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Stress Less By Following This Wedding Checklist and Timeline

With the majority of the country inside of their homes right now, I am still thinking of ways to serve my clients! Brides, take advantage of this downtime, this is the time you can use to focus on your wedding and planning down all the little details that take months and months of work! I typed up a very detailed checklist and timeline for you to have and review. It doesn't have to go in this order, I know my wedding was planned in a shorter timeframe, but this is just so nothing feels rushed and you can accomplish every detail of planning without it being too overwhelming.

Now have fun planning, stay healthy, and make sure you're washing your hands!!! I can't wait to see you at the wedding even if I'm there in this full suit! xoxo

12 months

  • Choose a date

  • Talk Budget

  • Decide Wedding Style

  • Make a guest list

  • Explore ceremony and reception venue options

  • Start assembling a dream team of wedding pros

  • Choose wedding party

  • Create wedding website

  • Begin browsing save the date designs

  • Begin researching wedding dress styles

  • Create a wedding style mood board

11-10 Months

  • Hire Vendors

  • Reserve ceremony and reception venues

  • Purchase wedding dress, veil, undergarments

  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories

  • Book officiant

  • Engagement photo session

9-8 months

  • Mail save the dates

  • Find hotels for traveling guest

  • Browse wedding invitation designs

  • Refine guest list

  • Create gift registry

  • Begin planning honeymoon

7-6 months

  • Reserve rentals

  • Hire ceremony music

  • Book transportation to and from venues

  • Research wedding day hair and makeup styles

  • Meet with officiant to discuss run down of ceremony

  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings

  • Decide groomsmen attire

  • Personalize and order wedding invitation sample

  • Purchase wedding bands

  • Order wedding invitation suite

  • Order thank you cards

5-4 months

  • Order wedding cake

  • Meet with florist

  • Schedule dress fittings

  • Book honeymoon flights and hotel

  • Book room for wedding night

  • Prepare a playlist for DJ/band

  • Finalize guest list

  • Compile rehearsal dinner guest list

  • Book rehearsal dinner venue

  • Order rehearsal dinner invitations

3 months

  • Hair and makeup trail

  • Book photo booth rental

  • Finalize readers and readings

  • Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order

  • Plan reception seating

  • Purchase toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow

  • Finalize reception menu with caterer

  • Order menu cards

2 months

  • Mail wedding invitations

  • Begin writing vows

  • Review ceremony details with officiant

  • Finalize seating arrangements

  • Buy wedding party gifts

  • Apply for marriage license

  • Purchase gifts for guests

  • Lay out the content for wedding programs

  • Finalize fittings for wedding party and parents

  • Create wedding day timelines and send to vendors, officiant and wedding party

  • Decide on something old, something new, something blue if doing

  • Book spa and beauty treatments for you and bridal party

1 month

  • Final dress fitting

  • Pick up marriage license

  • Call vendors to confirm date, time, and location

  • Confirm honeymoon reservations

  • Pick up wedding rings

  • Order wedding programs

  • Write thank you notes as gifts are received

2 weeks

  • Begin breaking in wedding shoes

  • Make arrangements for the caring of pets and plants while on honeymoon

  • Follow up with guest who have not RSVP'd

  • Give final guest count to caterer

  • Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians

  • Get haircut and freshen up color

  • Update registries

  • Send directions to wedding day transportation driver

  • Delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals, and tend to wedding dress

1 week

  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit

  • Give photographer and videographer your image and video request

  • Give readers their scripts

  • Prepare final payments to vendors and cash tips for service personnel

  • Lay out wedding clothes and gather all accessories

Day Before

  • Treat yourself to a mani/pedi and massage

  • Attend a wedding rehearsal

  • Have fun at rehearsal dinner

  • Thank everyone around you

  • Get to bed at a decent hour

Wedding Day

  • Eat a good breakfast

  • Stay off feet as much as possible

  • Allow plenty of time to get ready

  • Drink water

  • Take dress and veil out of the bag and have steamed if needed

  • Lay out all item you want to be captured by your photographer

  • Give officiant fee and wedding rings to best man

  • Exchange notes with fiance

  • Relax, smile, and soak up every moment of the big day:)

Beyond The Wedding

  • Ensure tuxes and all rental have been returned

  • Get wedding dress to cleaners

  • Send out thank you cards no later than 3 weeks after wedding day

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