12 Months Of Planning

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12+ Months
– Choose date (or a couple so you can be flexable)
– Determine your budget
– Decide your wedding style
– Choose your wedding party and propose to them
– Start compiling a guest list to get an approximate guest count
– Setup a wedding email address to direct all wedding related offers, plans and accounts to one location
– Visit ceremony and reception venues
– Start researching wedding pros
– Hire wedding planner
– Get your ring insured
– Get engagement photos taken

10-11 Months
– Reserve your ceremony and reception venues
– Order your save the dates
– Book officiant
– Purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments

8-9 Months
– Hire photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, and florist
– Create your gift registries
– Choose bridal party attire and accessories
– Begin planning honeymoon
– Refine guest list
– Start shopping for wedding invitations
– Block hotel rooms for out of town guests
– Mail save the dates

6-7 Months
– Gather ideas for wedding day hair and makeup styles
– Meet with officiant to discuss ceremony plans
– Reserve rentals such as chairs, linens, lighting, decor, etc
– Schedule cake tasting and choose stlye
– Hire ceremony musicians
– Book transportation to and from venues
– Purchase wedding bands
– Order wedding invitations

4-5 Months
– Choose flowers for wedding party and centerpieces
– Schedule dress fittings
– Book honeymoon flights and hotels
– Book room for wedding night
– Order wedding cake
– Plan welcome baskets for out of town guest
– Prepare play/ do not play list for DJ/ band
– Finalize reception menu
– Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list
– Book rehearsal dinner venue

3 Months
– Finalize honeymoon plans and make sure all documents are in order
– Get trial make up and hair style with veil
– Finalize readers and readings
– Purchase all the accessories like toasting glasses, serving piecies, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow
– Finalize reception menu
– Order wedding favors

2 Months
– Mail wedding invitations 6-8 weeks prior to wedding. RSVP’s should be due 4 weeks prior to wedding
– Write wedding vows
– Finalize ceremony with officiant
– Order menus, wedding programs and any other day of stationery
– Finalize playlist with musicians
– Finalize fittings for wedding party and parents
– Book spa treatments for you and bridal party
– Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant, and wedding party
– Write out honeymoon itinerary for family and home
– Decide on ” Something Old, Borrowed, and Blue”
– Purchase girls for wedding party

1 Month
– Call vendors to confirm date, time and location
– Give photography/ videographer image and video requests
– Confirm honeymoon reervations
– Pick up wedding rings
– Pick up marriage license
– Final dress fitting with shoes and undergarments
– Write thank you notes for gifts received
– Follow up with guest who have no RSVP’d
– Break in wedding shoes

2 Weeks
– Give final count to caterer
– Create seating chart and order escort/ placecards
– Update registries
– Get final haircut and color
– Delegate wedding day duties like gift table, guestbook, etc

1 week
– Make final payments and prepare envelopes for cash tips for vendors
– Get spa/ beauty treatments for you and the bridal party
– Give marriage license to officiant
– Lay out wedding clothes
– Pack for wedding night/ honeymoon
– Deliever welcome baskets