How Much Time is Enough?

It is certainly easy to get ahead of yourself when planning a wedding. It is important to get the most important items checked off your list first and focus on the other details later.

There is no reason to work on favors when you haven’t even selected a venue.

Here are the general rules of thumb when picking items to do first, second and third:

  1. Announce your engagement
  2. Set your budget
  3. Pick your ceremony site and reception site
  4. Get an idea of your guest list
  5. Shop for a wedding gown
  6. Choose your wedding party
  7. Select your caterer
  8. Hire your florist
  9. Hire your musicians
  10. Hire your photographer
  11. Hire a videographer
  12. Shop for a wedding cake
  13. Book your salon
  14. Plan accommodations for out of town guests
  15. Send your save the dates
  16. Complete your guest list
  17. Arrange your rehearsal dinner
  18. Order tuxes
  19. Work on wedding bags
  20. Decide on favors
  21. Mail invites 6 weeks from wedding
  22. Trial run for hair and make up
  23. Finalize seating chart (if applicable)
  24. Final dress fitting
  25. Confirm wedding timeline
  26. Confirm all vendors
  27. Pack for honeymoon!

These are the big items on the checklist. Of course you may have some others to focus on depending on your actual wedding. Just remember, if you look at the list as a whole, it can become overwhelming. Focus on the big parts and enjoy each moment!