Complete Wedding Checklist

Complete Wedding Checklist From Here Comes The Guide

No fear, Here Comes The Guide is here! Yes, this is the best Wedding Checklist that we have come across to date and we could not help but share the knowledge! Planning a wedding gets pretty overwhelming at times and most wedding checklists are just too damn long and stressful.. Ditch those crazy lists that make you a crazy bridezilla and rope in your priority with this comprehensive wedding checklist!


10–12 Months To Go

  • Work out your budget and establish your top priorities—where to save/where to splurge.
  • Find Ideas. Start browsing the Real Weddings, Pinterest, bridal blogs and magazines to identify your wedding style and color palette. Oh, you’re already doing that? Yeah.
  • Compile your preliminary guest list (you’ll need that guest count!).
  • Choose your wedding party—who do you want by your side at the altar?
  • Find a venue for your ceremony and reception, and reserve your date. Know what questions to ask when evaluating a wedding venue.
  • Now that you have a date, tell everyone to save it! For destination weddings or weddings around a holiday, consider sending out Save-the-Date cards or emails. Or create your own wedding website, and let your invitees know about it.
  • Find a Dress and begin assembling the perfect accessories. Need inspiration? Visit a wedding dress trunk show or bridal fair.
  • Find a Vendor. Assemble an all-star vendor team. We’d start with:

    When you hire a vendor, get all the details in writing!

  • Already feeling overwhelmed? Consider hiring a Wedding Planner.
  • Another way to minimize stress: Start dreaming up your honeymoon…and check out the Plan A Honeymoon section on

6–9 Months To Go

  • Continue researching, interviewing and booking vendors. And don’t forget, when you hire one make sure to put everything in writing!
  • Decide on arrangements with your Floral Designer.
  • Do a tasting and choose your wedding cake with your Cake Designer.
  • Hire the DJ/Entertainment for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
  • Discuss the style and wording of your wedding invitations with a Stationer.
  • Create your gift registry (and don’t forget to update your wedding website!).
  • Arrange hotel room blocks for out-of-town guests and book your own suite for the wedding night.
  • Shop for bridesmaid/flower girl dresses and give your attendants clear instructions on how to place their orders.
  • Arrange and book any necessary transportation.
  • Go over bridal shower/bachelorette details and the guest list with the person(s) hosting your party.


3–5 Months To Go

  • Book the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner location(s). If you’re including entertainment or specialty details like a groom’s cake, now’s the time to lock in these elements.
  • Put together your rehearsal dinner guest list
  • Make childcare arrangements for your guests’ kids.
  • Reserve all necessary party rentals and linens.
  • Order wedding favors for your guests.
  • Shop for and reserve men’s formalwear.
  • Concentrate on finalizing the:
    • Guest list. Get everyone’s mailing address.
    • Invitation wording. Confirm your invitation text with the Stationer, and consider additional stationery (programs, menu cards, place cards, thank-you cards, etc.). Schedule a pickup date for your invites.
    • Ceremony readings and vows.
    • Menu, beverage and catering details.
    • Timeline of the reception formalities.
  • Do a Makeup & Hair trial and book your stylists. While you’re at it, come up with your own beauty and fitness regimen to be camera-ready for the big day.
  • Shop for and purchase your wedding rings.
  • Finalize honeymoon plans and obtain all necessary documents (are you sure your passports are up to date?).

6–8 Weeks To Go

  • You’re getting close…. Mail out those invitations! Have a game plan for recording the RSVPs and meal choices.
  • Touch base with your vendors to confirm date, deposits and details.
  • Start researching marriage license requirements and name-change paperwork.
  • Begin your dress fittings. Be sure to buy the appropriate undergarments beforehand.
  • So you think you can’t dance? Consider taking a dance lesson with your fiancé—a good way to break in your bridal shoes!
  • Give the wedding party a nudge—make sure they’ve ordered all necessary attire.
  • Write thank-you cards for shower gifts and any early wedding gifts received.

