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Benefits of Starting Early and Planning Efficiently

Updated: May 13

1. Better Vendor Selection: Starting early gives you the luxury of choice. You can secure highly sought-after vendors and venues, often booked months (or even years) in advance.

2. Budget Management: With more time, you can compare prices, negotiate with vendors, and make informed decisions that can save you money. This avoids the rush decisions that often lead to overspending.

3. Ample Time for Customization: Custom elements like dresses, decorations, or rings can take a lot of time to be ready. Early planning ensures you have these personalized details exactly as you want them.

4. Stress Reduction: When you spread tasks out over a longer period, each task becomes less overwhelming. This allows you to handle unexpected challenges more calmly.

5. Enjoyment of the Process: With less rush, you can actually enjoy the journey to your wedding day, including engagement parties, tastings, and dress fittings, without feeling rushed.

Simple Wedding Planning Timeline and Checklist

12+ Months Before

  • Set a Budget: Determine how much you are willing to spend and who contributes.

  • Choose Potential Dates: Have a few options ready before you start venue hunting.

  • Draft a Guest List: Get a rough idea of your wedding size.

  • Research and Book Venue: Venues can book up quickly, so secure yours as soon as possible.

  • Research Vendors: Photographers, caterers, florists, and musicians/DJs should be next on your list.

  • Start Thinking About Attire: Especially if you’re considering custom designs.

9-12 Months Before

  • Book Photographer and Videographer: These professionals are crucial, so secure them early.

  • Hire Caterer, Florist, and Other Major Vendors: Lock in your date with these providers.

  • Purchase the Wedding Dress: Allow time for fittings and alterations.

  • Start Planning the Honeymoon: Especially if it involves travel abroad.

6-9 Months Before

  • Send Save-the-Dates: This is particularly important if you’re planning a destination wedding or have many out-of-town guests.

  • Order Bridesmaid Dresses and Rent Tuxedos: Ensure they have time for alterations.

  • Book Transportation: Limos, minibuses, etc., for the day of the event.

  • Choose and Order Wedding Invitations: Prep them for sending.


3-6 Months Before

  • Finalize Guest List: Confirm how many guests are attending.

  • Send Invitations: Typically, these go out 3-4 months before the day.

  • Plan Rehearsal Dinner: Choose a location and set the date.

  • Purchase Rings: This gives you time to resize or customize if necessary.

1-3 Months Before

  • Finalize Menu and Event Details with Caterer/Event Coordinator: Confirm the small details.

  • Have Final Dress Fitting: Ensure everything is perfect.

  • Confirm Arrangements with Vendors: Make sure everyone is clear on their roles and times.

Weeks Before

  • Pick Up Wedding Attire: Make sure everything fits and is ready.

  • Confirm Final Headcount: Give your final guest list to the caterer and venue.

  • Pack for Honeymoon: Don’t leave this to the last minute!

Day Before

  • Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner: Run through the ceremony to iron out any issues.

  • Relax and Get Plenty of Sleep: You’re almost there!



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