Less than 4 months to go! Please help me time the rest of my planning!

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
2787 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would have your invites designed by the end of the week and to the printer by the end of the month.  Even after getting ours to the printer, it took a week for us to get the invites actually ordered after having to choose all sorts of small things, and then another week to print.

I would wait until the end of March to send them out.  3-2 months is typical for invites.  RSVPs are typically due a month to two weeks before the wedding, but that would depend on your vendors.  If your cater wants to know how many people you need food for 4 weeks out, you need to set your RSVPs a month out.  If they are okay waiting for a week beofre your wedding, 2 weeks is easier.

Dress alterations should wait until at least early April.  I would find a seemstress and make an appointment now, but I would wait until April to have the appointment.  Weight can change, so you will likely less time between your appointment and your wedding date.

Engagment shoot can happen when ever.  What do you plan on using your engagment photos for?  If you want a photo book as a guest book, you likely want to do it sooner. 

I would book your hair/make up for the day of now.  You are in prime wedding season, so people might have booked up already.  Trials can be when ever you have the free time and your salon has time for you.

I would contact your florist and see when she needs your final decisions.  She should have a timeline she needs it by in order to order what she will need.

Welcome bags can be done the week of- and thrown out the window if you don’t feel like it. 

Favors it depends on what you are doing and how much time it will take.  But this is another thing that can be thrown out the window if you don’t feel like it.  I’m planning on making homemade truffles, but if I don’t get enough done, I have a pile of truffles to eat.  🙂

I would work on your seating chart 2 weeks before the wedding after the RSVPs are definatly in.   I would work on escort cards as you are getting RSVPs in, just putting there name on something nice so you know who RSVPed and you can slowly work on them. 

Finallizing the cermony I would call your Rabbi and see what he needs form you and when.  He has done a lot of these, so he will know best. 

I don’t know a lot about the Ketubah, but your Rabbi can probably help you with that too.

Post # 4
2878 posts
Sugar bee


Design invites (working on this now) Send invites (when should I send? When should I ask for rsvps?)

We will send ours 3 months ahead and set the RSVP date 6 weeks prior to our wedding. We are keeping 2 weeks on purpose to received the late RSVP and track any missing. Our personal limit is 1 month before the event (if you still haven’t RSVP’d we consider you’ve declined). 

Dress alterations (I already have my dress – definitely need it hemmed, maybe taken in a bit)

I would at least take an appointment now (maybe for April). Wedding season starts in spring, you want to make sure you have found a seamstress.

Engagement shoot with photographer

Any time you want, but if you want to have the pictures ready for the invites, you should contact your photographer ASAP. 

Book hair/makeup for day of, and do hair/makeup trials 

Again, same than for the seamstress. Better take appointments ahead, to make sure you have the MUA you want. 

Finalize centerpieces, etc with florist

I would wait a few weeks before the wedding, assuming you’ve already discussed specifics with the florist. You’ll also need to know how many tables you have for the centerpieces.

Welcome bags for out-of-town guests, Wedding favors

It’s not a huge priority in the sense that the attention is nice, but if ever for any reason you couldn’t have them, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I would care about that whenever you have spare time.

Seating chart, Escort cards / table numbers

After you’ve received the RSVPs. You can think of the design you want and all, but don’t plan your tables just yet.

Finalize ceremony with Rabbi, Order Ketubah

I’m not familiar with the Jewish tradition, I would call the Rabbi directly to ask him.

So basically, I would focus this week on making appointments for later. Get this off your head and in your calendar. Then you can focus on something else in your planning (ex.: e-pics, invites).

Post # 6
663 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

posting so I can come back an look at all the other bees suggestions 🙂

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