3–5 Weeks To Go

  • Send out rehearsal dinner invitations. If your get-together will be informal, feel free to send an Evite.
  • Finalize and confirm:
    • Wedding vows and readings with your Officiant.
    • Shot list with your Photographer/Videographer.
    • Song list for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception with your DJ and/or Band/Musicians.
    • Timeline for the reception and who’s giving the toasts.
    • Wedding night and honeymoon accommodations.
  • Obtain marriage license and complete name-change documents, if applicable.
  • Pick up your wedding rings and proofread any engraving!
  • If you’re the traditional type, do you have something old, new, borrowed and blue?
  • Purchase your guest book, toasting flutes, cake servers, unity candle, and all that good stuff.
  • Buy gifts (optional) for the wedding party and parents of the bride and groom.
  • Have your final dress fitting. Bring your shoes and accessories for the full impact
  • Sigh. Hunt down whoever hasn’t RSVP’d yet.


1–2 Weeks To Go

  • Give your caterer/venue the final guest count.
  • Arrange seating and create the seating chart and/or place cards.
  • Pick up your gown. Swoon.
  • Confirm arrival times and finalize the wedding timeline with vendors and the wedding party—make sure your MOH has a copy, too.
  • Put together your own Bridal Emergency Kit.
  • Speaking of emergencies: Check the weather report, and if things look iffy contact your venue to make sure a contingency plan is in place.
  • Start packing for your honeymoon. (See “weather report” above.)
  • In desperate need of a facial or massage? Now’s the time to squeeze one in

The Day Before…

  • Make sure all wedding-day items are packed/laid out and ready to go! (Don’t forget the rings and marriage license!)
  • Figure out tips and final payments for vendors. Put them in clearly marked envelopes and give them to the Best Man or another person you trust to hand out at the reception.
  • Assign someone to pack up your gifts/belongings after the reception (don’t forget the top tier of your cake!).
  • Thank your BFF for agreeing to return your groom’s tux and other rental items the day after the wedding.
  • Enjoy a mani-pedi.
  • Attend the rehearsal and dinner. Now’s the time to give out wedding party gifts.
  • Try to go to bed early…you need your beauty sleep tonight.

Here Comes The Bride!

  • Allow plenty of time to get ready.
  • Do the rounds at your wedding—greet everyone and thank them for coming.
  • Take a deep breath. Stop to appreciate your new spouse and the day that you spent so much time planning!

After the Honeymoon/Back to Reality

  • Write and send thank-you cards.  (Don’t procrastinate!)
  • Complete your registry and exchange any unwanted or duplicate gifts.
  • Have your wedding dress cleaned and preserved by a reputable company.
  • Keep in touch with your Photographer/Videographer to work on albums, DVDs, etc.
  • Enjoy wedded bliss…


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Take a look inside Wedding Salon's Spring Show

Once again, Wedding Salon produces another successful event at the Metropolitan Pavilion on April 27th, 2015! Our luxury bridal showcase brought together 150 TOP vendors in the industry to showcase their amazing services to brides, wedding planners and press. From registries, caterers, florists, and music to invitations, photography, sweet treats, and more, take a peek inside Wedding Salon’s luxury bridal showcase and see all that our exhibitors have to offer!

WeddingSalon Entrance


Enter Wedding Salon through a ceremony area complete with beautiful music by Ideal Ensembles string trio and Acute Inflections chic duo of sultry, jazzy sound, and a spectacular canopy adorned with floral arrangements by the one and only Decor Galore. Entertainment from Screaming Queens and Athena Entertainment greet guests upon arrival.

Wedding Salon ceremny area

Visit top spots for your destination wedding or honeymoon in Mexico, O’ahu, Aruba, Morroco, Hotel Borgo San Felice, Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, The Cove Atlantis, The Leading Hotels of the World, The Westin Grand Cayman, and so many more! Your venue and wedding planner questions can be answered by the excellent teams at The Club at Bella Collina, Bijou Weddings, Blanche Color Your Event, Bristol Harbour Resort, Gurney’s Montauk, Hotel del Coronado, among other fabulous exhibitors.


