Make Wedding Planning Easier with this Detailed Wedding Timeline!

How do you start wedding planning? Now that you’re probably engaged, and have discovered the wonderful world of weddings and wedding planning, you might just be a little overwhelmed with all the information that’s available everywhere. But how do you actually start? What do you do first? When should you do it? Is there a certain time you should be getting something done? Before you start panicking, take a deep breath. Now, don’t worry because we’ve got you. We’ve plotted out a detailed wedding timeline that you can use as your guide as you plan your wedding. Just remember that each wedding journey is different, so if you feel the need to tweak this timeline to suit your needs, go right ahead!

Make Wedding Planning Easier with this Detailed Wedding Timeline!


10-12 months before Set the budget Draft a guest list Choose a wedding date Select a bridal party Throw an engagement party Find and book venue(s) Decide and book a wedding planner Register for gifts Start researching on other wedding vendors Brainstorm for a wedding style

8-9 months before Choose a dress or dress designer Hire a photographer and/or a videographer Select a date for the engagement shoot Establish a fitness and beauty routine Go on food tastings Decide on the celebrant/officiant Book the entertainment Book a florist Make a wedding website Contact rental companies (e.g. tables, chairs, lights, sounds) Begin hair and makeup trials

6-7 months before Choose and order wedding stationery Decide on and order the bridesmaids and flower girls’ dresses Buy wedding bands Order the wedding cake Book lights, sounds, tables, and chairs Plan the honeymoon Remind the entourage about the pre-wedding festivities (e.g. shower, bachelor/bachelorett party)

4-5 months before Decide and order the groomsmen and bearer’s outfits Book hair and makeup artists Buy wedding shoes Pick and shop for wedding jewelry Choose and buy wedding favors Secure transportation Draft a reception program and flow Decide on the readings Plan your wedding rehearsal dinner Book rehearsal dinner venue Finalize the menu with the caterer Procure all the required legal documents

2-3 months before Send out invitations Submit baptismal and confirmation certificates to the church Submit marriage license to the church Attend a canonical interview Attend a pre-marriage or pre-cana seminar Choose and buy entourage gifts Choose and buy partner’s gift Order the flowers Buy the booze Select the music Purchase a guestbook Print the rest of the stationery (e.g. menus, name cards, missalettes, etc.) Plan and practice the first dance Create an event schedule for the vendors

1 month before Follow up on guests’ RSVPs Create a wedding day timeline Draft the seating plan Finalize ceremony and reception details Confirm details with all the vendors Write thank you speech Write vows Break in wedding shoes Pick out post-wedding attire Complete any wedding DIY or craft projects Arrange final payments Begin writing thank you notes Look up requirements for changing last name

2-3 weeks before Have hair trimmed and colored Get a facial Follow up on guests’ RSVPs

1 week before Go to confession Finalize the seating chart Get a wax Get a manicure and pedicure Get a massage Get brows done Pick up or buy any last minute items Finalize transportation Send the final head count to all vendors Send the wedding timeline to all vendors Wrap gifts Steam and/or press wedding garments Prepare payments and tips Pack emergency kits Pack wedding bag Rest!


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