Brides Wanna Know

Wedding Planning Timeline

Planning your wedding is a dream come true... and a lot of work! Follow this wedding planning timeline for a smooth skip down the aisle!

For the bride who wants to know... "Where do I start? And what's next?" This TWC certified wedding planning timeline breaks it down for you month by month. Specifically created for Hawaii brides, this wedding planner approved timeline helps guide your wedding planning journey and makes sure you don't miss a thing! Hello perfectly-planned-and-efficiently-executed-wedding! L-O-V-E!

October 04, 2011

12 months before

  • Announce your engagement to family and friends
  • Start a wedding binder for all clippings, brochures, notes and details
  • Select wedding date
  • Book a site for your ceremony and reception
  • Select engagement and wedding rings
  • Decide on your wedding style/theme
  • Discuss and set a budget
  • Select a wedding coordinator
  • Select officiant and discuss ceremony
  • Select wedding attendants
  • Select and order wedding dress
  • Select professional photographer, videographer, florist and entertainment
  • Choose a caterer, if one is not available with your reception location
  • Select an emcee for your reception
  • Begin making origami cranes
  • Engagement party!
  • Make a wedding website to announce your wedding and keep guests updated with information.

9 months before

  • Establish your guest list and gather addresses
  • Send Save the Date cards for out of town guests
  • Select and order attendant and groomsmen's attire
  • Order wedding invitations and stationary
  • Register with bridal registry
  • Make reception plans
  • Plan honeymoon and update passports and vaccinations if necessary
  • Finalize all wedding vendors and secure your date with a deposit
  • Schedule engagement photos with photographer

6 months before

  • Make accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Hire a day-of wedding coordinator (if you didn't hire a full service wedding coordinator)
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Finalize floral decor and bouquets
  • Research marriage license requirements and order wedding certificate
  • Meet with both sets of parents to coordinate their attire
  • Decide on and secure any rental items or equipment needed (tables, chairs, linens, etc).

3 months before

  • Secure all wedding vendors
  • Create timeline for entire wedding day
  • Book limousine and transportation
  • Make arrangements for rehearsal dinner
  • Purchase wedding guest book
  • Order wedding favors and other wedding accessories (cake knife, ring bearer pillow, flower girl basket, garter, etc.)
  • Begin any necessary counseling with your officiant
  • Finalize guest list
  • Have bridal/wedding shower

2 months before

  • Address and send out invitations and announcements. Be sure to include maps.
  • Arrange special music selections
  • Finalize wedding day timeline
  • Plan bridesmaid's luncheon/spa day
  • Secure relatives for any ceremony and reception assistance (sign-in table, ushers, etc.)
  • Start gathering RSVPs
  • Arrange for final gown fitting
  • Meet with hair and make-up stylist for consultation
  • Purchase bridal party gifts and grooms gift
  • Open a joint checking and savings account
  • Order address labels (or stamp!) with you and your future husband's new name and address
  • Discuss and decide on marriage vows (doing your own or going traditional)

1 month before

  • Choose wedding certificate
  • Finalize and confirm all details with each vendor and helper
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner details
  • Go over song lists and requests with entertainment/DJ
  • Give your photographers a list of "must have" shots
  • Design wedding programs
  • Finalize guest count and seating arrangements
  • Get marriage license and blood tests (if required by state) with fiance (in Hawaii, you can not get your license more than 30 days prior to the ceremony)

1 week before

  • Pack bags for the honeymoon
  • Arrange for pick-up of bridal attire
  • Final fittings for bridal party
  • Make a final check with officiant, florist, caterer and reception
  • Bachelor/bachelorette parties
  • Get a relaxing massage
  • Give caterer your final guest count (in Hawaii, 3 days before)
  • Attend wedding rehearsal (2 days before is the best. This leaves enough time relax, enjoy and get some rest!)

1 day before

  • Get a manicure and/or pedicure
  • Confirm honeymoon arrangements
  • Make payment envelopes for each vendor
  • Put together bridal emergency kit
  • REST and enjoy!

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