Brides and bridesmaids experience hair and makeup trials in our health and beauty suite with Metamorphosis New York – a team of stylists who work in bridal, fashion, editorial, runway, and were also featured on “Say Yes to the Dress”, Warren Tricomi – celebrity stylist to the Kardashians, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba, Beautini by B.Lo, Glamsquad, Beauty Entourage, House of Trends, Vicky C5, and more renowned stylists in the industry.


Gorgeous gowns from designers Jenny Yoo, Glamour ClosetYumi Katsura and Synderela are seen throughout. AND of course, a dress is not complete without accessories by Stella & Dot and M&J Bridal Salon. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget the groom’s! Men’s formal wear designers Book a Tailor and Steed & Wall are the perfect exhibitors for your suit, tux and tailoring needs.


Indulge your taste buds with sweet treats from Sweet Garden Creations, Carlo’s BakeryAyza Wine & Chocolate Bar, GROM and Metro Candy Apple, and delectable passed hors d’oeuvre’s from URBOMorton’s Grille, Tuthill House at the Mill and Iavarone Bros Gourmet Foods.


360 Vodka mixologists create divine cocktails and Quality House Wine and Spirits give couples samples of prosecco, champagne, and delicious white and red wine. Refreshments by thirst quenching Essentia Water and Skinnygirl Sparklers in assorted flavors.


Entertainment from DJ’s, ceremony musicians, lighting, decor, and artistry are brought to you by our exceptionally talented exhibitors M2M, Sound Explosion DJ’s, Artemix, Troy Curtis Entertainment, NY Drawing Booth, Genesis Events, URE and more. Take home a momentum from Wedding Salon event by visiting our awesome photo booth exhibitors Magnolia, Picsfly, and Neeko Booths.


What wedding is complete without photographers and videographers? Couples speak with Blueflash Photography, Olli Studio, Jean-Pierre UYS Photography, and LPA Video. Brides can give the “wedding gift to remember” to their husbands-to-be with sexy boudoir photo shoots by Rue Boudoir and IMW Photography.


Create specialized invitations and stationary with Park Slope Press and Gracious Weddings, and customize favors and welcome bags with Scarborough & Tweed and Pink & Joan. Susan Silverman Quigley, CFP is the go-to-exhibitor for financial planning and discussing your wedding budget!

Scarborough & Tweed & Susan Silveman Quigley

Before you leave, stop by the gift bag room to pick up your Big Brown Bag of bridal goodies sponsored by Bloomingdale’s and the rest of our exhibitors.


On behalf of the Wedding Salon team, we would like to say thank you to ALL of our amazing vendors for your hard work for our Spring show. We love working with all of you and can’t wait to see you again at our upcoming events!

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Luxury Swag Bag for Los Angeles Bridal Showcase

We are pretty excited to offer some amazing products in our luxury swag bag this coming March 24, 2015 at the InterContinental Century City! If you are interested in attending, email for a special rate when you mention our blog post! Wedding Salon curates each and every show to make sure that we provide our attendants with only the best up and coming products! This is just a sneak peak of our luxury swag bags, you must attend our event to see the full range of products!

Tan Towel
Tan Towel are the makers of the original, patented and award-winning self-tanning towelette we call the TanTowel. Each individually wrapped towelette comes pre-infused with a clear tanning formula. Once the product has been applied, your tan will develop within your skin in hours – producing a unique glow that lasts for days!

tan towel

Murad Intensive C- Radiance Peels
This active treatment instantly brightens smooths and hydrates skin, reversing environmental aging after just one use. An easy to use, at home treatment that enhances luminosity to reveal a more radiant complexion.

murad c-radiance peel


Hada Labo Anti-Aging Masks
This soft cotton mask drenches skin with a full bottle of anti-aging serum (0.7 fl. oz.) to boost hydration, smooth fine lines, and restore firmness and bounce to your skin. A refreshing and relaxing experience for radiant and visibly younger skin.

Hada Labo Anti aging mask


Two Week David Barton Gym Memberships
David Barton Gym’s Century City, CA location provides an upscale, trend-setting physical fitness environment to do the exercise and workouts necessary to “Look Better Naked.” Founded by fitness legend David Barton, David Barton Gym provides local residents with a variety of workout classes, personal training programs, personal trainers, yoga and other experiences.


