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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Timeline

Posted on April 03, 2019 by New Jersey Bride

Congratulations! You’re getting married!

Now comes time to start planning and getting ready for the big day! We know, you’re overwhelmed, it’s totally normal. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

But first, take a deep breath and enjoy the early days of your engagement!


18+ Months Prior

Announce engagement.

Discuss wedding style, budget, ceremony and reception site.

Select wedding date.

Create wedding website.

Consult with clergy or officiant.

Begin compiling the guest list.

Visit reception sites.

Gather referrals for musicians, florists, photographers, etc.

Start to shop for your wedding gown.

1 Year to 6 Months

Choose bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Finalize guest list.

Order save-the-dates.

Shop for rings; order engraving.

Hire musicians, photographer, videographer.

Select wedding gown, accessories.

Start registering for gifts.

6 to 4 Months

Shop for invitations.

Review menu with caterer.

Arrange lodging for visiting guests.

Shop for bridesmaid dresses.

Finalize honeymoon plans.

Arrange limousine transportation.

Make hair, makeup appointments and trials.

3 to 2 Months

Discuss flowers with florist.

Finalize ceremony details.

Begin to address invitations.

7 to 6 Weeks

Mail invitations.

Print program for ceremony.

Prepare song list for musicians.

Order favors and bridal party gifts.

Order formal wear for groomsmen.

4 weeks

Apply for marriage license.

Plan rehearsal dinner.

2 Weeks

Confirm guest list

Draw up seating chart.

Write out place cards.

Confirm honeymoon reservations.

1 Week

Give caterer final guest count.

Pick up formal wear; check for fit.

Write out instructions for ushers.

Seal tips in marked envelopes.

Relax enjoy your wedding week!

Post Wedding

Order photos and albums from photographer.

Write and send thank you notes

Enjoy being newlyweds

And… submit your wedding to New Jersey Bride!

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