How to Win at Your Wedding Timeline


This month's insider series post is a really powerful tool that we are so happy to give to you. When planning your wedding there's a lot that can be overwhelming. The best advice I was given when planning my own wedding was to get a wedding timeline and to treat it as a checklist. Working this way will ensure you don't miss anything and better yet will ensure that you aren't surprised when bills pop up. 

Most people give themselves a year to plan their wedding and any shorter could be quite stressful to lock in a location so we have used 12 months as the time frame. Throughout the year you will begin to notice that there are certain months busies than others. Suppliers commonly ask for booking confirmations 10-12 months out, deposits at 6 months out and then final payment 2 weeks before the wedding date. Saving that little bit extra near those months will ease the pain when paying off all of those invoices. 


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Set location, season, and date

Book hotel blocks for your guests

Book your hotel room for the wedding night

Pick your caterer

Try on wedding gowns, dresses and suits

Research wedding planners or day-of-coordinators  (optional)

Create wedding specific email address

Plan an engagement party (optional)

Start a budget

Create an inspiration board to share with vendors

Start thinking about venues

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Research and select a photographer for your engagement shoot  (optional)

Start building your guest list

Book celebrant//Officiant

Book your wedding ceremony and reception venues

Take engagement photos  (optional)

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Think about your wedding hashtag

Research and meet with bands or DJs

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Book your band or DJ

Meet with wedding photographers

Meet with officiant

Finalise orders on wedding gown and suit

Schedule tastings with caterers

Book your wedding photographer

Start building your wedding website

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Continue working on your wedding website

Meet with florists

Research paper goods or digital invitation options

Start researching bakers and schedule tastings

Work on your save the dates

Start your wedding registry

Pick out a veil

Discuss ideas for the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’ suits

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Finalize wedding website and registry and make them visible to guests to visit when they receive their save the dates

Begin thinking about decorations for your ceremony

Design and send save the dates with your wedding website’s address clearly printed

Order flowers

Start thinking about where you’d like to honeymoon

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Book your baker

Look into venues for your rehearsal dinner (optional)

Book honeymoon

If mailing invitations, order sample ones to test the paper, printing and colors

Meet and book musicians for your ceremony

Research and book a videographer

Research and book hair stylists and makeup artists 

Research venues for any other events you’ll be having during your weekend

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Make bridesmaid dress appointments

Book the venues for additional events during the weekend

Book hair, makeup, and nail appointments for the wedding party and create a schedule for them

Order your wedding invitations

Buy or rent menswear for groom and groomsmen

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Order bridesmaid gowns

Set up a transportation plan to and from the weekend’s events

Pick out wedding bands

Start organizing a welcome bag for guests (optional)

Buy bridal accessories

Design, address, and send your invitations

Pick out outfits for all of the weekend’s events

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Book all transportation

Brides attend first dress fitting

Get decorations for the ceremony

Confirm date, time and location with all vendors

Make playlists for all the weekend’s events

Think about gifts for your wedding party

Schedule a meeting with your officiant and start thinking about your vows

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Start collecting RSVPs

Take a dance lesson

Confirm menus for all events

Confirm wedding cake design and flavor

Create seating chart and start organizing it

Brides attend second fitting

Send invitations to your rehearsal dinner and other pre-wedding events (optional)

Write a honeymoon packing list

Apply for and get your marriage license

Meet with your wedding entertainment

Order paper goods for the big day

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Assemble RSVPs

Begin writing your toasts and vows

Confirm the shot list with your photographer

Finalize vows and readings for the wedding ceremony

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Deliver welcome bag (optional)

Get a manicure and pedicure

See your hair dresser


Get married!


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Preserve your gown, dress, or suit

Enjoy your honeymoon


Write thank you notess

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Change your name (optional)

Print your wedding photos

Enjoy life as newlyweds!



Read through this carefully a few times and definitely work out which steps are and aren't necessarily for you. I religiously loved ticking off those checkboxes and felt immense satisfaction when I could move on to the next. Don't let that feeling force you to rush decisions however but be sure not to linger on things that don't mean a lot in the bigger picture.

Be sure to give us some feedback on how it worked for you.