Wedding Planning Timeline Every Couple Should Follow

Weddings can be a lot of work for couples. That's why it's best to
plan it the right way. A lot of people do not even know that there's a
timeline you can follow to ease the stress. You shouldn't wait until the wedding date
is close before you start planning. In fact, planning a wedding can take over a
year! You'll have enough time and you can take it one step at a time.
So here's a way to make planning your wedding nice and smooth: with a timeline.


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Start planning from last year.

You should have some things written down 2 to 3 months from the beginning of your wedding year. For instance, you can start planning from October for a wedding slated for December next year. Some of the things you need to start right away include:

Setting your wedding date.

Creating a wedding budget which has the guests in mind.

Estimate of the number of the guest you'd be having at your wedding.

Compile your guest list and organise their addresses.

In the case where they live far away, send the invitation cards to them.

If your budget allows for wedding planners, start sorting out for one.

Make preparations for a venue if you do not have a wedding planner.

Have a backup plan in case it's an outdoor venue for unforeseen circumstances like the rain.


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6-8 months before your wedding date.

Here are things you should do within this time frame:

Select your attire designs and your bridal party.

Shop for your shoes and accessories as well as your selected wedding dress. Or start getting one made.

Get in touch with your religious leader.

Make hotel reservations for your out of town guests.

Get a DJ or start creating a playlist of your wedding songs.

Get in touch with a photographer and videographer.

Book for a pre-wedding photo shoot.

Get prepared for the registry.



In 4-6 months to your wedding

Prepare your transportation.

Book a hotel room for the day of wedding preparation and your wedding night.

Secure your rentals needed for the reception.

Hire a hairstylist and make-up artist.

Book your honeymoon




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2-4 months before your wedding day

Secure arrangements for a wedding cake and details of the menu with your caterers or hotel.

Start preparations for your wedding ceremony service with your officiant.

Create a schedule for rehearsal time.

Send your invitation cards.

Start writing your thank you notes to save you stress after the wedding.



1-2 months before your wedding day

Buy your guest book.

Get your marriage license.

In the case where you would like to change your name, start preparing the necessary documents needed to do so.

Try out your dresses and shoes.

Prepare a seating plan.

Finish up on your speeches and thank you notes.


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1 Week to your wedding day.

Make final transportation plans.

Ensure that your entire wedding itinerary is already in place.

Prepare dress rehearsal.

After all of this, you can rest assured that you will be having a
relatively stress-free wedding!

Written by Ojatula Opeyemi