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.
8 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.
6 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.
4 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
2 Months Before
□ Mail wedding invitations.
□ Start writing vows.
6 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.
4 Weeks Before
□ Have the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
□ Confirm honeymoon and travel arrangements
□ Call guests who have not sent their RSVP.
2 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.
□ 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.
□ Breathe, get married and look forward to a beautiful life together.