Wedding Checklist

Wedding planning can be stressful, we know. But don’t let the pressures of making your day perfect scare you! Creating a timeline to follow allows your planning to be broken up into sections, making this process feel much less overwhelming. We’ve created the ultimate wedding checklist for everything you need to prepare for during your year of planning.



1 year 

Just engaged? Congratulations! Now is the time to celebrate with your new fiance and get excited for your future. If you have a year or more time to plan your wedding, let yourself relax a little and soak in the idea of marriage before you start planning. Once you’ve settled into your new role as a fiance, you’ll need to get the basics down.

  • Create your budget
    • Establish your spending priorities
  • Hire a wedding planner
    • Renee’s Bridal Boutique is your one stop shop for everything wedding related, let us help you plan the wedding you’ve always dreamt about.
  • Book a venue
  • Set a date
  • Choose your wedding party


9 months

One of the best (and potentially most stressful) time in wedding planning is finding the dress of your dreams. Allow us to relieve that stress by helping you search in our store! Call to schedule an appointment with us for a personal consultation with one of our bridal experts. Now that you have a date set and booked, you can begin creating your save-the-dates. Some couples will include pictures from their engagement shoot on these.

  • Begin looking for your wedding gown
  • Create your save-the-dates
  • Book your vendors – photographer, florist, DJ, etc.
    • Need recommendations? Give us a call! We have lists of vendors throughout NM and El Paso area
  • Purchase wedding bands


6 months

You are halfway there! Time flies right? Now is the time to announce to your guests when your special day will be! Get them excited with some romantic save-the-dates, or go the eco-friendly route and send them an e-vite. Get your girls in style and on time! This is the perfect time to order bridesmaids dresses, this will allow for any wiggle room needed for alterations.

  • Create your wedding registry
    • Create a wedding website for guests to refer to for more information
  • Send out save-the-dates
  • Order bridesmaids dresses, flower girl dresses
  • Begin researching honeymoon locations & obtain any documents needed
  • Arrange hotel room blocks for wedding party and out-of-town guests



3 months

With only a few months left until the big day, it’s time to sort out details! This is the perfect time to send out your formal invitations to your guests. Ensure an efficient way to record those RSVPs- this is crucial for your budget. Feeling stressed? Allow your mind to wander a bit from wedding planning and focus on your bachelorette party! Your bridal party should be in charge of this so get excited for a fun filled weekend spent with your best friends.

  • Order wedding cake and any other treats you may want
  • Mail out formal invitations
    • Create a plan for RSVPs and meals (if necessary)
  • Order tuxedo rentals/purchases
  • Plan bachelorette & bachelor party
  • Book make up artist & hair stylist
  • Arrange any form of transportation needed
  • Finalize menu


6-8 weeks

Let your bridal party spoil you with a bridal shower! This is a great way to get excited about your wedding and to see some of your guests beforehand. By now, you should have been receiving your RSVPs. Creating a seating chart is a great way to stay organized and know where your guests are during your reception. This is also a fantastic time to begin alterations on your dress. Feel free to call us at (575) 521-0872 to set up an appointment with our experienced seamstress, she rocks!

  • Bridal shower
  • Create your seating chart
  • Begin your gown fittings
    • Ensure to have any undergarments and shoes for each fitting
  • Hair & make up trials
  • Take care of any deposits needed for vendors


3-6 weeks

With just a little over a month left, this is where you can have a little fun. Have your last hoorah with your best friends at your bachelor and bachelorette parties, after all, you won’t be single again! Start writing your vows, this is the perfect opportunity to write them without stressing about not having enough time to perfect them. Most importantly, don’t forget to get your marriage license, you can’t wed without it!

  • Marriage license & name change paperwork
  • Bachelor &  bachelorette party
  • Write vows


1 week

With just a week to go, all of your nitty-gritty planning will be complete. This is a great time to reflect back on why you dedicated so much time into this one day, it’ll be worth every challenge you have faced so far! Pamper yourself, enjoy time with your wedding party, and get ready for the big day!

  • Ceremony rehearsal
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Pick up your gown (yay!)
  • Last minute beauty regimens
    • Facials, massages, nails, tan, etc.
  • Confirm arrival times with wedding party



All of the hard work is done! Enjoy your special day with the love of your life.



Need help planning? Call our sister company, Elegant Events & Invitations to see all of the services we offer to make your day absolutely perfect.


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