The Wedding Planning Timeline

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12 MONTHS TO GO

  • Discuss your budget with your finace and make sure you are both on the same page
  • Draw up your guest list
  • If hiring a wedding planner, now is the time
  • Decide on a wedding date
  • Start looking at venues for the ceremony and reception and book as soon as possible
  • Send out Save the Dates

8 MONTHS TO GO

  • Create a Pinterest board to come up with what you want for your wedding
  • Book a day to go try on wedding dresses
  • Meet with several photographers and book your favorite
  • Research and reserve hotel accommodations for your guests
  • Register your gift list

6 – 8 MONTHS TO GO

  • Consider entertainment options: DJ, band and ceremony musician
  • Select your hair and makeup artist and schedule a trial 2 months before your wedding
  • Meet with your florist and go over everything you want
  • Order bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits
  • Start Planning your honeymoon

4 – 6 MONTHS TO GO

  • Discuss furniture options with your venue
  • Consider what rental items you need to rent in
  • Commission the creation of your wedding rings
  • Discuss your ceremony order with your officiant
  • Begin shopping for shoes and accessories

3 MONTHS TO GO

  • Send out wedding invitations
  • Schedule a tasting
  • Confirm all rental items
  • Confirm wedding day transportation

2 MONTHS TO GO

  • Write your vows
  • Go to your hair and make up trials

1 MONTH TO GO

  • Follow up with any one who has not RSVP yet
  • Prepare a list for your photographer that has all the shots and who you want in them
  • Send a list to the DJ or band with songs you want played and which songs to avoid
  • Draw up a seating plan
  • Give the venue a list of vendors and number along with a timeline

2 WEEKS TO GO

  • Have a rehearsal so everyone knows when to walk and where to stand
  • Confirm final guest count with the venue and catering

1 WEEK TO GO

  • Provide the caterer with a table plan, meal orders and place cards
  • Have final phone calls with vendors and rental companies to confirm
  • Organize place cards for the venue to put out for you
  • Relax
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