The "Straight To The Point" Engagement Timeline

by Lisa

The engagement timelines (times when things should be completed by) out there in the world are long and complicated. I thought I would give just an overview of what absolutely needs to be done during the last 6 months or so. I am just focusing on the major points. Just think of this as a list that’s small enough to fit inside your wallet.

At least 8 months prior to the wedding
*Choose a wedding planner/coordinator
*Start working on your guest list
*Book a venue – ceremony and reception
*Book any necessary tenting
*Find and order the bridal dress
*Formulate your wedding party
*Register – Couples should register before putting their website together and sending out save the date cards. Typically, Save-the-dates go out 6 months in advance. If you wedding is in June, be careful about sending them during the Thanksgiving/Christmas rush. The cards will get lost in the commotion. Plan to send them earlier – better yet, right after the New Year.

At least 7 months prior to the wedding
*Put a website together – Could be custom or one from the knot or
*Block hotel rooms
*Contact caterers, price out menus and attend tastings
*Contact and book DJ/band, florist, photographer/videographer

At least 6 months prior to the wedding
*Send out Save the Dates
*Book a lighting designer (if necessary)
*Contract port-o-potties and water (if necessary)
*Rent tuxes

At least 4 months prior to the wedding
*Order your birth certificate
*Start searching for invitations
*Start looking at wedding bands
*Book your honeymoon

At least 3 months prior to the wedding
*Book your rehearsal dinner

At least 2 months prior to your wedding
*Send out invitations
*Put together/order programs, menus and place cards
*Purchase Bridesmaids, Groomsmen and Family gifts
*Obtain blood tests and marriage certificate
*Submit your alcohol order

At least 1 month prior to your wedding
*RSVP deadline
*Have final details meetings with florist, photographer, planner, etc.
*Have a final details meeting with the caterer. Pick out linens

At least 2 weeks prior to your wedding
*Final Dress fitting

At least 1 week prior to your wedding
*Make last confirmations with vendors
*Enjoy the last week being a single person!


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