26 July 16  |  Wedding Events   |  

Developing a Wedding Timeline Makes The Big Day Easier

Planning your wedding is a labor of love, but it is filled with the smallest details that will keep you on your toes for many months prior to the day you tie the knot. Getting started with wedding planning right away is the best way to split this huge project into manageable tasks. Although every bride and groom have a different wedding planning timeline, it is generally advised that you get started in earnest approximately 18 months prior to your wedding.

18 Months Prior to Your Wedding

Your budget should be your top priority as you prepare to start work on your wedding planning. As you decide what your dream wedding will look like, here are the first items to include in your wedding planning timeline:

  • Set the date
  • Book your venues
  • Draft your guest list
  • Shop for your wedding dress
  • Hire a wedding planner

Engagement ring

12 Months Prior to Your Wedding

At the one-year point prior to your wedding, you have the advantage of being able to get a good feel for what the weather will be like, how the landscaping for your venue will look and for the vision of your dream wedding. Here are some checklist items:

  • Announce your wedding date
  • Hire a catering service
  • Hire a photographer and videographer
  • Hire a band or DJ
  • Select an officiant
  • Shop for wedding flowers

Six Months Prior to Your Wedding

Six months prior to your wedding is when you need to pay close attention to all the smaller details that bring a wedding together. If you’ve hired a wedding planner, you will have help in putting all these details together in a scheduled and meticulous way:

  • Shop for bridesmaids dresses
  • Order wedding invitations
  • Decide on a bakery, wedding cake flavor and style
  • Determine your menu
  • Reserve rental items and tuxedos
  • Purchase wedding rings

Wedding Dresses

Two Months Prior to your Wedding

From here forward, you will want to focus on confirming reservations and tying up all the loose strings and settling the final details. Your wedding will be here before you know it, and there are still many tasks to complete.

  • Mail invitations
  • Select wedding favors and bridal party gifts
  • Schedule a hairdresser and makeup artist
  • Finalize ceremony details, such as music and vows
  • Schedule rehearsal dinner

One Month Prior to your Wedding

The time has come to start enjoying your pending nuptials; if you have stayed with your schedule and planned many of the details in advance, you can enjoy the process and procedures of these final weeks prior to your ceremony. Your final fitting, photographs and license are fun parts of your wedding planning timeline that will lead up to the big day:

  • Have final wedding gown fitting
  • Design and print programs
  • Take formal portraits
  • Get wedding license
  • Compile RSVP list and seating arrangements

Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club offers a spectacular wedding venue that will make your wedding dreams come true. Learn more about our beautiful location, gourmet cuisine and certified wedding planning services. Contact Julianne Cuomo, director of celebrations, to help make your dream day a reality.

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