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Wedding Planning Timeline - What to do and when

I know how overwhelming wedding planning can be. When you first get engaged you are excited and energized! But then, a few months in, you begin to get overwhelmed by all the tasks that need to be finished. Well, we thought we would help you by giving you a free timeline!

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12 Months

Create a realistic budget

Select a date and a venue

Take engagement photos

Select your bridal party

Compile a guest list

Order Save the Date cards

9 Months

Hire a Caterer (if venue does not provide cuisine)

Hire reception entertainment

Hire a photographer and videographer

Purchase your wedding gown

Select bridal party attire

6 Months

Order wedding invitations

Sign up for bridal registry

Hire a florist or decorator

Hire a makeup artist and hair stylist

Book your honeymoon

Book hotel accommodations for wedding night

Block hotel rooms for wedding guests

Hold first fitting for bridal gown

Hold fittings for bridal party

Secure rental items for reception

Order your wedding cake

Hire an officiant

Hire ceremony musicians

Send out Save the Dates

3 Months

Shop for wedding rings

Select Tuxedos

Hold fittings for tuxedos

Book your wedding transportation

Purchase your wedding jewelry and accessories

Finalize a playlist for your DJ or band

Reserve rehearsal dinner and/or brunch venues


Finalize ceremony and vows

Bridal portrait

Final gown fitting

Mail invitations

Purchase special gifts for parents, spouse, & bridal party

Finalize details with your vendors and venue

2 Weeks

Call guests who have not RSVP’d

Finalize seating chart

Finalize a timeline for wedding weekend


Give final guest count to venue/caterer

Obtain marriage license

Pick up wedding gown and tuxedo

Pack for honeymoon

Are you still feeling overwhelmed with the wedding to-do list? Contact us today! We offer planning that can fit any budget! From full service wedding planning, wedding management, to virtual planning by the hour. We will help you plan the gorgeous wedding of your dreams!

Happy planning!!

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