12 Month Wedding Planning Timeline for Organized Bride {Infographic}

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8-10 months before

  • Book the venue(s) for your wedding ceremony/reception
  • Send out “save the date” cards
  • Engagement Photo Shoot
  • Meet with various caterers to sample their menu and make a final decision
  • Meet with florists and book your favorite
  • Hire a photographer/videographer
  • Start shopping for wedding dresses
  • Reserve any extras (ie: photo booth, food trucks, and so forth)

6-8 months before

It’s getting closer to the big day so now is the time to work on these important details in your wedding planning timeline 6 months prior to the wedding.

  • Arrange for bar contracts
  • Choose and book entertainment
  • Shop for bridesmaids dresses
  • Create gift registry
  • Start planning your honeymoon destination
  • Choose design for invitations
  • Create your wedding website and hashtag
  • Apply for (or renew) passports if needed
  • Finalize honeymoon arrangements

3 months before

The final three months are the most important for your timeline for wedding planning as you will be finalizing any and all arrangements. As well, you will be working out smaller details such as favors, spa appointments and travel arrangements.

  • Purchase wedding rings and insurance
  • Select your wedding transportation (ie: limo, bus, horse and carriage) as well as any transportation for guests from hotels to the venue
  • Purchase attire for ring bearer and flower girl
  • Have the groom reserve his tux (and groomsmen if also renting)
  • Choose your wedding favors
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Book rehearsal venue and make reservations for rehearsal dinner
  • Shop for wedding accessories and other details
  • Hire a hair stylist (and makeup artist/manicurist if needed)
  • Plan any wedding reception games, festivities
  • Book a hotel room for the night before the wedding for wedding day prep, if needed
  • Bridal shower should be held around 2-4 month prior to the wedding
  • Book hotel room for wedding night if not leaving for honeymoon that day
  • Shop for honeymoon attire and luggage
  • Mail out your invitations
  • Finalize playlist with DJ/band
  • Finalize menu with caterer if you haven’t already done so
  • Order wedding programs
  • Start seating chart
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