Gold Ink Tattoos
Gold Ink Tattoos are designed for bohemian at heart, gypsy queen fashionistas; is the perfect accessory for a day at the beach, pool party, festivals, night out or just to bring a little flash to your everyday life. Made from very thin high-quality metallic foil which transfers easily to skin with just water and lasts for a week. Passes safety standards for cosmetic products and meets all domestic and international regulatory requirements.

Gold Ink tatttoo 2


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Grammy's White Fashion Wedding Inspiration

The most entertaining about all the award show seasons has to be the red carpet fashion, at least we think so! Last night, the Grammy awards red carpet was adorned with formal white dresses with an edge. We are predicating that some of these styles will be make their way into bridal fashion during summer and fall 2015. Award season in a huge fashion influencer and these stars hit the nail on the head.


Ariana Grande - bridal fashion
Ariana Grande is wearing a gorgeous Versace gown. Although the silver may not make it into modern wedding dresses we are predicting the neckline to become a popular new style, the cut out gives just enough skin without showing too much.

Chrissy Teigen Hollywood Reporter

Chrissy Teigen is wearing the beautiful Pucci! In the modern day you don’t see as many long sleeved dresses anymore, as we have evolved passed the long  laced sleeves we are moving toward a very sleek look, very similar to Solange’s wedding style. This dress is a little risque in terms of the cut outs when it comes to weddings but we are anticipating a similar idea in a more conservative fashion.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson is strutting her stuff in this sleek Tom Ford number. We can all see this becoming a regular staple in bridesmaid dress trends. Super simple, sleek, and understated is truly becoming the most classy way to showcase your bridesmaids.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry is FLAWLESS in this Zuhair Murad gown, with vintage so back in style we see this flapper resembling dress becoming a huge hit for luxury, southern weddings.

Which one of these dresses are you favorite? Which one do you think will be the most influential style in the weddings of 2015.


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A Sneak Peek at Our Next Event!

After all the buzzing that’s been in the air about our event in NYC, we’ve decided to give away just a few more sneak peeks in order to satisfy that Wedding Salon event craving. As our previous save the date post described, we’ll be having only the best of the best vendors at the event on Monday.



There will be destinations featuring Tobago Division of Tourism, Puerto Rico Tourism Board, The Florida Keys and Key West and so many more. For your wedding day accessories, were having appearances by Untamed and Art to Mine! For your sweet tooth, you’ll get a chance to meet the teams over at Carlo’s Bakery and Sprinkles. And last, but certainly not least, were having Fantasy Table Décors by Sweet Life Event Group and Double A Events. The event is on Monday, July 21, 2014, from 4:00-8:00PM at JW Marriott Essex House 160 Central Park South New York, NY.

NY SUmmer Photo

Travel? Check. Food? Check. Fashion? Check. Décor? Check, check and check! The NYC Wedding Salon event will give couples the opportunity to meet and interact with these amazing vendors in one night and at one glamorous location. We can’t wait to see all of our lovely brides and dashing grooms there!


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Save the Date: NYC Wedding Salon Event!

Alright Wedding Salon fans, it’s that time of the summer again when we have our elaborate and gush worthy Wedding Salon event in NYC! What’s in store this year? Get ready for this one… Cake Tastings by TLC’s Cake Boss, gorgeous reception table designs including Double A Events, teeth whitening and beauty consultations, gift bags featuring Frederic Fekkai and Dove, entertainment, raffles, giveaways and much more. The event is on Monday, July 21, 2014, from 4:00-8:00PM at JW Marriott Essex House 160 Central Park South New York, NY.


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The NYC Wedding Salon event will give couples the opportunity to meet and interact with top vendors in one glamorous location. Every vendor that you will meet at the show will be sure to provide very special elements that will let your guests know that your special day will be unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before! Email for information about tickets!

Don’t forget to post pics at the event and use #WeddingSalon! See you there!

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