Tip: Start with a month and decide which day of the week you´d like to get married. You may have to be
flexible considering the availability of your venue.
Determine your budget Speak with your fiancé and your families. Agree upon contributions and a budget to
Choose the style of your wedding
Tip: Let your shared values, interests, history and lifestyle guide you. Create a mood board. Not sure where
to begin? Check out our blog for great wedding ideas.
Pick your wedding party
Tip: Send your wedding party invitations. Keep in mind,
being in a wedding party can be a substantial time and financial investment. Make sure to ask your leading
ladies and gents if they´re up for the role!
Schedule engagement photos
Tip: Keep in mind, some photographers offer free or discounted engagement photography when you book a
wedding with them. Set up a meeting with the photographer you choose to discuss logistics and "must-have"
photos for your wedding day.
Start compiling guest list
Research venues for your ceremony and reception
Research vendors (photographers, videographers, caterers and musicians)
Start pinning! Find endless wedding inspiration on Pinterest. Create a private or public wedding
planning pin board.
Book desired vendors (photographer, videographer, caterer, musicians, and planner)
Purchase wedding dress and veil
Get fit! If being fit for your wedding day is a priority for you, now´s the time to establish a fitness
8-10 months before your wedding
Research hotels near your venue and reserve a block of rooms for out of town guests
Finalize guest list
Tip: Create a spreadsheet with all guests entered with columns for Address and RSVP status. This will be an
easy reference as send out save the dates, invitations and thank you notes and finalize your guest count.
Tip: Marriage laws vary by state. Make sure to research requirements specific to your state, county and city
you´re getting married in.
Finalize wedding day timeline
Finalize seating arrangements
Finalize playlists with musicians
Finalize fittings and attire for wedding party and parents
Create a schedule for your wedding day to distribute to vendors
Tip: Consider making a wedding day timeline specific for your bridal party and all others involved in the
ceremony or otherwise involved in the logistics of the day. When everyone´s on the same page, things will go