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Wedding Planning Timeline Tips

Planning a wedding involves many details, and having a checklist can help you stay organized. Here's a helpful wedding checklist in order of importance with suggested timelines for booking vendors:

12-18 Months Before:


Set a Budget:

Determine your budget and allocate funds to different categories. Your budget may need to be adjusted based on market pricing.


Create a Guest List:

Decide on the number of guests you want to invite.


Choose a Date and Venue:

Select a date and book your ceremony and reception venues.


Hire a Wedding Planner, Day of Coordinator & Decorator:

If you're using a wedding planner, hire them early in the process, they will help you book the rest of your vendor list.



   Research and book a photographer and/or videographer. Media teams typically book years in advance. This should be booked as soon as you have your venue set.


Research and Book Caterer:

Find a caterer that fits your budget and book their services. Consider a venue that also provides catering. 

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9-12 Months Before:


Select Bridal Party:

Ask your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other members of the bridal party.


Find a Wedding Dress:

Start shopping for your wedding dress and order it.


Book Entertainment:

Arrange for a DJ, band, or other entertainment.


Book Officiant:

Confirm an officiant for the ceremony.


Research and Book Florist:

  Choose a florist and discuss your floral arrangements. Don't forget the boutonnieres & Corsages!


Book Hair and Makeup Stylists:

Reserve professionals for your wedding day.

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6-9 Months Before:

Send Save-the-Dates:

Notify guests about your wedding date.


Choose Bridesmaids' Dresses:

Select and order bridesmaids' dresses.


Select and Order Groomsmen Attire:

Choose and order groomsmen's attire.


Plan Honeymoon:

Start planning your honeymoon and book flights and accommodations.


Order Wedding Cake:

Decide on a baker and order your wedding cake.

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4-6 Months Before:


Create Wedding Registry:

Set up a wedding registry for gifts.


Finalize Menu with Caterer:

Confirm menu details with your caterer.


Send Invitations:

Mail out wedding invitations

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2-4 Months Before:


Purchase Wedding Rings:

Select and purchase wedding bands.


Finalize Ceremony Details:

Confirm readings, vows, and other ceremony details.


Apply for Marriage License:

Check local requirements and obtain a marriage license.


Arrange Transportation:

Book transportation for the wedding day.

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1-2 Months Before:


Final Dress Fitting:

Attend final dress fittings and make any necessary alterations.


Finalize Seating Chart:

Organize the seating arrangement for the reception.


Confirm Details with Vendors:

Confirm details, timelines and payment dates with all vendors.


Purchase Gifts for the Wedding Party:

Get gifts for your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other members of the wedding party.

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1 Week Before:


Pack for the Honeymoon:

Pack for your honeymoon and confirm travel details.


Finalize Payments:

Make final payments to vendors.


Rehearsal Dinner:

Host the rehearsal dinner.

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On the Wedding Day:

Relax and Enjoy:

Finally, take a deep breath and enjoy your special day! Let your vendors work their magic, and trust that the planning you have spent months on will all come together.

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Apple & Egg Photography offers an all-inclusive stress-free Photography experience that starts with assisting in planning, timelines and vendor recommendations.

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