You’re engaged. Congrats! We hope you’ve enjoyed the moment long enough because now it’s time to get down to serious business: wedding planning.
You may have been looking for the perfect wedding dress for months (even years) before you got engaged, but planning a wedding requires more than just your beautiful dress. You’ll also have to book a venue, find your bridal party dresses, flower girl dresses, secure a killer photographer, band, and about 100 more things. None of which are as mind blowing as that moment you said “YES!” to that gorgeous engagement ring you’re now sporting.
At Bocelli Boutique, a leading retailer of flower girl dresses and accessories, we’ve decided to help you on your way towards building the best wedding planning checklist of all time.
Read on to for our expert wedding tips for when you should be booking a venue, when to send invites to your wedding, and all of the other fun tasks including in planning your dream wedding.
12+ months to go:
Create a budget that works for you and your fiancé.
Pick a wedding date.
Create a list of venue options and check with options to see availability.
Book ceremony and reception sites.
Throw an engagement party and celebrate your love with family and friends.
8 – 10 months to go:
Start shopping for your gown.
Think about and book your entertainment: live music vs DJ. Think about flowers and floral décor. Research prices of florists.
Think, research, and book your wedding professionals: photographer, videographer, DJ, band, florist, etc.
Research accommodations for out-of-town guests.
6 – 8 months to go:
Order bridesmaid, junior bridesmaid, and flower girl dresses.
Rent groomsmen formalwear.
Mail out save-the-date cards.
Order Wedding invitations.
4-6 months to go:
Shop for wedding rings.
Make sure passport is current; renew if necessary!
Think hard about the details: research, interview and book a wedding cake designer.
3 months to go:
Hire transportation for yourself and out-of-town guests.
Write your vows.
Purchase gifts for parents, bridal party, and guests.
Book your Glam Squad: Get a trial first to ensure you will love your look.
Apply for your marriage license
The home stretch! One week to go:
Review your final guest list and give a head count to your venue.
Plan your seating chart based on your needs, not to keep everyone else happy.
Arrange transportation for guests.
Write checks for all vendors.
One day more:
Give wedding license to officiate
Relax – you’re about to marry the love of your life!
The Big Day:
Get married and live happily ever after!
Photos courtesy of the bride and groom, Mr. & Mrs. Brian Flaherty
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