Wedding Timeline

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Congratulations! You’re getting married! And if you’ve had some time for the initial excitement of your engagement to settle, you’re probably starting to feel a tad overwhelmed thinking about all you have to do before the day you say “I do!” We understand it can be a stressful time, but we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a cheat sheet for you to ensure you’re on track to have everything in line for your dream wedding. Read it below, or click here to download a printable version.

12+ Months

  • Insure your engagement ring
  • Decide on a wedding date
  • Create a wedding budget
  • Decide on your wedding style
  • Create a preliminary guest list
  • Find a ceremony and reception venue (like the stunning Acre Orlando pictured here)
  • Select an officiant
  • Create a wedding website

9 – 11 Months

  • Narrow down guest list to fit within budget at venue capacity
  • Have an engagement party
  • Order your wedding dress (We reccommend checking out the stunning selection at White Magnolia Bridal)
  • Book your wedding planner and photographer
  • Send out save the dates
  • Decide who will be in your wedding party and ask them
  • Find and book your caterer if your venue does not provide one
  • Get estimates for decor and lighting rentals
  • Set up hotel room blocks for out-of-town guests

6 – 8 Months

  • Pick grooms and groomsmen attire
  • Decide wedding invitation wording
  • Start planning your honeymoon
  • Select a baker for your wedding cake/dessert — Vanilla and the Bean (pictured) makes the most amazing cakes if you're one of our Savannah brides!
  • Create your wedding registry
  • Schedule bridal hair and makeup
  • Book a videographer
  • Book your florist

4 – 5 months

  • Send your Save the Dates — We're in love with the dreamy invitation pictured for this #IDCouple
  • Finalize details with caterer and rentals
  • Purchase decor/details you are not renting
  • Purchase your wedding bands
  • Start planning your rehearsal dinner
  • Reserve your day of transportation
  • Start dance lessons for your first dance

3 Months

  • Have your bridal shower
  • Finalize playlist details with your DJ or band
  • Get your marriage license
  • Finalize ceremony details with officiant
  • Decide on wedding favors

2 Months

  • Start brainstorming your wedding vows
  • Finalize menu
  • Create wedding ceremony programs
  • Send thank yous for your bridal shower gifts
  • Have your Bachelor/Bachelorette parties
  • Mail your wedding invitations
  • Purchase presents for future spouse, wedding party and parents. Check out our blog for the perfect gifts for your bridal party! Studs of any size are always a great pick.
  • Schedule your dress fitting

1 Month

  • Final dress fitting
  • Plan where you and your future spouse will get ready
  • Book wedding night accommodations
  • Shop for honeymoon clothing. Our favorite boutique, Haden Reid, has tons of trendy and romantic options like this very bridal jumpsuit pictured!
  • Have your emergency kit for the day of, along with your “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”

1 – 2 weeks

  • Follow up with guests who haven’t RSVP’d
  • Give final guest count to caterer, baker and venue
  • Make escort cards and or display — Look into super unique and creative options like the laser-cut wood names pictured.
  • Confirm all final payments and details
  • If you are giving a toast, prepare your speech
  • Pick up your marriage license
  • Give your day-of schedule to your vendors and wedding party
  • Provide rehearsal and rehearsal dinner information to those attending

2 to 3 days

  • Pack your wedding overnight bag
  • Pick up grooms attire
  • Leave honeymoon details with a family member
  • Make sure details are clear with ceremony and reception sites
  • Pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure – keep it simple or take the opportunity to add a little extra sparkle like the mani pictured!
  • Designate someone to take your wedding gifts home

1 day

  • Have your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
  • Give marriage license to your officiant
  • Bring any ceremony details with you to your rehearsal
  • Get a good night’s rest

Wedding Day

  • Make sure you eat breakfast
  • Exchange gift with spouse and give gifts to parents and wedding party
  • Enjoy your day!

Post Wedding

  • Freeze the top layer of your wedding cake
  • Send thank you notes for wedding gifts
  • If you are planning to, change your name
  • Have your dress cleaned and preserved