So you are engaged! Now where do you start planning? I have put together a timeline checklist that is super helpful to follow to make sure you have the basics covered (IF you are having a local/in the states wedding)! I hope this helps!

before you dive in

  • determine your budget

9-12 months out

  • engagement party
  • set the date
  • guest list
  • select venue and reception
  • hire vendors (in order of importance to you as a bunch of vendors book a year out)
  • photographer and videographer
  • catering
  • wedding planner
  • florist
  • officiant
  • HAMU
  • bakery for cake
  • reception entertainment
  • rentals
  • send out engagement party invites
  • buy wedding dress

6-8 months out

  • order and send out save the dates
  • pick a theme
  • order the cake
  • shop for wedding dress now if you didn't at 9-12 months

3-5 months out

  • order invitations and send out
  • order bridesmaid dresses
  • send your bridal shower + bachelorette party guest list to hosts
  • book honeymoon
  • hair and makeup trial
  • get wedding bands
  • get together groom and groomsman attire

2 months out

  • order ceremony programs, menus, and coordination decor
  • order and send out rehearsal dinner invitations
  • transportation

6 weeks out

  • marriage license
  • confirm vendors

1 month out

  • order table numbers, and place and escort cards
  • create seating chart
  • gather personal thank you gifts for your wedding party and family
  • finishing touches to favors with favor tags and stickers

2-3 weeks out

  • final dress fitting
  • chase up RSVP
  • pampering
  • haircut and color

2 days out

  • get lots of sleep
  • manicure/pedicure
  • spray tan
  • put together a bridal emergency kit

2-4 weeks after

  • write and send thank you cards