheap Wedding Website
- How to Create a Custom Wedding Website (no coding!)
- How to make a wedding website in 6 steps
- Build A Free Wedding Website for your Special Day
- Every Detail You Need to Include on Your Wedding Website
Basic Rules and Tips
- When to Send Wedding Invitations – Wedding Invitation Etiquette Guide
- Wedding Invitation Dos and Don’ts
- The Basic Rules and Tips for Wording Your Wedding Invitation
- Wedding Guest Plus-One Invite Rules for Soon-to-be-Married
- Whose Name Goes First on Wedding Stuff (6 Things to Know)
- The Etiquette of Out-of-Town Wedding Invitations
- A Guide to Reception-Only Invitations
- Cake Ideas and Cake Alternatives for Small Weddings
- Wedding Cake Guide: From Sizes To Day-Of Details
- How to Choose Your Wedding Cake Designer
- Questions to Ask a Cake Designer
- How Much Does A Wedding Cake Cost? (Everything You Need To Know)
- How to Save Money on Your Wedding Cake
Flowers & Florists
- The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Flowers
- How To Choose a Wedding Florist in 10 Simple Steps
- Questions to Ask Your Wedding Florist
- The Most Popular Wedding Flowers for Summer
- How to Pick Wedding Flowers
- How to Choose Your Wedding Flowers
Furniture & Prop Rentals
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Small Wedding Decor
- Creative Wedding Furniture Ideas That Aren’t Overdone
- Choosing the Best Wedding Lounge Furniture
- Wedding Furniture: Seating in Style at Your Reception
- A Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Decor
- The Ultimate Wedding Décor Checklist
- A Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Rentals
- Rent vs. Buy: Wedding Decoration ideas
- Buy or Rent: DIY Wedding Ceremony & Reception Planning
- Tents 101: Your Guide to Renting a Tent for a Wedding or Party
- Average Cost of Wedding Decorations
- A Complete Guide to Wedding Photo Booths
- How To Choose A Photo Booth For Your Wedding or Event
- What Does A Photo Booth Rental Cost? (& How to Choose One)
- Benefits of Having a Photo Booth at Your Wedding
- Cute Photo-Booth Ideas For Your Wedding Reception
- Creative Wedding Photo Booth Ideas Your Guests Will Love
- How to Create Your Own Wedding Photo Booth
- The ultimate DIY wedding photobooth tutorial
Bands & DJs
- Wedding Music 101: Choosing Your Band or DJ
- Band or DJ? How to Pick Your Wedding Music
- Wedding Band or DJ? Weigh the Pros and Cons
- Choosing your wedding music: how many songs will you need
- Wedding music: a step by step guide
Dance Lessons / Studios
- Everything You Need to Know About Booking Dance Lessons for Your Wedding
- How To Choose The Right Dance Studio For Your Wedding Dance Lessons
- How much does wedding dance lessons cost?
- Wedding Dance Lessons – Do’s, Don’ts and FAQs
- 5 Simple Tips for a Fun and Flawless First Dance
- 13 Websites To Learn Wedding Dance Lessons Online (Free And Paid)
- 10 wedding dance tips to make your moment perfect
- First Dance Lessons Online
- When, What and Who of Wedding Transportation
- Wedding Transportation for your Entrance, Exit and Everything in Between
- How To Communicate Shuttle Transportation to Your Guests
- Luxe Wedding Car-Hire: A Guide to Wedding Transportation
- Wedding Transportation: 12 Tips to Save You Thousands
- Does Your Wedding Need a Shuttle Service?
- Providing Transportation for your Guests in a COVID World
- Wedding Guest Transportation Do’s and Don’t for Effortless Management
- Wedding Favors – The Do’s The Dont’s and How to Keep it Reasonable
- Skipping Wedding Favors: It’s Completely Acceptable!
- How Much Do Wedding Favors Cost – Ideas & Prices
- Eco-Friendly Wedding Favor Inspiration
- The Ideal Time to Order Your Wedding Favors Depend on These Factors
- Edible Wedding Favor Tips
- Guy-Friendly Wedding Favors
- Fun Alternative Wedding Favor Ideas
- Silhouette Guide for Wedding Dresses
- What is The Right Neckline for you…
- The Sleeve Glossary
- Best Wedding Dress Fabrics [Complete Guide]
- The Ultimate Guide to a Perfect Wedding Dress
- Elopement Dresses Guide
- Plus-Size Wedding Dresses
- Which Wedding Dress Color Suit My Complexion Best?
