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LGBT Bride walking down aisle
LGBT Bride walking down aisle

Wedding Checklist

Keep calm and carry a big checklist when planning your New Orleans wedding!

The key to a happy wedding experience is organization – especially when you’re planning a destination wedding. Let our experienced wedding expert help you with your dream day.New Orleans Wedding Checklist


12 Months Out

  • Celebrate your engagement!
  • Set your budget and guest count. Set your budget based on the estimated guest count.
  • Pick your date and theme. Choosing an overall theme for your wedding will help you select the venue and attire.
  • Secure Ceremony and Reception venue. (Contact New Orleans & Company for complimentary assistance)
  • Hire a wedding planner.
  • Select your wedding party.
  • Send out save-the-dates. Finalize mailing addresses based on your guest list.
  • Schedule an engagement photo shoot.

6-9 Months Out

4-5 Months Out

  • Arrange hotel accommodations for out of town guests
  • Purchase wedding rings.
  • Book rehearsal dinner
  • Order favors.
  • Order stationary.
  • Schedule final Wedding Gown alterations.
  • Decide on groom and groomsmen attire.
  • Touch base with vendors. Inform vendors of any new wedding details.
  • Schedule dance lessons. (If you have two left feet, this may alleviate your first dance nerves.)
  • Order wedding cake and groom’s cake.
  • Finalize honeymoon arrangements.

2 - 3 Months Out

  • Make accommodations for your wedding night. If you’re not leaving for your honeymoon directly after the reception, decide where you want to stay for the night.
  • Send out wedding invitations. (Are children welcome at your destination wedding?)
  • Work on your ceremony vows. (This is especially important if you plan to write them yourself.)
  • Confirm catering menu.
  • Book hair and makeup for wedding day.
  • Purchase additional wedding accessories. (Wedding accessories include: a ring-bearer pillow, guestbook, unity candle, cake serving knife and toasting flutes. Bridal accessories include shoes, garter, jewelry, etc.)
  • Schedule a tasting for wedding cake and caterer.
  • Write thank you notes for gifts as they arrive.
  • Request a permit and book a band for your second line.

1 Month Out

  • Finalize itinerary with wedding planner. Alert your wedding party once finalized.
  • Get marriage license
  • Schedule a trial run for hair and makeup.

1 Week Out

  • Follow up with missing RSVPs.
  • Final check with vendors. Confirm final payments, guest count and any additional details for day of wedding.
  • Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure.
  • Contact the New Orleans CVB for welcome bags. Welcome bags for your out of town guests are complimentary and include a New Orleans official visitor’s guide and French Quarter walking map.
  • Pack for your honeymoon.

Wedding Day

  • Wake up your wedding party with a delivery of hot beignets and café au lait (and don’t forget to eat breakfast yourself).
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
  • Make sure your best man has the rings.
  • Don’t forget the officiant’s fee.

The Day After

  • Sleep in.
  • Live happily ever after.