Wedding Planning Countdown

All the details of planning a wedding can be overwhelming if you are looking at doing everything at once.  Getting organized and breaking down the tasks into manageable chunks can help.

9-12 months before

  • Announce your engagement
  • Have the families meet/get together
  • Figure out your budget and who will be paying
  • Interview wedding coordinator
  • Pick your ceremony site and reserve the date
  • Visit reception sites and reserve
  • Start putting together your guest list
  • Shop for your wedding gown

6-9 months before

  • Choose your bridal party
  • Choose gifts for your gift registry
  • Shop for your bridal party dresses
  • Choose and hire your florist
  • Choose and hire your photographer
  • Choose and hire the DJ/band
  • Start planning your honeymoon
  • Mail your save the dates

4-6 months before

  • Choose your wedding cake
  • Pick your invitations and order
  • Choose and hire your transportation
  • Have a hair and make-up trial and book the date
  • Arrange for room blocks for your out of town guests
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner

2-4 months before

  • Call your county to find out the marriage license requirements
  • Choose and order the tuxedos
  • Have a tasting with venue or caterer to finalize menu
  • Select your play and do not play lists for the DJ
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Purchase any thank you gifts for bridal parties or shower hosts
  • Choose favors and welcome baskets
  • Shop for your wedding bands

4-8 weeks before

  • Mail invitations 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding date
  • Maintain a record of RSVP’s, gifts and send out thank you notes
  • Confirm ceremony details

2-4 weeks before

  • Make your seating chart for the reception
  • Confirm the details with your vendors
  • Have a final dress fitting

1 week before

  • Put in labeled envelopes any fees due on the wedding day
  • Give your venue/caterer the final guest count
  • Appoint someone to transport gifts and cake cutter ect. after the reception

Pack for your honeymoon


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