Minnesota Planning

Monthly Wedding Timeline

November 1, 2017


MONTHLY WEDDING timeline


12+MONTHS

Create a budget and establish your priorities - where do you want to splurge/save? 

Create an inspiration board and identify your style and color palette Start planning a guest list - you'll need that guest count! 

Choose a wedding date (keep a few options in mind and check with important guests and your venue)Select your ceremony and reception sites Optional:  Have an engagement party 

Feeling overwhelmed?  Consider hiring a wedding planner


8-10 MONTHS

Ask friends and relatives to be in your wedding party

Select and order your wedding gown

Research your vendors: offciant, caterer, entertainment, photographer, videographer, fl orist, stationer (invitations, place cards, etc.), rental companies (chairs, tables, tent - if needed) - Get details and contracts in writing!  

Arrange accommodations and transportation for out-of-town guests, if needed


6-8 MONTHS

Make fi nal selections and book your preferred vendors

Have engagement photos taken

Register for gifts 

Select and order bridesmaid dresses

Send save-the-dates

Research and book honeymoon 

(don't forget to renew your passport!)


4-6 MONTHS

Finalize guest list, compile current addresses

Schedule tasting with caterer and finalize menu

Order invitations

Order guest favors

Attend pre-wedding counseling, if required

Book a rehearsal dinner location

Book rehearsal dinner vendors - entertainment, caterer, grooms cake


3 MONTHS

Select and order/rent groom and groomsmen attire 

Order wedding cake 

Hire your wedding day transportation

Attend your bridal shower (host will determine actual date)


2 MONTHS

Mail your invitations

Write your vows

Choose ceremony readings and music

Begin dress fittings and alterations

Touch base with all vendors to confi rm dates, details, and de-posits.  If they have special requirements for setup send these 

to your venue

Purchase gifts for parents, attendants, and each other

Purchase guest book, toasting fl utes, cake servers, unity candle, and any other miscellaneous accessories

Book hair and makeup artists and schedule a trial run 


1 MONTH

Apply for marriage license Have final bridal gown fitting Confirm bridesmaids have their gowns and alterations are complete Create your ceremony program  Send rehearsal dinner invitations


2-3 WEEKS BEFORE

Review RSVP list, call any guests who have not responded 

Send photographer and videographer your must-have shots 

Send your song list to your DJ or band leader.  Include all special dances, schedule of speeches, and your song requests/do not play list 

Get your hair cut and colored

Attend bachelor/bachelorette parties


1 WEEK BEFORE

Give reception venue/caterer fi nal guest count 

Plan reception seating chart 

Print place cards and table cards

Create a vendor list with contact information.  Give copies to your ceremony and reception site managers, as well as your MOH or personal attendant

Groom gets his hair cut


2-3 DAYS BEFORE

Have bridal gown pressed or steamed, if necessary  

Pick up groom and groomsmen attire

Determine wedding party positions and order of processional and recessional

Give place cards, table cards, menus, favors, and any other items for table settings to the catering manager

Reconfirm arrival times and final details with all vendors - give a copy of the details to your MOH


DAY BEFORE

Write checks for any balances due 

Enjoy a mani-pedi  

Rehearse ceremony.  Include wedding party, readers, immediate family, and o  ciant

Bring ceremony accessories to the site:unity candle, aisle runner, yarmulkes

Bring reception accessories to the site: 

Décor, place cards, table numbers, guest book, cakeserver, favors 

Attend and enjoy the rehearsal dinner! 

Get your beauty sleep 


DAY OF

Allow plenty of time to get ready 

Give gifts to parents, wedding party, and each other 

Give wedding bands to best man to hold during ceremony 

Give best man the offciant's fee envelope to be given after ceremony

Relax and enjoy!


POST WEDDING

Arrange for someone to return any rentals

Return groom's tux to rental shop 

Write and send thank you notes 

Have your dress cleaned and preserved

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