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If you’re reading this, chances are you recently got engaged. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!! We hope you will use Junebug as a resource to get inspired and plan for your big day! Knowing where to start when you first get engaged is overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve created some awesome tools that will help to keep you organized and stress-free! Our interactive wedding planning checklist will make sure you accomplish all the things you need to before your wedding day (and after!). You can download a
free PDF of this checklist for your wedding binder, too!
Get inspired! Visit our Real Weddings Gallery to get inspiration from real brides around the world! Choose a color scheme! You can head over to our Image Gallery for color inspiration! Work out your budget. Remember to prioritize what is most important to you on your wedding day Select your wedding party Start your wedding guest list Hire a planner from our Best of the Best Hotlists Reserve your date at your dream venue, and be sure to check out our Best of the Best Venues Hotlist Research photographers, bands, caterers, florists, rentals, officiants, etc. Start a wedding binder to keep all of your quotes, brochures, and notes in one place
8 Months After researching our Vendor Hotlists, hire your wedding photographer & videographer Take your engagement photos! Don't know what to wear? Head on over to our "What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos" Buy your dress! You can search through our Dress Gallery for inspiration Create a wedding website Meet with caterers Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests Register at your favorite brands -- don't forget to include this information on your website! Book the officiant If you're having a destination wedding, be sure to read out Top Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding
7-6 Months Purchase your invitations Finalize your guest list and request addresses Start planning your honeymoon! You can check out our Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations 2014 for inspiration! Choose the bridesmaids' dresses Reserve lighting components, portable toilets, generators, etc. Reserve any rentals you may need (chairs, tents, linens, etc.) Book a florist Arrange Transportation Send out save-the-dates!
4-5 Months Time to order your cake. Go cake tasting! Send your bridal shower guest list to your host Check on the status of your wedding invitations Book the rehearsal and rehearsal-dinner venues Schedule hair and makeup artists Choose your processional music and reception playlist Go to your first dress fitting, and pick up some accessories while you're at it! Purchase/rent groom's attire Book accommodations for your wedding night Provide guest lists to maid of honor and best man for bachelor and bachelorette parties and bridal shower
3 Months Work with your caterer to finalize the menu for the reception Print menu cards Meet with your florist to finalize the florals for the event Purchase the rings Finalize the event schedule and start creating the day-of-timeline Print programs Order your wedding favors and be sure to check out our Adorable Party Favor Ideas Meet with officiant and coordinate readings from friends and family as well as anything else to include in the ceremony
2 Months Meet with your photographer to discuss day-of plans and specific shots you are wanting Review the playlist with the band and DJ, and provide them with "don't play" and "must play" lists Send out invitations Submit your announcement to the local newspaper Let loose at your bachelor/bachelorette parties Send out as many final payments as you can Touch base with all vendors Make sure groomsmen attire has been purchased/rented
1 Month Get your marriage license Attend your last dress fitting Send out rehearsal-dinner invitations Purchase alcohol and finalize your signature cocktails if needed Confirm times for all of the vendors, and send out your day-of timeline again For the reception, create your seating chart Purchase wedding party gifts Write vows Enter all RSVPs you have received into your guest list Check on hotel room blocks Call guests who have not yet RSVP'd for final head count Make sure members of the wedding party know their roles and duties come the wedding day
1 Week Touch base with all vendors and ensure they have the day-of timelines Outsource any small day-of tasks you can to family and friends Ensure everyone in your wedding party has your wedding day timeline De-stress at the spa! Send the final guest list to the caterer Have extra checks ready for day-of payments Dance around in your shoes! Pack for your honeymoon!! Relax!!!
After the Wedding & Honeymoon Pay all remaining balances to vendors Clean and preserve your wedding gown Write "thank you" cards Look into purchasing life insurance! Officially change your name (if that's what you want to do!)
If you’d like to download a printable version of our wedding planning checklist,
You can read about my own journey as a bride, and how I handled the stress of planning (from hiring a
wedding photographer in Dallas to keeping our wedding simple and low-key) in our From Blogger to Bride series
Looking for more wedding planning advice? Check out some of our favorite resources!
How to Write Your Own Vows Wedding Expenses: Who Pays for What? Wedding Day Preparation How to Hire Your Wedding Photographer How to Hire Your Wedding Planner