Its so very exciting knowing that in only 6 months that we will be married. In the next 6 months it seems is when everything starts to really come together. According to theknot.com here is a 12 Month Wedding Calendar along with our notes added to it as to if they have been done as of yet, or if we are not doing it. This will be updated as time goes on so make sure to check back.
12+ months before
Envision your wedding and draw up a budget.Check
Assemble your “planning team.” Consider hiring a wedding consultantVenue takes care of alot
Pick a wedding date and time. Select several options, then check with your venues, officiant, and important gests before finalizing.Check
Start planning the guest list.Check
Look for and book ceremony sites and reception sites.Check
Ask friends and relatives to be in the wedding party.Not doing all that, just our maid of honors. Optional: Have an engagement party. You may want to register beforehand for gifts.Nope
8-10 months before
Bride: Think about, shop for, and order your gown.Done
Envision reception food.Doing our Tasting beginning of 2016 Decide what type of entertainment you want. A pianist for the cocktail hour, strolling violinists, a DJ, or band?DJ Think about your floral decor.Very minimum floral decorations Research and book your wedding professionals. Interview vendors: photographer, videographer, reception band or DJ, florist.All done Research a wedding insurance policy to protect your deposits.Don’t believe in it, that’s negative thinking Research and reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests.We have recommendations for our guest, many listed and more to come here on our site
Register for gifts.We have a honey fund page set up
Contact rental companies if you need to rent anything for ceremony/reception, such as chairs, tables, and tent.Venue covers it
6-8 months before
Book ceremony musicians.Sounds of the ocean and the birds are all you need when your on the water Order bridesmaid dresses.Nope Start planning honeymoon.17 days in Europe here we come
- Send save-the-date cards. This is a particularly good idea if you’re marrying during a tourist or holiday season or having a destination wedding. Done
4-6 months before
Attend prewedding counseling, if required.Don’t need all that
- Shop for and order invitations and wedding rings. Done
Shop for formalwear.This is a NON formal event
- Renew or get passports, if necessary. Since our honeymoon will be 6 months later, we have time
Envision your wedding cake and research, interview, and book a cake designer.Check
3 months before
- Order wedding cake.
Hire a calligrapher, if you want your invitations professionally addressed.That’s so not needed
Attend your shower. (It may be earlier, depending on when hosts decide to have it.)Not having one Groom: Rent the men’s formal wear.No groom here and surely no formal wear
- Hire wedding-day transport: limousines, other cars. Look into transportation sooner if you’re considering renting streetcars or over-the-top travel.
2 months before
- Mail your invitations Done
- Write your vows. This will be a must for both of us 🙂
Purchase gifts for parents, attendants, and each other.No gifts here, getting married is our gift to each other and others Book your stylist and try out big-day hairstyles.Have a great friends for this Book a makeup artist and go for a trial run.Have a great friends for this
1 month before
- Apply for a marriage license. Check with the local bureau in the town where you’ll wed.
Bride: Have final gown fitting. Bring your maid of honor along to learn how to bustle your dress. Have the dress pressed and bring it home.Nope Call all bridesmaids. Make sure they have their gowns ready for the wedding.Nope
- Make last-minute adjustments with vendors.
- Create a wedding program to hand out to guests.
Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.Uhh, NOPE
2 weeks before
- Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent a response.
- Deliver must-have shot lists to photographer and videographer. Include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken.
- Deliver final song list to your DJ or bandleader. Include special song requests and songs you don’t want played. We have an on going list
- Bride: Get your last prewedding haircut and color.
1 week before
- Give reception site/caterer final guest head count. Include vendors, such as the photographer or band members, who will expect a meal. Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare.
- Supply location manager with a list of vendor requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed by florist.
- Plan reception seating chart.
- Print place and table cards, or finalize list with the calligrapher you have hired to do so.
Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements.Vendor handles it Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.
- Groom: Get your hair trimmed. No groom but a bride 🙂
- Attend bachelor/ette parties. This is up in the air as to if we will have any
2-3 days before
- Bride: If you need to, have your gown pressed or steamed.
- Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear. No formal wear a nice pressing will be good
Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
- Determine wedding-party positions during ceremony and the order of the party in the processional and recessional.
- Hand off place cards, table cards, menus, disposable cameras, favors, and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer and/or reception site manager.
- Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions.
- Call the limousine- or car-rental company for pickup times and locations.
- Arrange for guests without cars to be picked up from the airport or train station. Ask friends, attendants, or relatives to help.
Deliver welcome baskets to the hotel concierge; make sure to include names and delivery instructions.
- Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.
- Write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts (usually your parents, if not you) about any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.
- Rehearse ceremony. Meet with wedding party, ceremony readers, immediate family, and your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out details.
- Bring unity candle, aisle runner, yarmulkes, or other ceremony accessories to the site.
- Give your marriage license to your officiant.
- Attend rehearsal dinner.
- Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner. You’ll want to do this especially if the gifts are accessories to be worn during the wedding.
Present parents and each other with gifts.
- Give wedding bands to the best man and the maid of honor to hold during the ceremony. Maid of honors in our case
- Give best man the officiant’s fee envelope, to be handed off after the ceremony. Maid of honor in our case
- Introduce your reception site manager to your consultant or maid of honor for questions or problems during the reception.
- Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer’s contact so he knows who is who.