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WEDDING PLANNING TIMELINE
9-12 MONTHS BEFORE:
- Announce your engagement. If having an engagement party, pick the date, time, & reserve the place.
- Start a wedding notebook. Fill it with pictures, ideas, color swatches, etc…
- Pick possible wedding dates.
- Decide what type of wedding that you want (formal, semi-formal, informal), time of day, # of guests… Start by choosing the 3 most important things to you about your wedding (food, flowers, décor, site, music, etc…) to help determine where your budget should be focused.
- Decide on a budget. Find out what your family plans to contribute and decide what your are willing to spend.
- Attend bridal shows.
- Find ceremony & reception sites open on your date and book before your day is taken.
- Select & reserve an officiant that is free on your date.
- Find out any special requirements that the ceremony & reception sites & the officiant may require.
- Start researching & interviewing vendors. Many have dates booked a year or more in advance. If you find one you like that works with your budget, BOOK THEM IMMEDIATELY!! Get timelines for ordering from each of them at booking. READ CONTRACTS THOROUGHLY.
- DJs/ Musicians
- Once vendors are booked, add their info to your folder and their payment deadlines and future appointments to your calendar.
- Start your guest list. File names under “must invite” & “may invite” to get going. Add or subtract people as your budget and space allows. It also helps to have one list each for the bride & groom, and a list for each side of the family. Combine and narrow down from there.
- Select your attendants and anyone else you would like to help in your wedding. You especially want these people available for your special day.
- Shop for your gown. There are so very many to choose from, and once you find that perfect dress, it may have to be ordered, and most likely also altered. This all takes time. Sometimes the look of the dress can help to develop your wedding theme/style.
- Shop for attendants’ attire. These may have to be ordered & altered too.
6-9 MONTHS BEFORE:
- Send save-the-date cards or newsletter. This is especially important for guests that must travel or destination weddings where everyone must make travel arrangements.
- Purchase your wedding gown & accessories, if you haven’t already:
- Veil &/or headpiece
- Do the same for your attendants’ attire.
- Start choosing music selections for both the ceremony & reception. Also, any readings for the ceremony.
- Begin looking at invitations.
- Sign up for gift registries. This can be fun!! Go big if you like. (Your guests don’t HAVE to buy it, but if they really want to…) Throw in plenty of affordable items too. This helps guests get a sense of what you need & like.
- Make a wedding website. This is a simple way to get fun details & important information to your guests. This is very helpful if there are any big changes before the wedding day. (Change of time or venue, road detour instructions, etc…)
- Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests. Hotels will offer you discounts for blocks of rooms.
- Reserve where you will be staying for your wedding night.
- Begin honeymoon planning
- Start shopping for wedding rings.
- Reserve rental items for ceremony & reception.
- Select & book miscellaneous services like transportation to & from church.
- Choose & purchase a gift for your soon-to-be spouse.
4-6 MONTHS BEFORE:
- Finalize guest list.
- Order invitations & other stationery. (Buy enough extra for keepsakes.)
- Book a calligrapher if using one for invites, place cards, etc…
- Check marriage license requirements for the county you are getting married in.
- Start shopping for men’s attire.
- Select a date, time, & location for the rehearsal dinner.
- Select & purchase anything you will be ordering like favors, decorations, etc… If making these yourself, get started now.
3 MONTHS BEFORE:
- Address wedding invitations.
- Buy the cake knife, toasting glasses, guest book…
- Start writing your wedding vows. (If writing your own.)
- Purchase the rings if you haven’t already. This will give you time for resizing & engraving.
- Buy gifts for the wedding party.
- Have the men fitted for their tuxedos.
2 MONTHS BEFORE:
- Mail invitations.
- Begin lists for RSVPs returned & gifts received.
- Schedule a hair & makeup consultation & practice run.
- Finalize music selections & give them to the DJ &/or musicians.
- Begin working on the reception seating charts as RSVPs arrive.
1 MONTH BEFORE:
- Finalize wedding vows (if you are writing your own.) The sooner they are written, there is one less thing to stress over.
- Get the marriage license.
- Make any name changes on all documents & subscriptions.
- Reconfirm details with all vendors.
- Purchase each other’s gifts if you haven’t already.
- Have someone contact any guests that have not sent back their RSVPs.
2 WEEKS BEFORE:
- Go over final details, including schedule of wedding weekend events.
- Get together everything needed for rehearsal & wedding day.
- Arrange to have your mail held at the post office & newspapers held while you are away on your honeymoon.
- Give final guest count to the caterer.
- Provide a weekend schedule of events to everyone involved in the wedding so that they know where and at what time they are expected.
1 WEEK BEFORE:
- Pack for honeymoon.
- Confirm arrival times with all vendors.
- Designate someone to return rented items after the wedding.
- Make arrangements for someone to collect the gifts brought to the wedding & deliver them to your home.
- Have a manicure & a pedicure. Maybe even a massage. You need to relax!!
- Attend rehearsal & dinner. Give out thank-you gifts to people in the wedding, if you haven’t done so already.
- Have extra copies of the weekend schedule of events for anyone involved in the wedding that does not have one with them.
- Confirm wedding day transportation.
- Confirm hair & makeup appointments.
- If you have access to the ceremony & reception sites, bring in what you can tonight so there is less to worry about tomorrow.
- Put the officiant’s fee, tips, final payments, etc… in envelopes & give them to someone you trust to get them to the right people.
- Layout everything you will need for tomorrow in a safe place. This will avoid rushing around in the morning.
- GET SOME SLEEP!!
YOUR WEDDING DAY:
- Eat something, even if you think you aren’t hungry.
- Have wedding attire ready 2 hours early.
- Be sure the wedding rings are where they are supposed to be.
- Take a deep breath, smile, and enjoy the celebration!!