Your Timeline for Planning

Now that we have your venue and date, I am going to give you a head start on your planning timeline which I am sure you have been dying to have!! Remember, depending on how far in advance you plan, this timeline will definitely be adjusted. So just alter it as you need to but make sure you use it as a checklist to ensure nothing is forgotten!

12+ Months:
   - Book your venues (ceremony and reception)
   - Choose your colors and theme
   - Hire a wedding coordinator (which I highly recommend for at least the day of the wedding!)
   - Purchase your wedding gown
   - Send out save-the-dates

8-10 Months:
   - Choose your bridal party
   - Order bridesmaid dresses (these may take almost as long as your dress!)
   - Hire your wedding officiant (and begin marriage classes, which I would also highly recommend!)
   - Book your caterer (if not included through the venue)
   - Book your photographer and videographer
   - Take engagement photos
   - Hire your band and/or DJ
   - Book your florist
   - Sign up for gift registries

5-7 Months:
   - Order your wedding invitations
   - Arrange guest hotel accommodations
   - Design your wedding cake
   - Book your honeymoon
   - Choose your wedding bands

3 Months:
   - Select and get fitted for tuxedos
   - Reserve any additional rental items needed (chairs, tables, arch, lounge furniture, photobooth, etc.)
   - Arrange transportation/limousine services (if needed)
   - Order wedding favors
   - Decide on your bridal party gifts
   - Book your rehearsal dinner

1-2 Months:
   - Send DJ/band wedding music list
   - Order wedding programs (if being used)
   - Apply for your marriage license
   - Finalize wedding accessories
   - Book your hair/makeup and have a trial run
   - Purchase your veil

2 Weeks:
   - Finalize all details and timelines with vendors
   - Call all guests who haven't RSVP'd
   - Confirm all plans for rehearsal dinner
   - Complete floor plan and seating chart
   - Confirm all vendor delivery times/set-up times
   - Confirm final menu selections

1 Week: 
   - Make last adjustments to seating chart (yes, you will receive changes from guests!)
   - Confirm honeymoon plans (make sure you have all necessary documents together)
   - Pick up tuxedo's and dress
   - Have a relaxing massage :)
1 Day:
   - Confirm all items are together (personal and event-related)
   - Get your manicures, pedicures, and any hair touch ups needed
   - Get a good night's sleep!

   - Just relax and have fun!!