Have you just popped the question to your significant other? Congratulations! You’ve finally found the person of your dreams and are engaged. This is the person you want to share your life with and you’re ready to start the wedding process. There’s only one problem: You’re not exactly sure how the process starts. From shopping for engagement rings, popping the question, booking the venue, and buying gifts for the bridal party, the entire process feels overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve created the ultimate timeline for planning your big day. Follow the steps below for a stress-free, perfect wedding day.
12 Months Out: Once you’re engaged and have set the date, the first and most important thing to do is book a venue. After choosing a venue and securing your location, it’s time to create the guest list and gift registry.
10 Months Out: Ten months before your big day, it’s time to select your bridal party and choose the vendors for the day. It’s important to choose the vendors as soon as possible so you can define your tastes, find reputable companies, and confirm that they are available for your wedding. Once you’ve done all that, it’s time to ask your bridesmaids to stand by your side! The best way to do that is with a thoughtful gift as a token of gratitude.
8 Months Out: Now is the time for two of the most enjoyable parts: Ordering the dress and cake! Have fun with the fitting and tasting and be sure to enjoy every second.
6 Months Out: You’re officially halfway there! Six months before the wedding is the perfect time to send save the dates, hire your photographer, and book the honeymoon.
3 Months Out: It’s officially crunch time. Now is the time to send the invitations, plan the rehearsal dinner, buy the wedding bands, and purchase accessories for the big day.
1 Month Out: It’s time for all of the finishing touches. Be sure to apply for your wedding license, enjoy your bachelorette party, and buy gifts for your bridal party.
The Final Weeks: The final weeks are all about the details. Be sure to confirm everything with the vendors and finalize your seating chart.