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Wedding Planning Timeline

It is best to allow a full year to plan your wedding, if possible. If you don't have a year, don't fret - it is possible to plan a beautiful wedding in less time. The biggest risk is that a specific performer, service, or facility may be already reserved on your target date, thus limiting your choices.

It is our recommendation that you enlist the expert assistance of a Wedding Consultant to help you plan your wedding, if you have less than six months to plan your wedding, as the consultant will be able to take a great deal of pressure off of you.

12 Months
    • Engagement Ring
    • Ask bride's parents
    • Announce engagement!
    • Discuss preliminary budget and expense sharing
    • Wedding coordinator
    • Ceremony site
    • Officiant
    • Reception site
    • Catering arrangements (food, beverage, staff)
    • Preliminary invitations list

9 to 12 months
    • Choose bridesmaids, groomsmen, maid
        or matron of honor, and best man
    • Choose color scheme
    • Select photographer, and have engagement photos taken
    • Select DJ and musicians for ceremony and reception
    • Select videographer
6 to 9 months
    • Select Wedding gown and accessories
    • Select bridesmaid's dresses and accessories
    • Bridal party's first fitting
    • Select a Jeweler
    • Select a Florist
    • Select a travel agent and choose your destination
    • Get passports
    • Meet with your reception site Master of Ceremonies
      (usually the band leader or disc jockey) to discuss
       the preliminary details of how you'd like the reception run

4 to 6 months
    • Select men' formal wear
    • Select invitations and stationary
    • Select transportation services
    • Select hotel accommodations for out-of-town guests
    • Select and reserve Wedding night suite
    • Select and reserve any rental equipment

2 to 4 months
    • Select wedding cake
    • Gift registry
    • Gifts for attendants and each other
    • Wedding favors, decorations, and accessories
    • Trousseau and apparel for honeymoon and
      bridal showers.
    • Select site for and arrange rehearsal dinner
    • Plan for pre-wedding parties
    • Tie up financial and legal matters
    • Finalize living arrangements
    • Finalize florist order.
    • Preliminary hair and makeup consultation

1 to 2 months
    • Confirm all contracted services and reservations
    • Send wedding invitations
    • Final meeting with Master of Ceremonies
    • Finalize details of ceremony and reception with
         appropriate site coordinators
    • Newspaper announcements
    • Buy marriage license
    • Final bridal gown and attendants dress fittings
    • Select ceremony accessories: Unity candle,
       ring pillow, guest book, etc..
    • Select personal accessories: purse, garter,
       toasting goblets, etc..
    • Make salon appointments

2 weeks
    • Confirm rehearsal plans and invite guests to
      rehearsal dinner
    • Arrange change of name and address, and renew
       all legal documents accordingly
    • Finalize guest count
    • Begin packing for honeymoon
    • Bachelor and bachelorette parties

1 week
    • Pick up wedding rings (check fit and engraving)
    • Men pick up formal wear (check fit)
    • Rehearsal & rehearsal dinner
    • Finalize transportation for bridal party and parents.

Your Wedding Day!
Relax, and try to take a few moments to reflect upon this - the greatest moment in both of your lives. It will be over soon, but the memories will be yours to treasure for a lifetime.


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