Planning Tools

A year or more before

Start looking at dresses/wedding photos and get inspired
This can be done through the Internet, wedding magazines, etc.
Find the theme/style for your wedding
Make the theme very personal, something that defines your couple. It can be the place you first met, a hobby you both have, etc.
Decide on a city and a season for your wedding
This step is important for the following steps and to determine your availability and that of the people close to you. Decide whether to have the ceremony and the reception at the same location or not, so you can plan for travelling.
Decide on an overall budget for your wedding
This is a crucial step. You can have big dreams for your wedding but knowing your budget will narrow down what can be achieved and what can be done in moderation or excluded.
Start researching wedding planners
Look for wedding planners that are within your budget and whose work inspires you.
Start researching wedding reception venues
The best way to do is to use our section "Find a venue" where you narrow down your search to desirable locations, budgets, types of venue, etc.
Start putting together your wedding's guest list
To have your budget determined will help you decide how many guests you can have at your wedding.
Send announcements regarding your engagement
That can be done using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any social media.

9 to 11 months before

Estimate the number of guests at your wedding
Having the number of guests will help you find the Venue that can hold that many guests.
Start researching wedding planners
If necessary
Start researching wedding invitations
Find wedding invitations styles that will fit your wedding and couple perfectly. Another thing to consider is whether you want the invitations to be sent by email, mail, etc.
Hire a wedding planner
If necessary
Schedule tours for wedding reception venues
Book a wedding reception venue
Decide on an overall budget for your wedding
Reserve a hotel room for your wedding night
Reserve hotel rooms for guests
If necessary
Start researching caterers
If you don't know where to start, your wedding venue will usually have a caterer or will know good caterers.
Meet with and assess caterers
This is also the time to choose what you want your guests to be served. The best solution is to have a budget for the catering.
Book a caterer for your wedding
Book a photographer for your wedding
Like with the venues, wedding photographers can be busy at certain period of the year, so it is always good to book them in advance. Discuss specific shots and walk through the locations to note spots that appeal to you.
Schedule engagement pictures to be taken with a photographer
If necessary
Create a website dedicated to your wedding
This is optional but very useful for your guest and yourself. There are tools to help you easily create a website without having a lot of web knowledge.
Decide on the wedding party
Maid of honor
Best man
Bridesmaids
Groomsmen
Flower girl
Ring bearer
Book a site to hold your ceremony
This can be at your church or many venues have sites to hold your ceremony.
Book an officiant
Register for wedding gifts
There are many online stores that you can register and build a list of gifts for you wedding. Then your guests can log in and choose gifts that would be in your list. This also helps not end up with duplicate gifts.

7-8 months before

Start researching wedding videographers
Start researching bands/DJs
Research and save wedding dress pictures
It can be found on the Internet and we also have choices on our Gallery page.
Research and save pictures of flower arrangements
There are a lot of flower arrangements on the Internet and you can get ideas on our Gallery Page.
Meet with invitation designers
If you did not find what you wanted online.
Meet with and assess florists
Meet with and assess bands/DJs
Meet with and assess wedding cake vendors
Meet and assess wedding videographers
Meet with and assess ceremony musicians
If necessary
Book a florist for your wedding
Note down honeymoon options
Buy your wedding dress
Buy the dress but do not adjust the dress now, reserve the fitting closer to the wedding to make sure the dress will fit you perfectly.
Decide on bridesmaid dresses

You can use our Gallery photos or Google images to gather ideas.

Choose decorations for your ceremony
Choose boutonnieres for groom and groomsmen
Choose flowers for your flower girl
Choose your bridesmaid bouquet
Choose your bride's bouquet
Book your wedding videographer
No need to talk specifics yet, but be sure that the people you hire are open to doing the shots that you want.
Book your wedding cake vendor
Some bakers require a long lead time. Attend several tastings before committing to any baker.
Book a band/DJ for your wedding

6 months before

Meet and assess lighting and rental professionals
Order your wedding's rentals
Send invitation for your bridal shower
Order your wedding invitations
Book musicians for your ceremony
If necessary
Start researching venues for your rehearsal dinner
Book a venue for your rehearsal dinner

5 months before

Book hair and makeup artists
Have a hair trial
Find the theme/style for your wedding
Decide on wedding ring options
Buy/rent your wedding's menswear
Decide on an overall budget for your wedding
Choose accessories for the groom
Make plans for transportation for your wedding
Make a list of other reception items to buy
Including flights and hotel rooms
Book your honeymoon

4 months before

Order the wedding rings
Make a list of your accessories
Make a list of other ceremony items to buy
Make a list of the wedding gifts your need to buy
Choose and buy your wedding cake topper
Make the travel arrangements/Book the transportation
Including shuttles and parking
Buy other items for your reception
Buy the items you will wear under your dress

3 months before

Prep your invitations
Mail your wedding invitations
Plan for your wedding exit
Buy the items needed for your wedding exit
Buy shoes to go with your wedding dress
Buy all items needed for the ceremony

2 months before

Search and save pictures of ceremony programs
Work on your seating chart and your escort cards
Make final decisions on the catering menu
Decide on the readings for the ceremony
Decide on how guests will share pictures
Buy all your wedding dress accessories
Make list of all items you need to pack for your honeymoon
Send out the rehearsal dinner invitations

1 month before

Book an appointment for nail and spa treatment
The day before the wedding is perfect. It will relieve stress and get you relaxed to better enjoy your wedding day.
Hire a coordinator for the day
Decide on how communications will get to the vendors/guests
Make a timeline for the day
Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database
Make final decisions on your ceremony outline
Finalize the programs for your ceremony

2 weeks before

See dressmaker for last adjustments
To feel secure, you may also want to schedule a fitting the week of your wedding. You can always cancel the appointment if you try on the dress then and it fits perfectly.
Delegate small wedding-day tasks
Choose someone to bustle your dress, someone to carry your things, someone to oversee gifts especially the enveloped sort, someone to hand out tips, and someone to be the point person for each vendor.
Follow up with those who have yet to RSVP
Communicate to all the wedding timeline
Prepare the wedding toasts
Finish buying the necessary for your honeymoon
Pack for your honeymoon

1 week before

Confirm all payments with all vendors
Make sure to put aside the tips for the vendors.
Obtain your marriage license
Give the reception venue and caterer the guest count
Pick up your wedding dress
Finalize your seating charts and your escort cards

The day before your wedding

Go to the Spa
Relax and enjoy...
Have a wedding rehearsal
Give out welcome baskets

Your wedding day

Make sure you have more than enough time to get ready
Make sure the best man has the wedding rings and the fee for the officiant
Have a beautiful wedding and enjoy yourself

After your wedding

Go on and enjoy your honeymoon
Send your thank you cards