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A Timeline for Planning Your Wedding

Planning a wedding can be a lot of work. There are so many vendors to coordinate, items to consider and decisions to make. To help make the process a little easier, I’ve come up with a timeline for planning your wedding. This list of items is broken down by month so you can tackle the tasks in smaller segments.

And because I don’t want to completely overwhelm anyone that is newly engaged, I’m breaking this planning timeline into two posts. Today’s post will cover from around a year up to four months before the wedding. And tomorrow I’ll share a list of to-dos from month four right up until the big day!

timeline for planning your wedding

9-12 months

  • Choose your wedding date
  • Hire a wedding coordinator
  • Determine the kind of wedding you want including the type of location, theme, colors, how many guests, whether it will be formal or more casual
  • Set a budget and determine who will pay for what expenses
  • Book your ceremony and reception venues
  • Hire a wedding photographer
  • Schedule your engagement session
  • Order your wedding dress
  • Secure passports, visas, birth certificates, and any other documents you need for travel (for a destination wedding or the honeymoon) and/or marriage licenses

6-9 months

  • Choose your wedding party
  • Choose wedding party attire
  • Hire a caterer
  • Hire an officiant (if needed)
  • Hire ceremony musicians
  • Hire a band, DJ, or both if needed, for the reception
  • Hire a  videographer
  • Hire a florist
  • Create a wedding registry

4-6 months

  • Send Save the Date cards (if you plan to do so)
  • Schedule fittings for your wedding dress and bridesmaids gowns
  • Arrange marriage prep courses, if necessary
  • Reserve rental items
  • Hire a decorator
  • Finalize your guest list
  • Select & order invitations & other wedding stationery
  • Set date, time & location for rehearsal dinner
  • Make arrangements for out-of-town guests
  • Start planning your honeymoon
  • Shop for your wedding gifts to each other
  • Shop for your wedding gifts for your wedding party
  • Shop for your wedding gifts for your parents
  • Buy wedding bands

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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