Once the thrill and the excitement of the proposal is over, it's time to get down to business. Wedding planning is a serious business, and if you want to have a great event without any last-minute problems with your wedding vendors,you need to plan in advance, Read on as we cover the wedding timeline for couples who have plenty of time as well as some quick tips for couples who are under time constraint.
A YEAR BEFORE THE WEDDING
Once you're engaged, get started on the following immediately:
Select a Date
Once you have a date or at least a month and year in mind, you can proceed with the rest of the planning.
Map Out Your Budget
If you're planning a big event of a few hundred guests, start at least a few months in advance, ideally a year. This is probably the least enjoyable part of your wedding., but the plus side is that it's all uphill from here. Sit down with a pot of coffee, open up a blank spreadsheet, and start listing down all your wedding expenses. Whatever you think each category will cost, add a markup of around 10% for hidden charges and market price fluctuations.
Put Together Your Guest List
You can't invite everyone to your wedding, so the people you went to school with in the second grade are most probably out. Sit down with your fiance and make your guest list based on how bug you want your event to be. If both your parents are sharing the wedding expenses, they'll get to choose a small chunk of the guests as well.
Have an Open Discussion of What You Want Your Wedding to Be Like
Make it a casual conversation with some cheesy pizza and bottomless soda and discuss with your fiance what they expect from their wedding. Do you want a grand event with hundreds of people and a formal. black-tie theme. or something a little more casual and intimate like a garden party?
Book Your Venue
Yes, choosing your venue at the start of your wedding planning is the key. Once you have a general idea of the kind of wedding you'll host, it's easy enough to decide whether it will be indoors or outdoors,
9 Months before the Wedding
The decisions your make in the initial stages of the wedding are a lot-some of your biggest expenses during this time and you're deciding some crucial wedding details. Once these are taken care of, you can take some time off to just relax, spend some time with your significant other and do things you enjoy.
Once you're ready, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get back to work.
Select the Central Theme of Your Wedding
You have the wedding venue and a general idea of whether you're going for something formal or casual. Now, it's time to set up that vision board and decide on an actual theme. You can do for something simple and classic, or something bold. This will help you decide the kind of outfits both of you will wear, the music that will be played at the wedding, he menu. and the party favors.
Start Hiring Wedding Vendors
Wedding vendors are booked solid months in advance so if you want your first picks, you need to move fast. This part is actually quite exciting. You can enjoy a number of sugary treats looking for the right wedding cake, browse through photography catalogs online to find the right wedding photographer, taste-test food to find a caterer who can make your guests' mouths water, and more.
In face, some vendors such as the florist may even invite you to some weddings they've catered to so you can their work in person.
Pro Wedding Tip: Hire a photographer to take some engagement photos of the two of you. This way you'll have some beautiful memories of the proposal, and you might even have found "the one" photographer who can capture the beauty of your wedding day!
7 Months before the Wedding
The big day is getting closer and closer, and it's time to get excited and to get this wedding party started.
It's Dress Time
Find your bridal team, and either have your dress fitting at home, or head down to boutiques you've shortlisted. Try on a few different wedding gowns in a range of styles to find the one that suits you the best and makes you feel special. For a custom dress, book your order immediately because it'll take a few months to be ready and you don't know what kind of alterations maybe required later.
If the groom is getting a custom tux, now is the time to go for fittings and pick one out so that it's ready on time.
Spread Some Wedding Cheer Online
If you're an avid social media user, this is a good time to send out digital save-the dates and creating event pages on your social media accounts. You can send out proper invites later, but this way, you can let your guests know where you are registered.
Halfway There: 6 Months before the Wedding
Now we're entering into smaller wedding details:
* If you have your rehearsal dinner somewhere other than one of your houses, then book the venue.
* Arrange for accomodation and transport for any out-of-town guests coming in for the wedding,
* Sort out the arrangements for the finer details of your wedding such as decor, wedding favors, drapery, lighting, and more.
Prep for Your Honeymoon
Booking your post-wedding holiday in advance will help you find good travel packages, explore multiple destinations and find resorts, hotels, and more to fit your requirements and budget If you and your fiance have dreamed of traveling and seeing some specific places together, now is the time to turn those dreams into reality.
