Congratulations on your engagement! Now, it’s time we start talking about your wedding planning timeline.
Until now, your experience with wedding planning is that you have friends who have planned their own wedding or the 3,759 other weddings that you’ve attended or been in at this point.
But it’s not having to plan your own wedding!
And you’re in luck!
We’ve created the ultimate step-by-step list of things you should accomplish each month, so you can get everything done on time without any overwhelm.
And to make things easy on you, each step is linked to a super helpful article giving you more information and details about things to keep in mind about every part of wedding planning.
Some of these articles may be straight from our blog while others were written by some of our trusted friends in the wedding industry.
So, what are you waiting for? Jump right in!
How far out are you from your wedding?
Okay, we have a Type-A planner on our hands.
Don’t get overwhelmed and try to do too many things at once. You have plenty of time to get everything planned perfectly.
Try to start with a few simple, yet important, things like setting a date and picking a wedding style, which will have a significant impact on the rest of your wedding planning decisions.
This is also the time to decide whether or not you will be working with a wedding planner.
- Set a wedding date.
- Determine your wedding day style and colors.
- Hire a wedding planner.
- Set up a wedding budget.
- Compile your initial wedding guest list.
- Create a web page to announce your wedding.
- Choose your wedding party.
- Have an engagement party.
- Book your ceremony and reception locations.
- Book your wedding venue.
- Hire your wedding officiant.
At this time, it’s a good idea to let your guests know the date you have picked for your wedding to make sure they don’t make other plans.
The same goes for your wedding vendors like your caterer, the entertainment, wedding photographer, and florist – except, you don’t actually send them a save-the-date.
- Send out save-the-date-cards to wedding guests you KNOW you want at your wedding.
- Book your caterer.
- Choose your wedding entertainment.
- Book your florist.
- Hire your wedding photographer and videographer.
This may be the funnest time frame of your wedding planning timeline because it’s the perfect time to buy your wedding gown to allow enough room for any alterations.
You can also start your wedding registry and do some cake and reception food tasting.
- Buy your wedding gown.
- Buy bridesmaid dresses.
- Book your wedding ceremony musicians.
- Determine your estimated guest count.
- Book your hotel wedding block.
- Book your wedding transportation.
- Create your wedding registry.
- Cake tastings.
- Food tastings.
You are now halfway through your wedding planning timeline!! Only a few more months until the big day.
So, use this time to make some final decisions in regard to your menu and invitations.
You will also want to order your invitations and wedding bands.
- Finalize your wedding menu.
- Book your wedding cake baker.
- Make honeymoon arrangements.
- Rent your wedding formalwear.
- Order your wedding invitations.
- Order your wedding bands.
- Hire a wedding calligrapher (optional).
- Reserve tables, chairs, and/or other rental equipment you’ll need.
Time to find your hairstylist! Make sure to have one or two trial runs with your hair and makeup team to see what will look good on you and to make sure you like the way they work.
- Finalize the wedding guest list.
- Appoint ushers and other ceremony helpers.
- Mail out wedding invitations.
- Book your hairstylist and makeup artist.
- Decide on and buy accessories for the wedding party.
- Finalize rehearsal dinner details.
It seems like it’s a long way out from your wedding to be writing your wedding vows, but believe me – someone who writes A LOT – you will have several edits to make.
It’s also not a bad idea to practice your vows by reading them out loud to yourself or your pet! And please, whatever you do, USE THE RIGHT NAME! 🤦♀️
- Discuss your wedding vows — will you write your own or recite traditional ones?
- Purchase gifts for parents, attendants, and other special guests.
- Have your final wedding gown fitting.
- Order welcome baskets for your guests.
- Order or create your wedding guestbook.
- Have your wedding shower.
- Have your bachelor/bachelorette party.
- Order wedding guest favors.
- Finalize your floral proposal.
- Schedule RSVP reminders.
A week away from your walk down the aisle.
Make sure to check off some administrative tasks on your wedding planning timeline, like applying for your marriage license and confirming last-minute details with your venue manager and wedding vendors.
- Apply for a marriage license.
- Call wedding guests who haven’t RSVP’d.
- Assemble day-of assignments for the wedding party.
- Call the location manager and make sure your vendors have access to the site when they need it.
- Finalize the seating chart and get it to the reception site manager.
- Check in with all wedding vendors and confirm all the details.
- Assemble or package wedding favors.
Counting down the days on your wedding planning timeline.
By now, most things should be planned out and squared away. Go ahead and pre-schedule some WedTexts reminders for your guests and vendors, so you don’t forget anything.
Speaking of not forgetting things, even if it seems far out, go ahead and start packing for your honeymoon. It is closer than you think!
- Have your rehearsal dinner.
- Finalize all wedding transportation details.
- Pack for your honeymoon.
- Schedule wedding weekend timeline reminders for your guests and vendors.
Your big day is finally here!
Really, there shouldn’t be anything for you to do today except avoid some major wedding day don’ts and enjoy your special day!!
After seeing the entire wedding planning timeline, how do you feel?
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