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Step by Step: Planning your Wedding

Updated on October 22, 2017

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© B. Garcia
© B. Garcia

The time to plan your dream wedding is here and you need to be organized. Remember that your wedding is whatever you and your love one want it to be. Having a wedding planning checklist is the best way to simplify the countdown to one of the most important days of your life. Step by step you will see how everything is accomplished. Here is a basic calendar to help you get organized and prepared for such a special day.

First things first:

  • Start with a folder or binder that includes everything from lists to do, calendar, magazine articles, photos or clips.
  • Research vendors, venues, caterers, florists, cakes, decorations, dresses.
  • Work out a Budget. Do not overspend, be realistic.
  • Make a temporary list of guests.
  • Choose the date, place and time of the wedding and reception.
  • Decide on the type of wedding you would like it to be. Would it be a simple, sophisticated, informal or formal? Choose for the style you and your guests would be more comfortable with.

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12 - 9 months before the wedding:

  • Hire a wedding coordinator, the transportation, photographer, band or DJ, and caterer.
  • Reserve structural necessities, wedding and reception place.
  • Decide and make the necessary arrangements for your honeymoon.
  • Choose your wedding entourage, scheme, general decoration and patterns.
  • Order the cake.

8 - 6 months before the wedding:

  • Select the invitations, programs, personal stationary, table identification cards, etc.
  • Start selecting everybody's attire.
  • Purchase gifts and favors for attendants.

5 - 3 months before the wedding:

  • Make the official guests list.
  • Order the invitations, programs, personal stationary, table identification cards, etc.
  • Select and register wedding gifts.
  • Order bridesmaids' dresses and accessories.
  • Plan and select menu, special music, ceremony, reception and timetables.
  • Send event schedule to vendors.
  • Order all attires.
  • Reserve time for hair, make-up and nails.

2 months before the wedding:

  • Check marriage license requirements.
  • Make final reservations and rentals.
  • Touch base with vendors, again.
  • Meet with photographer and other vendors if needed.

1 month before the wedding:

  • Send the invitations.
  • Wedding gown and accessories final fitting.
  • Check on the guests list and phone those who have not yet responded.
  • Make sure necessary payments are made or are ready to be made after the event (whichever applies).
  • Send electronic mail or make copies with driving directions.
  • Write vows, if you desire.
  • Assign seating.
  • Meet with hair stylist to practice your hairstyle.
  • Enjoy bachelorette (bachelor) party.
  • Pack a beauty or emergency bag in case any adverse situation comes up. (ex. sewing kit, hairpins, safety pins, extra make-up, lipstick, tissues, nail files, dental floss, etc.)

2 - 1 week before the wedding:

  • Reconfirm event times with the vendors.
  • Have rehearsals.
  • Delegate and assign tasks for the wedding day.
  • Pick up dress and groom attire.
  • Set aside vendors' payments.
  • Do all that is necessary for the marriage certificate. (Doctor's examination, tests).
  • Have your nails done, hair cut and colored during the first week before the wedding.
  • Pack for your honeymoon and get all the necessary documents (passport, licenses, etc).
  • Break in your shoes.


The Wedding Day

  • The most important thing is to be relaxed and focus on yourself. By this time, you have already delegated tasks to everybody.
  • Have a good breakfast and drink a lot of water during the day.
  • Allow plenty of time for hair and make-up appointments. Have your hair and makeup done hours before the wedding. Your makeup can be touched up just before the event.
  • Make sure the veil and head piece are with you for the hair appointments.
  • The photographer must be on site at least an hour before any photo shooting.
  • Having a beauty or emergency bag ready in case of an eventuality at the wedding and reception is a good idea.

Definitely, having peace in your mind the day of your wedding is what you aimed for by planning ahead. Remember that your wedding is the door to a new life with the person you love. Enjoy your day and the next days in your life.


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      AnnaCia 2 years ago

      Thanks Swilliams and sara.

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      sara 3 years ago

      No wedding is complete without a wedding dress. The wedding dresses in long island are one of the best that you'll ever see. Their design line showcases different styles to suit the taste of the bride.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you! Your video is so touching. Very beautiful!

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      AnnaCia 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for the message and congratulations to your daughter.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Very beautiful AnnaCia! The video made me cry. My daughter just got married not too long ago. These tip are useful. Voted up Useful and Beautiful. Thank you for sharing from your heart. :-)

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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      Thank you very much.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      That is so great,Anna. Smile!

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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      Jason, thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Ill be around your hub soon.

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      Jason Matthews 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I would recommend this very nice and practical hub to anyone who is preparing a wedding. I really appreciate the way you outline everything by time. Voted up!

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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      Les Trois Chenes. It looks like a lot of work, you are right. If the couple has the money to pay someone to do the whole coordination of the wedding, by all means they should go that way. Thanks for your comment.

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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      Agreenworld Thanks for you input. Yes, many couples are not realistic about their budget when it comes to have a wedding. A wedding does not have to cost huge amounts of money.

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      Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Weddings look like loads of work to me - I'd definitely get someone else to organise it! I live in a lovely part of S W France and this is a great place for a run-away wedding. There's a wonderful chateau near us surrounded by lakes, great resaurant - you'll save a fortune on wine!

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      Dawn A. Harden 5 years ago from CT-USA

      Good article. I always encourage the brides I work with to know their budget first because they can be let down later if the ideas are huge but the budget is not.

      It can prove to be a source of contention and make a simple want turn into a must have when you realize you can't pull it off and break budget and the bank trying to prove to yourself that you must do this.

      There are many alternatives. If some would give themselves enough time to prepare they could really find some bargains and still have the style of wedding they want.