Planning Timelines and Checklists
How To Start Planning a Wedding - The First Steps
of all, keep in mind that the longer you have to plan your wedding will usually
be equal to the amount that your (as well as everyone else's) stress level is reduced. Planning your wedding well in advance also allows
you the ability to shop and compare wedding services and prices at your convenience rather than being put in
the position of being forced to accept only what is available. A significant
amount of stress and money can be saved by planning your wedding in advance.
Regardless of the amount of time you have to plan your wedding, because of
limited availability, there are some essential components to your wedding that
should be obtained BEFORE anything else.
Those components, in order of
Your Wedding Ceremony Location (and officiant) -
The availability of the ceremony facility and the officiant
will likely determine your exact wedding date.
Wedding Ceremony Location
Selection Guide can also
be found in this wedding planning guide.
2. Your Wedding Reception Location -
many wedding reception venues are booked a year or more in advance it is wise to
book the facility as soon as you are sure of your wedding date.
Wedding Reception Site
Selection Tips can also be found in this guide. The availability
of the reception facility will also likely affect your wedding date selection.
3. Your Wedding Music -
music options are usually booked a year or more in advance.
Wedding Music Entertainment Selection can be found in this wedding planning guide.
4. Your Wedding Photographer / Videographer
The better photographers and videographers can be booked a year or
more in advance. Since quality wedding photographs are essential to
properly capturing your special day you should try to obtain the services of a
quality photographer or videographer as soon as you know your wedding date.
You can find
Tips for Selecting
a Wedding Photographer and
for Selecting a Wedding Videographer in this wedding planning guide.
5. Your Wedding Caterer
Although most larger caterers can service more than one wedding or
special event on a given date, they are still limited when it comes to the
number of events they can cater simultaneously. Many of the better wedding caterers are booked
to capacity a year or more in
advance. There is a section in this guide for
Wedding Caterer Selection Advice.
Wedding Planning Timeline and Checklists
cover many of the main items you will need to address during the wedding
planning process. However, since each wedding is unique and the specific requirements will vary, you
will likely find that some listed items are not needed while other items that are not
listed will become part of your personal wedding planning timeline.
Although our timeline is based on a 12 month wedding planning period, depending
upon when you start planning your wedding, the timeline can be adjusted as
12 Months Before Your Wedding -
Wedding Planning Timeline
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