Post # 1
Start looking for hair/make-up? It’s just me, no bridal party and I’m willing to go to the salon morning of
Start looking for a fresh flower bouquet? Again, just me, and no additional floral decorations.
Centerpieces I know I can save a while, they’ll be simple.
When should I start writing/putting together/customizing vows? I mean, I could start now I know, but how long does that even take?
I don’t know how long any of these tasks take so I don’t know how to prioritize, and forget about googling checklists and timelines- those just make me nervous!
Post # 3
You should start looking for hair/makeup now. I did that at about the 7 month mark, and the first 3 people I contacted were already booked!
You could probably wait till the 3-4 month mark for your bouquet if you want.
For centerpieces, it depends on what’s involved. If it has components you need to buy a lot of (ie 30 of the same vase for 30 tables), start now. You don’t want to get your heart set on something, and then have them sold out.
When in doubt, just start early/now. I’ve never heard a bride say “Oh, i’m so glad I waited till the last minute” ;-)!
Post # 4
I think it depends on what type of person you are. I am a planner and just want to get everything done. I picked my centerpieces out a few months back. I say with your wedding being 6 months out you should start to at least figure out what you are wanting to do for them. This step took me at least a month of searching but yet again I am picky.
My officiant said he wants my vows about 2 weeks before the wedding. If you are writing your own vows I would say give yourself at least 1-2 weeks before they are due because you might hit a block on what you want to say.
Flowers and make up seem pretty simple with it being just you.
Post # 5
I used a pre-set checklist on another website. For me it has been easy to follow and keeps me in order. I had no idea when I should be doing what. I deleted out items that just seemed ridiculous and made me nervous to see 3,000 things left to do such as “smile”. I kept the basics (i.e. – hair appointments, dress shopping, invitation ordering) and it is working for me.
Post # 6
I would go ahead and book your hair and make-up. I booked over a month ago and I know that since I booked, my make up artist has already received a few requests for make up on the day that I already have booked.
I use a checklist on weddingwire.com and it has worked so far!