If you are planning a wedding, you will need a timeline and some checklists to stay organized. This magical day requires a picturesque location with a team of wedding professionals to bring the dream to life. Most couples take about a year to plan their wedding day. We are here to help you plan the important moments on your wedding planning timeline.
Do this First
As soon as you get engaged, you should take some time to enjoy the moment before you make the big announcement. Always tell your parents first, followed by your grandparents and siblings. After you tell all your important people, you can make an informal post on social media. This is the time to take professional engagement photos for your formal announcements and save-the-dates.
Thinking About a Wedding Planner?
After you develop a budget, you should start thinking about whether you need to hire a wedding planner. Only about 30% of brides hire a wedding planner, which is evidence that this project manager is not required. The biggest question is whether you need one. If you want a wedding finance expert, deal negotiator and multitasking event organizer, a wedding planner can make the process a lot easier.
The First Step on the Wedding Planning Timeline
Booking the wedding venue is the very first step to planning. You should try to book your venue at least a year prior to your event. Once you have secured the date, time and location, you can begin to plan all the other details on your wedding planning timeline. It can be challenging to secure your date at the last minute; therefore, you should book your venue as soon as possible.
Nine Months Before the Big Day
About nine months before your wedding day, you should pick your wedding party, purchase your wedding dress, finalize the guest list, send out save-the-dates, book your photographer, reserve the hotel room block, book your hair and makeup artist, book your caterer, and hire the DJ or band.
Six Months Left on the Wedding Planning Timeline
When you have six months left on the wedding planning timeline, you will have accomplished booking the biggest essential vendors; however, you will be far from done. You will need to plan your bouquets and floral arrangements with your florist, book your officiant, book transportation, purchase the bridesmaids' dresses, purchase the tux, order the cake, book ceremony music, design the invitations, complete the gift registry, book the rehearsal dinner venue and shop for wedding rings.
Three Months to Go on the Wedding Planning Timeline
The last few months on the wedding planning timeline involves some final preparations and important tasks. The invitations should be sent out about eight to ten weeks prior to the wedding day. The wedding dress might need alterations. The ceremony outline, readings and wedding vows must be reviewed and finalized. You will need to order wedding favors, create place cards, design signage, create ceremony programs, and attend the bridal shower.
Two Months to Go
During the last few weeks, you should finalize the floral designs, send out invitations to the rehearsal dinner, and apply for the marriage license.
Four Weeks Before the Big Day
The RSVPs are due about three to four weeks before your wedding day. The final headcount will allow you to finalize the guest count with the catering and update your vendors. You should create a wedding day timeline with photography moments and time allocated for all of your special rituals. This is the time to create seating charts and place cards.
The Final Two Weeks
The last couple weeks should involve packing for your honeymoon and following up with vendors. Create a checklist of items you will need on your wedding day. Make sure you have your marriage license, rings and review all the items on your checklist. Attend the rehearsal dinner and the bachelor and bachelorette parties. Relax and prepare yourself for the big day.
Crystal Ballroom on Lake Melva
Before you begin the journey on your wedding planning timeline, take a tour of Crystal Ballroom on Lake Melva. Meet designers and gain inspiration for your magical day. Plan your moments at this all-inclusive wedding venue where the furnishings, designs and banquet services are included. Planning with Crystal Ballroom gives you access to master designers, the free concierge service and an incredible team of professional vendors. Plan your wedding where dream weddings come true.