If you’re planning a wedding for the first time, it can be a little daunting. This wedding planning guide will make this process as stress free as possible! Knowing when to do things from the time you get engaged to the day of your wedding can be confusing. I’m a fan of the easy approach to wedding planning. Plus I’m a type A kind of girl so lists and timelines are my jam!
The wedding timeline below will help you know when you should be checking things off your list. It’ll also act as a guide for what you should have done and what to focus on next. Every single wedding is different so you might need to alter things within this list to make it work for you.
Hiring a wedding planner or even a day of coordinator is always a good idea. Especially if you’re already overwhelmed looking at this list. Spending the money on someone who can take care a bunch of these things for you is worth the investment. Remember we’re going as stress free as possible here!
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WEDDING PLANNING GUIDE TIMELINE
-Set a Budget
-Purchase a binder to keep all wedding contracts & paperwork together
-Book your date
-Create a mood board/Pinterest board for your wedding
-Book these three vendors: Venue, Photographer/Videographer, Band/DJ
-Draft your guest list
-Have your engagement party
-Register for your wedding
-Select an officiant
-Finalize your bridal party
-Hair and makeup trial
-Book your engagement photos
-Go dress shopping
-Food & Cake tasting
-Book hotel room block
-Send out Save the Dates
-Order bridesmaid’s dresses
-Purchase wedding bands
-Reserve any rentals
-Arrange day of transportation
-Book your honeymoon
-Reserve rehearsal dinner venue
-Select and order groomsmen attire
-Check in with your vendors
-Plan your wedding ceremony
-Write your vows
-Purchase wedding party gifts
-Select wedding accessories & shoes
LESS THAN TWO MONTHS TO GO!
-Apply for a marriage license
-Make sure everything is printed (programs, signage, place cards etc.)
-Organize any final payments to vendors