All ready stressing about Wedding Planning? Don’t fret…this quick and easy “guideline” checklist will steer you in the right direction!
12 Months Before
Start a wedding folder or even a Pinterest board to gather your thoughts and ideas. Be reasonable with your ideas!
Compile a realistic budget and add a small cushion for last minute or must-haves.
Pick your wedding party
Start the Guest List - you’ll need a rough headcount and address count for a lot of planning items!
Hire a planner
Visit venues and reserve your date!
Start to research key vendors: photographers, bands/DJs, florists, caterers. Ask friends and fellow vendors.
8 Months Before
Hire your photographer and/or videographer. Schedule engagement pictures
Book your band or DJ
Plan tastings with caterers and baker
Purchase your dress - dresses take 4-6 months for delivery!
Reserve hotel room blocks, if needed.
Register for your gifts
Create your wedding website - essential for online RSVP
6 Months Before
My favorite part: start the Invitation ordering process!
Start planning honeymoon
Pick out and order Bridesmaids’ dresses
Send Save the Dates
Reserve any rental that may be necessary for the venue and reception
Book your florist
Reserve transportation, if needed, from venue to reception
Create your day-of timeline, if your planner hasn’t already
4 Months Before
Book the rehearsal and dinner venue
Wedding invitations should be sent to print and guest addressing started
Order the cake
Purchase wedding shoes, lingerie and jewelry
Schedule hair and makeup artist for trial run and day of
Choose your music
3 Months Before
Finalize readings or ceremony order
Order menu cards, programs and other day-of stationery
2 Months Before
Send out invitations - be sure you have correct postage and RSVP postage so none get returned.
PARTY time - bachelorette + bachelor parties!
1 Month Before
RSVPs should be coming in - updated and send list to all parties requiring a headcount
Get your marriage license
Mail rehearsal dinner invitations
Final dress fitting
Make final vendor payments
Purchase bridal party gifts
Compose vows, if needed.
Schedule hair appointment for color touch up and trim
Confirm with all vendors
Send timeline to bridal party
Pick up dress
Touchbase with photographer
Pack for the honeymoon
FINALLY - GET HITCHED!!
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