Wedding Timeline | Don't Forget the Small Things

“Weddings are a time of love and happiness, butterflies and rainbows!” -- Is something someone who has never actually planned a wedding would say. While yes weddings are an amazing time to get all of your family and friends together, they are also super stressful. While I have not planned my own wedding (yet) I have lived vicariously through my own sister as her maid of honor during her 2018 wedding. Creating a timeline cut out a lot of the stress (and arguments) that would have been present without her over the top planning. 


Engagement-12 Months Before Wedding

  • Announce your engagement with an engagement party!
  • Budget your wedding and hire a consultant if it is within your budget
  • Make a guest list to help you pick the right-sized venue
  • Book reception and ceremony venues
  • Make note of any venue restrictions and liability insurance


8-11 Months Before Wedding

  • Choose your wedding party
  • Go dress shopping!
  • Begin interviewing and researching photographers, videographers, entertainment, and caterers (if your venue doesn't cater)
  • Reserve blocks of hotel rooms for out of town guests
  • Register for your wedding and bridal shower
  • Book officiant and discuss if premarital counseling is required


6-7 Months Before Wedding

  • Send save the dates
  • Hire videographers/photographers
  • Hire entertainment
  • Book honeymoon
  • Remind your bridesmaids to order their dresses
  • Finalize floral arrangements
  • Reserve any rental items not provided by your location
  • Sign with a caterer and develop a menu


4-5 Months Before Wedding

  • Book rehearsal and rehearsal dinner 
  • Review and order wedding invitations
  • Shop for and purchase wedding rings
  • Set dates of the bridal shower, bachelor, and bachelorette parties
  • Cake Tasting! (the yummiest part!)
  • Ask family and friends that are needed to participate in the ceremony, such as readers, ushers, and singers
  • Make a guest list for bridal shower 
  • Schedule hair, makeup, and nail appointments


2-3 Months Before

  • Finalize guest list and send invitations
  • Order wedding favors for guests
  • Order wedding sparklers for an exit to remember 
  • Finalize menu, wedding transportation, and rehearsal plans 
  • Rent men's formal wear
  • Make a list of songs you do and don’t want at your wedding. This will your DJ’s job easier and make your wedding more personalized to you.


1-2 Months Before Wedding

  • Have dress fitting with appropriate accessories
  • Prepare photoshoot list including any long exposure photos 
  • Write thank you notes for a bridal shower gift and any gift received before the wedding
  • Get marriage license
  • Touch base with vendors


1 month before the wedding

  • Break-in your wedding shoes
  • Call guests that haven't rsvp'd
  • Pick up rings
  • Finalize hair and make-up


1 Week till Your Perfect Day!

  • Have final gown fitting
  • Pack a bag for your wedding night
  • Pack an emergency kit with hair spray, sewing kit, bobby pins, and other essentials
  • Confirm schedule for the day with your vendors
  • Designate someone to gather important items throughout the day such as candles, cake topper, etc. 
  • Get a manicure and pedicure
  • Have rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Give gifts out to wedding party

Day of your wedding

  • Have a perfect day! 

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