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There is so much to do once you get engaged! Revel in the lovey dovey feelings of impending foreverness, but don’t take too long; it’s time to get down to business! So, how do you know what to do and when? I’ve seen a number of checklists in my day, and here is a good one I recently stumbled on, by One Fab Day called The Ultimate Wedding Checklist – A Planning Guide. It’s a good one in that it also gives a timeline to get things done by, which is great for all you procrastinators. Every wedding has a different timeline. You may have 2 months or 2 years to plan your dream day; this is merely a guide to help you get it all done without losing your mind in the process. Speed it up or slow it way down, do it all or just a few things; it’s another tool for your wedding toolkit.

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Here’s an example of some things the guide suggests you do a year out:

12 Months Before The Wedding

  • Visit and book your reception venue and ceremony location
  • Research potential wedding services and suppliers – photographer, florist, invitations, cake, decor, music, hair and make up
  • Book the Photographer
  • Book the Videographer
  • Research and consider options for your venue and ceremony decor
  • Start your wedding dress research

It’s important to look at the big things, like the venue, ahead of time. Venues, especially popular ones, book up fast. If you’re planning a short engagement, don’t be surprised if the popular venues are booked up. If your heart’s set on one of these venues, you could plan an weekday event or shoot for an off-season wedding date and probably have better luck.

Photographers are another vendor that books early. Read reviews, ask friends whose wedding photos you like, and search the internet for local photogs (or one you’re willing to play the travel costs for) and schedule a meeting soon.The-Ultimate-Wedding-Checklist2Photo credit: Tamiz Photography

2-3 months before

  • Send invitations to guests
  • Order wedding rings
  • Rent the men’s formal wear
  • Attend dress fittings
  • Book hairdresser and schedule hair trial
  • Book a makeup artist and go for makeup trial

These things are all good ones to do 2-3 months out. A lot of them get accomplished at the last minute so knowing about how long they will take is really helpful and makes sure you aren’t paying rush order fees and praying for client cancellations so you can be fit in.

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The guide has a comprehensive list of things to do at each stage of planning – even the down-to-the-wire items you need to do the day of the wedding! There’s also some stuff do right after that you won’t want to skip over. Head to One Fab Day for the list and all of its great tips!