As your wedding day nears, you’ll probably experience a range of emotions from excitement to panic- especially when you think of all the planning that needs to be done. It’s a lot to keep track of and accomplish before the big day. The more organised you are, the less likely there will be any unwanted surprises along the way. That’s where a wedding to-do list comes in handy. Your to-do list will soon become your best friend; as the day nears you’ll find you won’t leave home without it!
Not sure where to start? That’s where we come in. Below is a timeline we’ve created to help you form a to-list for everything from the day you say “yes”, to the day you say “I do”.
16-9 Months Before
Couples generally set their wedding date 9-16 months in the future, which gives them enough time to decide on the most critical factors:
- Number of guests
You’ll need a few weeks to call and visit venues. Popular venues are often booked more than a year in advance, so make it your first priority or you may end up struggling to find an available reception hall, banquet facility or church basement. You can then book the church or other wedding location.
Once you’ve booked the venues for the ceremony and reception and paid your deposit, you can finalise your budget, choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen and throw an engagement party.
8-6 Months Before
You’ll need to have your wedding “support staff” in place about six to eight months before your wedding date. This includes the photographer, videographer, caterers, entertainment and florist.
This is also the time to purchase a wedding dress, sign up for wedding gift registries (see an example Wedsite registry here) and choose and order your wedding invitations. To save money and time, we recommend automating the RSVP process with online Save the Dates, Invitations and RSVP tracking.
To save yourself from having to answer the same questions hundreds of times about dress code, location, transport, etc, you’ll want to create a Wedding Website (see an example Wedsite here) which can even include accommodation arrangements for your out-of-town guests.
3-2 Months Before
By now, all the major functions should be arranged and paid for, so it’s just a matter of taking care of details. These include sending the invitations (if you decided to automate this, all you have to do now is hit send!), ordering the cake and wedding favors and buying the bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s gifts.
You should also submit your newspaper announcement and buy your wedding rings – most newspapers need a few months to prepare the announcement, and you should allow 6-8 weeks for your rings to be sized and engraved. It’s also traditional to hold a wedding shower or bachelorette party a few weeks before the ceremony.
1 Month Before
Now is the time to finalise your plans for the ceremony and reception. Create your guest list and seating arrangements, choose your music and pick up your gown. Be sure to go over your plans with your wedding party and don’t forget to get your marriage license.
While planning your wedding is exciting, understanding your timeline and making sure everything is done on time can be overwhelming. This list will help you stay on track and reduce some of the stress as your big day gets closer. Whether your wedding will be more elaborate or simpler, putting these tasks on your calendar can give you an idea of what your timeline looks like and can help you manage your to-do list.
The wedsite has made it so easy for us to manage our registry, rsvps and wedding info. It looks great and is so easy to use. Highly recommend a personal wedsite for your wedding.DANIEL | Groom