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Meet the Wedding Planner

Meet the Wedding Planner

A Yearlong Wedding Timeline to Organize Your Dream Wedding    

By Anjelica MacGregor

Piecing together an immaculate wedding takes a lot of planning. To help a vision come to life, here is a wedding timeline that answers all of your pre-bridal questions. Use this plan to help customize that dream wedding of yours.

12+ Months Before

  Discuss and settle on a budget.

  Pick a season of the wedding. Being flexible on exact dates will give you a larger selection of venues.

  Research locations for the venue and start touring.

  Have an engagement party! And yes, it’s OK to create a registry beforehand.

  Book the venue.

10 Months Before

  Determine wedding style.

  Shop for and order your gown.

  If not provided by the venue, start looking for catering companies that will incorporate the wedding theme.

  Research and book wedding vendors, including the videographer, photographer and reception band or D.J.

  Hire an officiant.

  Take engagement photographs.

  Select the bridal party.

  Consider researching a wedding insurance policy to protect all deposits.

Months Before

  Make a wedding website.

  Go to the gown fitting with the maid of honor.

  Order bridesmaid dresses and flower girl attire.

  Research and order wedding rings.

  Start researching honeymoon options.

  Block off hotel rooms for guests.

  Collect names and addresses for the guest list.

Months Before

  Book the honeymoon.

  Send save-the-dates.

  Renew or get passports if the honeymoon is abroad.

  Research ideas for wedding favors.

  Reserve rental equipment: tables, tents, chairs, linens, decorations, etc.

  Reserve transportation services.

  Update wedding website.

  Order the cake.

  Hire a calligrapher for wedding invitations.

Months Before

  Rent the groomsmen formal attire.

  Plan the rehearsal dinner.

  Ensure vendors are aware of plans.

  Finalize hair and makeup options.

  Finalize guest list and send invitations to calligrapher.

  Order wedding favors.

  Purchase wedding accessories: baskets, candles, ring pillows, linens.

  Finalize menu

Months Before

  Mail wedding invitations.

  Start writing vows.

Weeks Before

  Apply for marriage license.

  Get everything printed.

  Finalize wedding song.

  Have the final gown fitting and the dress pressed.

  Create the wedding program for guests.

Weeks Before

  Have the bridal shower and bachelorette party.

  Confirm honeymoon and travel arrangements

  Call guests who have not sent their RSVP.

Weeks Before

  Finalize wedding-day schedule and share the schedule with everyone.

  Go over music with the D.J. or band.

  Send the must-get shot lists to the photographer and determine timing for portraits.

  Attend all pre-wedding beauty appointments — think waxings, haircut, hair coloring, facials, etc.

  Confirm final headcount.

  Pack for the wedding night and honeymoon.

  Finalize seating arrangement.

2 Days Before

  Enjoy a full-on spa day. Enhance that inner glow with a tan plus a mani-pedi.

  Package bridesmaid and groomsmen’s gifts.

  Reconfirm all final components with all vendors.

Day Before

  Attend the rehearsal dinner.

  Hand out bridal gifts.

  Ensure all final balances for the reception are paid.

  Provide vendors and the wedding team with an emergency contact number.

  Give the marriage license to your officiant.

Day Of

  Breathe, get married and look forward to a beautiful life together.

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