Your Wedding Planning Timeline


Congratulations you are engaged !

  • Figure out your budget
  • Book your Wedding Planner!!
  • Start gathering names & addresses to make your guest list
  • Pick a few possible dates (narrow it down to 2 or 3)
  • Research venue locations
  • Create a Wedding Website (if this appeals to you)

12 Months Prior

  • HIRE your photographer (don’t hesitate many photographers are booked a year in advance)
  • Choose your bridal party/attendants
  • Book a block of hotel rooms for out of town guests
  • Begin dress shopping
  • Finalize your date after considering venue and photographer schedules
  • Book your DJ
  • Book your reception and ceremony venue

11 Months Prior

  • Begin to plan your ceremony and reception décor
  • Make appointments with your florist to decide on types of bouquets and centerpieces
  • Book your caterer
  • Book Your Transportation/Limo

10 Months Prior

  • Finalize guest list
  • Set up a gift registry
  • Research and choose your Officiate
  • Choose your music for the ceremony and Reception. Time and test out your play list a few times to ensure they are best for your time line and supply choices to your DJ
  • Book your Cake Baker

9 Months Prior

  • Order your gown and have alterations done
  • Purchase Wedding Bands
  • Arrange rental items (tables, chairs, backdrops, linens…)
  • Book Your professional Decorator

8 Months Prior

  • Order hair accessories
  • Order jewelry
  • Book your Honeymoon (international excursions)

6 Months Prior

  • Edit, proof, print or order your Wedding Invites. Purchase envelopes and stamps too!
  • Schedule and plan trials for your hair and make-up

5 Months Prior

  • Make arrangements if you’ll need additional sound equipment for the ceremony and reception

4 Months Prior

  • Choose Groom attire and have alterations done
  • Purchase your shoes, garters, lingerie, accessories…
  • Plan and book local Honeymoon
  • Address, stamp and mail invites

3 Months Prior

  • Book accommodations for your wedding night

2 Months Prior

  • Finalize menu with your caterer (Are drinks included in your catering bill?)
  • Create your Wedding Day-of timeline

6 Weeks Prior

  • Finish up any DIY projects

2 Weeks Prior

  • Get your Marriage License
  • Send wedding day timeline to important people for day of including Wedding planner, DJ, Photographer…
  • Give final guest list to Caterer
  • Finalize Seating Chart
  • Confirm all vendors, arrival and delivery times for the Wedding day


  • Have a trusted friend or family member handle all cheques to pay out Vendors
  • Enjoy all the planning and prepping that went into your Beautiful Day!