Note from the Editor: This has got to be the most helpful blog series on wedding planning timelines! Jeffrey Brown has broken everything down into bite-sized pieces - from the necessary post-engagement conversations through to culmination - the wedding day! Because each segment of the timeline accompanies wonderful detail, Jeff will share the goods piece-by-piece over the next couple of weeks. Today, he unveils the what would ideally be completed a year before the big day. Enjoy, take notes, and pass it on! Thanks for joining! - Lauren
Credit: The Peninsula, NY - Salon de Ning
In this Ultimate Wedding Timeline, I’m sharing what I walk through with my brides and grooms. We’ll use the timeline with key milestones to get you to wedding day ready!
12 MONTHS from Your Wedding Day
Guest List Drafted
- Parents on both sides always have people they want present. Within reason, accept who can you - especially if they are contributing financially.
Credit: Simply Bridal
- Talk all the money details over with your intended to make sure you’re on the same page (see “I’m Engaged! Now What?" blog). Meet with both sets of parents and other contributing parties to confirm who is contributing what before the bills descend like the monkeys from the Wizard of Oz on Dorothy!
Credit: The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros., 1939
- Get your venues booked! While on the hunt, keep in mind that venues set the tone, size, and cost. Be sure they can accommodate your guest count.
More on Venues:
- Venues can affect your color scheme. I recommend choosing 3 colors, 2 primary, and an accent that go well with your sites.
- Your wedding day timeline (and wedding vendor travel) can be affected depending on the distance between your two venues. Make sure the distance is not too much for you and your guests and that it won't increase your fees to vendors later.
- If your venue is not for lodging, check with the venue on nearby hotels to accommodate out-of-town guests. You may want reserve a block of rooms.
- Parking, public transportation, handicap accessibility, and security are important considerations for your guest. Check with the venue or your wedding planner on these items to make sure proper accommodations are made.
Stay tuned for the 10-month prep to help you stay on-track with your wedding date!