A friend of mine who is getting married very soon confided in me that she didn’t know the timeline of a good wedding plan.
 
Why would she? Like a lot of new brides she’s never been married before!

Well to all new brides and grooms, I’m happy to provide you the below timeline to assist you in your planning! As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to give us a call, or use the contact link found on all of our pages. 

Happy Planning from your friends at A-List DJs!

 

The following checklist is an approximate timetable. If you do not have as much time as shown, you should plan your wedding in a similar order, using the checklist as a guide.

 IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ENGAGEMENT:

      Discuss a budget and the size and style of your wedding with your family. Decide who will pay for what.

      Choose a wedding date and time. Check with your banquet hall’s availability before setting your date

      Meet with clergy member, schedule pre-marital counseling

      Create a wedding binder to organize your thoughts, menus, photos, etc…

      Reserve date at your banquet hall (usually 20% deposit required)

      Make initial contact with other vendors and obtain references

      Register at local bridal registries

      Make all arrangements for the music at the wedding and reception

      Hire A-List DJs as your Wedding DJ!

      Hire your photographer ( We highly recomment Jolie Images ! )

      Hire your videographer ( We highly recomment Jolie Images ! )

      Make all transportation arrangements to and from the wedding and reception. Considering hiring a limousine , party bus or trolley

 

 SIX MONTHS OR MORE BEFORE:

 

      Complete guest list

      Send out Save-the-Date cards

      Select attendants (bridesmaids & groomsmen)

      Select one usher for every 50-75 guests

      Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests

      Send engagement announcements to newspapers

      Select and order wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses

      Complete honeymoon plans. If traveling outside the country, check on visas and passports

      Plan beauty preparations by checking with your salon for how far in advance they book wedding parties

      Sign up for dance lessons. Talk to a dance instructor about choreographing a special dance routine for your first dance

      Book vendors, securing dates by putting down all deposits

      Choose wedding rings

 

FOUR MONTHS OR MORE BEFORE:

 

      Call your banquet hall to schedule your tasting

      Discuss remaining balances with your banquet hall and due dates.

      Order invitations (25 extra) and personal stationary or “Thank you” notes

      Book engagement photo session with enough time to submit photos to local newspapers

      Visit or call the photographer again to discuss specifics

      Get estimates and order flowers and floral arrangements for ceremony and reception

      Get estimates and order balloons, decorations and favors for ceremony and reception

      Book a hotel room for the wedding night

 

THREE MONTHS OR MORE BEFORE:

 

      Order wedding rings. Allow time for engraving

      Register for bridal shower gifts

      Order tuxedos for the groomsmen and fathers

 

TWO MONTHS OR MORE BEFORE:

 

       Mail invitations (six weeks before wedding: eight weeks to out-of-town guests)

      Buy a wedding gift for future spouse and gifts for attendants and helpers

      Finalize arrangements of accommodations for out-of-town attendants and guests

 

 ONE MONTH OR MORE BEFORE:

 

      Purchase all accessories, shoes and lingerie for bridal gown

      Have beauty consultant do a trial run with bride’s hair and makeup

      Have final fitting for bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses

      Schedule appointment with your banquet hall to finalize the menu, wedding cake, linens and floor plan, etc..

      Complete change of address information for post office

      Have bridal portrait taken

      Have groomsmen registered and measured at the formal wear store

      Check with newspapers on wedding announcement requirements

      Finalize plans for rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

      Plan seating arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and reception

      Keep current with “Thank you” notes for shower and early wedding gifts

 

TWO WEEKS BEFORE:

 

      Get marriage license. Be sure to bring all needed documents

      Inform or send rehearsal invitations including exact time and location to those who will attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

      Inquire about where the bride, groom and attendants will dress for the ceremony

      Review all details. Walk through the entire event considering things like parking, access for handicapped guests, etc.

      Confirm all transportation plans

      Check in with your banquet hall, photographer, musicians, DJs, videographer, florist, etc. to confirm all arrangements

      “Break in” wedding shoes at home

 

ONE WEEK BEFORE:

 

       Appoint someone to act as an “organizer” to handle any last minute problems

      Give a final guest count to your banquet hall 72 hours prior to wedding

      Confirm honeymoon arrangements

      Pack for the honeymoon

      Review final details for those in the wedding party

 

 ONE DAY BEFORE:

  

    Attend rehearsal dinner and give gifts to attendants

      Give the rings and clergy member’s fee to best man

      Organize gown, accessories, etc. to go to ceremony

 

 ON THE WEDDING DAY:

      

Mail wedding announcements

      Get hair, makeup, etc. done

      ENJOY THE DAY!