Congratulations, youve found your soulmate! Dont feel like you need to set a date minutes after you post your engagement announcement, but its always a good idea to have a plan for when you should start booking vendors and finalizing details. Ready to get started? Browse our 12-month wedding planning checklist below!
12 MonthsPick a couple dates: Choose a few different options. Narrow down a season, then a month- this will help you work with your officiant/venue to pin down the date. Choose a venue: For both the ceremony and reception sites. Build the budget: Eek! It has to happen at some point, so set your budget before purchasing anything!
11 MonthsWedding Party: Grab your gals and groomsmen and pick your wedding party. Draw up the guest list: Our guest list rule we abide by is only inviting family and friends whom youve enjoyed dinner with at least once over the last two years. This knocks out your brand new coworkers, the grooms second cousins kids and any Facebook friends from high school.
10 MonthsSay yes to the dress: This is our favorite part! Finding your gown early enough gives you plenty of time for alterations or any add-on details. Hotel Blocks: Research and book rooms for out-of-town guests. Lets eat: Sit down or buffet, its time to book your caterer!
9 MonthsRentals: Will you need tables, chairs or a tent? Contact and reserve your party rentals. Gifts Galore: Complete your gift registry and add it to your wedding website. Vendor Check: At this point, it is important to book your photographer, videographer, musicians and any other vendors who will aid in creating your perfect wedding.
8 MonthsBridesmaid dresses: Choose and order your girlfriends gowns, with enough time for any necessary alterations. Honeymoon Prep: Begin researching places for your honeymoon and consider arranging flights/hotel reservations. Floral affair: Browse floral décor and bouquet ideas, keeping in mind what stems are in season. Hire your florist!
7 MonthsSave the Date: If youre planning a destination wedding, give your guests more time to plan. Local weddings can generally wait until the five-month mark. Groomsmen get ups: Pick out the boys fashion for the big day. Transportation: Its a good idea to book your wedding transportation now, especially if youre renting a bus or limousine.
6 MonthsPut a ring on it: Order your wedding bands. Choose your cake: View cake options and book your baker. Invitations: Pick stationery and order your invitations by the six-month mark.
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5 MonthsPassport to paradise: Renew or buy your passports if needed for the honeymoon.
4 MonthsPre-wedding counseling: Start your pre-wedding counseling with your officiant. Party Time: Attend your own wedding shower! Wasnt that one easy!?
3 MonthsBack to the bakery: Order your cake and cake topper. Book the beauty: Find your makeup artist and hairstylist and schedule trials.
2 MonthsSendem out: Address stamp and send out invitations. The Favs: Choose and order your wedding favors. Confirm: Reach out to your vendors and make sure everything is still set for your wedding. Dress Fittings: Make sure your gown fits every curve just as it should. Point and shoot: Discuss details and must-have shots with photographers/videographers.
1 MonthMost necessary: Apply for your marriage license. Go with the program: Arrange and print the programs for wedding guests. Finalize it all: Menus, seating charts, song lists, checklists.
Dont let the thought of setting up a seating chart or picking out the perfect venue send you into a spiral! Even when its overwhelming, all your hard work and planning comes together for the biggest celebration of your life!