Wedding Planning Timeline And Helpful Information
Select a Tentative Wedding Date.
It may change depending on availability of desired vendors. Visit ceremony & reception venues you are interested in. Call vendors you wish to use & check available dates.
Take into consideration close relatives birthdays, anniversaries, etc. to be sure everyone you want present on your big day will be around. If you give yourself a year or more to plan, you have a much greater chance of booking your desired venues & vendors on your desired date. Once you find the ones that you like, put a security deposit down to hold the date. Always check the cancellation/refund policies first & get it in writing!
Start a Wedding File.
This is a file or folder to keep all your wedding planning documents, contracts etc. Organization is very important!
Discuss & Select the Style or Theme of Your Wedding
Pick what best suits you! Formal, Informal, Casual, Outdoors, Beach. There is no wrong choice. This is Your Day - Make it Your Own! This will also help in narrowing down which venues you consider.
Announce Your Engagement to Friends & Family. Put an announcement of your recent engagement in the local paper to let people know about the big news!
Decide on a Budget
Use common sense when deciding on a budget. Take into account who is paying for what. The last thing you want is to begin your marriage in debt because you paid too much for Your Wedding.
Hire a Wedding Consultant if you plan to. Some brides choose to hire a wedding consultant to ease the stress of planning or because their schedule doesn't allow enough time for planning. If you hire a professional who knows the business, it may actually save you money & you’ll get a lot of good ideas!
Shop For a Wedding Gown.
Custom gowns can take up to a year to prepare. Be sure to begin this process as early as possible .Keep in mind that alterations & final dress fittings can also eat up extra time. There are no refunds on wedding gown purchases, so make sure your selection is exactly what you want.
Select Your Bridal Party
- Request their participation in your special day.
Interview and Hire the Following:
Don't forget that not all of these service providers will be available on your wedding day, so be sure to have more than one to consider.
- Wedding Officiant. This can be a religious or civil person depending on your beliefs and preference.
- Reception Caterer. If your reception site does not provide one, you will need to arrange for your own. Once you have found one that appeals to you be sure to secure your date with a signed contract and a security deposit. Know the refund/cancellation policies in the event you cancel or change your date.
-Photographer and Videographer.
If your budget allows for it, hire a professional. Your Wedding Album will be cherished for the rest of your lives.
-Band or DJ.
Interview several. Review demo CD's to hear their sound and style. The band or DJ can make or ruin the reception.
Decide on Bridesmaids Dresses
When ordering your gowns for the women, be sure they look good on everyone.
Start Compiling Names & Addresses For the Guest List. Keep in mind that you have to combine your list, his family's list, your family's list into the final list. If you are limited to the number of guests that can be invited to the wedding, be sure to give your families the number of guests they may include in their list.
Sign up for a Gift Registry.
Gift registries are a great way of ensuring that you get items you really want and can use. It also makes your guests' shopping much easier. Be sure to choose items for your registry from every price range to accommodate each guest's budget.
Plan An Engagement Party, Bridal Shower, Bachelor Party, or Jack & Jill Party
It's a great way to get the families and friends together beforehand.
Finalize the Guest List. Determine the number of invitations and thank you cards that need to be ordered.
Shop for Your Wedding Stationery. Invitations, thank you cards and personal stationery. Shop Heirloom Hourglass Line of Invitations and Stationery
Arrange Accommodations. Some guests may wish to stay at a nearby hotel after the festivities. Include a list of possibilities with the invitations.
Select Your Wedding Cake. Give careful thought to you & your fiancé's favorite flavors, style, size, decorations and color, & budget.
Begin Preparations For Your Honeymoon. Discuss honeymoon destinations and prices. Be sure to check on Passport requirements.
Book Your Florist. Once you have found the one, be sure to secure your order with a signed contract and a security deposit. Know the refund/cancellation policies.
Shop for Your Wedding Bands.
You should do this together. You will be wearing these rings for a long time, so you should be very happy with your selection.
Visit Your Physician. Get your physical examinations and blood tests if required to obtain a marriage license in your state. Not required in all states. Alabama and Tennessee do not require this step.
Order Wedding Accessories & Favors. Check my web site for links to good vendors!
Send Out Your Invitations. Double check the postage required to ensure that the invitations reach your guests.
Select Tuxedos. Get all the groomsmen, best man and couple's fathers together. Measurements should be taken at the tux shop to ensure a proper fit.
Discuss & Finalize Menu Options & Costs With Your Caterer or Reception Venue. Confirm arrival and departure times, as well as any added extras.
Arrange Transportation/ Limousine Service for the wedding party to the ceremony and reception.
Shop for Bridal Party Gifts, Begin any Necessary Counseling sessions with your wedding officiant.
Choose Your Wedding Music and share your selections with your Band or DJ.
Select the Location for Your Rehearsal Dinner and make the necessary reservations & deposit.
Confirm With Formal Wear Shop that they have received all measurements of every male attendant.
Schedule Your Alterations and final fitting for the gown.
Schedule Fittings for the Bridesmaids and Flower Girl.
Confirm your order with Your Florist.
Design Your Wedding Programs. You don't want to do this too much sooner than this because things may change.
Apply for Your Marriage License. Marriage licenses are only good for 30 days so do not get yours until you are within 30 days of your wedding date.
Have a Final Gown Fitting. Visit Your Hair Stylist, work on a style with your veil or alternate headpiece.
Visit Your Make-up Artist.
Finalize Details With All Vendors.
2 Weeks Before Your Wedding!
Call Any Guests that haven't sent back their response card.
Give the Caterer or reception venue the Final number of guests attending.
Pick Up Your Marriage License.
Give your DJ or Band a list of songs.
Confirm Rehearsal Plans with your officiant and church wedding coordinator.
Complete Seating Plan for reception.
Confirm all Rental and Floral Delivery Dates and Times.
Confirm Arrival Time for all attendants.
1 Week Before Your Wedding!
Organize Your Wedding Day Attire, make sure you try everything on & it fits perfectly.
Confirm Honeymoon Reservations & Pack for your honeymoon.
Gather all Necessary Documents for travel.
Confirm Reservations For the Rehearsal Dinner.
Confirm Rehearsal Plans With Attendants and request that they arrive on time.
Pick up Formalwear. Be sure to try everything on & make sure all your accessories are there.
1 Day Before Your Wedding!
Go Through The “To Do List” & Make Sure Everything Is Covered.
Pack Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit.
Put Wedding Attire and Accessories Together.
Give Rings to The Best Man & Maid of Honor.
Try to Get a Good Night's Sleep!
ON YOUR WEDDING DAY !
Be Sure To Eat Something
Enjoy Your Big Day!
AFTER RETURNING FROM YOUR HONEYMOON!
Have Your Wedding Gown and Flowers Preserved.
Write Thank-You Notes.
Change Your Name on All Important Documents. (See Below For Helpful Information!)
Enjoy Your New Lives Together As Husband & Wife!