WEDDING INVITATION DATE wORRIES!

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Love-Bug1993:  First of all CONGRATS! Secondly, just take a deep breath. I know things seem overwhelming but don’t worry you do have pleanty of time to take care of everything. Here’s a general timeline for you to help you in your planning.

9-12 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Officially announce your engagement

Decide on who pays for what and set an overall budget

Set a wedding date (consult with registry office and officiant)

Decide on the type of wedding (formal, semi-formal, informal, destination…)

Book reception site (liability insurance necessary?)

Book ceremony location (liability insurance necessary?)

 

6-9 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Announce wedding date (especially for out-of-town guests)

Start shopping for wedding dress, shoes, jewelry etc.

Decide on bridesmaids dresses

Organize (flower) decoration and bouquets

Hire catering service

Hire wedding photographer/videographer

Hire DJ/band

Choose officiant and discuss ceremony process

Start thinking about gift registries

Reserve hotel rooms (in varying price ranges) for out-of-town guests

Have an engagement party if you wish

Book honeymoon

Hire wedding planner if you wish

Start first draft of your guest list

 

4-6 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Select and order wedding invites and stationery

Choose wedding cake

Discuss menu ideas with catering service

Arrange for rental items (arches, candelabras, china, crystal, flatware…)

Purchase wedding bands

Organize groom’s tux and decide what groomsmen will wear

Make sure bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories

Look for wedding favors

Confirm dates for bridal shower and decide bachelorette party themes

Start registry (before sending bridal shower invitations)

Get ideas for wedding hair and makeup

Organize helpers (readers, musicians, guest book attendant etc.)

Decide whether you want wedding insurance

2-4 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Finalize guest list and send invitations

Select venue for rehearsal dinner

Finalize rehearsal dinner plans

Select music for ceremony, reception etc.

Book makeup artist and hairstylist

Check tuxes for groom and groomsmen have been ordered

Organize wedding transportation (for you and your guests)

Order wedding favors

Find gifts for each other, your attendants, shower hostess, parents etc.

Purchase bridal party gifts

Purchase wedding accessories (candles, baskets, ring pillow, jumping broom, etc.)

Check registry regularly (there always have to be enough options left)

Start preparations for honeymoon

Send invitations 8 weeks before wedding date

 

1-2 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

Have first bridal gown fitting

Schedule a final fitting for your gown so it can be ready for formal bridal portrait

Finalize ceremony readings, songs, etc.

Design wedding programs

Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony

Arrange “Bridesmaid Luncheon” and other “Pre-Wedding Parties”

Write vows

Set appointment with photographer for your formal bridal portrait

Prepare photo and video shot list

 

 

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