- Wedding Dress Color Meanings
- Average Cost of a Wedding Dress 2022
- Wedding Dress Budget: Tips on How to Afford Your Dream Dress
- Wedding Dresses and Bridal Gowns Shops
- Finding Your Dream Wedding Dress Without Blowing Your Budget
- A Complete Guide to Caring for Your Gown: Before, During & After Your Wedding Day
- The Ultimate Guide to Preserving Your Wedding Dress After the Big Day
- How to Safely Dry Clean Wedding Dress
- How much does wedding dress dry cleaning and preservation cost?
- DIY: How to Clean Your Wedding Dress
- The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Bridesmaid Dress
- Your Ultimate Guide to Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
- The Ultimate Bridesmaid Dress Timeline
- Does the Bride Pay for Bridesmaid Dresses?
- How to Measure Yourself for a Bridesmaid Dress Like a Total Pro
- How to Choose Bridesmaid Dresses for Plus Size & Maternity
- The Best Places to Buy Bridesmaid Dresses Online
- Where to Buy Cheap Bridesmaids Dresses
- Average Cost of a Bridesmaid Dress
Tuxedos & Suits
- Wedding Attire for Men: Complete Guide for the Big Day
- Tuxedo vs. Suit: Which Should I Wear?
- The Rent Vs. Buy Debate
- How to Choose Your Wedding Suit Guide
- Tuxedo or Suit? Vests? Brown or Black Dress Shoes? The Ultimate Groom Fashion Guide
- Wedding Tuxedos and Formal Wear: 20 Rules
- How Much Does a Groom’s Suit or Tuxedo Cost?
- What should my dad wear to my wedding?
- How to Choose Groom & Groomsmen Suits: A Guide to Groomsmen Attire
- The Best Colour Combinations for Grooms and Groomsmen
- DOs and DONTs for Men’s Wedding Guest Attire
Seamsters & Tailors
- Guide to Wedding Dress Alterations
- Wedding Dress Timeline: Monthly To-Dos to Perfect Your Bridal Look
- Average Cost of Wedding Dress Alterations: Cost Breakdown
- How to Minimize the Average Cost for Wedding Dress Alterations?
- Ultimate Guide To Men’s Tailoring – How To Find The Best Tailor & What Alterations Can Be Made
- How Long To Get a Suit Tailored For A Groom? (On Average)
Veils & Headpieces
- Guide: Wedding Headpieces
- How to choose the perfect bridal veil for your wedding
- Wedding Veil 101: To Wear or Not to Wear
- How to choose a veil that complements your wedding gown
- The Best Places To Buy Wedding Veils & Bridal Accessories Online
- Wedding Gloves – a guide to the perfect bridal gloves.
- Should a bride wear gloves?
- How to choose your wedding gloves
- How To Pick Bridal Gloves And Wedding Gloves Etiquette (You Must Know About)
- Wearing Gloves: Matching the Gloves to the Dress
- Do Brides Carry Purses? [Is This A Wedding Day Essential?]
- Affordable Bridal Handbags to Carry on Your Wedding Day
- What’s in our bride bag?
- Beautiful Bridal Clutches – and 5 Things Not To Forget To Put In Yours!
- What to Look for When Shopping for a Bridal Clutch
- The Everything Guide To Wedding Shoes
- A Guide to Alternative Bridal Footwear for Beach Weddings
- Wedding Shoe Dos and Don’ts
- The Groom’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Shoes
- The Ultimate guide to groom’s formal Wedding shoes
- What to Wear? Brown or Black Shoes with a Navy Suit – with The Groomsman Suit
- Bridal Jewelry Guide: What to Wear with your Wedding Dress
- Wedding Jewelry Do’s and Don’ts to Keep in Mind Before the Big Day
- How Much Wedding Jewelry Should I Wear?
- Don’t Forget These Bridal Accessories On Your Wedding Day
- Should I Wear My Engagement Ring Down the Aisle
- A Groom’s Guide to Wedding Day Accessories
- How To Choose the Right Groom Accessories for Your Suit
- Groom’s Accessories 101: From Bow Ties to Pocket Squares
Get Your Marriage License
- Marriage Licenses & Certificates | A Complete Guide
- Handbook on Marriage Registration
- Can you get married without a marriage license? What if you lost it? Or forgot it?
- Are virtual weddings legal? Plus a virtual wedding ceremony outline!
- Prenuptial Agreements: What Does the Law Allow?
- Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement if I Don’t Have Any Assets?
- Free Prenuptial Agreement
- Planning Your Wedding? Don’t Forget to Plan a Prenuptial or Post-Nuptial Agreement
- Prenup vs. Postnup: What’s the Difference and Who Needs One?
Decide on Name Change
- How To Change Your Name Change After Marriage 
- The Pros and Cons of Keeping Your Last Name
- Do I Have to Change My Name After Marriage?
