Wedding planning can be very stressful, but if you take these steps you can plan your wedding in a breeze! Here is a quick checklist to help you get organized.
Eight months before your wedding you should definitely start looking for a dress, booking entertainment, and hire a photographer. Booking entertainment early is crucial because you want to give yourself enough time to scope out some options, go see them play live, and then choosing one that will fit your budget. Same with your wedding dress; you need to try on different styles at different places to find the perfect fit at the perfect cost. You also want to reserve some hotel rooms for out of town guests and sign up for some wedding registries.
Six to seven months before, you should choose invitations, send save-the-date cards and start your wedding day timeline. At this time you also want to shop for bridesmaids’ dresses, start planning a honeymoon, and book a florist. You should also book extra items like chairs or lighting elements if you need them.
Four to five months ahead you are getting closer! Now you want to find some cute and comfortable wedding shoes. Bring them along when you are going to your dress fitting so you can figure out the best length for your dress. You should also book rehearsal-dinner venues, order the cake, make a make up and hair appointment, and choose the music that you want to hear. Make a list of must-have songs and make sure that who ever you hire is willing and able to play those songs. You don’t want to find out that your wedding band doesn’t know how to play the song you wanted for your first dance!
Three months before, you should be working towards looking at details of your wedding. You should finalize ceremony readings, flower arrangements, the menu, and the timeline of the ceremony and reception. This is also a good time to buy the rings, print programs, order favors if you want them, and send a draft of your timeline to hired vendors so they can get an idea of what is going on.
Two months before you should send out invitations, set up a bachelorette party, choose songs you want to hear for sure, and talk to all your vendors just to make sure no one has any questions.
One month before, your wedding is just around the corner! Make sure to get your marriage license! You should also have one last dress fitting, send out rehearsal-dinner invitations, make a seating chart for guests, buy gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen, and get your hair cut or colored incase you want to change anything before your wedding day. And the most important part you want to complete are your vows, if you are writing them yourselves.
The week of the wedding is the most exciting! Do a quick reconfirmation with all vendors to make sure they know when and where they are needed. Pick up your dress and break in your shoes. Write checks for vendors ahead of time so you don’t forget to give it to them. Booking a spa treatment the day before your wedding will calm your nerves and help you to de-stress. Get a manicure and pedicure too so your nails look freshly done. All thats left to do is pack for your honeymoon and get ready to enjoy your big day!
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