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A Timeline for Planning Your Wedding – Part 2

Yesterday on the blog, I shared what planning your wedding looks like from a year up until 4 months from the big day. Today we’re talking about what happens after that through the wedding day.

planning your wedding

2-4 months

  • Order wedding cake
  • Order party favors
  • Order decorations
  • Hire wedding day transportation
  • Plan activities for out-of-town guests
  • Go on trials & book wedding day hair & makeup
  • Choose readers and any other participants needed for the ceremony
  • Get photography permit, if needed
  • Address invitations and mail them

1-2 months

  • Record RSVPs
  • Purchase ceremony & reception accessories
  • Select groomsmen’s wedding attire
  • Mail invitations for rehearsal dinner
  • Select something old, new, borrowed and blue

1 month

  • Finalize menu selection for wedding
  • Finalize ceremony details with officiant
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner details
  • Make a wedding day itinerary & give a copy to your wedding party & vendors
  • Determine reception seating chart and create place cards
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Make musical selections

1 week

  • Give caterer and reception venue a final count of your guests
  • Pack for your honeymoon

1 day before

  • Drop decor off at ceremony & reception locations
  • Create envelopes with final payments for any vendors that need to paid on the wedding day

Wedding day

  • Make sure you have the wedding rings
  • Bring the marriage license, photo permit & special occasions permit, if needed
  • Relax and enjoy your day

These timeline suggestions have been pulled together from a variety of wedding sources, plus our own personal experience. Each wedding is different and will vary.


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