It’s wedding planning Time! Are you the type of bride that the minute that he popped the question you started making your to-do list but they soon become overwhelming and you find yourself starting to plan in all the wrong places? Or are you the type that has no clue where to start. Check out our quick guide to help you efficiently plan your wedding.
You’ve got the glittering bauble now what? Here is our to-do list timeline.
12 To 18 Months
After your set your budget, up first is choosing your wedding date and venue. I know that doing the fun stuff like gown shopping seems like a better idea but in reality both date and venue have a bearing on the style of gown that you will be choosing. The best time to do this is at least 9 to 12 months in advance. Remember that venues that are high in demand are often booked out 2 years in advance.
8 To 12 Months
Around the 8 to 9 month mark check of booking all other vendors off your to-do list. Here are some that you may want to consider booking:
- hotel room blocks for out of town guest
This is also the perfect time to purchase your wedding gown and check it off your list. Typically wedding gowns take 6 to 9 months to arrive in store. If you have purchased a gown that is very detailed or unique lace, those factors will lengthen the delivery time. Come with an open mind when you try gowns. Pinterest is great research for finding your dream dress. We love photos and seeing the styles that interest you. Its a great starting point to help you find your dream gown. Click this link to Book Your Gown appointment
6 To 8 Months
Purchase your invitations & save the date cards
Meet with your Officiant – this is a must do! You want to make sure that you have chosen someone who’s style and ceremony type mesh well with your vision of how you want your ceremony to go.
Bridesmaid dresses are up next on the to do list! We love helping our brides choose color palettes and the perfect styles for their girls. Ideally you should choose your bridesmaids before choosing your flowers & other decorations. It is often easier to find the perfect shade for bridesmaids first and then work your color palette in to the rest of the wedding.
Flowers are up next – this is the time to make the decision on DIY or ordering from a florist. Or perhaps you want a special bouquet made out of broaches or even out of special book pages.
4 To 6 Months
Send the invitations
Go for your trial hair do
Choose your shoes. You will need them for all alterations appointments that will be coming up in the next few months.
Book your seamstress! This is important as they tend to book up quickly during the busy times of the year. Doing this even before your gown arrives is a good idea because then at least your name is in their books.
6 Weeks to 4 Months
Choose your undergarments for your gown. If you aren’t sure exactly what you are looking for we can offer suggestions on the type as well as where they can be found.
Start our fittings. Most seamstresses will like to see you at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance of wedding and it is typically 3 fittings.
Meet with your photographer. Share your vision for what you are hoping for in your wedding day photos. Scheduling an engagement session is a great way to get a feel for how your photographer works.
The Final Weeks
Aim to have all our vendors paid for before the wedding day. This is important as you want to focus on your special day and not worry about chasing down vendors.
Book some spa time – massage, pedicure & manicure. Remember this is not the time to be trying new facials, cream or make up. We would hate to see your skin take a reaction so be sure to book with salons that you have previously used and loved.
Delegate the little tasks. You don’t need to do it all yourself! Maid of honor and bridesmaids love helping out.
Most of all remember to have fun and not stress during this planning time. Maybe you are the type of bride that needs a little extra help with the planning – Natasha’s Wedding & Events would be the perfect fit for your wedding planning needs.