The Final Months before the Wedding
This is the time when the bride and groom should pamper themselves. We're talking about facials, massages, the full spa treatment. And while you're pampering yourself, take care of few final things:
* Shop for wedding bands
* Try on your bridal dress and make sure it feels perfect when you put it on.
* Select your makeup artist- if you're not completely certain, have a trial makeup run to make sure everything is in order.
* Design, order and send out your invites so that your guests have plenty of time to RSVP/
Select Presents & Wedding Favors
Your wedding party has been just as busy as you have in planning your wedding. Make you find the perfect thank-you presents for them to show how much they mean to you.
During this time, if you plan on giving out wedding favors, either DIY them or get them made by a vendor.
Prep any DIY Decorations
If you're planning on using any items that you have at home to add to the theme of your wedding, now is the time to set them aside and put them together. This can include props for a photo booth, plants for a themed wall. and so on.
The Final Month
It's all getting real now!
Wedding Seat Plan
Make sure you pay all your vendors and clear any remaining dues. Put together your seating charts, and do a final walk-through of everything, from checking out the venue to mapping out the timings of everything at the wedding, photoshoot included.
The Big Day
Get a good night's sleep, stay hydrated, enjoy a good meal, and turn in early so that you're ready for the hustle and bustle of your wedding. Start off with a good breakfast, and then it's show time!
Completing Your Wedding Checklist in Less Time
If you don't have that much time to plan, you can skip out some minor details like any DIY plans and party favors. For the rest, you'll just have to skip the resting months in between and keep working! Complete your wedding checklist within the first two months and you're all set.
Wedding Tips for a Day You Won't Forget
Your wedding is a time to celebrate your union. Make sure you enjoy the planning stage as well and start your new life together on a good note.
As wedding trends rise and fall, one thing's for certain: flowers will always, always remain in style. And while they're one of the more exciting aspects to plan, chances are you're not a botanist, so selecting flowers can actually be a challenge. Our insider guide to wedding flowers will help!
DECIPHERING THE FLORAL PRICING MYSTERY
When researching florists in your area, you'll notice that prices aren't listed on their websites. That's because different types of flowers can have very different costs. Not to mention, the prices change depending on what's in season... Meeting with your florist in person will allow you to discuss what you're looking for , which florals will be best, and what it'll cost.
FINDING THE RIGHT WEDDING FLORIST
When choosing a florist, it's important to find one who has similar taste as you (hint: you'll be able to tell by the way they've designed their shop or the arrangements they show on their Instagram). That way, you can rest easy knowing that they naturally design what you love, rather than asking someone to work against their strengths.
When you go in for consultation, it's smart to bring several images for flowers/weddings/bouquets that you love as inspiration. Like we mentioned, you're probably not a botanist so trying to communicate your taste can be a challenge when you're unfamiliar with the names of certain flowers, plants and greenery.
That being said, it's incredibly important to go into a floral consultation with an open mind. The florist can fill you in on what types of florals fit your overall style., what's in season, and what'll fit your budget. That's why you hire them in the first place-they have the expertise and the eye for design!
FIGURING OUT FLORALS
Any great florist will have a look-book of previous designs they've personally created. They'll also be able to talk with you about any images you bring in to show you how you can personalize a design. make it work for a particular season, or use it as inspiration for a themed ceremony site, head table, or boutonniere designs.
There are also some season-specific concerns you'll need to consider beyond what's in season. If it's hot, you need to aware that some flowers can't make it all day-they'll wilt around the three hour mark. Also, flowers can surprisingly be heavy to carry around all day. A good florist will already have workarounds in mind if you're asking for something that could potentially droop or feel burdensome!
"Be open to suggestions. Your florist will already have a good idea of current wedding trends, how to create designs for any budget and where to best splurge vs save. If they suggest another flower type , it could be for heaps of reasons and they may be trying to help you. Maybe they're using their design skills to find colors that pop with your color scheme, or shapes that will look stronger in photographs."
5 QUESTIONS TO ASK A FLORIST:
1. Do they deliver bouquets/ boutonnieres or will someone need to pick them up?
2. Will they personally be on site for decoration? Or do they send their intern?
3. What will they do if the price of certain type of flower skyrockets? (It can and does happen, so you need a florist who is communicative and can think on the fly)
4. Do they ever service two events on the same day and does it ever cause issues?
5. Will they work with your vision or do they have standard "wedding flower looks" that they know will work and you can personalize?