There is a timeline tradition for any wedding. This is a suggestion of when you should have particular details of your wedding completed (or at least started) by month. Here is a guideline for your consideration:
Wedding Timeline Countdown
Announce your engagement, choose a wedding theme, work out a budget, research wedding professionals (caterer, florist, DJ or band, photographer and videographer) and venues. You can also set appointments with the wedding pros at this time.
Select a wedding consultant (if you are using one), meet with caterers and arrange tastings, select and book the caterer, select and book the music entertainment (band/DJ), decide on music selections, select and reserve your venue, (ceremony and reception), start thinking about your wedding dress. If you are choosing a destination wedding, now would be the best time to send save the date cards.
Choose and purchase your wedding dress and veil. Choose attendants and discuss with them their duties and what you expect of them. If choosing a park or recreational area for the venue, secure the proper permits.
Register for your wedding gifts, decide on food for the reception, choose whether you will have an open bar, limited bar or no alcohol at your reception, make a playlist for your music, research places for guests to stay, reserve blocks of rooms at a local hotel for guests.
Go to your first gown fitting, order bridesmaid dresses and accessories, look at wedding rings, confirm florist and discuss wedding theme and flower arrangements, start making a decision regarding invitations (style, color, font, etc),
Review and finalize your wedding details with your consultant, set fittings for bridesmaids’ dresses, choose tux styles for groomsmen, select a flower girl and ring bearer, choose and purchase wedding rings, finalize invitations.
Review invitation proofs and make changes if needed, finalize invitations, discuss honeymoon ideas, meet with travel agent, work on wedding decorations (table decorations, favors, etc).
Order place cards and programs, finalize honeymoon arrangements, make reservations for rehearsal dinner and menu.
Get groom to try on tuxedos and purchase accessories, work on vow’s, make appoint with stylist regarding hair and makeup, address wedding invitations.
Approve anything that is being printed for the wedding (programs, place cards, etc), decide about rehearsal dinner, next day brunch and reserve restaurants, discuss bachelorette party, review registry and make any adjustments.
Mail invitations, purchase wedding gifts for wedding party members, go to second (possibly final) gown fitting, have groom make final decision regarding tux and reserve, arrange transportation for bride and groom to reception from ceremony site, purchase ceremony accessories (unity candle, wine glasses, etc).
Send rehearsal dinner invitations, write thank you notes as you receive gifts, confirm music playlist with music entertainment, purchase any remaining wedding favors or table decorations, purchase a gift for your spouse-to-be, meet with stylist again for a practice run (take veil with you).
Confirm with florist and arrange delivery times, meet with officiant to discuss details, determine any seating arrangements and reception layout, placement of cake table, placement of DJ or band, schedule an appointment for a mani/pedi just before the wedding, schedule pick up of grooms tux, finalize photographer and videographer.
Go over RSVP’s and finalize head count with caterer, call anyone who has not responded to get accurate count.
Confirm honeymoon arrangements and start packing, pick up wedding dress and tux.
WEDDING DAY – Eat a good breakfast, attend hairstyle appointment and make up appointment. RELAX and ENJOY yourself!!
Matt loves listening to any music style he can understand the words. He lives in the wedding capital of the world, Las Vegas, with his wife Sharon. Matt's other likes include craft beer, baseball, and traveling.