Making Your Wedding Timeline

12 Months Before:

  • Pick a date

  • Find a venue

  • Set a budget

  • Organize all planning info (create

    spreadsheets, make a folder, start a Pinterest)

  • Pick your wedding party

  • Finalize your guest list

  • Engagement photoshoot?

  • Schedule them during this time so you can use them for your Save- the-Date’s!

10 Months Before:

  • Send out Save-the-Date’s (if you’re doing a destination wedding, consider moving this to 12+ months before)

  • Create a wedding website (check out our blog post on Top 5 Worthwhile Wedding Websites!)

  • Find an officiant

  • Start looking into florists & other desired vendors

  • Wedding dress shopping

8 Months Before:

  • Book vendors- attend a Bay Area Wedding Fair to find the perfect match!

  • Wedding registry

  • Choose bridal party & groomsmen attire

  • Create a design for your invitations

6 Months Before:

  • Purchase wedding bands

  • Hair & Makeup trial/consultation

  • Order wedding invites

  • Cake tasting & place order

  • Book wedding night hotel & honeymoon

  • Book rehearsal dinner

  • Order favors

4 Months Before:

  • Confirm all vendors have been booked

  • Schedule dress alterations & fittings

  • Order all stationary items for the day-of

2 Months Before:

  • Mail Invites

  • Write vows

  • Make seating chart

  • Create schedules for day-of

  • Get marriage license

  • Review details with officiant

  • Book transportation for day-of

1 Month Before:

  • Order thank you cards

  • Final dress fitting

  • Bachelorette/Bachelor party

  • Get final head count for seating & catering

  • Get Band/DJ your playlist

  • Organize final payments for

    vendors (& designate your MOH or bridesmaids to disperse them)

  • Speak with your photo/videographer about specific shots


  • Get pampered- mani/pedi time!

  • Wedding rehearsal/dinner

  • Pack your bags & doublecheck

    you have everything you need- especially if you’ll be leaving for your honeymoon the next day!

  • Catch some Zzz’s!

Wedding Day:

RELAX, it’s your big day! Stay hydrated, don’t forget to eat, & get ready to marry the love of your life!