Congratulations on your engagement! The journey to your dream wedding in North Portland begins here. Planning a wedding involves a myriad of details, and we're here to guide you through every step of the way with our comprehensive checklist. North Portland, with its unique blend of urban charm and natural beauty, offers the perfect backdrop for your special day.

From selecting the ideal venue that captures the essence of the city to curating a menu that tantalizes taste buds, each element deserves your attention. Whether you envision an intimate garden ceremony or a grand celebration overlooking the river, our checklist will ensure that no stone goes unturned in crafting your perfect wedding.

Explore timelines spanning months before your big day to the moment you say "I do." Delve into the nitty-gritty details like choosing the right vendors who align with your vision, orchestrating seamless transportation, and planning entertainment that keeps the dance floor alive.

Capture the romance with expert photography, plan an unforgettable rehearsal, and even ease into your honeymoon with our tips. Our checklist isn't just a list of tasks; it's a roadmap to creating memories that will last a lifetime.

So, take a deep breath, and let's embark on this exciting journey together. Every checkmark brings you one step closer to a North Portland wedding that reflects your love story in every detail. Let's dive in and make your dream wedding a reality.

12-18 Months Before the Wedding

Set the Date

  • Choose a date for your wedding.


Guest List

  • Draft a preliminary guest list.

Venue Selection

  • Research and visit potential wedding venues in North Portland.
  • Check availability for your chosen date.
  • Consider venues with both indoor and outdoor options due to Portland's weather. Check out my Portland Venue Guide!


  • Research and book your wedding vendors:Caterer
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Florist
  • DJ/band
  • Officiant
  • Wedding planner (if desired)


8-12 Months Before the Wedding

Wedding Attire

  • Start shopping for your wedding dress and suits/tuxedos for the groom and groomsmen.


  • Design or choose wedding invitations and stationery.
  • Start compiling addresses for your guest list.

Ceremony and Reception Details

  • Plan the ceremony and reception layouts.
  • Decide on décor, theme, and color scheme.


  • Finalize the catering menu and beverage options.


  • Book your chosen entertainment (band, DJ, etc.).
  • Plan the music for the ceremony, reception, and dancing.

6-8 Months Before the Wedding


  • Schedule engagement photoshoots.
  • Discuss shot lists and specific preferences.


  • Arrange transportation for you and your guests if needed.

Marriage License

Gift Registry

  • Create and share your gift registry with guests.

4-6 Months Before the Wedding


  • Send out wedding invitations, including RSVP details.
  • Consider sending digital reminders as the date approaches.

Finalize Details

Wedding Rings

  • Purchase or order your wedding rings.

2-4 Months Before the Wedding

RSVP Tracking

  • Keep track of RSVPs and dietary restrictions.

Final Fittings

  • Schedule final dress and attire fittings.

Hair and Makeup

  • Book hair and makeup trials and wedding day appointments.

Seating Arrangements

  • Plan and finalize the seating arrangements.

1 Month Before the Wedding

Final Payments

  • Make final payments to vendors.


  • Create a detailed wedding day timeline for vendors and the bridal party.


  • Plan and coordinate the wedding rehearsal.


  • Pack for your honeymoon and organize wedding day essentials.

Wedding Week


  • Confirm all details with vendors and the venue.

Décor Setup

  • Set up the ceremony and reception décor.

Final Checks

  • Double-check all arrangements, including payments and tips for vendors.


  • Take time to relax and enjoy the days leading up to your wedding.

Let's connect to plan your North Portland Wedding!