Wedding Checklist Timeline
A wedding checklist timeline is essential to the proper planning of any wedding. Write your wedding checklist timeline down on paper and then use it to help make your wedding planning smoother. Give copies of your wedding checklist timeline to people that are helping you put the wedding together so that you are all on the same page.
- Twelve months from wedding date. The engagement was announced and the wedding date has been set. Now is the time for the wedding checklist timeline to begin. The first thing you have to do is set a budget by considering your resources and the resources others, such as your parents, have offered. You need to book the wedding site and the reception site as soon as your budget is set. This would also be the point where you would hire a wedding planner if you intend to use one.
- Nine months from wedding date. The wedding checklist timeline moves fast if you do not stay focused, and that is why you use it. At this point, you need to have all of the outfits for the wedding parties picked out and on order. The groom's tuxedos, the bride's wedding dress and the bridesmaids' dresses all need to be picked out. The reception entertainment, wedding photographer and caterer all need to be hired and given deposits. This is also the point where the honeymoon gets booked and the bridal party registers for reception and bridal shower gifts.
- Six months from wedding date. As the wedding checklist timeline ticks down, the details need to be attended to. Start structuring the ceremony including people who will participate and what readings and music will be used. Begin picking out favors for the reception and all of the invitation materials including the invitations themselves, matchbooks, ceremony programs and seating cards. The bridesmaids and groom's men should also be planning the bridal shower and bachelor party at this point.
- Three months from wedding date. At this point you need to confirm everything and get final payments in to every entity you have hired. The entertainment, reception hall, limo company, caterers, wedding cake, dresses, tuxedos and photographer are just some of the people that need to be paid in full by this point. This will help the reception to go off smoothly, and give you time to deal with any issues if they should come up.
- One month from wedding date. Make sure everyone in both wedding parties is all set to be in the wedding and everyone knows what they are supposed to do. Tie up any loose ends so that you can enjoy the coming bridal showers and bachelor parties as you get ready to make your final vows.