12 Month Wedding Planning Timeline

How to Incorporate Your Family Into Your Wedding.png

12 Months Before:

-Decide whether or not to hire a wedding planner. Especially if you are working full-time, it's a great idea to hire a wedding planner to take care of the unexpected. 

-Decide on a budget, this will ultimately determine how you decide on every other aspect of the wedding. 

-Book a venue. This will determine your wedding date and guest list. It should fall into the budgeted amount. On average, the reception and ceremony will collectively cost half of your budget. 

-Draft a guest list. This will be dependent on your budget and the venue that you choose. 

-Attend wedding shows to get a better idea for theme and vendors. 

-Ask your wedding party to be a part of your wedding!

10 Months Before: 

-Shop for and order your gown. 

-Book your entertainment, photographer and caterer. 

-Reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. 

-Register for gifts. 

6 Months Before:

-Order bridesmaids dresses. 

-Shop for wedding rings. 

-Send out Save the Date cards. 

-Plan your honeymoon. 

-Decide on floral arrangements with florist. 

-Shop around and attend cake tastings to decide on a bakery and flavor. 

3 Months Before: 

-Order your cake or dessert table. 

-Purchase formalwear for groom and groomsmen. 

-Sort out transportation, such as how will the wedding party get from ceremony to reception, and back to hotel? 

2 Months Before:

-Mail invitations, begin to collect RSVPs. 

-Try out different hairstyles and wedding day makeup, book your stylist. 

1 Month Before:

-Apply for a marriage license. 

-Have a final gown fitting. 

-Ensure that bridesmaid gowns fit properly. 

-Create a wedding program for the ceremony, and menu for the reception. 

-Purchase gifts for parents, guests, and your fiance. 

2 Weeks Before: 

-Finalize guest list as RSVPs are mailed in. Follow up with any guests you have yet to hear from. 

-Get your hair cut and colored. 

-Send your DJ or band your song list. 

-Write your wedding vows. 

-Speak with your photographer about day-of logistics, and any "must-have" shots. 

1 Week Before:

-Plan reception seating, if applicable. Create name cards for guests. 

-Tell reception venue your final guest count, and caterer the final meal order. 

-Confirm with all vendors that the date and time is correct. 

-If the weather does not look promising, speak with your wedding planner or venue about alternative ceremony and reception options.

-Have your bachelor or bachelorette party! 

Days Before:

-Ensure that gown is steamed.

-The groom and groomsmen should pick up their formalwear. 

-Settle any unpaid dues to vendors, and decide on tops for vendors. 

-Discuss ceremony procession with the wedding party. 

-Pack for your honeymoon. 

Day Before: 

-Rehearse ceremony and give marriage license to officiant. 

-Attend your rehearsal dinner. 

Day Of:

-Give rings to the best man and maid of honor.

-Present parents with your wedding gifts. 

-Take a moment to yourself to relax. 

-Allow plenty of time to get ready. Have everything laid out the night before, including the basics that you often have difficulty finding in high-stress moments the day of! This can be deodorant, powder, hairspray, undergarments, jewelry and lotion.