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Wedding Planning Timeline

Wedding Planning Timeline


It’s no secret that planning a wedding requires a lot of organization and planning. Below is a detailed timeline to ensure you don’t miss any steps on the road to your big day.

One year out…

  • Set a date
  • Set a budget
  • Decide if you’ll hire a wedding planner
  • Find someone to officiate
  • Start looking for a venue
  • Start the guest list
  • Form your wedding party

7 Months out…

  • Make save the dates
  • Create a wedding website (if you decide you want one)
  • Register for gifts
  • Arrange transportation
  • Find a caterer
  • Find and book a florist
  • Book a photographer
  • Determine if you want a DJ or a band and start looking
  • Find bridal party attire
  • Say yes to the dress! (along with a veil and shoes)

5 Months out…

  • Send out save the dates
  • Finalize guest list
  • Create invitations
  • Finalize plans for rehearsal dinner
  • Reserve rental items for ceremony and reception

3 Months out…

  • Send invitations
  • Shop for wedding rings
  • Order a wedding cake (don’t forget the topper!)
  • After the 90-day mark, acquire a marriage license
  • Purchase a guest book
  • Find hairstylist and makeup artist

7 Weeks out…

  • Order the groom and groomsmen’s tuxedos
  • Bridal shower
  • Finalize the menu for the reception

5 Weeks out…

  • Create seating plan for reception
  • Print out seating cards
  • Final dress fitting
  • Find your somethings old, new, borrowed, and blue
  • Finalize details with all venders

1 Week out…

  • Mani/pedi
  • Confirm arrival times with venders
  • Bachelorette and bachelor parties
  • Set aside checks and tips for venders

Day of…

  • Confirm all venders have followed through
  • Relax
  • Get married — congratulations!
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