May 21, 2019

So, You Just Got Engaged...

The Wedding Checklist (Part I)

Sixteen to Nine Months Before

  • Start a wedding folder or binder
  • Work out your budget with gratuities
  • Pick your wedding party
  • Start the guest list
  • Hire a planner, if desired
  • Reserve your date and venues
  • Book your officiate
  • Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers
  • Throw an engagement party, if you wish
  • Schedule engagement photo shoot

Eight Months Before

  • Hire the photographer and the videographer
  • Book the entertainment
  • Meet caterers
  • Purchase a dress
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for guests
  • Register for gifts
  • Launch a wedding website
  • Mail out Save-the-Dates to guests

Seven to Six Months Before

  • Select and Purchase Invitations
    • With map/ driving directions for guests/ transport
  • Start planning a honeymoon
  • Shop for bridesmaids' dresses and groomsmen tuxes
  • Shop for guest favors, bridesmaids and groomsman's gifts
  • Meet with the officiate
  • Reserve structural, AV and electrical necessities
  • Book a florist
  • Arrange transportation
  • Start composing a day-of timeline

Five to Four Months Before

  • Book the rehearsal and rehearsal-dinner venues
  • Check on the wedding invitations
  • Select and order the cake
  • Send your guest list to the host of your shower
  • Purchase wedding shoes and start dress fittings
  • Schedule hair and makeup artists and practice
  • Choose all of your music