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Your big day is going to come more quickly than you can imagine, so here is a brief and helpful timeline to help you keep things in order.


12 MONTHS AHEAD
◘ Create budget
◘ Reserve ceremony site
◘ Begin guest list for count
◘ Reserve reception sites

9 MONTHS AHEAD
◘ Shop for wedding dress
◘ Compile guest list
◘ Choose attendants
◘ Select bridesmaids’ attire
◘ Plan reception decorations
◘ Select photographer
◘ Select videographer
◘ Select band or DJ
◘ Discuss honeymoon
◘ Shoot engagement photos
◘ Select & mail save-the-date

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD
◘ Reserve wedding day transportation
◘ Register for gifts
◘ Select and book musicians
◘ Select florist
◘ Select caterer
◘ Reserve party rentals
◘ Order wedding cake
◘ Order invitation ensemble
◘ Reserve accommodations
◘ Finalize honeymoon plans

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD
◘ Order men’s formalwear
◘ Book salon for bridal party
◘ Select guest favors
◘ Reserve rehearsal dinner location
◘ Finalize guest list

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD
◘ Finalize menu with caterer
◘ Address wedding invitations
◘ Buy wedding rings and order engraving
◘ Buy attendants’ gifts
◘ Announce engagement in local papers
◘ Select ceremony music, readings and vows.
◘ Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants
◘ Order rehearsal dinner invitations
◘ Mail wedding invitations

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD
◘ Call county clerk’s office for marriage license details and schedule date to obtain
◘ Arrange final fittings
◘ Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon
◘ Confirm honeymoon plans
◘ Order ceremony program
◘ Start reception seating chart & select place cards
◘ Purchase wedding accessories (guest book, pen, toasting glasses, etc)

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD
◘ Arrange gown and bridal bouquet preservation
◘ Finish seating chart and finalize placecards, table cards and/or menu cards
◘ Confirm final guest count to caterer & reception site

1 WEEK AHEAD
◘ Have final consultation with caterer, florist, musicians, photographer and videographer
◘ Host bridesmaid luncheon
◘ Pack for honeymoon
◘ Put monies due to vendors in envelopes for the best man to distribute