Today we have a guest blogger, Jeanne from Bogath Events here to help you plan the wedding of your dreams! Wedding planning can be quite hectic so this should help you out quite a bit! :)
There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding and it can be incredibly time-consuming and stressful… but it doesn’t have to be! No matter if you are planning a simple affair with just a few family members and friends or a huge bash for hundreds, planning takes time and a lot of attention to detail. My job as a wedding planner, is to save you all that time and stress (and a lot of time I save couples money as well). So, while there is no standard amount of time it takes to plan a wedding, most couples are engaged for, more or less, a year. I am often asked if a wedding can be planned in less time, and the answer is absolutely! And seriously, it’s a great way to save money (a blog post for another time, perhaps). But today I thought I’d share with you a quick guide to planning your NJ wedding in 12 months. I’ve also created a guide with lots more incredible information on the highlights listed below, and you can also use it to keep notes while planning! Download the BWE 12 Month Guide to Planning Your NJ Wedding here. You’ll also find it on the Bogath Weddings & Events website. Planning a wedding isn’t so hard, but it can be pull-your-hair-out-stressful trying to manage and plan all the details and small tasks that come together in the end to create the wedding day of your dreams. And no one wants to pull out their hair, you’ll need it for that gorgeous up-do you have pinned!
THE FOLLOWING LIST IS MEANT TO HELP YOU PLAN THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS. If you don’t get something done during the time period it’s listed in, it’s ok. I’m not saying that you have to do any of these things during the time period, but I’m willing to bet that holding off on some of these items will cause you undue stress. And nobody ever said they wanted to get married as stressfully as possible, right?! My job, as a wedding planner, is to help you have the most stress free wedding possible. In fact, I believe every single couple (Every. Single. One.), no matter their budget, deserves a stress free day that was as stress-free as possible to plan.
LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF AN ITEM YOU MAY NOT WANT TO PUT OFF. Your wedding dress. I recommend that you order your wedding dress 9-12 months before your wedding as most wedding dress boutiques will recommend. You can also order a wedding dress 6 months before your wedding, but will have a more limited selection and may end up paying a rush fee. You can order your wedding dress three months before your wedding date, but your choices will be dramatically different and you may not get the dress you dreamed of; or, you may find an incredible deal...if that’s a chance you’re willing to take. You may also find that you can prioritize items on the list. If you’re not having an engagement party, by all means, cross it off. But don’t skip out on registering early, because many people may still want to give you an engagement gift.
12 MONTHS TO GO!
Send out Engagement Announcements
Insure your engagement ring
Plan and Throw an Engagement Party
Do an Engagement Photo Shoot
Create a wedding hashtag
Book your wedding planner
Book Your Photographer
Set-up Your Wedding Registry
Decide on your budget. Start your guest list. And select your wedding venue.
Choose your wedding party
Book your church and/or ceremony space
Do you need a caterer?
Set-up your wedding registry
Begin researching your wedding dress & order your dress as soon as you decide on one
9 MONTHS TO GO!
Create/Order/Send Save the Dates
Order your wedding dress
Reserve hotel rooms for your out of town guests
Book your wedding night hotel room
Research and book wedding transportation
Begin researching and thinking about a theme, even if it’s just a color
Begin researching and book a florists
Begin researching and book a videographer
Research your officiant
Research and decide on ceremony music
6 MONTHS TO GO! HALFWAY TO THE BIG DAY!
Hire a Calligrapher
Find Hair and Makeup; book hair and makeup trials
Plan and book your honeymoon!
Finalize your guest list
Find and order:
Flower girl dresses
Ring Bearer outfit
Mother of the Bride dresses
Mother of the Groom dresses
Research and book event rentals and lighting
Research wedding bands
Find and order invites
Design and order custom postage stamps
Order Ceremony Accessories
Find your baker and order your cake
3 MONTHS TO GO! YOU'RE ALMOST THERE!
Book a wedding planner for Wedding Day Management (sometimes this is called Day-of Coordination)
Plan your “Big Exit” from your reception
Do you need dance lessons?
Plan your after party (if you wanna party after the big party!)
Address & Send out your invites
Find and order wedding accessories
Research and order favors
Order thank you notes.
Research and plan welcome bags for your out of town guests
Research venues and book your rehearsal dinner
Research wedding insurance
2 MONTHS TO GO!
Schedule your dress fittings
Purchase your wedding bands
Research, design, purchase your guest book
Research and order bridal party gifts
Research and order “getting ready” robes
Order champagne first toast glasses
Write, design and order ceremony programs and dinner menus
Order Ceremony Accessories
Are you writing your own vows?
Plan out your ceremony
Send out your rehearsal dinner invites
Design your sweetheart table
Design your escort & place cards so that once your guest list is finalized you can have them created immediately
Schedule your final walk through at your venue for 2 weeks before your wedding date
Meet with your florist for a final review of details
1 MONTH TO GO!!!
Create your wedding day and wedding weekend timelines
Make spa and nail appointments
Research and obtain your marriage license
Call those who have not RSVP’d
Order escort cards and/or place cards
2 WEEKS TO GO!
Contact all vendors to confirm; review contracts & services with them
Create your seating chart, floor plan and escort cards
Order Table Numbers
THE LAST WEEK! OMGOSH! IT'S CRUNCH TIME!
Put vendor tips aside
Pick up Grooms wear
Final dress fitting
Confirm all final deposits with all vendors
Get your nails done
Pack for your honeymoon
Drop off your décor at your venue
Remember, planning your wedding should be fun! If you found the above list helpful, but you want more, head over the Bogath Weddings & Events website and download our FREE 12 Month Guide to Planning Your NJ Wedding. The guide will give you even more information on the items listed above, and you can use it to keep your notes while planning! Good luck and have fun! If you would like to speak with me more about planning your wedding, please contact me here.