Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wedding Timeline

12 - 16 Months before the wedding

Choose a wedding date
Discuss & Choose the style and formality of your wedding
Decide on a wedding budget*
Hire a wedding consultant *
Select a ceremony location
Select a reception site
Start shopping for a wedding gown

8 - 10 Months before the wedding

Select your bridal party
Interview and Hire the following:*
Wedding officiant*
Reception Caterer *( if the reception site does not offer catering)
Photographer and Videographer*
Band or DJ*
Decide on bridesmaids dresses
Start compiling names & addresses for the guest list
Sign up for a gift registry
Engagement party*

5 - 7 Months before the wedding

Finalize the guest list
Shop for your wedding stationery (invitations, thank you)
Arrange accommodations for out of town guests if there are any*
Select your wedding cake
Begin preparations for your honeymoon*

4 Months before the wedding

Book your florist*
Shop for your wedding bands

3 Months before the wedding

Send out your invitations
Select tuxedos
Arrange for rental of items*
Discuss finalized menu options and costs with your caterer*
Arrange transportation/ limousine service*
Order wedding favors if having any*
Shop for bridal party gifts

2 Months before the wedding

Choose your wedding music
Select a location for your rehearsal dinner*
Confirm with formal wear shop*
Schedule your alterations
Schedule fittings for the bridesmaids and flower girl.
Confirm your order with the florist*

1 Month before the wedding

Design your wedding programs if you are having them*
Apply for your marriage license
Have a final gown fitting
Choose all of your wedding accessories
Visit your hair stylist
Visit your make-up artist
Hair & make-up done, have your formal bridal portraits done.
Discuss and finalize details with wedding service providers*

2 Weeks before the wedding

Give the caterer a finalized head count*
Give your DJ or Band a list of songs*
Confirm rehearsal plans*
Complete floor and seating plan*
Confirm all rental and floral delivery dates and times*

1 Week before the wedding

Make any last minute seating arrangements/adjustments*
Organize your wedding day attire
Confirm honeymoon reservations*
Confirm reservations for out-of-town guests*
Pack for your honeymoon.
Gather all necessary documents for travel
Confirm rehearsal plans with attendants*
Confirm reservations for the rehearsal dinner*
Pick up formalwear


Eat Something!
Get your hair and make-up done
Have someone check the reception site*
Dress for your wedding.
Have candid photos taken with family
Enjoy, you've worked hard

****Any of the items marked with an astrisk can be handled by your coordinator should you have one. That will alleviate the stress on you the day of and the weeks before****

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