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A Quick 12-Month Wedding Planning Guide

A Quick 12-Month Wedding Planning Guide

Nov 10th 2022

If you just became engaged or are coming up on a year to go to your wedding, you might wonder what planning you should be doing right now and when you should do each wedding planning item through this process. Planning a wedding can be a difficult and long journey, don’t let important dates and deadlines pass you by without getting everything you need to accomplish.

12 Months Before Your Wedding

In one year, you will be married. This is an exciting time. Whether you just got engaged or have been for a while, it is time to seriously consider what you need to do for your upcoming wedding. A year seems like a long time, but this time will fly by.

The things you will want to do this month include setting a wedding budget, thinking about wedding colors or themes, beginning researching wedding inspiration ideas (blogs like this one, Instagram and Pinterest are great resources), deciding if you are using a wedding planner and determine any specific wedding priorities you have. For instance, is a particular wedding venue your most important goal, a specific vendor like a florist or a baker or is finding the perfect wedding dress top of your list.

This is also the time when you will begin to research and tour venues – this would include the ceremony site, the reception site, and wherever you want to take wedding photography.

9 – 11 Months Before Your Wedding

During this time, there are many things to get done! You will want to announce your engagement, pick save-the-date stationery and send them out, take engagement photos and shop for wedding day attire. Wedding day attire will include the wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, tuxes and suits, jewelry, accessories, and shoes.

During this time, you should book transportation, and hotel room blocks, plan the wedding entertainment, start booking vendors, pick your wedding party, finalize the guest list and reserve your venues.

7 – 8 Months Before Your Wedding

As you approach the six-month mark, you should make a wedding website, register, secure the rehearsal dinner location and finalize all vendors.

6 Months Before Your Wedding

Six months out, you should pick your wedding invitations, your wedding bands, and a hair and makeup team, and renew your passports if you leave the country for your wedding.

4 – 5 Months Before Your Wedding

During this period, it is time to order your wedding invitations, send them out, send out shower invitations, and finalize your wedding programs. You will also plan the wedding menu, plan the honeymoon, create a music wishlist and shop for outfits for upcoming wedding-related parties and events.

3 Months Before Your Wedding

At the 3-month mark, you will attend your bridal shower, send out bridal shower thank you cards, and, if not already done, send out the invitations.

2 Months Before Your Wedding

Two months before the wedding, couples usually have bachelor and bachelorette parties. They should also purchase and plan gifts. This includes wedding favors, welcome baskets for out-of-town guests, wedding party gifts, and immediate family gifts.

1 Month Before Your Wedding

When there is only one month to go, you will need to ensure all attire alterations are completed, you will finalize the wedding seating chart, and apply for a marriage license.

2 Weeks Before Your Wedding

In the last 2 weeks, you should confirm all RSVPs, give your photographer a shot list, finalize beauty appointments, and connect with all your vendors to ensure everything is ready.

The Week of Your Wedding

During the final week, you will get the final headcount, practice your vows, prepare the wedding day attire, and pack your overnight bags.

The Day Before Your Wedding

Do your wedding rehearsal, have dinner, and finalize your plans. Ensure you have everything you need to get married, like ensuring your officiant has the license and the vendors have all décor.

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