Wedding Checklists

Lately I’ve been waking up in the morning and the first thing I think of is my checklist of things to do for the day. Besides work, most of my day has been devoted to getting things done on my wedding checklists. I’ve been fondly remembering the good old days when I would just think about what drink I was going to have at the end of the day.


Aaah, the good ole days when I could just relax and not have my checklists looming over me

No matter how big or small your wedding may be, planning a wedding means having a checklist. It can be one you make yourself, a ready-made checklist such as one from The Knot or WeddingWire, or a list your wedding planner gives you.

I am using multiple checklists—I’m using The Knot’s checklist for the American wedding and the WeddingWire checklist for the Japanese wedding. To me, the WeddingWire checklist is more streamlined and only focuses on the major details, and since our Japanese wedding has less planning involved the WeddingWire checklist is perfect. The American wedding involves a lot more planning, so The Knot is better suited for it. I am also using a checklist my day-of coordinator gave me so she can keep track of what I am up to.

Both The Knot and WeddingWire checklists have ways you can add and take off tasks from their lists so you can tailor it to your needs. For example, I added the task “Make reserved signs for the ceremony.” (This way random people don’t sit in the families’ front row seats—this happened at my sister’s wedding.) I also took these tasks off the checklists:

  • Let the police know you are going away on your honeymoon so they can patrol your neighborhood. (Umm, does anyone actually do that?!)
  • Get in wedding-day shape. (I like my body just the way it is, thank you very much.)
  • Set up an appointment at a tanning salon. (Errr, no thank you.)

All three of my checklists have lots of overlaps like “Book DJ” or “Buy invitations,” but I love checking off one thing over and over on all my lists. My brain gets a rush every time I check something off!

I’m also using a very easy to use checklist app called Errands where I input all of my DIY tasks that I need to finish for both weddings. I also use the Reminders app on my phone for the tasks that I want to focus on that week.


The Errands App image via


Screenshot of my Reminders app

As the weddings get closer it seems as if my life is getting ruled by all of my checklists. I have a love/hate relationship with my checklists right now. I love checking tasks off, but I hate feeling like my lists aren’t getting any shorter no matter how many things I check off. I’m anxious to to finish everything as early as possible so I won’t be too stressed in the final weeks leading up to the weddings.

Don’t worry, my life isn’t completely taken over by the checklists and I am making time for things that count—like date night with Mr. Gondola.


At dinner—wearing my engagement-photo dress which I am slowly learning to like again.

What lists are you using to plan your wedding? Do you prefer The Knot’s or WeddingWire’s checklist ?


Mrs. Gondola

Wedding Date:
October and November 2013
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  1. Member
    Mrs. Wallaby 2809 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:04 am

    I used The Knot’s checklist too, and it worked out really well, especially in the last couple months before the wedding!

  2. Member
    HobbyLobbyist 398 posts, Helper bee @ 1:16 pm

    I am using the Martha Stewart checklist as well as a homemade one on Google. I can’t wait to check off every single item.

  3. Member
    Mrs. Orchard 72 posts, Worker bee @ 3:34 pm

    I check the Knot everyday- but it has different effects on me! Sometimes I look at it and go, “whew, I’m so accomplished” and other times I look at it and go “OMG I’m such a slack ass, what will I doooooo?!” so I totally feel where you’re coming from! How is it July and yet November seems so CLOSE?!

  4. Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1300 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:35 pm

    I used both! Haha, always the overachiever!

  5. Guest
    js, Guest @ 6:25 am

    Things I wish I had known that no one told me, so I’m going to pass it on:

    Things will not be perfect. I don’t mean your wedding will be a disaster. I mean, you can’t control everybody and everything. You just can’t. This was hard for me to take.

    Don’t expect people to act different just because it’s your wedding. If your sister or Uncle is a jerk, they will still be jerks the day of.

    Trust the people you hire. They’ve done this before. It may be your first wedding, but it’s not theirs.

    and lastly,

    Enjoy this time! You don’t get it back. Worrying and stressing helps nothing! Get people involved if you’re stressing over a particular task. For the most part, people want to help and feel useful. And the whole point of having a wedding is bringing your community and your relationship together.

    I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating.

  6. Member
    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 791 posts, Busy bee @ 11:28 am

    I love checklists! They help keep me on track and I get a thrill checking something off lol

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