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