Planning a wedding? Take a look at my timeline wedding planner. It should help you plan your wedding from start to finish and help keep your planning organized and stress free! There's a link at the bottom for a printable PDF version of this entire list.
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Sixteen to Nine Months Before
- ü Start a wedding folder or binder. Begin leafing through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design, and food magazines for inspiration. Pick your wedding colors.
- ü Work out your budget. Determine how much you have to spend, based on your families’ contributions and your own.
- ü Pick your wedding party. As soon as you’re engaged, people will start wondering who’s in.
- ü Start the guest list. Make a head count database to use throughout your planning process, with columns for contact info, RSVPs, gifts, and any other relevant information. (Want to keep costs low? It may be brutal, but the best way to do it is to reduce your guest list.)
- ü Hire a planner, if desired. If you’re on a budget, this checklist can eliminate the need for a planner. Just do a little research on your vendors and follow the list.
- ü Reserve your date and venues. Decide whether to have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception, factoring in travel time between the two places.
- ü Book your officiant.
- ü Research photographers, disc jockey, florists, and caterers. Keep their contact information in your binder.
- ü Throw an engagement party, if you wish. But remember that your invitees should be on your wedding guest list as well.