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Wedding Planning Time Line

Planning a wedding can be stressful and time consuming....but it doesn't have to be. If you think ahead, get organized and
make your arrangements early enough, you can avoid a headache and all that grey hair.

Follow the helpful timeline schedule below and actually get a few good nights of sleep....

          9 - 12 Months
  • Announce engagement to family & friends

  • Arrange for formal engagement photograph

  • Shop for engagement ring

  • Set wedding date & time

  • Set up wedding budget you can live with

  • Decide who is contributing what financially

  • Hire wedding consultant if you plan to use one

  • Select your wedding attendants

  • Decide style and color scheme of wedding

  • Reserve wedding and reception sites

  • Determine size of wedding guest list

  • Start compiling guest list addresses

  • Choose your gown, veil & accessories

  • Select your bridesmaids outfits

  • Begin researching your honeymoon

  • Buy a memory album & start your personal journal

  • Meet with officiant to discuss pre-marital counseling and the wedding service

  • Select photographer, videographer, DJ or band, florist, caterer, emcee and schedule planning meetings

         6 - 8 Months

  • Begin any required pre-marital counseling

  • Discuss wedding vows

  • Order your bridal gown & confirm delivery date

  • Order headpiece & other accessories

  • Order bridesmaids dresses & accessories

  • Research invitation styles

  • Finalize invitation wording

  • Decide on necessary invitation inserts

  • Reserve all rental equipment (tents, chairs, etc)

  • Decide on reception decorations

  • Begin researching wedding cake designers

  • Discuss & reserve wedding transportation

  • Register for wedding gifts

  • Keep a careful record of all gifts received

  • Write thank you notes immediately

  • Finalize honeymoon plans & make any deposits

  • Order invitations, inserts, announcements, thank you notes, napkins, reception place cards, etc (Proof read !!)

         4 - 5 Months

  • Shop for wedding rings

  • Complete guest list

  • Plan ceremony decorations

  • Make final arrangements for ceremony including readings

  • Meet with organist/soloist to select music for ceremony

  • Have mothers coordinate and select their dresses

  • Reserve mens formal wear

  • Pick up printed invitations (proof read again !!)

  • Address invitations & announcements

  • Make or buy favors for guests

  • Arrange for guest parking at ceremony & reception site

  • Finalize menu & confirm all details with caterer

  • Order cake & cake topper

  • Select flowers for bridal party

  • Select flowers for ceremony & reception

  • Check requirements for getting a marriage license in your state

  • Finalize living arrangements for your new life

  • Discuss whether or not to have a prenuptial agreement

  • Plan rehearsal dinner

  • Research passport & visa requirements

  • Write thank you notes immediately

         3 Months

  • Coordinate accommodations for out of town guests

  • Review ceremony with officiant

  • Select ceremony music

  • If using personalized wedding vows, begin writing them now

  • Schedule first bridal gown fitting

  • Schedule first bridesmaids gown fitting

  • Shop for bridal lingerie

  • Experiment with makeup & hair styles

  • Make all hair, nail & makeup appointments

  • Make sure all attire for flower girl & ring bearer has been ordered

  • Discuss reception traditions you plan on using

  • Order table numbers & menu cards for reception

  • Consider taking dance lessons if desired

  • Finalize plans for wedding rehearsal & rehearsal dinner

  • Shop for honeymoon clothes

  • Obtain all passport & visa requirements

  • Write thank you notes immediately

  • Have all accessories...toasting glasses, garter, ring pillow, candles, guestbook/Pen, etc

        2 Months

  • Pick up wedding rings

  • Finalize ceremony specifics with officiant including music

  • Select responsible person to handle guestbook

  • Schedule dress fittings

  • Assemble directions & accommodation cards for out of town guests

  • Mail invitations

  • Design & print wedding programs if using

  • Confirm all reception details

  • Give invited head count to caterer & review details

  • Finalize all details with florist & entertainment

  • Finalize music selections

  • Confirm details with photographer & videographer

  • Write thank you notes immediately

  • Plan bridesmaid's party

  • Draw up any prenuptial agreement

  • Make rehearsal arrangements

        1 Month

  • Buy gifts for attendants

  • Arrange for final gown fittings

  • Begin breaking in bridal footwear

  • Mail announcements

  • Give all musicians list of music to be played

  • Have your formal bridal portrait taken

  • Give photographer list of photographs you would like taken

  • Finalize wedding transportation arrangements

  • Write thank you notes immediately

  • Host bridesmaids party

  • Complete all physical & dental appointments

  • Get blood test & marriage license

  • Get necessary forms for your name change

  • Buy gift for your fiance, if you are exchanging gifts


     2 Weeks

  • Contact invited guests who have not responded

  • Confirm that all vendors received necessary payments

  • Prepare any wedding toasts

  • Plan seating arrangements for reception

  • Designate reliable person to be in charge of gifts brought to reception

  • Give final counts to caterer and review all details

  • Confirm delivery arrangements with baker

  • Write thank you notes immediately

  • Attend bachelor/bachlorette party

  • Confirm honeymoon arrangements and start packing

  • Get traveler's checks for your honeymoon

  • Confirm hotel reservations for the night of your wedding. Guarantee late arrivals

  • Mail wedding announcements to the newspapers


     1 Week

  • Go over special seating arrangements with ushers

  • Pick up wedding gown

  • Pick up bridesmaids dresses

  • Pick up grooms attire

  • Make sure you have all wedding attire & it fits

  • Write thank you notes immediately

  • Arrange for gifts brought to your reception to be delivered to your new home

  • Make sure you have your marriage license

  • Have wedding rehearsal & rehearsal dinner

  • Provide transportation company with written wedding day itinerary including addresses

  • Provide entire wedding party with written wedding day itinerary including addresses and everyone else's cell phone numbers



         On Your Wedding Day

  • Be sure you eat something before everything starts

  • Do hair and nails at least 3 hours before ceremony

  • Allow plenty of time to apply your makeup

  • Give your honor attendants your wedding rings

  • Have programs delivered to the church

  • Assign someone to transport flower arrangements from the church to the reception

  • Be sure best man has the soloist's fee, tips for the officiant's assistants, as well as payment for the organist and DJ or band

  • Have all accessories together

  • Girls begin dressing about 1-1/2 - 2 hours before ceremony...especially if you are having a photographer arrive before ceremony. If bridesmaids getting ready elsewhere, have them arrive a minimum of 1 hour before leaving for ceremony

  • Don't forget to bring marriage license to ceremony

Relax & Have A GREAT Time

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