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Month by Month Wedding Planning Guide

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Congratulations on your engagement! As you embark on the exciting journey of planning your dream wedding, it’s essential to stay organized and focused to ensure everything comes together seamlessly on your special day. To help you navigate the intricate world of wedding planning, we’ve created a comprehensive month-by-month checklist that covers every detail, from the big decisions to the smallest details.

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Months 12-9: The Foundation


Announce your engagement.

Determine your budget.

Create a preliminary guest list.

Research and select a wedding date.

Begin exploring ceremony and reception venues.

Months 8-6: Vendors and Vision


Finalize your guest list.

Choose and book your ceremony and reception venues.

Research and book a photographer and videographer.

Hire a caterer.

Start shopping for your wedding gown and bridal party attire.

Begin designing your wedding invitations.

Months 5-3: Details and Decor


Select and order your wedding invitations.

Book a florist.

Hire a wedding planner or coordinator if needed.

Choose your wedding cake or dessert options.

Arrange transportation for the wedding day.

Plan the rehearsal dinner.

Purchase wedding rings.

Finalize menu details with your caterer.

Months 2-1: Finalizing and Finishing Touches


Send out wedding invitations.

Schedule dress fittings.

Finalize details with vendors.

Create a day-of timeline.

Apply for a marriage license.

Purchase bridal party gifts.

Confirm final guest count with caterer.

Write vows and speeches.

Pack for the honeymoon.

Week of the Wedding: The Countdown


Confirm final details with all vendors.

Pack for the wedding day.

Confirm arrival times with bridal party.

Attend the rehearsal.

Enjoy your wedding day!

Post-Wedding: The Aftermath


Send thank-you notes to guests and vendors.

Preserve your wedding gown.

Change your name if desired.

Review and organize wedding photos.

Reflect on your special day and cherish the memories.

Remember, this checklist is a guideline, and you can adjust it to suit your unique preferences and timeline. By breaking down the tasks month by month, you’ll stay organized and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Happy planning, and may your wedding day be everything you’ve dreamed of and more!

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