Announce your engagement & spread the word!
Get organized! If you haven’t already, start a notebook/file folder to house all your wedding-planning paperwork in .
Draw up your wedding budget with help from your families.
Protect your jewels! Have your engagement ring appraised & insured.
Choose a wedding date & time! Finalize after okaying it with important guests.
Research & secure your Ceremony & Reception Venue(s)! The Blue Heron of course.
Book any priority Vendors (if you know there is a specific photographer, florist or dj that is a must have).
Start looking for an officiant who suits your style and spirit.
If you are having an engagement party, set a date, draft a guest list, and purchase or start making invitations.
Begin working on a preliminary guest list and decide on your wedding’s approximate size.
Choose your bridesmaids/groomsmen and ask them to be in the wedding party.
Envision your overall wedding style & colors.
Brides: Head out to start trying on wedding dresses.
Finalize the guest list.
Start looking into reception bands or DJ’s.
Set up appointments with local florists to discuss options.
Decide on and meet with your officiant to discuss ceremony structure and any religious requirements.
Interview and get price lists from wedding photographers and videographers.
Schedule your initial planning with The Blue Heron, and get together your 50% deposit!
Brides: Start thinking about how you would like to wear your hair.
Reserve your photographer and/or videographer, decide on a package, sign contract and send deposit.
Have engagement photos taken (if you want).
Brides: Start shopping for bridesmaid dresses.
Choose your florist and send deposit to reserve their services.
Register for your wedding gifts.
Set aside blocks of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
Decide on your bridesmaid dresses.
Purchase/Make and send out save-the-dates
Brides: Order your gown.
Book ceremony musicians.
Start planning your rehearsal dinner. Provide the host with contact information for your attendants.
Start working on your invitation wording and design and then order/make them.
Confirm that your bridesmaids have ordered dresses.
Start planning your honeymoon!
Decide on a floral scheme, choose flowers, and negotiate prices with florists.
Grooms: Decide what style of formal wear you will be wearing and start looking to buy or rent your tux, suit or other attire.
Book rehearsal dinner site.
Grooms: Start planning groomsmen attire and give groomsmen the information they need to buy/reserve their attire.
Book your honeymoon flights, hotel, etc.
Address those invitations! Or drop them with the calligrapher (you will need to send them at the 3 - month mark)
Book your wedding night accommodations
Brides: Choose your bridesmaid’s accessories and either purchase or pass along the information.
Shop for and purchase wedding bands
Brides: Experiment with your beauty routine.
Make or buy favors if you intend to.
Get anything you need for an international honeymoon (passport, birth certificate, visas, vaccinations)
Brides: Buy any special lingerie your gown requires in time for your first fitting.
Send out your invitations no later than 2 months out
Arrange wedding day transportation for you, your wedding party, and guests.
Confirm the delivery date of your dress and schedule the fittings.
Have your bridal shower.
Work on your Ceremony and begin writing vows (if you are creating your own).
Draft a reception song lists (including must play & do not play!)
Begin writing the ceremony program if you’re having one.
Buy or create a guest book.
Brides: Buy gifts for your maid of honor, bridesmaids and parents.
Grooms: Buy gifts for your best man, groomsmen and parents.
Brides: Attend final wedding gown fitting.
Have your bachelorette party!
Buy your veil, shoes & all accessories
Decide on your something old, new, borrowed & blue
Research local marriage license requirements.
Have your 1st dress fitting
Schedule hair & makeup trial appointments.
Begin on Thank You notes for shower gifts
Send rehearsal dinner invitations.
Do trial runs of hair and makeup; schedule wedding-day beauty appointments.
Finish and print ceremony programs.
Get marriage license.
Work on a list of ‘must play’ and ‘must not play’ songs for your DJ or band.
Work out wedding day timing and details and draw up a schedule.
Brides: Pick up your gown.
Finalize any special preferences, readings or other ceremony details with your officiant.
Plan any night before activities with friends and/or attendants!
Schedule your final planning with The Blue Heron.
Give your final number at the final planning along with the payment for your remaining balance!
Brides: Practice walking in your wedding shoes!
Call guests who haven’t RSVP’d for the wedding. It’s okay to do this, you need a final head count!
Start putting together the seating plan if you’re having assigned seating. (Remember to send assigned seating to Lexi)
Work on seating chart and/or escort cards.
Grooms: Pick up your tux or suit and try it on.
Prepare your toasts or thanks to friends and family.
Grooms: Get your final haircut.
Designate someone to collect the wedding gifts brought to the reception.
Shop and plan for the honeymoon.
Grooms: Pick up your tux or suit and try it on.
Bride: Have your final dress fitting
Apply for a marriage license together.
Get one last haircut or trim and hair-color touch ups.
Organize your day-of emergency kit.
Wrap gifts for parents, attendance & each other!
Make drop off of event items & decor to The Blue Heron
Confirm all toasts with bridal party & family
Get your manicure and/or pedicure
Rehearse the ceremony with the officiant and wedding party.
Bring along your marriage license to give to your officiant.
Brides: Pull together wedding gown, veil, shoes.
Give attendants their gifts at the rehearsal dinner.
Have fun and relax at your rehearsal dinner.
Get some much needed sleep!
Take a moment to thank your parents and tell them you love them!
Give the best man and/or maid of honor your wedding rings.
Relax, Smile and enjoy the day!
Send your wedding gown off for proper cleaning and preservation
Return tuxedo rentals
Freeze the top layer of your cake (if keeping)
Send your Vendors a thank-you note
Write online reviews of your Venue & Photographer.
Keep a gift log and send out those Thank You notes as soon as possible!
Live happily ever after!