- What is Self Solemnization?
- Self-Uniting Marriage Guide
- 9 States Where You Can Officiate Your Own Wedding
Destination Wedding Legalities
- Your One-Year Wedding Beauty Prep Timeline
- 8 Month Pre-Wedding Skincare Timeline & Troubleshooting Guide
- How to Clear Acne Before Your Wedding Day
- Every Skin Care Treatment You Should Do A Week Before Your Wedding
- Dermatologist-Approved Timeline for Pre-Wedding Skin Treatments
- A Complete Guide to Facials for Brides (Classic, Modern & Trending!)
- 8 Skin Care Tips For Grooms To Be
- Grooming The Groom
- Pre-Wedding Hair Care Routine Every Bride-To-Be
- A Simple Guide To Best Hairstyles for Different Wedding Dress Necklines That You May Not Know About
- Guide to Wedding Hairstyles that Complement Your Gown
- Stunning Wedding Hairstyles for Medium-Length Hair
- 50 Short Wedding Hairstyles for the Bold Bride
- The Best Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair of all Types
- Wedding Day Hair Mistakes You Want to Avoid
- Wedding Hairstyles For Men You Won’t Cringe At Ten Years Down The Track
- How to Choose a Men’s Wedding Haircut
- How to Choose Your Bridal Makeup
- How to Do Your Own Wedding Makeup
- Wedding make-up tips – the dos and don’ts you need for your big day
- A Guide to Working With a Makeup Artist for Your Wedding
- MAKEUP FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: 5 TIPS TO LOOK YOUR BEST
- Makeup Tips for Brides with Glasses
- Tips for Groom Makeup on Wedding Day
- When should you get your eyebrows done before your wedding day? We asked the experts to find out
- The Best Eyebrow Tips for The Bride
- How to Get Perfect Brows for Your Wedding Day
- Microblading Before Your Wedding: The Pros and Cons
- Bridal brow plan: how to achieve brows to suit you on your wedding day
- Beautiful Bridal Brows… Wax or Thread?
- How Long After The Wedding Should You Go On Your Honeymoon
- Pro-Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon
- Planning Your Honeymoon: Leaving Right Away vs. Waiting
- Pros & Cons: Taking an Immediate Honeymoon
- Things You Can Do If You Can’t Go on A Honeymoon Right After the Wedding
- 6 Pros and Cons to Honeymooning in Your Destination Wedding Location
- The Pros and Cons of Cruising on Your Honeymoon
- Romantic Destinations for Your Postponed Honeymoon
- Benefits of Having a Delayed Honeymoon
- Traditional Honeymoon Alternatives: Is A Pre-Honeymoon, Mini-Moon, Or Delayed Honeymoon Right For You?
- Did coronavirus cancel your honeymoon? Here’s what you can do!
- When Should You Start Planning a Wedding?
- How Long Does it Take to Plan a Wedding?
- Wedding Planning Timeline – Wedding Vendor Checklist
- 18 Month Wedding Planning Timeline
- The Best 10-Month Wedding Planning Timeline
- Wedding Planning Checklist (12+ months of the planning process)
- How to Plan Your Wedding in Six Months or Less (plus a free planning timeline!)
- How to Plan a Wedding in 4 Months
- WeddingPlanning – r/weddingplanning
- one stop wedding sub! – r/wedding
- Weddings Under 10K – r/Weddingsunder10k
- Looking for that special dress? Have a dress you don’t need? – r/weddingdress
- Let’s shame those weddings – r/weddingshaming
- Budget-Savvy Wedding Planning
- Everything Wedding Related – US Pacific Northwest
- California Wedding Group for the Brides and her Bridesmaids
- Diy Weddings On A Budget
- Wedding Tips & Ideas
- The Wedding Society – Planning Tips & Support
- Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Planning
- Wedding Planning – Ideas and Inspiration
- Mexico & Caribbean All-Inclusive Destination Weddings for US-Based Brides
- Wedding Planning Tips, Tricks & To-Dos
- LGBTQ Wedding Ideas, Tips and Discussion
- LGBTQ+ Wedding Planning and Advice
- Wedding Planner by TheKnot
- Zola Wedding
- WeddingWire’s Wedding Planner
- Appy Couple
- Wedding Planner by Wedsly
- The BACH – Bachelorette party planningl
- The Wedding Swap – buy and sell secondhand wedding-related items
- Wedding Spot – finding venue
- The Venue Report – destination wedding venues
- Honeyfund – wedding registry
- TopTablePlanner – create a table plan with your guest list and venue
- LoveStream – full-service wedding live stream
- Jotform – wedding forms