Want Less Stress? Here’s a Wedding Planning Timeline

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In this episode Kim and Shannon share their suggested timeline for planning your wedding! Here we go! 

    • Pick a date range
    • Approximate guest list (for the venue options) and tentative bridal party
    • Tentative theme and colors, be aware seasons availability of flowers
    • Planner or venue first
    • If planner, you have options, full service or day of coordination.
    • Referrals are best, next is reviews.
    • Visit venues to find the perfect one, work around their dates
    • Fridays and Sundays often have discounts or are a bit cheaper
    • Set your date
    • If you are six month out send save the dates if not, wait.
    • Set wedding budget- in doing your budget please do some research on what is appropriate for each vendor
    • Research vendors IE. photographers, bands, florist, caterers…

    8 months

    • Photographer and videographers and band/DJ, musicians for ceremony need to be hired/booked
    • Caterers meet with and booked, bartenders also
    • Dress search, designers, bridal shops, resales
    • Hotel rooms for guests
    • Register!!! Have fun with this but from experience register for all areas not just kitchen and bath.
    • Launch wedding websites
    • Schedule hair and makeup artist (different from podcast because we heard from a Hair and Makeup artist that this is a better time)

    6 months

    • Set guest list and gather addresses
    • Purchase invites
    • Start planning the honeymoon
    • Bridesmaids dresses
    • Officiant
    • Send save the dates
    • Reserve lighting designer including pipe and drapes
    • Book a florist and décor
    • Transportation, limos, buses,  antique cars…
    • Start a day of timeline

    5 months

    • Rehearsal dinner venue
    • Verify wedding invitations
    • Order your cake(s)
    • If you are having a shower, send guest list for the shower to the host/maid of honor who is traditionally the host.
    • Wedding shoes and dress fittings
    • Choose music: first dance, father daughter, processional and recessional

    3 months

    • Finalize menu and floral
    • Order favor if having, s’mores packages, candy bags…
    • Make a list of toasters
    • Finalize readings
    • Purchase bridal lingerie
    • Schedule second fitting with your lingerie
    • Finalize the timeline for ceremony and the reception
    • Finalize catering, create menus as well as programs (your invitation designer may also offer these)
    • Purchase wedding rings if need
    • Send event schedule to your vendors

    2 months

    • Set final meetings with vendors
    • Playlist to band/DJ
    • Send out invitations
    • If needed send out newspaper wedding announcement
    • Plan bachelorette party with maid of honor
    • Update RSVP lists
    • Marriage license
    • Contact rehearsal dinner guest for final count
    • Final dress fitting
    • Final count to bartenders and caterers and venue
    • Final payment to vendors
    • Confirm all vendors, time of delivery…

    One Month before

    • Book spa treatment, nails, facial, waxing
    • Break in shoes
    • Seating charts, if you are doing them
    • Bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts, and bride/groom gift
    • Write vows
    • Get your hair done, cut and color.

    Week of wedding

    • Delegate, pick up guest from airport, someone in charge of gifts, rental returns, handing out tips, point of contact person for each vendor
    • Pick up dress
    • Pack for honeymoon

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    Happy Wedding Planning, Stay Fabulous! 

    A.